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Equal Opportunities in the Workplace

Equal opportunities in the workplace means that everyone within an organisation should have an equal chance to apply and be selected for posts, to be trained or promoted equally and fairly. There should be no discrimination at work on the grounds of sex, homosexuality, age, racial origin, religious affiliation, disability or marital status. Employers can […]

Should Overtime Be Used When Calculating Holiday Pay in 2021?

A new ruling on holiday pay made in April 2020 means that overtime should be used when calculating holiday pay in 2021. Desite the ruling on taking overtime into account, many employers still miscalculate employees holiday entitlement. If you are a shift worker and get paid overtime, your employer should calculate your holiday pay based […]

Zero Hours Contracts UK – What Are They & What Rights Do Workers Have?

What are zero hour contracts? These are employment contracts with no guaranteed hours. In theory, this offers flexible labour conditions to both parties. Employers can offer work when it arises, and workers can decide if they’d like to accept the available shifts. Zero Hours Contracts in Practise According to the ONS, as at September 2017, […]

Understanding Your Contract of Employment in UK Law

Once the excitement of landing your job wears off, you now have to think clearly about the contract of employment you’ll be offered. Once you accept a job offer, a contract of employment comes into effect. This can be an oral agreement or a written document. If your employer does not normally issue a formal […]

Can my Employer Change my Contract? Objecting to changes

If your employer wants to make changes to your employment contract such as your pay, your hours, work location or holidays, it can be a worrying time. You may be wondering “can my employer change my contract?”. Be assured that If you don’t agree to contract changes, you do have rights. A contract of employment […]

Criminal Background Checks: CRB & DBS – What Jobs Require Checks & What Do They Show?

Many jobs require criminal background checks before an applicant starts work. This is usually because the job involves contact with vulnerable individuals. The main employment areas which ask for these checks are jobs involving working with children or vulnerable adults, and healthcare workers. Other jobs which commonly request background checks might involve security, or responsibility […]

Fair Reasons For Dismissal – Can my Employer Fire Me For No Reason?

If your employer threatens to fire you, it can be a very worrying time. It’s important to understand what fair reasons for dismissal are in this type of workplace situation. What Situations Can I Be Fired In? A boss threatening to sack you can be an empty threat with no legal basis. However, there are […]

Lone Working Policy – A Guide to Safety & Risk Assessments

Staff who work alone often have concerns for their safety at work. Our guide explains what lone working is, and outlines the policies and risk assessments which should be put in place to keep workers safe during shifts. Lone Working Defined A lone worker is a member of staff who regularly works alone without close […]

GDPR For Employees: Your Data, Your Rights

So by now, pretty much everyone who reads the paper, listens to the radio or watches the news will have heard of GDPR, but what actually is it? And what does it mean for you? What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is essentially a new piece of legislation which tells everyone how […]