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Work with Pride: Celebrating Inclusion 2024

Just as Pride Month ends, we’re heading into a general election, where gender-affirming care, conversion therapy and single-sex spaces have been some of the key topics of the political manifestos. In this article, we explore LGBTQIA+ legislation and inclusive working environments for members of the community.

Polling for People Teams: General Election vs Employment Law

With the general election looming, the incoming government have been warned that the UK’s labour laws aren't fit for purpose. But what do the parties already have on their agenda?

Menopause Matters: Building a Supportive Workplace Culture

The EHRC recently released new guidance to help employers understand how to support workers experiencing menopausal symptoms - we explore the guidance, take a look at a case study that's gone wrong and explore some options for employers!

Who Cares? Supporting Dependant's Through Work

Are any of your employees defined as Carers? Do any of your employees have dependants? In this article we explain the introduction and use of the new Carer's Leave Act.

IP Ownership: Who's The Boss?

We quite often get asked who owns IP rights in the employee vs employer relationship. In this article we look at what the UK legislation position is and how employers can address IP rights with workers.

Fostering Flexibility: A Guide To Handling Flexible Working Requests

After 10 whole years the Flexible Working Regulations are finally being updated. In this blog we look at what the regulations will now say, what a flexible working request process should look like, how to manage employees etc.

Inclusive Working Environments: How Are You Shaping Up?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced its intention to update existing guidance on sexual harassment and harassment at work. We've put together a handy blog comparing the existing guidance vs the proposed changes.

Your Guide to Upcoming Family Leave Changes

Family leave and pay is evolving in 2024! With 6 April looming - we've written an article giving you the low-down on the legislation that HR professionals need to be thinking about, from changes to redundancy protection, paternity leave and the upcoming Neonatal Care (Leave & Pay) Act.

January 2024 Legal Roundup!

The legal world has kept us on our toes this January! Knowledge is power so we've prepared a short article to give you the down low on all legal updates.

Upcoming Employment Law Updates

There were some important pieces of employment legislation passed in 2023 and coming into effect this year making changes to flexible working rights, carers' leave, protection from redundancy, and worker protection from third-party harassment.

Key Employment Law Cases of 2023

The year 2023 saw several key employment cases that have significant implications for both employers and employees. Understanding these cases is crucial to ensure compliance with employment laws and promote fairness in the workplace.

Implementing an Inclusive Recruitment Process

An inclusive recruitment process ensures equal opportunities for all applicants and helps attract a wider talent pool, thereby creating a more inclusive and equitable work environment.

Understanding Your Employment Status

Understanding your employment status is more than just a bureaucratic necessity; it defines your legal rights and obligations in the workplace. There are three primary categories: Employee, Worker, and Self-employed.

Dismissing an employee who is pregnant or on maternity leave

Navigating the complex legal landscape surrounding the dismissal of an employee during pregnancy or maternity leave can be challenging for employers. Failing to follow the correct procedures can expose businesses to the risk of unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Tribunal Talk: Navigating Employment Disputes

When workplace disputes are not resolved through negotiation or internal processes, employees may turn to employment tribunals to seek a resolution. In this article we explore the tribunal types, the process for bringing a claim and how tribunals can be avoided.

Navigating overseas hiring

Brexit changed the landscape of employing staff from overseas and it does feel like we’re still letting the ground settle. In this blog we explore visa and sponsorship types for long & short term employees.

The Consultancy Chronicles: Individual vs PSC (+ IR35 thrown in for fun)

In this article, we'll explain what consultancy agreements are (for both individual consultants and those operating through PSCs), when and why you might need to use them, as well as the significance of IR35.

World Mental Health Day 2023: Wellbeing in the Workplace

We delve into the significance of mental health in the workplace, address common challenges, and provide actionable tips for creating a supportive work environment.

What Employers need to know about Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreements are frequently used a lot in an employment context, usually when an employment relationship is coming to an end.

Recent case sees a big change in what might be viewed as a fair dismissal

In a dismissal, the decision maker doesn’t have to actually meet the employee before dismissing them in order for a dismissal to be fair

Embracing Tech: How to Thrive in HR in the Digital Age

The working world is changing - how can HR professionals ensure they’re changing with it? We tackle tech, working pressures, and staying ahead.

