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Dismissing an employee with a disability

14 October 2019 | Poonam Bhatt

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.

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World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2019

10 October 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

World Mental Health Day falls on 10th October 2019.   It is a day where mental health awareness is recognised on a global scale. Countries will share and promote a better understanding of mental health conditions.

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Chemical Regulation After Brexit

09 October 2019 | Andy Hooke

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…

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National Work Life Week

07 October 2019 | Arti Patel

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…

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Cancer Awareness in the workplace

02 October 2019 | Arti Patel

By 2020, one in two people (47%) will get cancer at some point in their lives (Macmillan Cancer Support) and it is important that employers become well equipped to deal with employees who may have the condition.

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Eligibility for SMP

30 September 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees from pregnancy and maternity discrimination from day 1.  An employer can face unlimited fines from an employment tribunal if an employee can demonstrate that they have been treated unfairly.

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A serious accident can cause a serious issue

26 September 2019

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.

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Can an opinion over Brexit or other beliefs be perceived as a "philosophical belief”?

25 September 2019 | Jatinder Tara

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.

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Workplace Banter – ‘Just a bit of fun’?

23 September 2019 | Poonam Bhatt

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…

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Apprenticeship Frameworks

18 September 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

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.

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Is 3D Printing Safe?

16 September 2019 | Andy Hooke

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…

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Calculating holiday entitlement when leaving a job

12 September 2019 | Jatinder Tara

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)

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Can social media damage an organisations reputation?

11 September 2019

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.

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Our tips on how to avoid an employment tribunal

04 September 2019

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…

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If an employee is employed illegally, can they bring claims following dismissal?

30 August 2019 | Arti Patel

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…

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Can the cost of an employment tribunal damage your business?

28 August 2019

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.

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Understanding discrimination by association and perception

23 August 2019 | Poonam Bhatt

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).

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Is it unlawful to make a woman redundant during maternity / adoption leave?

20 August 2019 | Jatinder Tara

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.

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Understanding a fit note

13 August 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

A fit note is a statement of fitness for work.  It is given by a GP or hospital doctor stating that the employee is unfit for work or if temporary workplace adjustments are needed.

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Shared Parental Leave Discrimination

07 August 2019 | Poonam Bhatt

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.

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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.

Jill Colston

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.

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.

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.

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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