Managing Teams Remotely

You may have a mix of people working for your business i.e. those working from home, those currently on furlough and those continuing to attend the workplace while maintaining social distancing. Managing teams effectively in these times is so important and relying on old methods might not cut the mustard. With more employees seemingly returning fro......

Webinar – Returning to work in a COVID-19 era: a Q&A

As the UK has passed the peak of infections, employers around the country are asking, how do we return our staff to work? COVID-19 has required all businesses in every sector to make changes and to adapt to the current circumstances. In some instances staff have been asked to go on to furlough leave, to take unpaid leave, to work reduced hours and......

Employees reluctant to return to work during the virus outbreak and after Furlough

While we at Ashtons HR Consulting are all working from home, some businesses are continuing and require their employees to go into the workplace. We have had a few enquiries regarding employees who are reluctant or refusing to return to work, either following a period of sickness or Furlough, during the current Coronavirus outbreak because they ar......

Providing a safe working environment during the coronavirus outbreak and the possible consequences of failing to protect your employees

Technology giant Amazon could be under threat of legal action from New York’s Attorney General following claims of the dismissal of an employee who organised a walkout in protest at the company’s handling of the coronavirus. As we hear about workers from Amazon sites across the world, including Italy and France, leaving over concerns of current wo......

Twitter Poll – Will your business allow homeworking once the lockdown is lifted?

Will your business be more prepared to allow homeworking once the COVID-19 lockdown is lifted?  Please click here and complete the Ashtons HR Consulting Twitter poll.  We will share the results at a later date. 

Resilience and Coronavirus

This is a worrying time for everyone. For businesses, for families, for the vulnerable, for children not able to go to school. There seems to be no escaping the current situation, but it seems as though some appear to be handling things better than others. Often this comes down to how resilient people are. Resilience is an essential life skill whic......

Successful constructive dismissal claim for Secretary who was asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment process

In a recent case heard at a Bristol Employment Tribunal, Hobbs v Avon Care Homes, a secretary has successfully claimed constructive unfair dismissal after being asked to be involved in discriminatory recruitment practices. Hobbs and recruiting manager, Rea had found a suitable candidate for a Care Home Manager vacancy. Managing Director, Bila was......

Ethical veganism is a philosophical belief

Update! Following on from yesterday’s article an employment tribunal has held that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and so entitles ethical vegans from protection against discrimination. The claimant Jordi Casamitjana, a vegan activist and animal rights campaigner held that he was dismissed from his position at The League Against Cruel S......

Ethical veganism – to become a protected philosophical belief?

With the New Year officially upon us, many people are looking to make changes such as cutting out the junk food, exercising more and quitting drinking/smoking. Veganuary (a pledge to try a vegan diet for the month of January) is also set to be a hit. According to the non-profit organisation Veganuary, more than a quarter of a million people took th......

Setting boundaries and expectations for your Christmas party

Whatever your views, Christmas is in sight; the temperature is dropping and we’re starting to get into the festive spirit. Often when spreading festive cheer and seasonal greetings there is bound to be alcohol and Christmas parties involved. As HR Professionals, we all enjoy the festivities, but it is important to set boundaries in the workplace an......

Black Friday – productivity can plummet

Love it or hate it, the Black Friday sales event seems to get bigger every year. And with so many UK retailers now participating, offering discounts on big budget electrical items, health and beauty products to kitchen equipment and clothes, it’s not surprising that consumers are tempted to spend a few pennies in the run-up Christmas. The UK’s onl......

Wearing poppies in the workplace

The remembrance poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate those who gave their lives in war fighting for their country, but in recent years it has become the centre of some controversy. With high profile celebrities opting not to wear a poppy and employers banning staff from wearing poppies at work, here we look at what the law says about wear......

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