Female employees have had maternity rights for many years but since 2003, fathers and adoptive parents have also had statutory rights to paternity lea
An employee has the right of appeal following disciplinary action, including dismissal, if they believe that the action taken against them is unreason
Bribery Act 2010
The Bribery Act came into force on 1st July 2011 and covers the criminal law relating to bribery. Bribery is the offering or accepting of any gift, lo
Business focused decisions
Sometimes as a business owner, the commercial realities of a situation can be so pressing or self-evident that following the full employment law proce
Changing Terms and Conditions
There may be times when it becomes essential for an employer to change the terms and conditions of an employee’s employment contract, or to change col
When a same-sex couple register a civil partnership, they become entitled to many of the same rights as married couples. The Equality Act of 2010 prot
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The company handbook, sometimes known as employee ma
A confined space is not necessarily a small space and may not always be an enclosed space.
The legal definition of a confined space includes any en
There is no statutory obligation on an employer to allow an employee to carry leave over to the following year, though this may not be the case where
Contracts of employment
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The employment con
Damage to company property
Employers often provide equipment to their staff so that they are able to perform efficiently in their job as expected.
This equipment can take man
As an employer managing direct payments can be complicated. An employee has the right to know how much they will be paid, how often they will be paid
Disciplinary rules are necessary in an organisation to establish the expected standards of behaviour and performance of employees. Such rules enable t
Employee Assistance Programme
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An Employee Assistance Programme allows
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Ending a Contract
Ending a contract of employment represents the end of an employee's duration with an employer. Depending on the case, the decision may be made by the
Enforcing authority reports
From time to time, Inspectors from the Enforcing Authority may visit a workplace to carry out an inspection to determine the level of compliance with
Equipment provided for use at work, work equipment, can take many forms. It ranges from fixed and portable work benches, to vehicles and from simple h
Extra Bank Holidays
The statutory entitlement to annual leave is for 5.6 of the worker’s normal working weeks (see Annual Leave). This is the equivalent of 28 days per ye
Glass and glazing
The architectural use of glass in buildings and building structures may create risks to safety if the hazards associated with its use are not recognis
A grievance is a concern, problem or complaint that an employee raises with his employer. Most grievances will concern issues that are within an emplo