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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Employment Tribunals

The role of an employment tribunal is when you are unable to resolve a dispute with your employer. Here we discuss your entitlements if you win your claim and what happens should you lose. What is an Employment Tribunal? Employment tribunals hear cases where a dispute has arisen in the workplace between employee and employer […]

Employer’s Duty of Care

Every UK employer has a duty of care. This is critical to the health, safety and general welfare of all employees. Not all employers are aware of the implications of the duty of care. But it doesn’t matter how small a business happens to be. Where there’s a member of staff, there’s a duty of […]

Eligibility To Work In The UK

Some people are automatically entitled to work in the UK. Others may have restrictions on whether they can work, how long they can stay and the type of work they can do. It is important to follow set procedures and to ascertain whether or not a person is eligible to work in the UK before […]

Discrimination at Work

Discrimination at work has been a real problem for some people in the UK, making it difficult for certain groups to get jobs or making their working life miserable. Everyone has the right to be treated equally and fairly when it comes to employment but sadly that’s still not the case in modern Britain. Thankfully […]

Disabled Staff

The Disability Discrimination Act was set up to ensure that disabled people are treated fairly. It can make good business sense to employ disabled staff. The act has been superceded by the Equality Act of 2010 but the principles of both acts are as follows. About Discrimination Employers cannot discriminate against a disabled person when […]