HR support for SMEs

  1. 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 […]

  2. 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 […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. 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 […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]