Swearing in the Workplace

swearing in the workplace

Whether swearing in the workplace is acceptable will depend on the context and the employer’s expectations of its workforce. In some working environments, swearing may be commonplace and culturally accepted as part of everyday communication between colleagues. But in other workplaces, swearing may be considered unprofessional, offensive and grounds for disciplinary action. Employers have to […]

Adopting Staggered Hours in your Workplace

staggered hours

With the rise of flexible working, working arrangements such as staggered hours can benefit both the employer and the employee. In this guide, we explain what is meant by staggered hours and the legal and HR issues facing employers when implementing this strategy or dealing with requests for staggered hours from employees.   What are […]

COVID Return to Work Risk Assessment Guide

covid return to work risk assessment

With the recent lifting of lockdown restrictions, many employers will now be asking staff to return to the workplace. Ensuring the health and safety at work of staff and visitors remains paramount throughout this transition period. The following guide for employers looks at how to conduct a COVID return to work risk assessment prior to […]

Offering Voluntary Redundancy

Employers should consider all workforce options before pursuing compulsory redundancies. This includes offering voluntary redundancy. As a way to reduce headcount, ‘self selection’ for redundancy can bring a number of benefits. Voluntary redundancies are generally more straightforward to deal with than compulsory redundancies, and entail less stress and animosity between the employer and affected employees. […]

Retention of HR Records (Employers’ Guide)

retention of hr records

All employers, regardless of their size, will need to collect and retain certain data relating to each member of staff that they employ. HR records can cover a wide range of data relating to working for an organisation and arising naturally throughout the lifecycle of a person’s employment, from their job application and proof of […]

How to Write a Redundancy Letter

Employers have to act fairly and lawfully when making employees redundant. Communication with affected employees will be critical as you move through the redundancy process, to update employees, meet your legal obligations and avoid the risk of tribunal claims.   Role of the redundancy letter  Written notices will typically be needed to notify and inform […]

Directors’ Remuneration (Best Practice Guide)

Directors’ remuneration refers to how directors of a company are compensated by a company for their services usually fees, salary, use of company property or other benefits. The packages are first approved by shareholders and the board of directors. A number of regulations apply to how directors can be compensated, as well as best practices which […]

Directors’ Service Agreement: Protect Your Business

Directors have specific statutory duties and responsibilities in relation to the organisation, which should be addressed within a directors’ service agreement. More than a compliance requirement, the agreement can also be used by the business to protect its interests in the event of the director’s exit.   What is a directors’ service agreement? In many […]

Pre-Employment Overseas Criminal Record Checks

Carrying out pre-employment checks for migrant workers can not only be crucial to ensuring that you are hiring someone trustworthy and reliable, but in ensuring that your chosen candidate is likely to be successful in their application for a work visa. Below we examine the rules relating to overseas criminal record checks, from who can […]

Gender Pay Gap Reporting Guide 2022

gender pay gap report

‘Gender pay gap’ refers to the difference between the average earnings of men and women across an organisation. The Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations were introduced in 2017 to make it a legal obligation for employers to take action to identify and publish any gender pay gaps within their organisation. Under the regulations, organisations with […]