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Subject Access Requests

20 March 2018

What are Subject Access Requests? The Data Protection Act (DPA) was implemented into UK law in 1998 following a directive from Europe by way of the Data Protection Directive.  It was designed to regulate the way personal data is used and stored.  Section 1(1) of the DPA describes “personal data” be…

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Zero Hours Contracts – The Taylor Report

20 February 2018

Commissioned by the government, Matthew Taylor, the head of the Royal Society of Arts began his inquiry into ‘controversial employment practices’. That was ten months ago and the report was published on 11 July 2017.

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Fit for Work Scheme Scrapped

08 February 2018

In September 2015, the government introduced the ‘Fit for Work’ scheme in a bid assist employers with sickness absence.

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5 Tips to Transform a Performance Management Process

29 January 2018

Performance management is not a one-off occurrence but instead an all year-round process – managers need to reconsider their methods of appraising their team members and ensuring that this is an ongoing process rather than an annual ‘tick box’ activity.

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Compliance in 2018

25 January 2018

Each year, changes to employment law, challenge businesses more and more. Non-compliance can lead to heavy fines putting additional pressure on the SME to remain in business.

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Increase in Employment Tribunal Fees

09 January 2018

In July, the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees were unlawful. Following this decision, the number of claims has already increased threefold. The July ruling found that the fees – which were set up to £1,200 - were “discriminatory” against women

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Employment Legislation 2018

27 December 2017 | Hema Mistry

What employment legislation changes are in store for 2018? As the end of the year 2017 beckons, HR professionals will no doubt be thinking ahead to 2018 and what is to come from an employment legislation perspective.

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Do you Know the 7 Points to Consider for a Work Christmas Party?

14 December 2017

Guidance for employers at a work Christmas party. As the festive spirit kicks in at this time of the year, employers may wish to share some rules with their employees to avoid any legal implications from a work Christmas party.

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Holiday Pay

04 December 2017

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) looks set to have huge financial ramifications for UK businesses with regards to holiday pay.

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Workplace Investigations - Disciplinary and Grievance

23 November 2017

Comprehensive employee workplace investigations are an effective risk management tool and are potentially critical to any defence by an employer in the event of potentially litigious proceedings.

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Employment Status and Statutory Rights

16 November 2017

Employment status has a big effect on companies especially when it comes to statutory rights. Considering the gig economy, which is growing rapidly, two companies have dominated the news in recent weeks for this reason

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The Finance Bill 2017 and Termination Payments

01 November 2017

The government announced in 2016 that changes would be made to the rules relating to tax and national insurance contributions (NIC) on termination payments that will take effect from 6 April 2018.

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Bereavement Leave

25 October 2017

The right to take up to two weeks’ paid leave (bereavement leave) after the death of a child is expected to become law in 2020 – this will be one of the most generous in the world.

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Positive Mental Health Promotion

19 October 2017

Modern life is a stressful place and it is estimated that one in four of the population will encounter a mental health issue within their lifetime. Therefore, there is greater onus on employers to understand and adapt to this increasing epidemic

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Health and Safety Audits

11 October 2017

What are health and safety audits and why should I do them? Health and safety audits define compliance with health and safety legislation as well as determining if your work activities relate to your planned arrangements (such as how you manage hazardous substances) and whether they are being imple…

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Recruiting - how will you tackle it?

21 September 2017

Monetary and time costs can be high when recruiting The expense of recruiting can make quite a dent in the budget when trying to recruit the right person for a vacancy, as Suffolk county council recently found out to their cost.  It is reported* that not only did they spend £32,000 looking for a ne…

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Sickness Absence

11 September 2017

Sickness absence due to ‘morning sickness” In light of the news that the Duchess of Cambridge had to cancel a recent appointment due to suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), or as more commonly known, extreme morning sickness, I wondered just how this affects the average employer; and just wh…

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Fire Safety Fines

04 September 2017

Is there a difference in a health and safety fine compared to a fire safety fine? A question that I have been wondering about for some time. You would you’re a health and safety person! Well, yes I suppose I am and proud of it! Back to my quandary. It would appear that two companies were co-handed…

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Probation Periods

31 August 2017

Why do we have probation periods? Although there is no statutory requirement to include probationary periods in an employment contract, this process is recommended to monitor a new or newly promoted employee’s performance. There is no set period that a probation should be for and therefore it shoul…

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Stacking Safely

21 August 2017

Pallet stacking safely is paramount Accidents can happen if stacking safely is not adhered to.  Earlier this year a company was fined £2 million when two stacked plastic bales fell and crushed a man to death. What happened? The bales were stacked three high and around eight or nine deep, however…

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Meet the Quest Experts

Hema Mistry

Head of Operations

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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