Menopause and the workplace – how to ensure staff stay well and thrive in the workplace

According to the British Menopause Society, 45% of women feel their menopause symptoms have had a negative impact on their work. The menopause is a natural stage of life when a woman’s oestrogen levels decline and she stops having periods.  Most women will experience the menopause between age 45 and 55 but it can happen earlier than this due......

Ashtons wins Excellence in Business Services Award!

Ashtons is delighted to have won the Excellence in Business Services Award at the Norfolk & Norwich Law Society annual dinner at the weekend. The entry included testimonials from many clients of the firm and made particular mention of the HR, franchising and French property specialisms the firm have which set them apart from other firms in the regi......

Right to work checks – an update

Right to Work checks were already a complex area for employers, and the situation became trickier with the arrival of the points based immigration system and the EU Settlement Scheme – click the links to see our articles on these subjects from the end of last year.  This article was originally published in May 2021 but was updated in June 202......

Implications of mandatory Coronavirus vaccination for staff entering care homes – Government guidance published

The information in this article was correct on 6th August 2021.  The section on vaccination exemption was updated on 27th September 2021 in line with new advice from the Department for Health and Social Care. Whilst most employers should still remain cautious about mandatory vaccination for their workforce (see our Coronavirus FAQ’s from earl......

Day-one right to request flexible working consultation confirmed and new entitlements for unpaid carers

On Thursday 23 September 2021 the government published a consultation for laws which will allow employees to request flexible working from day one at a new employer, replacing the current 26-week eligibility period. The consultation, which will run until December 2021, will also consider whether to shorten the three-month response time an employer......

Covid19 Autumn/Winter 2021 Response Published – what are the considerations for employers?

The government has published its ‘Covid19 Response - Autumn and Winter Plan 2021’ which sets out how it intends to respond to Coronavirus over the next few months.  The document outlines ‘Plan A’ as a best case scenario in which the NHS and wider economy is able to continue to operate as it is now, with limited changes to the current restricti......

Should employees working from home take a pay cut?

According to the Mail on Sunday, a cabinet minister recently suggested that civil servants who were now working from home should take a pay cut, due to their reduced commuting costs. According to the source, to maintain homeworking employees on the same pay as their office-based colleagues amounted to an unfair pay rise. Before employers jump on t......

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Many businesses are struggling with recruitment at the moment and with the current climate being as it is, employers should start thinking about attracting from the Neurodiverse talent pool that has been long overlooked because of the incorrect assumption that neurodiversity cannot be accommodated in the workplace. What is Neurodiversity?Neuro......

The Queen’s speech – what does it mean for employers?

The Queen’s speech which was delivered at the State Opening of Parliament last week documented what laws the Government intend to introduce over the coming year with a focus on the UK’s post-coronavirus recovery and “levelling up opportunities” across the country. The speech confirmed that the Lifetime Skills Guarantee - which promises flexible ac......

Employment law changes that may progress in 2021

The year 2020 was a challenging one, to say the least, with Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, many proposed employment law changes were delayed but as we start to see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s time to look at which proposals might be included in the Employment Bill 2021 and what employers can do to prepare for these changes. 1. Exten......

Working well after the pandemic

The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) has recently released a report, ‘Flexible Working: Lessons from the Pandemic’ which makes interesting reading for employers and HR professionals alike.  Among its findings, 63% of employers indicated that they planned to introduce or expand ‘hybrid working’ arrangements where employees sp......

International Women’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate all of the successes achieved by women in the workplace but the pandemic is having a disproportional impact on female employment

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to cause long-term harm to gender diversity in the workplace, with progress for women in work reverting to 2017 levels by the end of 2021, according to PWC’s Women in Work Index, which reports female economic empowerment across 33 OECD countries. For almost a decade, all countries across the OECD made consistent pro......

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