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Employees with Care Responsibilities for Adults

The percentage of employees who have care responsibilities for adults is rising due to the aging population, both inside and outside the workforce. It is estimated that at least 1 in 9 employees is caring for a close family member, perhaps those with ageing parents. Research has also suggested that over 2 million people have […]

Antenatal Care – what is covered and what are the rules?

On 1 of October 2014 fathers and partners were given the right to take unpaid time off work to accompany expectant mothers for up to two antenatal appointments, with pregnant employees already having the right to paid time off for antenatal care, but what counts as an antenatal appointment and what are the rules surrounding […]

Flexible Working

Flexible working requests are increasing and many employers are having to decide whether it’s feasible to allow employees to work flexibly. Flexible working can include: Job Sharing – two people do one job and split the hours Working from home – do some or all of the employees work from home? “A total of 4.2 […]

Internships – Employment Rights and Pay

After the news that an unpaid intern at the United Nations in Geneva was found sleeping in a tent outside the official residences, interns and their pay has hit the spotlight. Internships can be a really good way of providing organisations with a pool of talent whilst at the same time providing individuals with valuable, […]

The Importance of Exit Interviews

Coming to the end of an employee relationship can be a difficult and a daunting experience. Employees spend an estimated 75% of their waking hours in a work-related activity, so ending the employee relationship is a big step. It is important to establish positive ‘closure’ when an employee leaves your Company. The feedback which can […]

New Driving Licence Checks

From 8 June 2015, endorsements and bans will no longer be shown on driving licences. If an employee drives for work, how will you be able to make sure the employee is legal to drive? When an employee drives for work, regardless of whether they drive a company car, you should carry out routine licence […]

The Need for Discrimination Free Decision Making

During disciplinary and grievance procedures employers should choose managers with no personal knowledge of the employee to make decisions during the process. This will show a fair approach and discourage employees from bringing a claim of potential discrimination. However, the liability for any discrimination lies with the employer, although individual employees are also liable for […]

Right to Work

You can be fined up to £20,000 per person for employing illegal workers. Illegal workers include, students with expired visas, or students working more hours than they’re allowed to and people who work on a visitor’s visa With the heavy fines, it is imperative that you check the applicant is allowed to work for you […]

Redundancy, Employment Legislation, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Outsourcing Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

Employee Personnel Files

No matter how large or small your organisation is, it is imperative that you have complete personnel records for all employees, regardless of whether they are full time, part time, temporary or permanent employees. A good personnel file will include the following to name a few: A Personnel File Checklist An Offer Letter A Contract […]

Working Time During Shift Work

It is important to consider what to define as ‘working time’ in shift work in relation to the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). The WTR state that working time is: any period during which the worker is working; any period when the employee is at his/her employer’s disposal; and any period when the employee is […]