Fixed Term Contracts

Fixed term contracts do have their place but they should be used with care.

Q. Do I need a reason not to renew a fixed-term contract? Expiry of a fixed-term contract constitutes a dismissal of the employee so you need to ensure you dismiss fairly, even if the reason is redundancy or SOSR.

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National Minimum Wage

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “Anyone entitled to the national minimum wage should receive it. Paying anything less than this is unacceptable, illegal and will be punished by law. So we are bringing in tougher financial penalties to crackdown on those who do not play by the rules. The message is clear – if . . . → Read More: National Minimum Wage

Auto-Enrolment – 50 to 250 Employees

Employer dos 1. Plan early – don’t underestimate how long it will take, talk to your payroll and other providers as soon as possible. 2. Assess your workforce to understand which of your workers are affected. 3. Communicate with staff clearly and early; engage and involve. Have a communication plan and involve all relevant . . . → Read More: Auto-Enrolment – 50 to 250 Employees

Changes to Flexible Working

With effect from 30 June 2014 the right to request flexible working will apply to all employees with 26 weeks’ qualifying service with the employer. The statutory request procedure will be repealed and replaced with a duty on employers to deal with requests in a reasonable manner and within a reasonable period of time. . . . → Read More: Changes to Flexible Working

Early Conciliation

The new ACAS Early Conciliation comprises a four-step procedure under which a prospective claimant is required to contact ACAS before issuing relevant proceedings (which includes the majority of claims):

Step 1: The prospective claimant must send “prescribed information” in the “prescribed manner” to ACAS. This information is limited to the name and address of . . . → Read More: Early Conciliation

When Trolls Become a Problem…..

‘Trolling’, has made its way into our workplace. Although most share a mutual distaste for those who hide behind their computer screens to abuse and intimidate, what are the repercussions for a company whose employee is uncovered as an internet troll?

If the attack concerns a fellow colleague, then the employer would have . . . → Read More: When Trolls Become a Problem…..

Do you have to accept an employee’s resignation?

Basically, yes you do.

There is a common misconception that you can choose whether or not to accept someone’s resignation but this is incorrect. There is a statutory minimum notice period and a contractual opportunity to provide more than the minimum. Termination of the employment is therefore a contractual right available to either party. . . . → Read More: Do you have to accept an employee’s resignation?

Do you have a BYOD Policy?

This is one of the latest phenomenon’s to hit businesses everywhere…..

Bring Your Own Device

Allowing employees to bring their own devices (known as BYOD) such as smart phones, tablets and laptops to work is a relatively new concept and you need to consider the IT security issues which may affect your business.

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Age is not an excuse for under-performance

If employers use performance discussions and fair dismissal processes across the workforce, managing employee performance without a fixed retirement age should not be an issue.

If you have an employee who is not performing to the required standards in their job then you should take action to manage that performance, regardless of the employee’s . . . → Read More: Age is not an excuse for under-performance

Checking employee eligibility to work in the UK

With the UK Border Agency (the “UKBA”) publishing news of arrests of illegal workers on an almost daily basis, now is as good a time as any to remind yourself of one of your duties as an employer to prevent illegal working

The facts

As an employer, you have a duty to conduct document . . . → Read More: Checking employee eligibility to work in the UK