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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Work of the British Safety Council

The British Safety Council (BSC) deals with occupational health, safety and environmental issues. It’s an independent body founded in 1957. Among its most notable achievements is its help in creating the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Vision The original vision of the British Safety Council was bold. It intended to eliminate most Workplace […]

Unfair Dismissal

All employers have the right to hire and fire a member of staff – within reason. However, if you feel you have got the sack unfairly, you may have a case for the Employment Tribunal. Qualification for Unfair Dismissal Whether or not you feel you have been unfairly dismissed from your employment, there are certain […]

Redundancy

If you are facing redundancy, you should still be treated fairly by your employer and there are certain steps they would be expected to follow. You may also be entitled to a redundancy payment. What is Redundancy? Redundancy is a form of dismissal from a job. It can come about for several reasons. For example, […]