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Post termination restrictive covenants - what are they and how far can they go?

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When an employment relationship ends, employers can sometimes have legitimate concerns that the departing employee will attempt to take clients and other employees with them, especially if they are moving to a competitor. To mitigate this risk as far...

Informal grievances - dealing with workplace problems before they escalate

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Naturally, nobody is happy when a grievance is submitted - the employer would rather not have unhappy employees and the employees would rather not be in a position where they feel aggrieved. And, after all, it generally follows that a harmonious workforce is...

Expired warnings - how should they be handled?

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Many employers will have faced a scenario whereby an employee was issued a time-limited warning following a disciplinary hearing, perhaps for an act of misconduct, which subsequently expired. But what should happen, in light of the initial warning, if the...

Payslip processes set to change

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New payslip requirements requiring itemised calculations for variable rates of pay and hours worked are to be introduced in April 2019. The two amendments to the 1996 Employment Rights Act will come into force from April, requiring that employees...

Flexible working and the importance of a work-life balance

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Today, employees have competing responsibilities. Maintaining a work-life balance and good mental health is important, not least from the point of view of their employers. Achieving this can help avoid stress, high absenteeism and low productivity, and...

Statistics on employers' attitudes towards pregnancy raises concerns

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published statistics following a YouGov survey of 1,106 senior decision makers relating to the recruitment of women. Sadly, it appears that many businesses have not kept up with developments in UK...

Government responds to Taylor review

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The government has issued a press release containing details of how it intends to respond to the independent review into modern working practices, concluded last year by Matthew Taylor. Whilst there is little in the way of legislative change proposed,...