Can an Employer Withhold Pay?

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Employers are only permitted to deduct or withhold pay in certain circumstances. To ensure you are acting lawfully and not exposing the organisation to legal claims, it is important to understand the rules and legal risks of making changes to someone’s pay.   Can an employer withhold pay? The fundamental terms of any contract of […]

Employing Casual Workers (HR Help)

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The term ‘casual worker’ describes an individual who is not part of a business’s permanent workforce. Casual workers typically supply services on a flexible or irregular basis, usually to meet varying demand for work. It is not defined in employment law, rather, it is a catch-all phrase used to describe someone who does not have […]

Data Subject Access Request (Employer’s Guide)

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Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), employees have the right to request and obtain a copy of their personal data held by their employer, or former employer. This is known as making a data subject access request (DSAR). The GDPR places strict compliance requirements on employers to deal with subject access requests. While the […]

Hiring Contractors (Employers’ Guide)

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How an individual is employed by an organisation to undertake work, for example, on an employed or self-employed basis, will be key in determining the legal rights and responsibilities between the parties. This includes important matters such as the way that person is paid, and any respective liabilities to deduct or account for Income Tax […]

Fire and Rehire Rules (Employers’ Guide)

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‘Fire and rehire’ refers to when an employer dismisses an employee and rehires them on new terms. Also known as dismissal and re-engagement, firing and rehiring is typically used by employers who wish to vary the terms of their employees’ contracts but could not do so by agreement because te new terms are typically less […]

Overtime Pay Rules

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Overtime can offer employers critical flexibility in staffing, while employees can benefit from additional payment for the additional time worked. But while overtime is commonly used across the economy, in practice it’s not always clear who is entitled to overtime pay and how this should be calculated. When employers are not clear about their overtime […]

What to Include in a Sickness Policy

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Sick leave in the workplace is unavoidable, although a well-written and well-implemented sickness policy can help to manage these absences and inform staff of the procedures to follow if they are unfit for work. In this guide for employers, we look at what a sickness policy is and the benefits they bring the workplace. It […]

Do You Pay Employees More in a Leap Year?

Do you pay employees more in a leap year?

Paying an employee the right amount is both a legal requirement and critical to fostering positive employer-employee relations. However, disputes over pay remain one of the most common workplace issues, and while they are generally easily resolved if dealt with quickly, they are best avoided altogether. In some cases, the issue often arises when there […]

Lone Working: Keeping your Employees Safe

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Lone working is commonplace in the UK across a range of industry sectors. Where such arrangements are in place, employers are under specific legal obligations to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their lone-working staff.   What is lone working? Lone working, as defined by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), refers to any working […]

Draft Paternity Leave Regulations Published

The UK Government has published the draft Paternity Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2024 stetting out proposed changes to paternity leave rights. The new rules are set to come into effect when the Expected Week of Childbirth (EWC) is or after on 6 April 2024.   Key changes under the draft legislation The key changes under the […]