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Redundancy Trial Period

15 April 2019

An essential part of the redundancy process is trial periods.  They apply where the person at risk is given the opportunity to trial working in a different role so that both parties (employer/employee) can decide whether the role is suitable or not.

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Employment Tribunals Up 23%

09 April 2019

Since the UK Supreme Court abolished tribunal fees in July 2017 employment tribunal (ET) claims have continued to increase quarter on quarter.  The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have recently published the latest figures for the quarter October 2018 to December 2018. There has been an increase of 23…

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Can you safely suspend an employee pending an investigation?

09 April 2019 | Jatinder Tara

As part of a disciplinary process, whether to suspend an employee who is under investigation is a common query raised at Quest HR.  The judgment of the Court of Appeal in London Borough of Lambeth v Agoreyo 2019 now provides authoritative guidance on such disciplinary suspensions.

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Menopause in the Workplace

09 April 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

The topic of menopause has become more apparent within the work place today. With more than 3.8 million working women over the age of 50, it is beneficial for the employer to understand the condition as well as the effects that it may have within the workplace.

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Important Payslip Changes

08 April 2019 | Arti Patel

From 6 April 2019, new legislation under the Employment Rights Act 1996 will impact employers on how they provide payslips to their workforce. Under the new changes, employers are required to provide itemised payslips to workers under their payroll and not just employees.

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Health and Safety Prosecutions

01 April 2019 | Andy Hooke

An electrical contractor whose employee suffered electrical burns & being in a coma for three weeks has just been prosecuted and fined a total of £225,000 and ordered to pay £10,662.56 in costs for breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 after a serious incident wher…

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Holiday Pay Ruling

26 March 2019 | Arti Patel

In the case of The Sash Window Workshop and another v King, the European Court of Justice ruled that anyone deemed to have “worker” status must be able to carry over paid annual leave even if they have not had the opportunity to take this. The judgement made it clear that Sash Window Workshops’ igno…

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Annual Leave Entitlement

26 March 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

With so many different types of contracts of employment available to employees (e.g. zero hours, annualised, casual etc.) working out annual leave entitlement can be a trying situation.

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2019

26 March 2019 | Andy Hooke

Global Asbestos Awareness Week (1-7 April 2019) aims to increase awareness of asbestos and prevent exposure by bringing together experts and victims from around the world to share, learn and take action.

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Employment Law Changes 2019

22 March 2019 | Jatinder Tara

When it comes to a list of concerns in running businesses, employment law issues may come top of the list for many Employers as it is extremely complex with continual changing provisions and can be extremely costly when an organization get it wrong therefore to assist our members, we have picked ou…

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What is happening with Brexit?

22 March 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Brexit Employment Law and Legal Advice In a couple of weeks, the UK prepares to leave the EU regardless of whether there is a deal with the EU or not. For many, it is difficult to understand what kind of a deal Britain will be left with, as nothing has been decided. Here on the Employment Law and L…

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Whistleblowing Cases

11 March 2019 | Jatinder Tara

The case of Ibrahim v HCA International Ltd UKEAT/0105/18, The Employment Appeal Tribunal on appeal had to determine if a complaint of defamation could be regarded as protected disclosure.

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Resetting Passwords on Company Property

06 March 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Where a company provides a lap-top or mobile phone, does an employer have the right to unilaterally change passwords on an employee personal internet account set up by the employee on such devices?

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Accident Investigation

27 February 2019 | Andy Hooke

Businesses will experience an accident / incident of some degree and only by finding the root cause can we hope to prevent it recurring.

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The implications of wrongful deduction of wages and National Minimum Wage

08 February 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

In the past couple of weeks, the media has highlighted HMRC crack down on employers wrongfully deducting monies from their employee’s wages thus bringing their hourly rate of pay below the National Minimum Wage (NMW). This is largely due to human error and the methods employers have used to make suc…

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How does The Health & Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 affect non-employees?

06 February 2019 | Andy Hooke

It’s well known that The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty on employers to look after their employees – but what about others who are not employees? For example Contractors or Agency workers?

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Employment status - gig economy where does it all end?

04 February 2019 | Jatinder Tara

The gig economy gave rise to two important decisions last year over the employment status of self-employed individuals. In June 2018, the Supreme Court held that a plumber engaged by Pimlico Plumbers under a written agreement which stated the company was not obliged to offer work and he was not o…

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Asda Equal Pay Case

31 January 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Asda is again making headlines in its Equal Pay claim case. To first bring you up to speed, thousands of Asda employees have claimed that they have been discriminated against by doing comparable work (work of equal value) as their predominately male warehouse workers based in distribution centres.

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Winter Weather Working Attendance

31 January 2019 | Hema Mistry

The “beast from the east” caused severe weather disruptions in 2018 and it’s that time of the year again where adverse weather could severely disrupt business continuity where employees cannot attend work due to adverse weather conditions.

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Redundancy Notice

29 January 2019 | Anoop Sodhi

Many questions arise when an employee has been told that they are being made redundant – such as notice period, garden leave, holidays during notice and ‘I now have a job – will this affect my redundancy pay?’

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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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