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Training Agreements – A Simple Guide for Businesses

Training Agreements – A Simple Guide for Businesses

We are frequently asked for Training Agreements to enable employers to deduct monies from an employees’ wages, or claim monies from the employee, if the employee leaves once they have committed to, or completed the course. There is a common misconception surrounding these documents in that they are straightforward, and a simple template ‘one size […]

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Protected Disclosure & Whistleblowing | Protection for Workers

Protected Disclosure & Whistleblowing | Protection for Workers

The Employment Rights Act 1996 provides protection to workers who have made a protected disclosure . A dismissal will be automatically unfair if the reason, or principle reason, for the dismissal is that the individual has made a protected disclosure. In addition, workers are protected from being subjected to a detriment on the grounds that […]

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Workplace Incentives & Tips for Small Businesses

Workplace Incentives & Tips for Small Businesses

We often get asked, how can I stop my good employees leaving to join a competitor? Small businesses can’t always offer the same types of costly benefits, or salaries as large corporate businesses can. However we review some practical workplace incentives for small business to consider. It is a challenge for small businesses given that […]

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Confidentiality Clauses & Non-Disclosure Agreements

Confidentiality Clauses & Non-Disclosure Agreements

Following consultation in 2018 on the misuse of confidentiality clauses in relation to workplace harassment or discrimination, the Government has now announced its proposals for reform. This response is coupled with the launch of further consultation on how to tackle the wider issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. Workplace Harassment It is accepted that […]

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A Complete Defence to Discrimination Claims

A Complete Defence to Discrimination Claims

Have you ever worried about what happens if one of your employees says or does something that could be considered discriminatory? Are you still liable to discrimination claims even though it’s no fault of yours that this person has said or acted in the way that they did? The bad news is that you can […]

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Staff Absence & Understanding Statutory Sick Pay

Staff Absence & Understanding Statutory Sick Pay

It is a common misconception that when an employee goes off sick during their notice period they will only receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for the entire duration of the notice period. Here we will look at different staff absence scenarios where this is not the case. Statutory Minimum Notice Periods Before we discuss the […]

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Bank Holiday Entitlement & Annual Leave Guidance for Businesses

Bank Holiday Entitlement & Annual Leave Guidance for Businesses

When it comes to annual leave, bank holiday entitlement can cause quite a lot of confusion, particularly when you include part time workers, enhanced rates for the bank holidays and workers with irregular hours. We take a look at some of the most common questions we get asked, and provide practical advice for businesses. Q1: […]

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Suspending an Employee : A Neutral Act?

Suspending an Employee : A Neutral Act?

Frequently employers considering allegations of gross misconduct against an employee will legitimately suspend the employee pending the completion of the investigation and, where applicable, disciplinary process. However, employers should be aware that suspending an employee in itself may amount to a breach in the implied terms of trust and confidence; giving rise to claims of […]

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