Suitable Alternative Employment (HR Help!)

suitable alternative employment

One aspect of the redundancy process that employers can find challenging in practice is the requirement to offer suitable alternative employment to employees at risk of being made redundant. An employer undergoing a redundancy exercise must offer suitable alternative employment to any employees who are at risk of redundancy if such a position is available […]

ACAS Shared Parental Leave (Employer Guide)

acas shared parental leave

Eligible employees are entitled to take time off work as shared parental leave (SPL). As an employer you will need to understand the statutory rights and responsibilities of your employees in relation to SPL and what this means for your business in practice when handling a request for SPL. Further, in accordance with best practice, […]

COVID-19 & Holiday Entitlement (HR Guide)

coronavirus holiday carry over rules

Various new employment regulations have been introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic, all with the intention of helping businesses and the workforce cope with the effects of the outbreak, whether from a social or economic perspective. Here, we focus on the introduction by the UK Government of new regulations, which relax the current rules […]

Mobility Clause (Advice for Employers)

Mobility clauses can be a blessing and a curse. If drafted carefully and with thought, they can assist an employer to maintain its workforce if the workplace has to change location and so provide certainty in this regard. However, if the wording is drafted too widely, is unreasonable or the employer fails to adequately consider […]

Compulsory Redundancy (Employer Guidance)

compulsory redundancy

To ensure the survival of your business you may find yourself forced to make financial cuts, including reducing your payroll liabilities. Alternatively, your organisation may have undergone a complete restructure, or you may have invested in new technology, making certain roles obsolete. Whatever the business driver behind redundancy, employers must in all cases follow a […]

Time Off For Dependants (Coronavirus HR Guide)

coronavirus dependency leave

This article was first published before the Government extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to include carers  With the coronavirus crisis affecting the UK as a whole, and following the closure of UK schools from 23 March 2020, increasing numbers of workers are having to request time off work to care for dependants. Employers have […]

Homeworking During Lockdown (HR Advice)

coronavirus advice for employers

The UK Government has placed the country on official lockdown from 23 March 2020. Under the new rules, members of the public must not leave their house except to: Travel to and from work if impossible to work from home Shop for essentials, as infrequently as possible Exercise outdoors once per day, alone or with […]

Unpaid Leave (HR Guide to Employees’ Rights)

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 […]

Breach of Employment Contract (Essential Guide)

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 […]

Employee Signed Off Work with Stress?

employee signed off work with stress

Stress-related sickness absence has become increasingly prevalent in the workplace. Employers face a balancing act between supporting their employees’ wellbeing while minimising the risk of operational disruption and impact on other employees resulting from individuals being signed off work with stress. The following guide examines the rights and responsibilities of employees who are absent due […]