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Brexit Implications for Employing Foreign Nationals

23 January 2019 | Jatinder Tara

With all the political chaos over the rejection of the Brexit plan by Parliament on Tuesday 15th January 2019, the Prime Minister is now considering new plans on the EU withdrawal to be shortly placed before Parliament.

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Unfair Dismissal

22 January 2019 | Arti Patel

A recent case by Kenneth Ball (B) v First Essex Buses (2018) has highlighted some important points employers must consider during disciplinary procedures.

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Gross Negligence Manslaughter & Corporate Manslaughter

15 January 2019 | Andy Hooke

What is Gross Negligence Manslaughter and how do I know if there is a liability for this?

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Restrictive Covenants

02 January 2019 | Jatinder Tara

Quite often HR Advisors at Quest get the above query coming up especially where the employee has moved on to work for a competitor. The starting point is quite simple, where employees have signed their employment contracts,

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Fundamental shake up of employment rights to be introduced

19 December 2018

Greg Clarke ,The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, on 17th December 2018 delivered a statement to Parliament over a set of measures to change and reform employment rights under the “good work plan” (the plan) which sets out the Government’s future vision for the UK lab…

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Employment Legislation for 2019

18 December 2018

It’s that time of year again! Hopefully all of your Christmas preparations are complete or at the very least well under way! So, with the New Year only weeks away it’s worth knowing what to look out for, employment legislation wise, in the year ahead!

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RIDDOR - What does it mean for me?

10 December 2018 | Andy Hooke

This is a regulation that places a duty on employers to report to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) who are a government department responsible for health and safety compliance / enforcement in the UK.

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7 Points to Consider at your Christmas Party

03 December 2018

As the festive spirit kicks in the long held tradition of the works Christmas parties are now in full swing! Though this is meant to be joyous occasion it can often be ruined by over indulgence in alcohol which leads to uncharacteristic behaviour!

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Brexit and Employment Status

29 November 2018

With the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) fast approaching there is an air of trepidation being faced by UK employers where their European employees are concerned.

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What Happens if an Employee Doesn’t Take their Paid Annual Leave?

20 November 2018 | Jatinder Tara

UK workers are entitled to minimum 5.6 weeks of paid leave under the Working Time Regulations 1998, which equates to 28 days for a typical five-day working week, including public holidays, with pro-rata entitlement for those who work fewer than five days per week.

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Garden Leave or Annual Leave?

15 November 2018 | Anoop Sodhi

Can the employer force the employee to take their annual leave entitlement during the garden leave period?

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Lock down

12 November 2018 | Andy Hooke

Unfortunately, of late, as you will be aware from national media coverage, terrorist related events in the UK have become more common, as well as a rise in firearms related incidents.

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Are you Asbestos Aware?

07 November 2018 | Andy Hooke

What is hazardous to health but used to be in everyday items such as toothpaste, brake linings, some cigarette filters and a whole plethora of other items, including fake snow used during the filming of the 1950’s Wizard of Oz film?

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How to Use Mediation to Resolve Workplace Conflicts

30 October 2018 | Arti Patel

Mediation as defined by ACAS is a ‘completely, voluntary and confidential form of resolving workplace disputes between employees’.

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Working at Height

22 October 2018 | Andy Hooke

Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities. Let us help you, we can offer health and safety training courses to support you and your business and upskill your employees which would reduce the likelihood of an incident

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Financial Risks of Unfair Dismissal

15 October 2018 | Jatinder Tara

Employers may sometimes wonder what the financial risks would be of dismissing an employee unfairly, and where an employee alleges unfair dismissal, the potential claims ...

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World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2018

04 October 2018 | Anoop Sodhi

World Mental Health Day is a day where mental health awareness is recognised on a global scale. It promotes awareness of mental health issues and why we need to update our views and embrace change in society and the workplace.

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Gender Reassignment in the Workplace

02 October 2018 | Arti Patel

The ‘Trans Employee Experiences Survey 2016’ was a survey carried out on over 400 trans people across the UK. Findings have shown that 60% had experienced transphobic discrimination

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Parental (Leave and Pay) Bereavement Bill 2018

02 October 2018

The government began its consultation, into bereavement pay for parents who lose a child, in October 2017. The Bill has now received Royal Assent and is likely to come into force in 2020.

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Gas Safety Week

12 September 2018

Gas safety week is coming up starting 17th September, so now is an ideal time to ask when were your gas appliances last serviced? A thorough service will check your Gas Safety.

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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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