AI in the workplace – what’s the 411?

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in the news right now. But how much can businesses rely on it for day-to-day processes? We dive into the detail..

An Employer’s Guide to Restrictive Covenants

We've provided a helpful new guide for employers all about restrictive covenants. From what they are and a full breakdown of the rules surrounding them, we've got you covered.

Employment law reforms announced as government retreats on Brexit-induced ‘sunset clauses’

Yesterday the government proposed changes to "sunset clauses" which could impact employment law. We break down the facts in our new blog.

Employee Privacy Notices – Personal vs Personnel Data

Writing an employee privacy notice but wondering what the difference is between personal and personnel data? Don't worry, our Employment team are here to help!

Sexual Harassment at McDonalds: Fast-Food Giant Under Fire

McDonald's has made headlines for a flurry of sexual harassment claims. We dive into the agreement made with the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

What is a Termination of Employment Letter? Employer Guide

A termination of employment letter is used to formally end the contract of an employee. But what should you be aware of when using one? Let's dive right in.

Employee Handbooks: What to Include

Despite their importance, it can be tricky to know what to include in an employee handbook. Let's dive into the nitty-gritty of employee handbooks.

Employment Law Trends in 2023: Changes in the World of Work

We discuss employment law trends, evolving bills, and shifting responsibilities for employers. So, what does 2023 have in store?

Office Christmas Parties: How to Avoid More Than a Hangover

We discuss the do's and don't of office Christmas parties, including steps employers should take to avoid liability.

Twitter, Toxicity, and the Future of the Working World

Elon Musk's Twitter takeover: is this the turn of a new leaf or the collapse of an empire? We outline what it all means for the future of work.

9 Top Tips for Employers During a Recession

Times are challenging for employers. From hiring freezes to redundancy, we explore the options available during a downturn.

Legal Things to Think About When Hiring a Freelancer

Hiring a freelancer can help propel your business forward on a flexible basis. But what things should you think about before hiring one? We explore all. 

Pre-Employment Checks: Your Ultimate Checklist for New Hires

You've made a new hire! What's next? We outline the pre-employment checks you'll need to consider, from the Right to Work in the UK, to Medical Information.

Menopause in the Workplace: How Can Employers Support Staff?

Despite menopause in the workplace impacting 11% of all employees, much is left to be done. How can employers support their team?

TUPE Explained: Transfer Teams Between Different Employers

There is nothing quite like TUPE to send lawyers and HR professionals alike scrambling for cover. Who knew a simple acronym...

Hiring From Overseas? The Five UK Working Visas You Need to Know

As the freedom of movement, which came with being part of the EU, disappeared, the government sought to fill the gap in the workforce...

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A Guide For Employers

Sexual harassment in the workplace is unfortunately common. What can employers do to safeguard their staff? And what should be done in the event of an incident?

What Are Your Options When Hiring Overseas?

In this article, we explain the legal and tax factors for hiring overseas. We discuss employers of record and legal obligations for employers.

Who is Protected by Whistleblowing Laws? A Guide.

When former Facebook employee Frances Haugen announced the socials media giant's "unilateral control over...

What is 'Employment Status' and Why Does it Matter?

Employment status is crucial to get right and impacts the rights and responsibilities of a new hire. We explain what employment status is and why it matters.

The WFH Problem: Unconscious Bias and Hybrid Working Issues

The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a global overhaul in working practices, with many employees trading in the morning commute...

The Top Three Hiring Issues Facing Modern Employers

Amongst the challenges facing today’s founders, you'd think hiring would be one of the easier tasks on your to-do list...

IR35 and Off-Payroll Working Rules Explained

Despite their importance, IR35 and off-payroll working rules can spark confusion. We explain what they mean and how they impact you.

Mental Health in the Workplace: Could We Be Doing More?

Your employees are one of your most valued assets, which is why its crucial you protect your team. We discuss mental health in the workplace and its importance.

The Importance of Having an Employment Contract

We outline the importance of employment contracts, from what to include, to the challenges of not having one. Explore the top 5 things you should consider.

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