HR Expert: Annual Leave & Productivity

Q- My client is planning to take a period of annual leave and is concerned productivity will drop off as a result, what can they do to address this?

A- As we enter what is commonly known to be the peak season for summer vacations, it is likely that many clients will choose this time to take a prolonged break from work. With this in mind, there are a number of simple steps clients can take to ensure productivity levels remain high during their absence.  Read More

HR EXPERT: Managing Overtime

Q- My client anticipates needing their staff to work overtime during an upcoming busy period, can they just make them do this?

A- Overtime is often used by employers as a way of managing times of peak business or high customer demand. The way in which overtime is managed can differ significantly and your client should consider the pitfalls that can come with introducing this to their organisation. Read More

HR EXPERT- Religious Jewellery Policy

Q- My Client has a no jewellery policy and have asked if they can still prevent staff from wearing religious jewellery such as crucifixes?

A-  It is not uncommon for clients with a dress code policy to have specific requirements on jewellery.

Whilst some will allow staff to wear certain types of jewellery at work, others will

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HR EXPERT: Mental Health First Aiders

Q- My client has asked me about the need for a mental health first aider at work, is this a legal requirement?

A- Whilst the need for a mental health first aider is not currently a legal requirement, it is a practice my client should consider implementing given the rise in reported instances of work-related mental ill health and the detrimental impact this can have for employers.

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HR EXPERT: Bank Holiday

Q- A client has told me their employees are questioning if they have to work on the upcoming bank holiday, what should I tell them?

A- As Brits we all look forward to a bank holiday, whether we take the opportunity to enjoy an extended weekend away or to catch up on some DIY around the house. Therefore, bank holiday entitlement can be a particularly emotive issue in the workplace. Whilst many organisations offer these to staff as an automatic day off, others may Read More

HR Expert: Hot Weather

Q- Several clients have asked me about the recent hot weather and if staff have a right to be sent home when it is too hot. Before summer starts, can you help clarify this?

A- Given the recent upturn in weather staff may be forgiven for looking wistfully out of the window longing to enjoy the British sunshine before the inevitable downpours return.There is a common theory amongst employees that they have the legal right to leave work if the workplace reaches a certain temperature, however, this is not the case. Instead, the Health and Safety Regulations state that workplace temperatures must remain ‘reasonable’.

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HR Expert: Flexible Working

Q- A client has just received a request for flexible working from an employee that wants to attend an aerobics class on Wednesday afternoons, do they have to allow this?

A- The rise in flexible working practices has been a common theme in employment as organisations seek to maintain an attractive and non-discriminatory working environment. Read More

HR Expert: Employee Lateness

Q- My client has an employee who is regularly late to work on Monday morning and blames traffic issues, are they able to dismiss him?

A- Infrequent lateness can be an annoyance, however when lateness becomes a regular occurrence it can cause a whole host of problems for your client which may lead them to consider an employee’s future. Read More