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    Can you alter an unsigned contract?

    You recently sent an employment contract out to a successful job applicant. Having done so, you’d now like to alter it by adding an additional term. As the contract hasn’t been signed and returned, can you do this? Where the recipient has acted in a way that amounts to acceptance of the employment contract, e.g. […]

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    Can a poor attitude justify dismissal?

    Sometimes, employees will display what can only be described as a poor attitude. According to the Court of Appeal, where an employee behaves in this  way can it justify their dismissal on the grounds of gross misconduct? A poor attitude can justify dismissal on the grounds of gross misconduct but only where it is at […]

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    Redundancy and suitable alternative employment

    By law, you must offer any suitable alternative employment that you have available to a redundant employee. But what happens if the redundant employee refuses to accept the role that’s been offered to them?  Where the employee’s refusal is unreasonable, they will lose the right to receive a statutory redundancy payment. What’s unreasonable is subjective […]

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    Going on holiday: can you ask them to help out?

    One of your employees will soon be taking a two-week holiday. During that time it would be really helpful if they could deal with any urgent enquiries. Can you ask them to still be available for work on this basis? The law  says that the purpose of holiday is for the employee to rest from […]

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    Sickness during maternity leave

    If an employee falls sick during a period of annual leave, they may be able to have that time classed as sickness absence. But what happens where an employee who is on maternity falls sick – does that change anything? Legally, sickness during maternity leave has no effect on maternity leave of maternity pay. If […]

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    What’s the latest on pay rises?

    When you are contemplating pay rises, it’s useful to know what other employers are doing. New research has revealed the median pay rise for the first quarter of 2017. What is it? The median pay rise in the private sector for the first quarter of 2017 is 2%; this is likely to remain static for […]

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    Long-term sickness absence and dismissal

    The Court of Appeal has decided that an employee who was sacked following over a year’s sickness absence was unfairly dismissed. Does that mean you can’t ever dismiss employees who are on long-term sickness absence? This ruling doesn’t mean that you are stuck with all long-term sick employees forever. You can dismiss where there is […]

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    The new “Tax-Free Childcare” scheme

    On 21 April 2017 the new Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme was launched. It will come into force in stages and is quite different to the existing childcare voucher scheme. How much involvement will employer have in FTC? Unlike the existing employer-supported childcare (ESC) voucher scheme, employers have no involvement in the running of TFC. The […]

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    Employee’s rights during suspension

    Where you believe that an employee may have committed an act of gross or very serious misconduct, you can suspend them. If you take this decision, what rights do they have during the period of suspension?   A suspension is a precautionary measure – not a form of punishment or disciplinary action – the employee […]

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    Employees, colleagues and historic criminal offences

    You’ve knowingly employed someone who previously committed a criminal offence. Unfortunately, a couple of your other employees have now found out and are refusing to work with this individual. What should you do?   First, meet with all involved and listen to their concerns. Remind them that they must try to work together regardless of […]

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