What are the rules for working in a heatwave?

What are employers obliged to do to accommodate such high heats? Today is the hottest since 2006 , and while this is great news if you have the day off, work outside, or get to enjoy some sun rays; if you’re cooped up in an office, things can get uncomfortable very quickly! In fact, the TUC released a statement on Tuesday, advising workplaces to relax dress codes to avoid employees overheating in stifling shirts and ties. But what are the rules for working in a heatwave? The short answer is there aren’t really any. Given our country is, sadly, not veryRead More

Section 1 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 now in force

Today is the day that the Education and Skills Act 2008, Section 1, comes into force. From today, young people must be in education or training up until the age of 18. What comes into force? Today, 26th June 2015, Section 1 of the act comes into force. This section covers who part 1 (Duty to participate in education or training: England) applies to. According to the Act… This Part applies to any person who is resident in England and who: (a)has ceased to be of compulsory school age, (b)has not reached the age of 18, and (c)has not attained aRead More

Does a provisional decision to close a workplace mean you need to hold a redundancy consultation?

Should you hold a redundancy consultation when you make a provisional decision to close a workplace? The decision from the EAT in E Ivor Hughes Educational Foundation v Morris was, yes. The details of the case The case centred around the provisional decision to close the school in February 2013 if pupil numbers had not improved by April. When April came around, pupil numbers had not increased, and so the decision to close was finalised. However, there was never any collective consultation over the decision, a breach of Section 188 of TULR(C) A 1992. According to the EAT, the decisionRead More

How to hire interns and avoid breaking the law

How to hire interns and avoid the pitfalls! While many firms will be bringing university students and graduates into their firm for internship programmes during the summer months, employers could be breaking the law by failing to give them the same rights as other workers. According to education think tank the Sutton Trust, there are an estimated 21,000 people carrying out unpaid internships at any one time. So here is what you need to know before you hire interns for your business. Work experience or an internship? There is a big difference between offering a week of work experience toRead More

Should an employee disclose their own misconduct?

According to the EAT in Basildon Academies v Amadi the answer is no. The details of the case The Claimant in the case, Mr Amadi, was a Cover Supervisor at the Academies. He breached his contract by not getting his employer’s permission to work at Richmond upon Thames College, where he was accused of sexually assaulting a pupil and suspended. However, after the police investigated, no criminal action was taken. But, when the Academies heard about the incident, they dismissed Mr Amadi, claiming he should have reported the allegation made at Richmond upon Thames College, and also for not seeking permission to workRead More

DVLA says goodbye to paper counterparts – will it affect you?

Employ drivers? These changes may affect you! Starting today, the DVLA will no longer be issuing paper counterparts to driving licences, instead you’ll need to use their online service, Share Driving Licence and Check Driving Licence services. So what will this mean for you and your employees? If you own a driving licence If you, or your employee’s, licence was issued before the photocard was introduced (pre-1998) you shouldn’t destroy it, it will still be valid. However, if you change any details (i.e. address) the paper licence will be replaced with a photocard. If you, or your employee, have aRead More

Fine after unsafe machinery accident

The dangers of unsafe machinery An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found an animal feed supplement manufacturer failed to ensure measures were taken to prevent access to dangerous parts of machinery after a worker lost his arm when it was pulled into machinery. Frederick Sharp, 71, of Stamford, had to have his right arm amputated after the incident at UFAC (UK) Ltd’s plant in Oakham, Rutland on 14 January 2014. Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard today (4 June) that Mr Sharp was adjusting a belt on a production line conveyor feeding a bagging point. He removed aRead More

Time off for volunteering – what will it mean for you?

You may have heard recent coverage of the proposals from one political party for employees to have the right to up to 3 paid days off a year for volunteering, provided that they work in the public sector or a private sector employer with 250 or more staff. There is no meat on the bones of the proposal yet, but it might be helpful to have a brief look at the current rights to time off work. The following are the main rights apply for time off work: Ante-natal care (with pay), this is well-known, and now a father/partner canRead More

The cost of sick leave

Have you ever stopped to wonder how much sickness leave is costing your business? It could be more than you think! The cost of sickness According to the Office for National Statistics, 131 million working days were lost due to sickness absence in 2013. That’s a massive 4.4 days per worker! How much work does your business get through in 4.4 days? In fact, sickness leave could be costing your business around £595 per employee, every year! Overall, absences cost UK businesses about £23 billion a year, that’s a lot of working days lost! The reasons for absence People take sick days for allRead More