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Sickness days on the rise

21 November 2019

Sickness days are increasing once again according to the Office for National Statistics.  In 2018 – employees took 141.1 million sick days costing companies millions of pounds in absenteeism.  There were a multitude reasons for taking sick days last year ranging from coughs and colds, musculoskeleta…

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Workplace Relationships

18 November 2019 | Arti Patel

Following the recent news on McDonald’s Chief Executive, Steve Easterbrook who was fired after having a consensual relationship with one of his employees, it is important for employers to understand how to deal with relationships in the workplace. The Chief Executive was found making “poor judgement…

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Alcohol awareness week - Monday 11th November 2019

08 November 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Alcohol awareness week commences 11th November 2019.  The theme is ‘alcohol and me’.  The purpose ‘alcohol awareness’ is to discuss the impact of alcohol and health.  In today’s society alcohol plays a big part; whether it is due to celebrations or a quite drink in a pub we all have a duty to look a…

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Whistleblowing - reasonable belief in public interest?

07 November 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Whilst whistle-blowing must fall within public interest and thus must not relate to the employee’s individual concerns over his/her contract of employment but where the employee’s concerns suggest some overlap between personal and public interest then whistle blowing protection could still apply as…

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Employees’ Rights and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Treatment

31 October 2019 | Arti Patel

From 28th October to 3rd November, the Fertility Network UK are raising awareness through to a wider audience. They are supporting employees and employers on fertility education and fertility in the workplace. Infertility is becoming a real issue where ‘1 in 6 couples in the UK are affected and majo…

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Managing stress in the workplace

30 October 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

National Stress Awareness Day falls on Wednesday 6th November 2019 this year.  It is part of the international stress awareness week (4th – 8th November 2019).  The purpose of this day is to raise stress awareness and to look at coping mechanisms.

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Employee consent when using their photo for marketing

25 October 2019

Many employers use the photographs of their staff to promote their business websites and as part of their business marketing campaigns both in print and on social media. This is often done with good positive intentions to demonstrate that the company values its staff and the services they provide to…

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Failure to comply with the right of accompaniment

23 October 2019

By law, all employees have a right to be accompanied at a disciplinary and grievance hearing either by a work colleague or trade union representative. Employers must act fairly and reasonably and allow an employee to bring a companion. This is highlighted under the Employment Rights Act 1999 under s…

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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

16 October 2019 | Shabir Karatella

Commonly referred to as “vibration white finger”, uncontrolled exposure to vibrating equipment over time, will cause nerve damage in the fingers. Eventually, nerve endings die, blood circulation to the finger tips stops, and you end up with white fingers.

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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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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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