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Garden Leave or Annual Leave?

15 November 2018 | Anoop Sodhi

Can the employer force the employee to take their annual leave entitlement during the garden leave period?

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Lock down

12 November 2018 | Andy Hooke

Unfortunately, of late, as you will be aware from national media coverage, terrorist related events in the UK have become more common, as well as a rise in firearms related incidents.

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Are you Asbestos Aware?

07 November 2018 | Andy Hooke

What is hazardous to health but used to be in everyday items such as toothpaste, brake linings, some cigarette filters and a whole plethora of other items, including fake snow used during the filming of the 1950’s Wizard of Oz film?

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How to Use Mediation to Resolve Workplace Conflicts

30 October 2018 | Arti Patel

Mediation as defined by ACAS is a ‘completely, voluntary and confidential form of resolving workplace disputes between employees’.

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Working at Height

22 October 2018 | Andy Hooke

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities. Let us help you, we can offer health and safety training courses to support you and your business and upskill your employees which would reduce the likelihood of an incident

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Financial Risks of Unfair Dismissal

15 October 2018 | Jatinder Tara

Employers may sometimes wonder what the financial risks would be of dismissing an employee unfairly, and where an employee alleges unfair dismissal, the potential claims ...

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World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2018

04 October 2018 | Anoop Sodhi

World Mental Health Day is a day where mental health awareness is recognised on a global scale. It promotes awareness of mental health issues and why we need to update our views and embrace change in society and the workplace.

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Gender Reassignment in the Workplace

02 October 2018 | Arti Patel

The ‘Trans Employee Experiences Survey 2016’ was a survey carried out on over 400 trans people across the UK. Findings have shown that 60% had experienced transphobic discrimination

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Parental (Leave and Pay) Bereavement Bill 2018

02 October 2018 | Ruth Frank

The government began its consultation, into bereavement pay for parents who lose a child, in October 2017. The Bill has now received Royal Assent and is likely to come into force in 2020.

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Gas Safety Week

12 September 2018

Gas safety week is coming up starting 17th September, so now is an ideal time to ask when were your gas appliances last serviced? A thorough service will check your Gas Safety.

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Grenfell Tower - What have we learnt one year on?

06 August 2018 | Andy Hooke

On 14th June 2017 a small fire in a kitchen believed to have started in a refrigerator in a flat in Grenfell Tower developed into what has been called the deadliest fire disaster in the UK since World War II.

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PUWER Regulations – Be on Your Guard

31 July 2018 | Andy Hooke

Have you assessed your machinery and its safety system in line with PUWER (The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998)?

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Equality Act 2010

30 July 2018 | Arti Patel

The Equality Act 2010 confirms the importance that employers should treat men and women equally in the terms and conditions of employment if they are employed to do the following:

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Dress Code Discrimination Cases

25 July 2018 | Arti Patel

The government equalities office published a report on dress codes and sex discrimination in May 2018. The report covers employers’ and employees’ responsibilities on dress codes, making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees and

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Employment Tribunal - Disability Discrimination

11 July 2018

The Employment Appeal Tribunal finds that Disciplining for 60 days' sickness absence was disability discrimination. Mrs O'Connor was disabled within the definition of disability set by the Equality Act 2010. Both parties to the litigation accepted that this was the case.

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Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Systems

10 July 2018 | Andy Hooke

An LEV system is used to remove airborne contaminants such as dust, fumes, smoke etc to prevent them causing harm to workers. An example of this would be an extractor at a welding station or paint spraying booth for instance.

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Transfer of Undertaking - TUPE

03 July 2018 | Ruth Frank

With the ever increasing court rulings interpreting the provisions of the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) it has never been more complicated to determine whether TUPE applies to business transfers or ...

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Rights for Fathers

28 June 2018

On 20 March 2018, the Women and Equalities Committee published a report, Fathers and the workplace, which called on the government to make a number of improvements to fathers' rights at work

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Hermes' Couriers at Employment Tribunal

26 June 2018

In this "landmark" ruling, the employment tribunal ruled that a group of couriers were not independent contractors, as Hermes had claimed, but were in fact workers who should be entitled to essential workers' rights.

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Disciplinary Process - Delay due to Criminal Charges

25 June 2018 | Jatinder Tara

Under normal circumstances employers must carry out their own internal investigation and follow a fair procedure before dismissing an employee or taking any other disciplinary action.

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Meet the Quest Experts

Hema Mistry

Solutions Delivery Team Leader

Over her 20+ years in HR, Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries including retail, consumer goods, leisure and customer service.

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; worked for a national consultancy business as HR/employment law advisor and worked as a claimant representative for seven years which involved managing cases from the start through to representation at Employment Tribunal. In total she has 18 years employment law experience.

Jatinder Tara

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Jatinder has a LLB Honours Law Degree and is a qualified Solicitor. With over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law and HR matters, which include Employment Tribunal litigation, he has a sound understanding of issues arising in the workplace environment and 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). With a passion for health and safety and with experience in a range of environments Andy is well placed to answer your questions.

Anoop Sodhi

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Anoop is MCIPD qualified and a confident HR professional with extensive experience in providing pragmatic employee relation advice to clients.

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