How to Manage Workers On Part Time Hours

Understanding what counts as part time hours is important in determining the rights and entitlements of your part time workers. Below we look at what is classed as part time hours and how – save except in limited circumstances – the law protects these workers from less favourable treatment than full time workers by reason […]

Conducting Remote Disciplinary & Grievance Hearings

With the continued requirement to work from home where possible, many employers are considering the benefits of allowing home working on a longer term, and even permanent basis. With this shift in operations comes specific workforce management issues, such as the need to conduct remote disciplinary and grievance hearings. For employers, it is a matter […]

Occupational Health At Work (How to Meet Your Duties)

Occupational health at work

The importance of occupational health at work should never be underestimated. By utilising occupational health services you can make significant cost savings through increased productivity and reduced sickness-related absenteeism. By supporting the health and wellbeing of your workforce, you are also much more likely to retain valuable members of staff and create a positive employer […]

Employee Burnout (Spot the Signs)

Employee burnout

Knowing how to spot and prevent employee burnout could not only help to improve productivity for your business, it can also avoid the temporary or permanent loss of a valuable member of staff due to work-related stress. The COVID-19 crisis has placed unprecedented pressure on employees, and employers must ensure they are aware of their […]

Managing Annualised Hours Contracts

annualised hours contracts

‘Annualised hours’ are the total number of hours an employee works in one year. It refers to a type of employment contract where the employee commits to working their annualised hours over the course of the year, some on a ‘core’ or ‘rostered’ basis and the rest on an ‘unrostered’ basis or short notice to […]

Managing Absences (Coronavirus Guide for HR)

managing absences coronavirus

The disruption to business caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented. In this article, we consider various scenarios in which an employee may be absent from work and what are their rights during those periods, with practical guidance for employers managing absences due to the coronavirus crisis.   Sickness absence due to coronavirus  If an […]

Working From Home Policy (HR Guidelines)

Permitting employees to work from home is by no means a new concept for many companies and organisations, but the number of employees working from home in consequence of the coronavirus outbreak is unprecedented. For employers where homeworking has not previously been used, or at least not on such a large scale, it has become […]

Phased Return to Work (HR Guide)

A phased return to work is where an employee who has absent from work due to illness, usually for some time, agrees with their employer a way to ‘stagger’ how they come back into the workplace, rather than resuming duties on a full-time basis straight away. Such employees may have had a serious physical or […]

Home Working (Employer Guidance)

Given the current work from home requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the phased return to work post-lockdown, home working is expected to become more widely adopted. For employers, this means giving full consideration as to how home working will work on a longer term basis, and what this means in terms of assessing […]

How Long Should You Keep Personnel Files?

What are an employer’s duties to retain personnel records? An employer’s duties to retain personnel records are governed by a combination of business and statutory requirements, along with professional recommendations. Personnel records include the employee’s personal details, pay and tax information, working time, absences, training, career progression and any disciplinary or grievance matters. Employers should […]