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Dealing with Data Subject Access Requests

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Many employers are seeing an increase in employees making data subject access requests (DSARs). Any individual is entitled to request copies of their personal data held by a data controller. In an employment context, often when a relationship is strained, an...

Spotlight on... Resignation

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An employee resigning seems like a simple enough concept, but there are some common misconceptions that we’re addressing in this spotlight to help employers avoid getting caught out. Do I need to accept an employee’s resignation?...

Supporting employees with the cost of living crisis

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It feels as though we’re lurching from one crisis to the next. We’ve battled the COVID pandemic over the last couple of years and just when employers and workers are adjusting to the post pandemic world of work, we’re thrown into financial...

Holiday pay for part year workers

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The Supreme Court has (finally) ruled that workers that only work part of the year (such as term-time and casual workers) are entitled to the holiday pay calculated on a similar basis as colleagues working all year.

Spotlight on... Working Abroad

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The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way life was before anyone had ever heard the words ‘coronavirus’, ‘covid’ and ‘furlough’. One of the biggest shifts we’ve seen is in the world of work – employees want...

Survey says: part-time staff don't work as hard

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In a study conducted by flexible working consultancy business, Timewise, 48% of workers said they would not trust a part-time colleague with an important or ‘business-critical’ task, whilst 49% believed that it was not possible to have a...

Spotlight on... Suspension

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When an employee’s misconduct seems severe or shocking, it can often be a knee jerk reaction to suspend them. However, employers should exercise caution, to avoid being on the wrong end of an unfair or constructive dismissal claim. Most disciplinary...

A bald decision - harassment list grows

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What sort of comments would you consider to constitute bullying & harassment? When we think of these terms, our minds often go to your archetypal playground teasing – which is usually about what someone looks like, sounds like or wears. As...

Spotlight on...Garden leave

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Garden leave is a tool employers can use to keep an employee who is serving their notice period out of the business. It’s the employer’s choice whether to place an employee on garden leave, and it can apply for some or all of the notice...

Changing Terms of Employment - Fire & Rehire

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Recent, highly publicised, events have brought the practice of ‘fire & rehire’ into the spotlight and led to the government announcing that a new Code of Practice will be introduced. What is fire & rehire? ...

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Baby Boom (S16 E10)

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This week the teams have to design a healthy baby food, come up with a brand and packaging, then sell it to retailers. The PMs As the only one with kids (how does he have a 15 year old!?) the girls are keen to put Aaron in place as PM of Diverse. They...

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Shop 'til you drop (S16 E9)

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This week the teams are tasked with selecting products to sell live on a TV shopping channel – the team that generates the most money wins.

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - The race is on (S16, E8)

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This week the teams are instructed to put together, sell and host a corporate away day at Silverstone, and if the guests don’t enjoy themselves, they can ask for their money back.

Working time, rest & on-call - a reminder of employer's duties

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There are lots of good reasons for employers to remind themselves of the rules around maximum limits on working time, required rest breaks and the interplay of these with workers who perform on call work: With hybrid working being...

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Podtastic (S16 E7)

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This week the teams were asked to design driverless vehicle pods, create a brand and try to sell their product to corporate customers.

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Teams on Tour (S16 E6)

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This week the teams are in Wales hosting tours. With 16 tickets each to sell, they have to avoid upsetting their customers (and each other) and make the most profit to win.

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Fun and games (S16 E5)

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This week the teams are asked, by a slightly disturbing virtual Lord Sugar, to design a video game and pitch it to industry experts.

Chloe's The Apprentice blog - Let Minnow what you think (S16 E4)

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This week the teams were sent to Greenwich to visit the National Maritime Museum. They’re picturing luxury yachts, but Lord Sugar’s plan is to send them to Cornwall for a spot of fishing.

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Oops! They did it again (S16 E2)

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Chloe's popular The Apprentice is back and this week the teams were tasked with designing a toothbrush for 6-8 year olds, and an app to encourage kids to brush their teeth properly. What could possibly go wrong?

Chloe's The Apprentice Blog - Bouji versus Poopy (S16 E1)

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Chloe's The Apprentice blog series is back, as Series 16 of The Apprentice aired this week. A light-hearted look at what employers can learn when it comes to managing people.

Staffing Crisis Solutions

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Last month we talked about the Great Staffing Crisis, possible causes and how employers could look at their own processes and offering to start to address some of the issues.

This month we take a look at some of the solutions the government has made available, some with cost savings (and even incentives) attached to them.

Government Kickstart scheme and apprentice bonus extension

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Government Kickstart scheme and apprentice bonus extension Kickstart is a government-backed scheme that provides funding to create new 6-month fixed-term jobs for 16- to 24-year-olds in receipt of Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term...

Flexible Working will not become the default

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Flexible Working will not become the default But you can have your say about other changes Currently, employees with at least 26 weeks’ service can make a request to work flexibly. The employer must consider the request, following a specific...

Extra holiday in 2022 - or is it?

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Extra holiday in 2022 – or is it? With everything that’s been going on you can be forgiven for forgetting, or not even noticing, that we’re getting an extra bank holiday in 2022. It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so Friday 3...

