Equality Act 2010: Employers’ Guide

The Equality Act 2010 establishes and governs employee rights and employer responsibilities in relation to protecting people from discrimination in the workplace, among other areas. It is essential that employers, and those responsible for managing the workforce, fully understand the provisions under the Act and the potential consequences of failing to comply. The following guide […]

Unpaid Leave: Guide for Employers

unpaid leave

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 […]

Benefits of Zero Hour Contracts

A zero-hours contract is an agreement between an employer and an individual where the employer does not guarantee to provide a set number of working hours and only pays for the work actually undertaken. In practice, this means the employer does not have to give the individual work, and they are not obliged to accept […]

Secondment Agreement (Employers’ Guide)

Whether your organisation is considering a programme of secondments for a group of employees or arranging a single secondment for an individual employee, you will need to know how to go about achieving this, in particular, you will need to consider the contents of any secondment agreement. Equally, if you are a host organisation looking […]

Mobility Clause (Advice for Employers)

Mobility clause

Mobility clauses in employment contracts can be a blessing and a curse. If drafted carefully and with thought, they can assist an employer to maintain operations in the event a workplace and workforce have to be relocated. However, if a mobility clause is drafted too widely, is unreasonable or if the employer fails to adequately […]

Breach of Employment Contract 

breach of employment contract

If an employer or employee breaks or fails to meet terms under the employment contract, they may be in breach of the employment contract. Breach of an employment contract can include anything from relatively minor breaches, such as an employer’s failure to pay an employee’s expenses on the correct date, to fundamental breaches of contract […]

Statutory Employment Payments Rates 2023 – 2024

Statutory Employment Payments Rates 2023 - 2024

Statutory employment rates are changing from April 2023. Employers should take action to ensure compliance, including reviewing and updating policies and documents, and adjusting statutory employment payments in line with the new applicable rates.   Statutory family-related pay rates 2023-2024 Family-related statutory weekly pay rates from 2 April 2023 are as follows:   Statutory payment  Weekly […]

Is Monitoring Employees at Work Allowed?

Monitoring staff is a sensible business decision for several reasons, but this must be balanced with employees’ right to privacy while at work. In this guide, we outline what types of monitoring are permissible, under what conditions, and what must be in place for it to be legal.   Are employers legally allowed to monitor […]

Adoption Leave: Employers’ Guide

Most employers are well aware of the rights and responsibilities around statutory maternity, paternity and parental leave and pay. What is less common, but equally important, is understanding the entitlements of staff who are in the process of adopting a child or who are having a child through surrogacy. In this guide for employers, line […]

Responding to a Flexible Working Request

how to request flexible working

Flexible working arrangements can not only be beneficial for those employees looking for a better work/life balance, but also for the employer’s business. Happier and healthier employees can lead to increased performance and productivity, not to mention reduced absenteeism and staff turnover rates. It is therefore important for employers to understand an employee’s rights when […]