HR support for SMEs

  1. If your business has recently employed an individual who is performing below expectations, what are your options? Can you dismiss them without following the typical disciplinary process? Are there risks associated with doing so? Here, we examine the legal implications of dismissing an employee within 24 months of joining the business. Dismissing an Employee | […]

  2. There are countless online resources offering employers HR advice , but not all are as useful as they could be. In order to get the most from these resources, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 resources for free HR advice when you just need a little guidance or assistance that you can rely […]

  3. In a recent employment tribunal case, an employer has been found guilty of failing to make temporary reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee, which, as a result, cost the employer in excess of £75,000 in an employment tribunal award. Employers have a legal duty under Equality Act 2010 (s.20) to make reasonable adjustments for disabled […]

  4. The results of a TUC survey published on 2nd September 2019 show that a third of flexible working requests submitted by employees are turned down. So what risks do employers face when a request is made and the answer is in the negative? Is turning down flexible working requests breaching a statutory right? No it […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. You may recall the lead up to May 2018 when many businesses were filled with panic, urgency to become “GDPR compliant” and uncertainty over what the new data rules would bring. Whilst GDPR-related concerns have calmed down a little now, the uncertainty is still there to a degree and example cases continue to evolve legislative […]