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  • 18 Aug 2013
    From July 29th employment legislation was amended to (in many cases) ensure that employers can confidentially discuss leaving arrangements with employees, without fear of the employee resigning and claiming dismissal on grounds of breach of ‘trust and confidence’ and citing the conversation as evidence.

  • 18 Aug 2013
    Zero hours contracts have been in the news again, with Vince Cable announcing in July that the government will be reviewing these contracts. It’s also emerged that zero hours contracts are in use more widely than first thought, with companies like McDonalds, Burger King and Sports Direct being the focus of recent articles. So are zero hours contracts likely to be banned, and if not might they be something that small business owners should consider using?

  • 16 Aug 2013
    Changes to the employment tribunal system, came into force in July, and will reduce the potential value of many awards and require would-be litigants to pay a fee to bring a case against their employer.

  • 12 Aug 2013
    We’ve been advising employers for approaching a dozen years now, and we often have to deal with some of employment law's more obscure areas (sometimes time and time again). For a bit of light summer entertainment we thought you would be interested in finding out about some of the common HR urban myths, all of which we've been presented with over the years. Click on the link below to see if you can guess the answers to our top 10!

  • 16 Jul 2013
    With sickness absence responsible for an estimated £15billion of lost economic output it’s clear that the management of absence should be a high priority. It adversely affects service levels, the morale of staff who have to cover, and frequently costs far more than just sick or statutory pay paid to the absentee. Not surprisingly its small business who are often hit hardest, and it’s certainly no surprise that it’s also small business who feel least able to deal with poorly attending employees. Click on the red title above for more about reducing the cost and impact of absence.