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Modern Slavery in the UK

23 February 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

Modern slavery is not something new. It has been around for many years and still exists in today’s society behind closed doors.

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Recovering training costs

18 February 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

Training costs are an immense cost to any organisations. Investing in staff in the long term maybe beneficial for the company but what happens when staff are fully/part trained and are considering leaving the business?

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Kickstart scheme – a positive reminder to employers

12 February 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

The Kickstart scheme was introduced by Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, in Summer 2020.  With an investment of £2 billion pounds, it is a positive approach to assist thousands of long term unemployed young people back into work. The scheme is expected to last until next year 2022.

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LGBT History Month

09 February 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

February is LGBT history month. This month celebrates diversity of all people within our communities including Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Trans.

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Factors to consider for zero hour contracts

08 February 2021 | Shabir Karatella

Following a recent governmental review, the spotlight has fallen on zero-hours contracts. The term “zero-hours contracts” is not a legal term.

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Whatsapp messages when conducting an investigation

03 February 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

Whatsapp is an extremely popular app amongst many work colleagues. It is seen as a useful workplace communication tool, particularly when arranging team meeting and social events.

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Time to talk day is on 4th February 2021

02 February 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

Time to talk 2021 will be held on Thursday 4th February 2021.  It is an important day to observe well- being and mental health.

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Continuity of employment after redundancy or furlough

01 February 2021

Where an employee is made redundant or job ends and then is taken back on furlough, what happens to their continuity of employment?

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World Cancer Day is 4th February 2021

29 January 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

World cancer day falls on 4th February 2021. All countries will observe this day to raise awareness about this deadly disease which can develop at any time and in any part of the body destroying healthy organs.

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Status determination of contractors

28 January 2021 | Raj Laxman

Companies should now prepare for the new legislation coming into force on the 6 April 2021. It will require medium and large employers who take on contractors via intermediary agents to carefully determine the status of that contractor.

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Requests to work remotely abroad

27 January 2021 | Raj Laxman

Government directions on Covid 19 have stated that an employee should work from home where they can. Technology has freed employees from geographical restrictions, and they can work remotely even whilst abroad. However, this can have legal and practical implications for the employer.

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SIX KEY HR ISSUES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2021

22 January 2021 | Hema Mistry

From 1st January 2021 employers wanting to recruit from outside the UK must comply with the new point-based immigration system. EEA nationals arriving in the UK from 1st January must comply with the new rules.

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Changing a flexible working agreement

21 January 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

There will come a time when an employee may wish to reconsider their contractual hours due to a change in personal circumstances, for example a new mother or father may want to make a flexible working request to fit around their family life.

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CAN AN EMPLOYER FORCE AN EMPLOYEE TO BE VACCINATED?

19 January 2021 | Shabir Karatella

The simple answer is NO. The Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 specifically states that members of the public should not be forced to undergo any medical treatment including vaccinations.

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GDPR – ‘Manifestly Excessive and Unfounded’ Subject Access Requests

15 January 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

In October, the Information Commissioners office updated sections of the Right of Access guidance; although the current principles still stand, the content is more detailed and descriptive.

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Blue Monday 18th January 2021 and mental health

13 January 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

Blue Monday is in the third week of January and this year it falls on 18th 2021.  Blue Monday is thought to be the most depressing day of the year.  A combination of cold miserable weather, post-Christmas blues and credit card bills added to the glumness.

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Health and Safety Protection for ‘Workers’

12 January 2021 | Shabir Karatella

The High Court ruled that the government failed to grant ‘gig economy’ workers rights under Health and Safety legislation.

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Supporting working parents during Covid19 restrictions

11 January 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

In the UK we are now into a third lockdown due to the Covid 19 virus with stringent measures in place including parents now having to conduct distance learning sessions for their children.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended FAQs

08 January 2021

On Thursday 17th December 2020 the government announced the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until 30th April 2021.

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Unusual unfair dismissal outcomes

06 January 2021 | Anoop Sodhi

Any misconduct must be investigated by the employer fairly.  Businesses should follow a process including investigation which may (or may not) lead to a disciplinary hearing.

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Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries, including employment advisory and consultancy services, retail, manufacturing and leisure. She is MCIPD qualified. This experience enables her to quickly understand how organisations operate, how to interact with their business leaders and to deliver effective, commercial and practical solutions. Hema complements the team bringing a calm yet determined and tenacious approach to help keep a sharp focus on core objectives.

Andy Hooke

Health, Safety & Training Business Partner

Andy is NEBOSH and NCRQ trained and a technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), he is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Andy is often found studying the latest updates to legislation to keep his knowledge up to date and provide the best advice. He has 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.

Jill Colston

HR and Training Business Partner

Having started a career as a police officer; Jill changed careers to HR & Training dealing with Equality & Diversity in the workplace. Jill has over 15 years’ experience in HR, working in the UK, Europe and Australia. Jill is passionate about Diversity, Inclusion and HR and has supported companies in managing their HR and training needs. She has a wealth of expertise across HR, dealing with challenging casework, TUPE transfers, redundancies, company restructure projects, mediation, training, organisational development systems, equality and diversity. Jill has worked in a variety of industries including; logistics, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare and the travel industry.

Arti Patel

HR Business Partner

Arti has developed her HR knowledge and experience from both operational and outsourced consultancy-based HR positions. Arti provides support and advice on a range of HR matters including employee relations casework, managing redundancies, disciplinary matters, and appraisals. Her background includes working for medium to large organisations in various industries.

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 focused advice.

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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