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National Minimum Wage and Pay Reference Periods

15 May 2019 | Arti Patel

From 1st April 2019, the national minimum wage and national living wage rates increased, and employers have the responsibility to ensure their employees are receiving the correct rates of pay within their pay reference period.

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Neurodiversity in the Workplace

15 May 2019 | Arti Patel

ACAS has recently published some guidance to help employers manage neurodiversity. There are increasing number of employers that has a neurodiverse workforce without realising. Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information.

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When is mediation right for you?

15 May 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

The process of mediation has been used in HR for decades.  It is particularly common in grievance and disciplinary situations as a way to resolve (or to control) employee conflict within the work place.

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Break Entitlement

15 May 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Under the Working Time Regulations (WTR), an adult worker is entitled to a rest break if their daily working time exceeds six hours. A rest break is a period of at least 20 minutes unpaid break which the adult worker is entitled to spend away from their workstation and should be taken within the six…

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

15 May 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 runs from 13th May to 19th May. This year the focus is on body image (#bebodykind).  1 in 6 people suffer from mental health problem every year (source: Mind 2019).  Common symptoms of mental health include stress, depression and anxiety however mental health can be…

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Are your elevators safe?

03 May 2019 | Andy Hooke

The HSE have recently put out a safety alert around platform lifts (the type that are primarily used for those with impaired mobility). It has been noted that occasions of door locks / latches are inadequate or have been tampered with leading to a risk of falling from height as the lift is able to o…

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Dismissal for Asserting a Statutory Right

30 April 2019 | Ruth Frank

To acquire the right to make a claim for unfair dismissal an employee must have been continuously employed for a minimum of two years.  The exceptions to this rule include any claims brought under the Equality Act 2010 for discrimination under one of the protected characteristics; sex, sexual orient…

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TUPE Pitfalls For Employers

26 April 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

TUPE – "Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006" allows employers to transfer staff from one employer to the next without breaking the terms and conditions of employment.  TUPE also applies to service provision when a contractor takes over the activities from another i.e…

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HSE Fee for Intervention

25 April 2019 | Andy Hooke

The HSE’s Fee For Intervention (FFI) scheme was launched in 2012, with the objective of placing the burden of the HSE’s costs on any business in which the HSE have had to intervene due to a material breach in health and safety legislation, and thus reducing the cost to the taxpayer for such action.

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Overtime Pay

15 April 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Do Employers have to pay staff for doing "a bit extra" before or after work? The employment tribunal decision in the case of Fitz v Holland and Barrett 2019 gives employers some guidance on such matters.

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Redundancy Trial Period

15 April 2019 | Ruth Frank

An essential part of the redundancy process is trial periods.  They apply where the person at risk is given the opportunity to trial working in a different role so that both parties (employer/employee) can decide whether the role is suitable or not.

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Employment Tribunals Up 23%

09 April 2019 | Ruth Frank

Since the UK Supreme Court abolished tribunal fees in July 2017 employment tribunal (ET) claims have continued to increase quarter on quarter.  The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have recently published the latest figures for the quarter October 2018 to December 2018. There has been an increase of 23…

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Can you safely suspend an employee pending an investigation?

09 April 2019 | Jatinder Tara

As part of a disciplinary process, whether to suspend an employee who is under investigation is a common query raised at Quest HR.  The judgment of the Court of Appeal in London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo 2019 now provides authoritative guidance on such disciplinary suspensions.

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Menopause in the Workplace

09 April 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

The topic of menopause has become more apparent within the work place today. With more than 3.8 million working women over the age of 50, it is beneficial for the employer to understand the condition as well as the effects that it may have within the workplace.

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Important Payslip Changes

08 April 2019 | Arti Patel

From 6 April 2019, new legislation under the Employment Rights Act 1996 will impact employers on how they provide payslips to their workforce. Under the new changes, employers are required to provide itemised payslips to workers under their payroll and not just employees.

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Health and Safety Prosecutions

01 April 2019 | Andy Hooke

An electrical contractor whose employee suffered electrical burns & being in a coma for three weeks has just been prosecuted and fined a total of £225,000 and ordered to pay £10,662.56 in costs for breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 after a serious incident wher…

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Holiday Pay Ruling

26 March 2019 | Arti Patel

In the case of The Sash Window Workshop and another v King, the European Court of Justice ruled that anyone deemed to have “worker” status must be able to carry over paid annual leave even if they have not had the opportunity to take this. The judgement made it clear that Sash Window Workshops’ igno…

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Annual Leave Entitlement

26 March 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

With so many different types of contracts of employment available to employees (e.g. zero hours, annualised, casual etc.) working out annual leave entitlement can be a trying situation.

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2019

26 March 2019 | Andy Hooke

Global Asbestos Awareness Week (1-7 April 2019) aims to increase awareness of asbestos and prevent exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn and take action.

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Employment Law Changes 2019

22 March 2019 | Jatinder Tara

When it comes to a list of concerns in running businesses, employment law issues may come top of the list for many Employers as it is extremely complex with continual changing provisions and can be extremely costly when an organization get it wrong therefore to assist our members, we have picked ou…

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Meet the Quest Experts

Hema Mistry

Operations Manager

With over 20 years experience in HR, Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries, including employment advisory and consultancy services, retail, manufacturing and leisure. Being MCIPD qualified enables her to quickly understand how organisations operate, how to interact with their business leaders and to deliver effective commercial and practical solutions.

Arti Patel

HR Business Partner

Arti has a strong background in HR and is a fully qualified CIPD member. She has worked with challenging casework and has a good understanding of how to deal with workplace matters as they arise.

Ruth Frank

Employment Law Consultant

Ruth graduated in 1999 with a Degree in Law with honours and is a highly-experienced HR and employment law advisor. Prior to joining Quest in 2010 Ruth worked in various roles where she has advised on employment law. She has worked for a national consultancy business as HR/employment law advisor and worked as a claimant representative which involved managing cases from the start through to representation at Employment Tribunal. Ruth has more than 18 years employment law experience.

Jatinder Tara

Advice Line Team Leader

Jatinder is qualified non-practising Solicitor, he has over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law, HR matters and Employment Tribunal litigation. He manages the legal and HR advice line team ensuring the delivery of advice is effective verbally and in correspondence. He has experience in training and coaching work colleagues in all aspects of legal and employment matters. With his sound understanding of issues arising with in the workplace environment, Jatinder aims to deliver clear and concise client focussed advice.

Andy Hooke

Health, Safety & Training Business Partner

Andy is NEBOSH trained and a technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH). Andy is often found studying the latest updates to legislation to keep his knowledge up to date and provide the best advice. With a passion for health and safety and experience in a range of environments from large corporates to small business, Andy is well placed to support you in all your health and safety needs.

Anoop Sodhi

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Anoop is an experienced HR Advisor and is part of the Telephone Advice Line Team. Anoop has worked in both the public and private sector, providing Employment Law advice ranging from grievances, disciplinaries, performance management, attendance management and mediation. Anoop is a trained mediator and provides down to earth, pragmatic, commercial advice. Outside of work, Anoop actively participates as a CIPD Board Member of East Midlands.

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