Can an employer be liable for its employees’ discriminatory Facebook posts?
Jul25

Can an employer be liable for its employees’ discriminatory Facebook posts?

In Forbes v LHR Airport Limited the EAT considered whether a discriminatory Facebook post was made by an employee “in the course of their employment”. If so, the employer could be liable for it. Mr Forbes worked for London Heathrow Airport (LHA). One of his colleagues shared a racist image on her own Facebook page outside her normal working hours. That image was subsequently shown to Mr Forbes by a mutual colleague who had...

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Are staff footing the bill for their employer’s ‘unrealistic’ expense policy?
Jul17

Are staff footing the bill for their employer’s ‘unrealistic’ expense policy?

Employees could be left out of pocket to the tune of £40 per night because their firm’s expense policy fails to reflect the true cost of hotel stays, new research has revealed. According to the Access Expense Report 2019, which includes analysis of tens-of-thousands of hotel claims, staff fork out an average of £130 per night for business trips – well above the £90 limit (£120 in London) many organisations impose. Dan Mizon, expense...

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Top tips for driving in a heatwave
Jun28

Top tips for driving in a heatwave

Most Brits love nothing more than basking in the sunshine,and according to reports, temperatures are about to soar this week as the June heatwave strikes the UK. In fact, parts of Britain could be hotter than Rio de Janerio.  This will affect us all, but for those planning road trips it’s essential to be prepared. Drivers need to be informed about the hazards the heat can bring – especially as drivers clock up...

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Is Extended Holiday The Answer To Improved Employee Wellbeing?
May22

Is Extended Holiday The Answer To Improved Employee Wellbeing?

Employee wellbeing is “hot topic” right now, especially since Mental Health Awareness Week took place this month. Everyone is talking about how companies can do more to support staff and help them feel more fulfilled.Much of it comes down to improving employee’s work-life balance. What’s more,companies that have happier employees receive various benefits too: · Happy employees are 31% more productive· Happy employees take on average...

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The rise of Zero Hours: Yay or Nay?
Mar01

The rise of Zero Hours: Yay or Nay?

Guest Blog by Rebecca Dunne Zero hours contracts, the relatively new phenomenon of the 21st century today – where we can work to suit the needs of parenting, caring, education, illness and other priorities. It includes employment terms that are not contracted, set days and hours, instead is suitable to the employee and their personal life, replacing the traditional 9-5 work life. Employees are called in when they are needed, typically...

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British managers aren’t confident about recommending their workplace
Oct25

British managers aren’t confident about recommending their workplace

Only 47 percent of British managers ‘completely agree’ that they would recommend their workplace to others, according to a Cornerstone OnDemand and IDC survey of over 1,900 European HR, IT and line of business managers.   The “Future Culture 2018: Building a Culture of Innovation in the Age of Digital Transformation” whitepaper shows that British managers’ tendency to recommend their workplace lags behind other countries surveyed,...

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“Positive attitudes of male senior management and investment in training  are the keys to more women taking leadership roles”
Sep25

“Positive attitudes of male senior management and investment in training are the keys to more women taking leadership roles”

Chelsey Hutchinson, Company Director, Wyboston Lakes Resort   The key to opening opportunities for more women to take senior management roles is the attitudes of male senior managers. If they are open-minded, positively supportive and invest in training, then the proportion of leadership roles held by women will increase faster.   At Wyboston Lakes Resort, the UK’s largest privately-owned single site conference and leisure...

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Top Manchester Lawyer To Appear At The UK’s first Festival Of Motherhood And Work
May08

Top Manchester Lawyer To Appear At The UK’s first Festival Of Motherhood And Work

Award-winning maternity discrimination lawyer Danielle Ayres of Gorvins solicitors will be raising the issue of prejudice in the workplace at the UK`s first festival of motherhood and work.   The day long festival, which will take place at the Manchester Science Park on Saturday 12th May 2018 has been organised to help mothers overcome challenges in recruitment and in the workplace.     And it`s an event, says the...

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Think you’ve had a bad day? The most stressed workers in the UK revealed.
Mar07

Think you’ve had a bad day? The most stressed workers in the UK revealed.

THE MOST stressed workers in the UK have been revealed, following new research. Men aged between 25 and 34 who work in finance businesses with over 250 employees and live in Cardiff are the most stressed workers in the UK, according to a study of 3,000 UK workers carried out by Perkbox, the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform, as part of the 2018 UK Workplace Stress Report.     As part of the study, a work stress...

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HR Professionals Have No Time For Value Adding Work
Jan30

HR Professionals Have No Time For Value Adding Work

65 per cent of HR professionals at mid-tier firms are struggling to spend any time working on value adding initiatives – that’s according to HR technology specialist, Access Group.   Research from the company has shown that almost two thirds of those working in HR are unable to dedicate any of their time to things such as employee engagement, wellness programmes and talent development. Instead, their working week is being...

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Squeeze on living standards will last well into 2018 – CIPD
Jan18

Squeeze on living standards will last well into 2018 – CIPD

The CIPD’s annual labour market predictions also point to a tightening of the labour market as well as continued poor productivity 2018 will see pay, productivity and migration top the agenda as the UK looks ahead to its exit from the European Union according to the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. Following a year in which there has been ever-increasing pressure on the cost of living, the CIPD predicts:...

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How employers can be more environmentally friendly in the workplace
Jan16

How employers can be more environmentally friendly in the workplace

Prime Minister Theresa May has launched the government’s environment plan, setting out measures to reduce plastic waste over the next 25 years. The Prime Minister announced the government will play a part in reducing plastic by removing all single use plastic from government offices. In answer to a later question, the Prime Minister praised the organisation Sky for banning single use plastic from their working environment and also...

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Revealed: The Cheapest UK Cities For Business Trips
Jan15

Revealed: The Cheapest UK Cities For Business Trips

New research reveals the most and least expensive cities for business trips. Comparing the cost of fuel, food and accommodation, the new research from Allstar Business Solutions: A Day in the Life of a Businessman, has found that there is a large disparity in average spend across the 20 largest cities in the UK.     The research considered average fuel usage over 24 hours, the average cost of breakfast at an inexpensive...

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Are you flexing for return-to-workers?
Jan11

Are you flexing for return-to-workers?

Guest Blog by Richard Morris, UK CEO, Spaces   A recent survey from coaching organisation Women Returners reveals that 87% of women making a return from a career break want the option to work flexibly. The figure makes for interesting reading at a time of declining candidate availability and with demand for staff growing at the fastest rate since 2015.   Businesses are on the look-out for top talent, and often women...

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How Best To Manage Staffing Issues At This Time Of Year
Dec13

How Best To Manage Staffing Issues At This Time Of Year

Guest Blog by Daxa Shah of ELAS Employment As we approach the festive season and 2017 draws towards a close, the question of holidays, seasonal illness and increased absence rates once again rears its head. As we saw recently with Ryanair, failure to properly schedule employee holidays and manage absences can cause chaos and put extra demands on your business.   ELAS employment law consultant Daxa Shah explains how best to manage...

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