Flexible Working Policy Guide

Flexible Working

Flexible working is the umbrella term given to any working arrangement that provides a degree of flexibility in how, when, or where an employee works. This can include remote working, flexi-time, part-time hours, job sharing, or a combination of these setups. The general goal of flexible work is to provide employees with a greater work-life balance, […]

How to Respond to a Flexible Working Request

flexible working

Following implementation of the Flexible Working (Amendment) Regulations 2023 with effect from 6 April 2024, employees now have greater flexibility over when and where they work, through enhanced rights to request flexible working arrangements. In this guide for employers, managers and HR personnel, we explain the rules on flexible working requests in light of the […]

Salary Benchmarking: Guide for Employers

salary benchmarking

Unless you have worked in HR or recruitment, you may not have heard about salary benchmarking, yet this is an important tactic that can be used by employers to benefit their business, not least when it comes to boosting recruitment and retention rates. The following guide for employers looks at what salary benchmarking is and […]

Vaping At Work Rules

vaping at work

The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, has increased in popularity over recent years. Where does this leave employers and what approach should they take to vaping at work rules? The following guide for employers on vaping at work looks at what the law says and whether employers should allow employees to use their e-cigarettes on […]

Managing Menopause in the Workplace

menopause at work

Helping women feel supported in their workplace as they experience the menopause is beneficial both to employees and employers. However, growing numbers of tribunal claims suggest employers are falling short in meeting their legal obligations duties. The changing demographic of our working population means that there are 3.5 million women over the age of 50 […]

HR Induction Process: Guide for Employers

hr induction process

The induction process provides an organisation with the opportunity to welcome new recruits, helping them to settle in, and ensuring that they have the knowledge and support needed to perform their new role. It is also a chance for the employer to begin to tick the necessary boxes when it comes to discharging the various […]

What to Include in a Sickness Policy

sickness policy

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 […]

How to Write an Equal Opportunities Policy

equal opportunities policy

Implementing an equal opportunities policy is one of the most effective ways to prevent unfairness in the workplace and to demonstrate the employer’s commitment to fair working practices. The following guidance looks at the importance of having an equal opportunities policy in place at work, from why this is needed to the benefits that this […]

Lone Working: Keeping your Employees Safe

lone working

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 […]

How to Manage Long Term Sickness Absence

long term sickness absence

Long term sickness absence can quickly become challenging for employers, raising both practical and potentially legal issues. For managers, it can be difficult to know in the circumstances what they should do to ensure they are providing adequate support to the absent worker, while also being mindful of the interests of other staff and the […]