Category Archives: Human Resource Management

Workers’ Rights, but who is a Worker?

In today’s modern workplace, where organisational boundaries are fluid and using a wide variety of labour is the norm, the status of our ‘workers’ is coming under greater scrutiny. What do we mean by ‘status’ and why is this important? In a straightforward example, where an employee works for an employer under a contract of […]

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To Suspend or Not To Suspend

Most companies will have a section in their handbook that explains the company’s right to suspend an employee when carrying out an investigation into alleged misconduct. However, the recent case of Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth shows why it is important to think carefully before issuing a suspension, whatever the allegation. Ms Agoreyo, a […]

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Voluntary Overtime and Holiday Implications

Earlier this month the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) heard a case that will affect thousands of employers when it comes to calculating holiday pay. The case in question was: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts (and others) 56 employees brought a joint claim against the council in respect of voluntary overtime not being included in […]

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The Taylor Review: A Quick Summary

Last week the Government released the findings of the ‘Taylor Review’, which looked at working practices of the modern economy in the UK. The review was instigated to review all the various aspects of the current modern working world and review how employment legislation and practices are coping with this evolution. The review was tasked […]

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Stress, Mental Health & Discrimination

It could be fair to say that most employers are getting comfortable with understanding how to manage and fairly treat physically disabled employees, providing reasonable adjustments and allowing them to continue their work on a level playing field. The caveat to this is that mental health is still a grey area for many employers due […]

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Can you repeat that?

Sprichst du Englisch? Parli inglese? Czy mówisz po angielsku? Parlez-vous anglais? The above are examples of a simple question often used by us Brits when we’re struggling to find our way to the local bar when we’re off chasing some well needed sun! “Can you speak English?” is a simple and innocent question on holiday […]

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The Apprenticeship Levy and the New Apprenticeship Service

Coming into effect from April 2017, the obligatory apprenticeship levy applies to all UK employers.  Businesses with an annual pay bill over £3 million, will be required to contribute 0.5% of their bill, as an additional tax through PAYE. An allowance of £15,000 against the levy is available to each employer.  To reiterate, those with […]

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