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How to Vary a Contract of Employment

By |January 10th, 2016|Blog|

When considering ‘contract’ changes there are in essence 3 options. Impose the change. To make it easier to vary certain aspects, a variation clause can be included into the contract. This provides flexibility to make certain changes. However, changes which involve employees suffering financial loss will usually be a breach of the implied term of [...]

The Importance of Signing Contracts of Employment

By |January 10th, 2016|Blog|

The issue of whether updated Contracts of Employment given to employees are binding or not has always been debatable and will depend partly on any variation clause within the contract and the updates themselves as to whether they are reasonable and fair. However, employment law cases have highlighted this HR issue and the need to [...]

Do I have to give Separate / New Warnings for different Misconduct?

By |January 10th, 2016|Blog|

Discipline issues are a regular HR topic for us. For example, we have been asked if a new written warning needs to be issued for misconduct even if an existing written warning is in place but for different / unrelated misconduct? The simple answer is no, you can build upon a previous warning for completely [...]

December 2015 Newsletter

By |January 5th, 2016|Newsletters|

This month we look at Gender Pay Inequality, and also helpful hints and tips covering company parties. Click to read more

When is a Verbal Warning not a Verbal Warning?

By |November 29th, 2015|Blog|

Some managers get confused by what exactly is a ‘verbal warning’. A lot will depend on whether the Organisation’s Discipline (and Capability) policy includes a formal ‘verbal warning’ stage or not, however it should be noted that a 'formal' verbal warning stage was removed from the ACAS code of practice some years ago. The term [...]

Can Workplace Banter still exist?

By |November 29th, 2015|Blog|

In an Employment Tribunal case, a nurse had been fired for gross misconduct for comments made as she helped to restrain a male patient having an epileptic fit. The nurse quipped: 'It's been a few months since I have been in this position with a man underneath me' as she straddled his naked body while [...]

Combatting Stress in the Workplace

By |November 29th, 2015|Blog|

Stress is a condition that affects many people, yet is one that is still neglected by a number of businesses. In our experience, part of the problem is that there are people who use stress as an excuse when they are not actually stressed. This can lead to a cynical view in a business where [...]

Company Parties and the Potential Fallout

By |November 3rd, 2015|Blog|

Throughout the year many organisations host / organise a staff event, some to say thanks to the staff for the hard work, some to cover a specific event such as a product launch or achievement of an award.  These events are intended to be fun and enjoyable but there can be costly results for the organisation [...]

HR / H&S November 2015 Newsletter

By |November 3rd, 2015|Newsletters|

This month we look at legislation updates on Shared Parental Leave and Zero Hours Contracts, and also helpful hints and tips covering how to manage absence due to adverse weather (very pertinent given the approaching winter months). Click to read more

How to Manage Absence due to Adverse Weather

By |November 1st, 2015|Blog|

During winter months especially, we are often asked 'how do we manage the situation where employees don't attend work due to bad weather? Do we have to pay them?”.  Also, “what about employees who want to leave work early due to the adverse weather conditions such as snow?”.  The legal position is that employers are [...]