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  • Glossary of employment terms

    ACAS The Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) was founded in 1975 to help improve employment relations. All employment tribunal cases have an appointed ACAS officer to 'conciliate' (t...

  • Guide to Grievance and disciplinary procedures

    Employers can reduce their risk of exposure to employment related claims by ensuring legislation and ACAS compliant procedures are followed when handling any grievance or disciplinary process that may...

  • Guide to Preparing an Employment Contract for your Employees

    An employment contract can be made verbally or in writing, but such a contract should aim to provide certainty for both the employer and employee alike listing the relevant terms of employment. Withou...

  • Guide to the 48 week and hour opt-out Agreement

    What is the law? Subject to certain exceptions, for health and safety purposes, an employer is unable to, by law, courtesy of s.4 of The Working Time Regulations 1998; force a worker to work more tha...

  • Guide to Terminating an Employee’s Contract

    Methods of termination There are several methods by which an employee’s contract may come to an end including: Employer Dismissal; Expiry of Fixed-Term Contracts; Resignation or ‘Cons...

  • Raising a grievance at work

    Grievances in the workplace relate an employee raising with their employer an issue relation to a problem, complaint or concern that an employee may have. The most common grievances usually relate ...

  • Varying an employee's contract of employment

    There are certain elements of an employee’s contract of employment that an employer may wish to vary, these might include changes to: Remuneration; The number of hours worked; The place of...

  • Guide to mandatory early conciliation procedure

    Guide to mandatory early conciliation procedure  The mandatory early conciliation procedure came into force on 06 April 2014. This is a major change to the process of lodging claims to employm...

  • Guide - redundancy checklist for employers

    Guide – redundancy checklist for employers   Stage 1: Consider if there is a genuine redundancy situation Before an employer should even consider embarking upon a redundancy consultati...

  • Guide to bereavement leave

    Guide to bereavement leave Often an employer finds that the first time an issue to do with bereavement crops up, there is no formal (or informal) policy in place, making it a very difficult situati...

  • Guide to bonus and incentive schemes

    Guide to bonus and incentive schemes An excellent way to incentive staff is to offer some kind of reward structure, which can take the form of a bonus or incentive scheme.  These can vary from...

  • Guide to conducting an ill-health interview

    Guide to conducting an ill-health interview BEFORE THE INTERVIEW Is there a long term ill health procedure that applies to the employee? (If so, comply with it); Does the employee’s con...

  • Guide to duty of good faith owed to employer

    Guide to duty of good faith owed to employer Business can make expensive mistakes when dismissing or disciplining staff who, it is felt, have not co-operated with the company or treated it “in go...

  • Guide to giving of references

    Guide to giving of references Some of the most commonly asked questions an employment lawyer will receive are to do with the giving of references by former employers.  A good deal of misconcep...

  • Guide to suspension pending disciplinary investigation

    Guide - suspension pending disciplinary investigation For a number of reasons, particularly where confidential or commercially sensitive information is potentially at risk, employers should be awar...

  • Guide – workforce planning since the abolition of “forced retirement"

    Guide – workforce planning since the abolition of “forced retirement” In 2006, the Government implemented the concept of the “Default Retirement Age”.  Whilst there was also introduc...

  • Guide – zero-hours contracts

    Guide – zero-hours contracts In difficult economic times, or when businesses are starting up and working capital is scarce, the cost of employing staff can be one of the largest concerns for the ...

  • Extension of the right to request flexible working

    Extension of the right to request flexible working   The new extended rights to request flexible working hours came into force on Monday 30 June. Previously, only employees with children unde...

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