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Non-Disclosure Agreement current situation

03 March 2020 | Jatinder Tara

Confidentiality clauses or non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are provisions in a contract which seek to prohibit the disclosure of certain information /conduct and thus can serve has a useful and legitimate tool to protect the reputations of organisations / individuals.

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Employers liabilities to bad weather

25 February 2020 | Anoop Sodhi

It’s that time of the year again where adverse weather could severely disrupt business continuity due to non-attendance of staff.

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Constructive Dismissal

21 February 2020 | Shabir Karatella

In this recent case there are considerations in regards to the needs of an employee with a disability. It proves that where employers do not give genuine, reasonable and adequate consideration towards the needs of disabled employees it can lead to an employee successfully claiming unfair constructiv…

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Spent convictions and DBS checks

14 February 2020 | Maria Yukhnovich

A Criminal Record checks provides the employers with a person’s criminal history. With over 20% of the working age population, having a criminal record today, employers face challenges when recruiting staff and over existing employees.

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Employer’s obligations to Coronavirus?

10 February 2020 | Jatinder Tara

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 30th January 2020 declared that the coronavirus was a global public health emergency and in response to WHO declaration, the UK Chief Medical Officer have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

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Tinnitus Awareness Week – 3rd to 9th February 2020

06 February 2020 | Andy Hooke

Did you know up to 1 in 8 people in the UK live with a persistent form of Tinnitus, and over the next ten years this is expected to increase by a further 550,000 people*?

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Does TUPE apply to workers?

03 February 2020 | Jatinder Tara

If a person working in your business on a casual basis, such as a zero hours contract, they are not employees, they are classed as ‘workers.’  Workers currently have limited employment rights, for example they do not acquire unfair dismissal rights against an employer, even after 2 years’ service.

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The effects of the Coronavirus

29 January 2020 | Andy Hooke

So, I’m sure you have by now heard of the Coronavirus over in China, which has now started to spread into Europe, the USA and other places and now at the time of writing this, over 4,500 people have been infected and 106 people have sadly died.

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Recovery cost for suing a client not paying an invoice

27 January 2020 | Raj Laxman

Many small medium sized businesses often face the situation where a client fails to pay an invoice. This can cause the business financial problems and cause the business owner a lot stress.

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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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Andy Hooke

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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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