Can An Employee Refuse Training?

Encouraging employees to progress with their personal development and within your business can help to unlock productivity and boost performance, especially if an individual is willing to undertake additional training relevant to their job role. Training can also form a crucial part of a particular role, although not all employees will be willing to undertake […]

Can You Ask Staff to Work Weekends?

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It is not uncommon for employers to ask employees to work weekends, including Sundays, especially in the retail and hospitality industries. However, there are certain rules and restrictions that must be taken into account, including those on Sunday working and the ‘working time’ rules. The following guide for employers looks at working weekend laws in […]

Paternity Leave & Pay Rules

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Employers have to meet a number of legal responsibilities when an employee is on paternity leave. We look at what employers should do to support their employees while ensuring compliance with the rules on paternity in the workplace.   Employee paternity rights  Where an employee is expecting a baby and will have paternal responsibility for […]

Statutory Guaranteed Pay Rules

Although temporary layoffs are only likely to be used by employers as a last resort right if their business is facing reduced demand, they remain a viable alternative to redundancy. However, there can be risks associated with laying off staff. There is also typically a legal obligation to pay employees a minimum amount of money […]

Can Employers Refuse Parental Leave?

As an employer you are legally bound to consider any request for parental leave made by an eligible employee, and undoubtedly will want to encourage a healthy work/life balance, although equally you will need to ensure that any such request does not significantly interfere with the running of your business. The following guide for employers […]

Is Same Job, Different Pay Allowed?

By law, men and women in the UK must generally receive equal pay for doing equal work. This means that a person must not get paid less compared to someone of the opposite sex doing the same or similar work, or work of equal value, for the same employer. However, there are exceptions to this […]

Employing Casual Workers (HR Help)

The term ‘casual worker’ describes an individual who is not part of a business’s permanent workforce. Casual workers typically supply services on a flexible or irregular basis, usually to meet varying demand for work. It is not defined in employment law, rather, it is a catch-all phrase used to describe someone who does not have […]

Equal Pay Law: Guide for Employers

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One of the fundamental employment rights is that women and men are entitled to equal pay and contractual benefits for doing comparable work. The following guide examines the equal pay provisions under the Equality Act 2010, from what the law says about equal pay and an employer’s obligations under the Act, to best practice steps […]