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5
Nov

ACAS Conciliation

ACAS Conciliation In April 2014, compulsory ACAS conciliation will be introduced.  This will be a 4 step process: Step 1 Before lodging a claim with the tribunal, a prospective Claimant must send ACAS an early conciliation form which details “prescribed information” by email, post or in person.  At present the “prescribed information” is thought to

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17
Oct

Hell’s Kitchen for one employee

Hell’s Kitchen for one employee With news this week of dinner lady, Alison Waldock, being dismissed for gross misconduct due to “negligence, carelessness or idleness” for serving a Muslim child gammon, some are questioning whether this is just a step too far. Ms Waldock has said that the child in question chose the dish herself

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17
Oct

Our Ageing Workforce

Our Ageing Workforce In a recent study conducted by HSBC, it was found that 19% of those questioned in the UK felt that they would not be able to fully retire.  Government figures suggest that 7 million people are not saving enough for their retirement and with people living longer, any money which is saved

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17
Oct

Lie Detector Tests in the Workplace

Lie Detector Tests in the Workplace G4S has recently been in the news for a number of reasons. Most recently, for allegedly charging for tags which were not actually fitted to offenders and possibly not so well publicised, for being in the running to provide a contract for lie detector testing.  Having carried out two

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15
Oct

The Freedom of Facebook

The Freedom of Facebook There have been two recent cases concerning Facebook which are important for employers to be aware of: FREEDOM OF SPEECH The first case, Smith v Trafford Housing Trust [2012], concerned an employee expressing views which his employer deemed were contrary to its Code of Conduct.   The employee who was of Christian faith

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19
Sep

Ban the Burqa?

Ban the Burqa? Last week, Downing Street confirmed that the Prime Minister has said that he would support schools that wanted to ban the veil.  This week it has been announced that at least 17 NHS hospitals have banned front line staff from wearing the veil.  The Government has ordered a review of all health

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17
Sep

Zero-Hours Contracts

  Zero-hours Contracts The recent controversial announcement that there could be one million workers signed on to zero-hours contracts has prompted Business Secretary, Vince Cable, to request a review of the practice. Zero-hours contracts are employment arrangements whereby the employee agrees to be available as and when required for work.  There are no fixed hours

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15
Jul

Pre-Termination Negotiations

Pre-Termination Negotiations From 29 July 2013: pre-termination negotiations will be prevented from being referred to in evidence in unfair dismissal cases; and compromise agreements will be renamed as “settlement agreements” in all relevant pieces of employment legislation. Pre-termination negotiations relate to any discussions regarding any offer or discussion of proposed settlement terms in respect of an employee’s departure. 

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11
Jul

Have You Found Your Apprentice?

Have you found your Apprentice? With The Apprentice interviews having taken place last night, now may be a good time to look at your interview process and technique.  Recruitment is an exceptionally important function in any business.  People are your key drivers and if you select the right people, they can assist you in growing

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