Can an Employer Refuse Early Conciliation?

Where a workplace dispute cannot be resolved internally, an employee may lodge a complaint before the employment tribunal. However, the parties will first be given the opportunity to engage in what is known as ACAS early conciliation. The question is: can an employer refuse early conciliation, or is this a process that they are required […]

Employee Always Late for Work?

Dealing with employees who are repeat offenders of persistent lateness can be challenging and a problem that can only be addressed with effective policies and procedures in place. In these circumstances, you should ask yourself if your employee’s lateness is impacting your business and if it is necessary for them to always be on time. […]

Grievance Against Me as a Manager

It is not uncommon for staff to raise a grievance about their managers, in some cases without just cause, although the employer will still be duty bound to fully investigate any formal complaint. It is therefore important for managers to know their own employment rights in these circumstances, not only to help minimise the potential […]

Modern Slavery Act Guide for Employers

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 sets out the UK Government’s legal requirements for how organisations must address and report on modern slavery. The Act aims to make modern slavery more difficult by requiring larger businesses to disclose the actions taken during each financial year, to ensure modern slavery is not a part of their business […]

Discounting Disability-Related Sickness Absence

When an employee takes too much time off sick, you would usually follow your organisation’s disciplinary procedure, issuing warnings and, if attendance doesn’t improve, potentially dismissing them for incapacity. But while ill-health incapacity is potentially a fair reason for dismissal, employers must also ensure they are not unlawfully discriminating against someone on the grounds of […]

Do You Need a Period Policy at Work?

There is undoubtedly a general stigma in the workplace surrounding periods and menstrual health. For employees, talking to their manager or employer about period issues can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Many may also be concerned about looking ‘weak’ or unreliable if they take time off work because of their period. For those women that struggle on […]

Four Day Working Week Pros & Cons

The UK has now followed the lead of other countries in exploring the widespread adoption a four day working week. With a pilot scheme going live across the country, in this guide we examine the pros and cons of shifting to a reduced working week, and consider the practical implications for employers of implementing such a […]

Long Term Sick Pay Rules

As an employer, it’s essential you understand how to manage absence so as to support your workforce, whilst also minimising the impact on your business. In this guide, we explain the rules on long term sickness pay, and consider how to deal with long term sick leave.   Types of sick pay The two main types […]

Using CCTV as Evidence at a Disciplinary

Some employers may be surprised to discover that video footage captured by CCTV can constitute personal data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means that there are certain rules that must be followed when processing this data, especially in the context of using this footage as evidence of an employee’s misconduct. The following […]

Manager’s Guide to Gossiping at Work

Gossiping at work may be intended as harmless among co-workers, but it has the potential to negatively impact working relations and workplace culture overall. In this guide for employers and managers, we look at what the law says on workplace gossip, and how gossiping can impact both the workforce and the organisation if not managed […]