The Great Staffing Crisis

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Some are calling it the “Great Resignation, but “The Great Staffing Crisis” seems apt to me. The UK isn’t short of sectors complaining of desperately challenging recruitment conditions: Hospitality...

A guide to right to work checks

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We’ve published a few articles about right to work checks but especially in this post Brexit era it remains a hot topic and, understandably, source of confusion for many. We’ve put together a high-level guide to hopefully steer you through...

Legal challenges in the headlines

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Taking a look at some legal challenges in the headlines, including mandatory vaccinations, furlough and short term working and ethnicity pay gap reporting.

The legal right to disconnect

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In a recent study conducted by Autonomy, a future of work think-tank, working from home during COVID-19 has been linked to an epidemic of hidden overtime, having negative effects on workers'...

Autumn and Winter government COVID plan

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On 14 September the government posted an updated plan for managing covid throughout the upcoming autumn/winter seasons. In it, it reports that “data continues to show that the link between cases, hospitalisations, and deaths has weakened significantly...

Legal challenge against compulsory vaccinations

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An open letter has been sent to a number of Parliamentary ministers, the CQC and Care England claiming that the requirement of care home workers to be vaccinated is unlawful and unenforceable.

Not furloughing as an alternative to redundancy - Fair or unfair?

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Cases relating to furlough and redundancy are filtering through the Employment Tribunals now, and because of their significance we’re all watching what happens closely, even in first instance, non-binding decisions.

What does 'Freedom Day' mean for employers?

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Every time I hear the term ‘Freedom Day’ I think of Bill Pullman’s speech in Independence Day. Google the YouTube clip - a lot of the words are surprisingly apt. But the 19 th July in the real world was, thankfully, less dramatic. A...

Employing European Nationals - calculating sponsorship costs

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The impact of Brexit means any EU national who doesn’t qualify for the settled status scheme which closed for applications on 30 June 2021 won’t be able to work lawfully in the UK without sponsorship.

Compulsory Jabs for Care Home Workers

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Following a 6-week consultation which ran from 14 April to 26 May 2021, the government confirmed on 16 June that compulsory COVID-19 vaccinations will be introduced for care home workers.

Will home working become a right for all?

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There has been much media furore over whether the government will force employers to allow employees to work from home – but it looks like a storm in a teacup, at least for now.

What do I do about...mental health wellbeing?

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Mental health issues are nothing new, but the pandemic and its various knock on effects has seen a surge in people experiencing challenges with their mental health wellbeing. But this remains an area that some employers find tricky to recognise, address and...

Manual right to work checks back from 21 June

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**UPDATE 31 AUGUST 2021** - MANUAL RIGHT TO WORK CHECKS NOW DELAYED UNTIL 5 APRIL 2022. The Home Office faced backlash from employers and industry bodies for announcing an end to virtual right to work checks from 17 May. This was despite the rule still...

Does Innovation extend to your employment practices?

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There’s a growing trend of doing things differently, and it’s extending to employers’ approach to their employment practices. Honest Burgers have a down to earth tone running through their marketing and social media presence – think...

Chloe's Line of Duty HR blog. The Scapegoat - S6 E2

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The latest HR Faux pax throughout the latest episode of Line Of Duty.

Chloe's Line of Duty HR Blog - S6 Ep1

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A few years ago Chloe wrote a very popular blog series reviewing The Apprentice episodes - a light-hearted roundup from a HR and employment law perspective. She's back but this time with the ever popular Line Of Duty series. At best you claim watching the show and reading her series as CPD - at worst it'll be a complete spoiler if you haven't already watched the episode.

What do I do about...returning employees to the workplace?

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With restrictions easing bit by bit over the coming months, there are plenty of employers who will be looking to get their people back to the workplace as soon as they can.

More changes to our immigration system

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The government’s plan is to modernise our immigration system to help the UK attract and retain the most highly skilled, globally mobile talent – particularly in academia, science, research and technology.

What does it mean if vaccines become mandatory by law?

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What does it mean for employers if vaccines become mandatory by law? A leaked government paper suggests that care home workers, and potentially frontline healthcare workers, will be legally required to have the COVID jab

Carrying out right to work checks for EU Nationals

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Now that the Brexit transition period has ended, many employers have been asking what they should do about right to work checks for EU nationals.

COVID Vaccination and testing in the workplace

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With the COVID vaccination programme underway and the government encouraging those who are symptom free to get tested every 2 weeks, employers are considering how far they can go in requiring employees to get vaccinated and tested.

The UK's new immigration system is live

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Those employers who already hold a sponsor licence will have received notification that the online Sponsor Management System was updated with effect from 1 December 2020.

Employment law changes in 2021

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As we approach the end of what has been a truly one of a kind year (we hope!) here’s a reminder of what to look out for in the employment law world in 2021.

Out with the Job Support Scheme in with the Job Retention Scheme

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Forget what we told you last month about government support: the new Job Support Scheme never happened. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known to most as the ‘furlough scheme’, is back

Job Retention Scheme extended... again

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Speaking in the Commons on 5 November, Rishi Sunak announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue to the end of March 2021.

