Zero Hours Contracts Explained

What are zero hour contracts? Essentially these are employment contracts with no guaranteed hours. This means that employees are not guaranteed any work by their employers (and therefore no pay). According to the ONS, as at September 2017, 2.9% of the UK workforce had a zero hour contract. That was 900,000 UK workers. This number […]

The Value of Workplace Appraisals

It is important to keep your employees focused and motivated if they are going to make a valuable contribution to the company. To do this, companies often adopt the practice of workplace appraisals. Objectives of Appraisals Workplace appraisals actively involve employees understanding what is expected of them. By setting agreed objectives with your employer or […]

Team building and Employee Wellbeing

There are too many employers who take a narrow-minded approach to their employees’ health. They may follow all of the statutory health and safety laws and try to create a pleasant atmosphere in which to work for the benefit of the welfare of their workforce. Nevertheless, employers can still often be left frustrated with a […]

Pre-Employment Screening

Many of us are usually only familiar with pre-employment screening or ‘background checks’ in conjunction with job applicants who might be seeking to work with children and other vulnerable people. However many other types of candidate vetting procedures are commonplace. Employers not only want to get the most qualified and suitable people working for them […]

General Workplace Safety

You must provide a safe and healthy environment for your employees, including people with disabilities. As well as being safe, you must also take into account their welfare needs. Certain industries such as mining or working with Hazardous Materials, for example, are covered by separate health and safety legislation but most of the advice below […]

Carrying Out a Risk Assessment

It is compulsory for all businesses to carry out a risk assessment on their premises to ensure that their premises, and the activities they carry out on those premises, are safe. A risk assessment considers what might cause harm and assesses how to protect both customers and employees from the identified risk occurring. Different industries […]

Smoking Ban and the Workplace

From July 1 2007, it is now illegal to smoke in the workplace in England, as part of new government legislation which was passed in the Health Act 2006. The ban applies to all workplaces and public places, public transport, work vehicles, restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, shopping centres and offices. It is therefore imperative to […]

Age Discrimination at Work

It is against the law for your employer to discriminate against you due to your age. This discrimination may be a refusal to employ you, or generally treating you worse than other employees due to your age (unless there is good reason to do so). Age discrimination includes: Being too young Being too old Combined […]

Workplace Safety Signs

Warning signs and safety instructions have become a part of everyday life in recent times, and no more so than in the workplace. A boom in the number of safety signs and notices has coincided with a far more vigilant attitude to health and safety and workplace accidents. Employers are legally required to display some […]

Lay-Offs and Short-Time Working

When employees are not given any work by their employer and the situation is regarded as temporary, they are regarded as ‘laid off’. Where the lay-off amounts to dismissal, the employee may be entitled to Redundancy Pay or, subject to certain conditions, they may be able to complain of unfair dismissal to an Employment Tribunal. […]