Work related stress translating to long term absence is growing and the impact to business’ is significant. So, when it comes to dismissing an employee due to ill health can be tricky if it is to do with a potential protected characteristic in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.Read more
Are you a producer of chemicals, or do you supply to or buy from the EU? Maybe you are just a business that uses chemicals? There may be some actions required in preparation for Britain leaving the European Union, including understanding changes to REACH (Registration, evaluation, authorisation and…Read more
The Working Families Organisation (the UK’s leading work/life balance organisation) want to build employers awareness on balancing their employees’ working time with their personal leisure and family time. Therefore, they have introduced a campaign called the National Work Life Week, which will begi…Read more
It is crucial that the use of equipment and handling of stock is managed correctly around the workplace as failure to do so could affect the business in a negative way. An example of where incidents could arise due to an incorrect process is racking.Read more
Under s.10 of the Equality Act 2010 (the Act), “religious or philosophical belief “are protected characteristics and thus an employee cannot be treated unfairly in holding such believes otherwise the employee would have the following potential claims.Read more
Much can be gained in having a relaxed work place environment where employees can talk and express opinions freely to each other however with workplace banter there is a very fine line which can easily be crossed and turn banter into unlawful bullying and harassment even if the purpose was not to ca…Read more
For decades apprentice schemes have proved useful to both the employer and the employee. There are many advantages to an apprenticeship scheme as it allows the individual to learn on the job whilst gaining a recognised qualification.Read more
The rise of 3D printing has seen these devices becoming more accessible nowadays making things that were previously difficult to produce in a short space of time with decent accuracy now possible in a much quicker and often cheaper manner which is great for business and consumers alike, although a r…Read more
In the absence of a relevant agreement, payment in lieu of unused statutory holidays on the termination of a worker's employment must be calculated according to the formula laid down by the Working Time Regulations (WTR)Read more
Social media plays a significant role when it comes to making or breaking your organisations reputation. With the increasing use of social media in both our business and personal lives, it is more important than ever for companies to protect their reputations.Read more
Most claims stem from a Company misunderstanding or otherwise not being fully aware of employment legislation, such as the Working Time Regulations (1998) & The Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007, The Employment Rights Act 1996 and The Equality Act 2010. In addition to employment law, employe…Read more
The legal starting point is that an individual should not be allowed to profit from their unlawful activity and in the employment context, this means that under normal circumstances illegal workers cannot claim protection from unfair dismissal and or assert any contractual rights where the employmen…Read more
If an employer loses an employment tribunal the payout can be a large amount and have a significant impact on the business. The compensation paid to the claimant can run into millions of pounds and there is no cap or limit.Read more
You don't have to have a protected characteristic to be directly discriminated against for it. Two forms of discrimination deal with this: discrimination by association (or associative discrimination); and discrimination by perception (perceptive discrimination).Read more
Following consultation carried out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Government has recently published plans to extend redundancy protection to pregnant women and employees returning from maternity and adoption leave.Read more
No, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) have recently ruled that it is not discriminatory on the grounds of sex, for employers to refuse fathers enhanced shared parental leave (SPL) pay and allow women to be entitled to enhanced maternity pay.Read more
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.
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.
HR and Training Business Partner
Jill has over 14 years’ experience in HR & Training. Having started a career as a police officer; she changed careers to HR & Training dealing with Equality & Diversity in the workplace. 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, company restructure projects, mediation, training, organisational development systems; equality and diversity.
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.
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.
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.