Managing back-logs of annual leave

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One of the employment side effects of the COVID pandemic is back logs of annual leave – whether because employees have been on furlough, working so much they couldn’t take holiday, or cancelling it because they couldn’t travel.

Understanding sick pay and COVID-19

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With winter fast approaching, government support schemes changing and the ‘R’ rate ever fluctuating, we take a look at the latest position on self-isolation and sick pay.

What can employers do to support their B.A.M.E workforce?

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Employers know that the Equality Act sets out the minimum standards required of employers, to prevent and protect individuals from race discrimination in the workplace. But making a difference takes more than doing the bare minimum.

The new Job Support Scheme

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The government has announced that from 1 November, for 6 months, a new Job Support Scheme will step in to protect jobs in businesses which face lower demand over winter due to COVID-19.

Getting ready for Brexit: Changes to the immigration system

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The new immigration system will apply from 1 January 2021, when free movement of EU nationals to the UK will end.

Support for young workers - Kickstart scheme

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A new scheme has been launched to support young workers called the ‘Kickstart scheme’. It’s aim is to encourage employers to create 6 month placements for young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

The practicalities of home-working

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Since our last piece about home-working becoming the new norm, we’ve been inundated with questions about employers’ obligations to their employees who are working from home.

Furlough - the latest Q&A

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Our employment lawyers answer your questions about the changes to the furlough scheme, including how flexible furlough will work.

Deadline to use Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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Deadline to take advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – 10 June Last month The Chancellor Rishi Sunak set out details to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) also known as the...

Key changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 29 May 2020

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The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced key changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme) on Friday 29 May 2020. Summary of key changes From 1 August employers will have to...

The cat's out of the bag...

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Click here for our Insight into Whistleblowing The eagle-eyed among you may have seen the recent reports of the Supreme Court’s judgement against the Royal Mail Group, if so you can’t be blamed if you lost interest in reading further...

Do sweat the small stuff...

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Click here for our Insight into Employment Checks and Contracts You’ve spent a lot of time and effort searching for the perfect person to fill that vacant position in your company. It may have cost you agency and selection fees –...

X Need Not Apply

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Click here for our Insight into S election and Recruitment A Cardiff framing shop is being investigated after posting this job advert: "Full time/apprenticeship for a local school leaver, preferably a boy, must be able to stay off his phone for...

Do it right...

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We often hear from clients at the point a situation with an underperforming employee has become unbearable. Managers are focused on their own day to day job and contributing to the success of the business and there are usually added factors creating a...

Tis the Season to be well behaved

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With the festive season fast approaching and the social calendar starting to fill up, events fuelled with high spirits (in more than one sense) can be a recipe for disaster where employees are concerned. Inappropriate comments, language and behaviour are...

Winter is coming

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Forget wolves, walls and the Houses of Westeros, a challenge facing businesses at this time of year is higher levels of germs, sickness and absence. In 2017 the Office for National Statistics reported that the average number of sick days taken by UK workers...

A contract must never be broken...

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That sounds right, doesn’t it? If an employee agrees to certain terms in their employment contract, like giving notice if they want to leave, then they should stick to that. So what happens when they leave you in the lurch? Realistically, this is a...

Constructive dismissal - don't be in the dark

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Click here for our insight into Constructive Dismissal. Constructive dismissal is a legal concept which is quite commonly misunderstood and employers can put themselves at risk of such claims unknowingly. Changing an aspect of an employee’s role or...

Bullying and Harassment

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Click here for our Insight into Bullying and Harassment in Employment. Sticks and stones may break my bones... Whether you are ending this sentence in the style of Rhianna, or instead the classic school playground limerick might suggest a lot about your...

There's nothing black and white about race discrimination

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Click here for our Insight into Race Discrimination in Employment. It’s pretty obvious to us all that treating an employee or colleague badly because of their race will be unlawful discrimination – to be technical, that’s direct...

Is there a truce in sight for the battle of the sexes?

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Click here for our Insight into Sex Discrimination in Employment. Equality between men and women is an age old battle, but one which has ramped up significantly in recent years when it comes to workplace rights. The #metoo movement prompted a huge...

Brexit Meltdown - is Freedom of Movement Ending?

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With the Government moving the goalposts as often as our Summer comes and goes it can be difficult to work out what the current party line is when it comes to EU nationals in the UK come Brexit day. In January 2019 the Government published information which...

Q&A: Sponsoring employees from outside the EEA

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Senior Employment Lawyer, Chloe Pereira has featured in the latest edition of South East Business answering one of the most asked questions when it comes to sponsoring employees. For more information about our Immigration - Tier 2 (General)...

The 'B' Word

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*Sigh* - when will we hear the end of it? You know… Brexit . Just the B word itself has developed this energy sapping property such that it’s become the unmentionable: “It Which Must Not Be Named”. I know I’m not the only one...

Seasonal woes

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You can spot patterns in most areas of life, and the world of work and employment issues are no different. Winter brings us ice, snow and travel chaos – can or can’t employees get to work? What happens if they don’t? What should company...