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When to allow ‘positive action’

21 January 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

Many organisations have come to realise, mainly through the Equality Act 2010 and the media, the need to increase diversity within the workplace. Diversity is about respecting every person based on the 9 protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

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Is Veganism a ‘philosophical belief?’

17 January 2020 | Jatinder Tara

In a previous article published on the Quest website on 25th September 2019 a case was reported that asked whether veganism was a philosophical belief.  The outcome of that case has been questioned as there is now a preliminary hearing finding of an employment tribunal in the case of Casamitjana V L…

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How does an employer deal with inclement weather?

15 January 2020 | Andy Hooke

All employers owe a duty of care towards their employees, and to non-employees such as contractors under the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974, and various Regulations made under it. This duty of care is extended towards visitors by the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.

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How should I deal with a problem raised by an employee?

13 January 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

ACAS guidelines state it is important to try to resolve any workplace complaint without undue delay. The complaint could be formal or informal – in writing or verbally. The matter could be addressed swiftly through a 121 meeting – the employer could save a lot of time by avoiding a full grievance pr…

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Alterations to the 2020 Early May Bank Holiday

09 January 2020 | Raj Laxman

The Government has decided that in 2020 to honour the 75th anniversary of VE Day the Bank Holiday in May will be altered from Monday 4th of May to Friday 8th of May.

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What to do if your employee goes AWOL

02 January 2020

With it being January, the month of post-Christmas blues there can be an influx of sickness absences or more specifically absences without leave (AWOL). Employers may be faced with how to move forward with employees who have not come into work as they have gone on holiday without having prior author…

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Suspended Sentence for Contractor Following a Fatal Accident

17 December 2019 | Andy Hooke

A west midlands Scaffolding Company director has been handed a suspended sentence after failing to protect his employee so far as reasonably practicable by ensuring his safety at work. The company were engaged by the main roofing company undertaking the refurbishment of a factory roof.

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Who owns rights to an invention, the employer or the employee?

12 December 2019

The general position is stated in statutory provision namely section 39 of the Patents Act 1977 which states that any invention made by an employee belongs to the employer.  It has clauses to satisfy this provision;  if they are made,  ‘in the course of the normal duties of the employee or in the co…

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Third party discrimination of employees

09 December 2019 | Jill Colston

here are many sectors like hospitality, health care and retail where staff work closely with the public and other third parties, whilst performing their duties.  With such close connections, staff could be subjected to verbal abuse, threatening behaviour or assaults that could also be of a sexual na…

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Getting prepared for the adverse weather conditions

04 December 2019 | Andy Hooke

Now the weather has turned colder, our attention turns to the risk of show and ice and the disruption this can bring. We don’t have to think back too far to remember at the start of the year when widespread snow practically shut down several airports and rail stations.

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Does whistleblowing protection extend to workers and others?

29 November 2019 | Shabir Karatella

Ms Gilham was a district judge and during her tenure, she raised various concerns about cost-cutting reforms, excessive workloads and alleged poor working conditions, which she alleged amounted to “protected disclosures” under the whistleblowing provisions.

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Guidance for employers when throwing a christmas party

29 November 2019

The long-held tradition of the works Christmas parties are now in full swing, a chance to forget about work and enjoy relaxing with your colleagues. Due to fear of the reputational and legal fallout from bad behaviour at parties many employers cut back the plans and introduce measures which shield…

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Right to Notice Pay After Long-Term Sickness Absence

27 November 2019 | Jatinder Tara

With long-term sickness absence, employers have a duty of care to support the employee, which extends to making reasonable adjustments to the employee’s role. This is to assist the employee’s return back to work in circumstances where the medical prognosis suggests adjustments are desirable.

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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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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.

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.

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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