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What are the statutory sick pay (SSP) guidelines?

12 July 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Statutory sick pay is a universal payment all employers must pay should their employees be signed off from work due to sickness.  Some companies offer contractual sick pay – i.e. full pay for a period however more companies rely on government SSP guidelines.

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Employees working under the influence of alcohol and drugs

04 July 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Employers have a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to provide, as far as is reasonably practicable, a safe place of work and safe systems of work for their staff. If an employer knowingly allows a member of staff under the influence of alcohol or drugs into the workplace…

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We are Cyber Essentials Certified!

02 July 2019

You can find us on the directory of organisations awarded Cyber Essentials. The Cyber Essentials scheme is designed by the government and industry to help UK organisations with limited experience of cyber security to improve defences.

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Is a 4 day working week practical?

28 June 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

The talk of a 4 day working week has been on the UK agenda for many years.  With work life balance being top of the agenda as well as good mental health, the possibility maybe sooner than you think.  Studies have shown that there are many advantages in reducing the working week.

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The effects of summer in the workplace

27 June 2019 | Andy Hooke

Summertime is here (for now), although pleasant to have a break from the rain and cold we know and love in the UK, it’s important to remember the heat can be dangerous; particularly for vulnerable people such as children, the elderly and those with medical conditions affected by it.

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2020 Changes

19 June 2019 | Arti Patel

The government have committed to a wide range of policy and legislative changes that are outlined in the Good Work Plan which was issued in December 2018.  The good work plan is the Prime Minister’s way of showing that the UK will continue to protect worker’s rights when the UK leaves the European U…

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Employee Dismissal Appeal

17 June 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Other than in Northern Ireland, there is no statutory right for an appeal to a dismissal, however the ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievances procedures suggests an appeal should be provided against a decision made by the employer.  Normally this would be reflected in a well drafted dis…

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Disciplinary and Criminal Investigations

13 June 2019 | Ruth Frank

As is often the case employers must deal with incidences where the conduct of their staff might involve a criminal investigation as well as their own internal investigations.  Some examples of that are theft, assault, or some other serious conduct that warrants a police investigation.

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Dismissal and misconduct outside of the workplace

12 June 2019 | Ruth Frank

Due to the expansion of social media and technology, employee’s work and private lives are increasingly becoming blurred. Sometimes, it is not clear whether employee’s work and personal lives are separate. This raises issues for employers when acting on managing misconduct outside of work.

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When can you justify discrimination?

12 June 2019 | Arti Patel

The Equality Act 2010 protects your employees from discrimination in the workplace.  The act covers 8 protected characteristics; Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.

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A year on from GDPR… What have we learnt?

11 June 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Since the introduction of the new European law a year ago - General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), employers now broach the topic of data differently.  Though the concept still remains very similar to the old Data Protection Act, GDPR guidelines has broken down individual rights succulently.  In…

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Paid Travel Time

03 June 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Should employers be paying employees for time travel to a customer’s site?  When does the clock start ticking?  What counts as working time?  Does this apply to employees?  Mobile workers?  Self employed?

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Safety of Children in the Workplace

30 May 2019 | Andy Hooke

From time to time there may be occasions where children are on your work premises, whether they are accompanying their parent who is a staff member, a pupil / student (including work experience), there for a particular event or if in a public place just passing through. Many family friendly business…

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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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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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