ACAS Code of Practice (Quick Reference Guide)

The ACAS codes of practice are advisory documents created by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and approved by parliament. ACAS is a independent, non-governmental public body whose role is to help improve workplace relationships. Each ACAS code of practice sets out fair behaviour guidelines for employers and employees in five key areas of […]

Staff Affairs at Work

Workplace romances are an inevitable consequence of the amount of time people spend at work. While most relationships at work won’t cause problems, it’s best for employers to be prepared and have provisions in place to ensure any workplace affairs or relationships don’t have a negative impact on the organisation. It’s also important that employees […]

Unpaid Leave: Guide for Employers

Unpaid leave is where an employee takes time off from their job without pay. In some situations, as in the case of time off to care for a dependent in an emergency, you must grant the time off, although you can decide whether it is paid or unpaid. In other situations, such as a request […]

Extra Bank Holiday Rules 2023

Understanding how bank holidays work in the context of holiday entitlement, and your employee’s right to paid time off, is important when it comes to keeping your workforce happy. The following guide for employers looks at the bank holiday rules for 2023, including the extra bank holiday scheduled across the UK for King Charles’ coronation. […]

Positive Action in the Workplace

Employers are under a legal duty not to discriminate against prospective or existing employees, either negatively or positively. However, that is not to say employers cannot take ‘positive action’ to assist certain groups of people that are potentially at a disadvantage or under-represented within their workforce. In this article we examine what amounts to taking […]

Performance Improvement Plan: HR Guide

When an employee is underperforming at work, it can be a tricky and sensitive situation for managers to deal with. Mishandling the issue can exacerbate the problems and can potentially lead to unfair dismissal claims if the result is a capability dismissal. Putting in place a performance improvement plan (PIP) is generally recommended to help […]