Category Archives: Employment

Acas Early Conciliation – Increase From Previous Year

October 23, 2018 | John Norrie |

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has published statistics on its early conciliation (EC) service for the period April to June 2018. The statistics show that the total number of EC notifications had increased by 53% as compared to the equivalent quarter of 2017. The figures also show an increase in the proportion of EC … Read More >>

Acas Publishes New Advice on Job References

September 18, 2018 | John Norrie |

job references

Acas, also known as The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, has produced new guidance on job references. Aimed at both employers and employees, it is based around the most frequently asked questions put to the Acas helpline. It explains what references are and provides information on what they should include, when they are required and … Read More >>

Only 6% of UK working traditional 9am-5pm hours

September 14, 2018 | John Norrie |

Flexible working

Working nine-to-five is no longer the working norm according to a YouGov survey. The survey reveals that a mere 6% work the traditional 9am-5pm workplace hours. Interestingly, only 14% of those polled would opt for these hours if given the choice. A significant proportion (66%) said they would prefer to start earlier and finish earlier, … Read More >>

Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

August 17, 2018 | Marianne |

returning to work after maternity leave

It is quite a thought returning to work after a period of maternity leave and here we look at the things an employee will want to think about before going back to work. You must take at least 2 weeks off after your baby is born (compulsory maternity leave), which is increased to 4 weeks … Read More >>

Sickness Absence at Lowest Rate on Record

August 17, 2018 | John Norrie |

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics establish a significant fall in the number of sick days employees are taking off work. The figures reveal that employees took off an average of only 4.1 days in 2017, compared to 7.1 back in 1993 (the year records began). The available data shows that the sickness … Read More >>

More than £390,000 of Employment Tribunal Awards Unpaid Due to Insolvency

August 16, 2018 | John Norrie |

employment tribunal awards

Figures obtained from a freedom of information request to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reveal that over £390,000 of employment tribunal awards remained unpaid in 2017 due to insolvency of the employer. The real amount may be significantly higher as BEIS is only aware of unpaid awards when it is notified … Read More >>

Philosophical Beliefs – what are these and how are employees protected?

August 13, 2018 | Marianne |

belief discrimination

There have been a few recent employment tribunal decisions which have considered the position of philosophical beliefs, and what beliefs are protected. The Equality Act 2010 protects the rights of employees to practise their religion without fear of discrimination. However, certain employees hold philosophical rather than religious beliefs and these may be protected by law. … Read More >>

Fathers’ Rights in the Workplace – Government Response

July 4, 2018 | John Norrie |

Fathers' rights

The government has recently published a response to the Women and Equalities Committee report on Fathers and the Workplace. In March 2018, the Women and Equalities Committee published a report, Fathers and the Workplace, calling on the government to make improvements to fathers’ rights at work. This included, for example, removing the qualifying period for … Read More >>

It’s getting hot in here: is it ever too hot to work?

June 26, 2018 | Marianne |

too hot to work

Here’s a sentence we don’t often get to say: it’s getting hot! The coming days are set to see record temperatures across the UK, giving us the feeling of an actual summer for the first time in a long time. While we’ve had to contend with previous weather issues (the Beast from the East to … Read More >>

The World Cup – Employers Ready For Kick-Off?

June 11, 2018 | Marianne |

The World Cup - Employers Ready For Kick-Off?

With all the gorgeous weather we’ve been having, the start of the World Cup 2018 seems to have crept up on us (or is that just me?). The World Cup takes place in Russia between Thursday 14th June and Sunday 15th July. Football match times in the UK will vary between 11am and 8pm. The … Read More >>