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Grenfell Tower - What have we learnt one year on?

06 August 2018 | Andy Hooke

On 14th June 2017 a small fire in a kitchen believed to have started in a refrigerator in a flat in Grenfell Tower developed into what has been called the deadliest fire disaster in the UK since World War II.

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PUWER Regulations – Be on Your Guard

31 July 2018 | Andy Hooke

Have you assessed your machinery and its safety system in line with PUWER (The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998)?

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Equality Act 2010

30 July 2018 | Arti Patel

The Equality Act 2010 confirms the importance that employers should treat men and women equally in the terms and conditions of employment if they are employed to do the following:

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Dress Code Discrimination Cases

25 July 2018 | Arti Patel

The government equalities office published a report on dress codes and sex discrimination in May 2018. The report covers employers’ and employees’ responsibilities on dress codes, making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees and

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Employment Tribunal - Disability Discrimination

11 July 2018

The Employment Appeal Tribunal finds that Disciplining for 60 days' sickness absence was disability discrimination. Mrs O'Connor was disabled within the definition of disability set by the Equality Act 2010. Both parties to the litigation accepted that this was the case.

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Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Systems

10 July 2018 | Andy Hooke

An LEV system is used to remove airborne contaminants such as dust, fumes, smoke etc to prevent them causing harm to workers. An example of this would be an extractor at a welding station or paint spraying booth for instance.

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Transfer of Undertaking - TUPE

03 July 2018

With the ever increasing court rulings interpreting the provisions of the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) it has never been more complicated to determine whether TUPE applies to business transfers or ...

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Rights for Fathers

28 June 2018

On 20 March 2018, the Women and Equalities Committee published a report, Fathers and the workplace, which called on the government to make a number of improvements to fathers' rights at work

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Hermes' Couriers at Employment Tribunal

26 June 2018

In this "landmark" ruling, the employment tribunal ruled that a group of couriers were not independent contractors, as Hermes had claimed, but were in fact workers who should be entitled to essential workers' rights.

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Disciplinary Process - Delay due to Criminal Charges

25 June 2018 | Jatinder Tara

Under normal circumstances employers must carry out their own internal investigation and follow a fair procedure before dismissing an employee or taking any other disciplinary action.

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Employment Status

18 June 2018

Establishing the employment status of individuals has been an on-going matter of dispute for decades. There is often a thin line between whether an individual can be considered self-employed, employee or a worker.

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Pimlico Plumbers loses employment rights case

15 June 2018

The recent decision in the case of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd & another v Smith 2018 is expected to have major ramifications for freelance workers and those who work in what is known as the “gig” economy. The gig economy is best described as a market relating to short-term contracts/freelance work as opp…

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Transgender Issues

12 June 2018

Transgender employees have for the most part presented quite a quandary for employers. For instance, whilst they are in the transitional period and living as the opposite sex what facilities should they use.

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Employment Tribunal Fees

07 June 2018

Employment tribunal fees were recently abolished. The fees were abolished because the Supreme Court held that the fees were unlawful under both domestic and EU law given that the fees had the effect of preventing justice and made it disproportionately difficult for employees to enforce their employm…

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Injury to Feelings Awards Increased

04 June 2018

Awards for injury to feelings made under the Equality Act 2010 for discrimination have increased.

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Does your business pass the Stress test?

14 May 2018

6 Steps to Managing Stress in the Workplace This week sees Mental Health Awareness Week take place, and in light of this we would like to give you some tips when it comes to managing stress in the workplace. Managing work related stress is very important, primarily for the employee’s wellbeing but…

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Term Time Workers – Holiday Pay

03 May 2018

Calculating holiday / holiday pay can be a daunting task for employers. Throw ‘term time only’ employees in to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster!

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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants

23 April 2018

Employers who have legitimate proprietary business interests that require protection can do so by ensuring that their employment contracts contain restrictive covenants for a specific period post termination period.

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Excessive Time off Work?

16 April 2018 | Arti Patel

You may find that you have employees who are on long-term or short-term sickness where they are taking numerous days off work which is having a significant impact on the team and business.

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Hazards in the Workplace - COSHH Assessments

10 April 2018 | Andy Hooke

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, employers need to either prevent or reduce their workers' exposure to substances that are hazardous to their health.

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