Kate Palmer - HR Advice and Consultancy Director
A thought leader on HR and employment law; Kate Palmer is Associate Director of HR Advisory and consultancy at global employment law consultancy, Peninsula.
Kate joined in 2009 from a worldwide facility services company where she was Senior HR Manager. Her exploits included providing HR & employment law support to over 30 UK hospitals and dealing with high profile NHS union cases—expertise she now brings to Peninsula clients.
Today, Kate is involved in all aspects of HR and employment law advice. She develops Peninsula’s expert law advisors and ensures each client gets the answers they need every time they call.
Kate also works on research & development, creating new processes and services such as BrightAdvice—an advice line offering quick access to qualified employment law and HR support for BrightHR customers.
As an industry opinion leader, Kate’s expertise is sought after frequently. Her authoritative HR and employment law commentary is regularly featured on BBC TV and radio channels as well as in major publications such as The Times.
Recent Blog Posts By Kate Palmer - HR Advice and Consultancy Director
One Good Work Plan date you can’t miss
6th April 2020. Add it to your iPhone's calendar. And your Outlook diary. You can even pencil it into your Filofax if you really want to. Why? Because... Read More
Ramadan: A time for fasting and flexible working?
For 1.6 billion Muslims, Ramadan is a welcome chance to reconnect with religion and family. It’s also a month of nocturnal eating and sporadic slee... Read More
Time to say goodbye to the employee bonus scheme?
For the first time in 66 years, John Lewis might not be able to pay their staff a bonus in 2019. Five years ago, they awarded staff a 15% bonus on the... Read More
Why flexible working is good for business
Working from home. Late starts. Early darts. Flexible working has become the bargaining chip for businesses looking to attract and keep the best ta... Read More
Protecting vegans at work: your legal duty?
Vegans are used to bad press. But this time, an employment dispute has thrown ethical veganism into the spotlight for a different reason… When Jordi C... Read More
Your guide to a drama-free Christmas party
When you sign a cheque to pay for the workplace shindig, you don’t want to see alcohol-sponsored antics that will fuel office gossip. You want your st... Read More
How risky is a workplace romance in the #MeToo era?
8.45 am. You enter the kitchen at work. Two of your staff are quite close. Boil the kettle. Grab a teabag. One sugar, and stir. Execute your exit stra... Read More
Minimum wage: important news for the care sector
There’s been a court ruling regarding national minimum wage (NMW) that could have a huge impact on the care industry. The Court of Appeal (CA) over... Read More
Can you fire an employee for lying on their CV?
Remember the film ‘Catch Me If You Can’? If you haven’t watched it, it’s about a real-life conman called Frank Abagnale Jr., who tricks people into be... Read More
No ifs, no buts... workplace bullying must stop
It’s the silent epidemic that’s stalking the UK. It makes people dread going into work. And if you don’t spot it in time, it could ruin your business.... Read More
Staff uniforms: the minimum wage minefield
You wouldn’t think something as simple as a uniform could be a potential danger to employers. But uniforms caused restaurant chain Wagamama to repa... Read More