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Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Posted on 3rd January 2018

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

As reported by the CIPD, the Government’s trial period for tribunal fee repayments has now ended, so individuals (employees and workers) and trades unions that have paid a fee can now apply online for reimbursement.

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

Posted on 3rd January 2018

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

January is one of the busiest months for people booking holidays – our TV screens are full of adverts tempting us to do so!  It’s also the time that managers start receiving holiday requests from their staff which can be a challenging time.

66% Increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims

Posted on 14th December 2017

66% Increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims

The widely expected increase in the number of Employment Tribunal claims was confirmed today (14th December) by Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) which announced they had increased by 66%.

Making reasonable adjustments for an employee with a disability

Posted on 30th October 2017

Making reasonable adjustments for an employee with a disability

People Management (the CIPD's magazine and news website) recently reported the case of a diabetic security guard who left his job after a hypoglycemic attack has won his tribunal claim.  We look at the issues raised and highlight what the employer could have done to avoid the situation arising.

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Posted on 26th July 2017

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful.
 
Tribunal fees were introduced by the Government in 2013 with the aim of reducing the number of weak or malicious claims being brought.  Fees ranged from £390 to £1,200 with discrimination claims costing more because of the complexity and time that hearings took.

That's It - I Quit!!

Posted on 19th July 2017

That's It - I Quit!!

We have all heard stories of people who have made snap decisions to leave their jobs without notice.  In fact, there are probably moments in any career where the urge to say, “I Quit” and walk out are strong.

BUT - As an employer, how best to respond to a heat of the moment resignation?

5 Steps to Make Your Recruitment Process a Success!

Posted on 25th January 2017

5 Steps to Make Your Recruitment Process a Success!

Business owners know that productivity and profitability depends on the quality and engagement of their workforce.  That’s why recruiting the right people for the job and the business are important to ongoing performance and success. 

Industry statistics show that the true cost of recruitment can be up to 2.5 times the salary of the role in question – so it pays to do it right!  Here are five tips to help you recruit the right person for your next vacancy.

Party Time! ... or festive fisticuffs? How to avoid the HR pitfalls of the Company Christmas do

Posted on 12th December 2016

Party Time! ... or festive fisticuffs? How to avoid the HR pitfalls of the Company Christmas do

The tradition of the “Christmas party” is a chance for you to thank your staff for all their hard work and efforts during the year.  However with spirits running high, you may find yourselves managing Christmas Party HR issues, well into the New Year.

Whilst you should be encouraging staff to enjoy themselves, preparation is key to avoid any HR issues arising and knowing how to cope when they do.

Vaping in the Workplace - First UK Tribunal Decision on E-cigarettes

Posted on 17th February 2015

Vaping in the Workplace - First UK Tribunal Decision on E-cigarettes

With an estimated 2.1 million adults in Great Britain using e-cigarettes it is surprising to hear that reportedly over half of UK businesses don’t have a policy on “vaping” in the workplace.  The first vaping tribunal decision is a warning for employers to review your current smoking at work policy to ensure your rules on e-cigarettes are clearly communicated to your staff.