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Coronavirus: isolation notes

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Employees can self-certify for the first 7 days of sickness absence. But what happens after 7 days if an employee is either off sick with symptoms of Covid-19, or is self-isolating on government/medical advice (e.g. because a member of their household has...

Coronavirus: changes to sick pay

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The rules on sick pay have temporarily changed because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Ordinarily, an employee would need to be absent from work due to incapacity in order to qualify for statutory sick pay (SSP), which is currently £94.25 each...

Building a positive workplace culture - our three minutes video to get you started

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Just over 2 years ago, American Actress Alyssya Milano tweeted #MeToo to draw attention to the number of women impacted by sexual harassment and abuse. The movement swept around the world exposing the prevalence of sexual harassment, especially in the...

Do employees have a right to privacy in relation to WhatsApp messages (regardless of how offensive the content)?

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Discovering that employees have made unacceptable comments on social media can be a particularly thorny issue to deal with. This problem has been well publicised recently; remember broadcaster Danny Baker, Emmerdale star Shila Iqbal, and Rugby Union...

Sexual harassment in the hospitality industry: how to protect staff and avoid liability

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In the wake of #MeToo, the prevalence of sexual harassment has been laid bare, from boardrooms down to shop floors and from multinational listed companies to charities and independents. This movement has exposed the fact that sexual harassment in the...

Restrictive covenants: treading the tightrope between protection and exposure

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Post-termination restrictive covenants are commonplace in employment contracts of senior personnel, operating as a line of defence to protect the company from harm should that employee leave to work elsewhere. However such restrictions fly in the face of...

How to lawfully suspend an employee and avoid a "knee-jerk reaction"

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When can an employer lawfully suspend an employee and what is the correct procedure to do so? We find that this is a really common stumbling block for employers. Indeed, new guidance on suspending employees has been produced by ACAS this summer, suggesting...

Are you battling with the Beast from the East?

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Blizzards and icy winds have swept in from Siberia, with temperatures plummeting and a blanket of snow settling over most of the country. For many HR managers, the Beast from the East may feel like a waking nightmare, causing childcare and travel disruption,...

Tech: Considering equal pay and the gender pay gap

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This article first appeared in UK Tech News . The effect of equal pay law is that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work. On the other hand, the gender pay gap is a measure of the difference between average earnings of men and women...