Employees rights during IVF treatment

More and more couples are turning to IVF treatment for help to have a baby. With infertility affecting one in seven couples in the UK, it is important that employers recognise the significance of understanding what IVF treatment involves and that different employment rights apply at different stages of the process. What is IVF? In Vitro Fertilisa......

Continuous conversations or annual appraisals?

What are continuous conversations? Continuous conversations are a more fluid, in the moment approach to handling performance reviews where feedback takes place throughout the year on an ongoing basis.  Continuous conversations allow managers and employees to provide real time, up to date feedback. Managers can offer observations from recent......

Post-Brexit pro-discrimination - Managing Equality and Diversity in the workplace

Three years after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, we continue to see a split in society and the profound feelings of some areas in opposition to immigration and the future rights of foreign citizens to live and hold employment in the UK. Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, hate crime based upon race, religion and sexual orientation has increased.......

Has your business embraced flexible working?

All employees that have been employed for 26 weeks or more have the right to request flexible working patterns, without having to give any reason. However, research released today by pollster GQR for the Trades Union Congress has found that flexible working is unavailable to 58% of the UK workforce, rising to 64% of those in working class occupati......

Does reward for positive employee attendance work?

Many organisations use rewards and recognition to show employees they appreciate and respect their positive attendance. In some cases, cash-based incentives or rewards work well to encourage attendance and discourage unnecessary absence.  However, while this seems to be a positive approach to managing employee attendance, and while attendance......

Change to May Day Bank Holiday in 2020

Due to the 75th anniversary of VE day in 2020, the Government have announced a nationwide change to Bank Holidays next year.May Day is usually the first Monday in May, but in 2020, it will be replaced by a public holiday on Friday 8 May to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.The change to the Bank Holidays may have implications for your busine......

Mental health is currently a priority for East Anglian businesses

A straw poll of over 100 Human Resources (HR) professionals, taken at a conference in the region this week, revealed that 94% are now taking positive steps within their businesses to support their staff’s mental health.  The Conference - hosted jointly by Ashtons HR Consulting, law firm Ashtons Legal and recruitment specialists HAYS - had ment......

Positive action to increase diversity must not amount to discriminatory treatment

In February, the Liverpool Employment Tribunal heard that Cheshire Police had not given a job to an individual because he was white, male and heterosexual, due to the Police force’s diversity drive at the relevant time.  Mr Furlong, the applicant, was told at interview that he could not have done any more. Ultimately, he was denied the role o......

Shared Parental Pay can be lower than Maternity Pay

The Court of Appeal has given its judgment in the much anticipated combined appeals of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd and Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextail. The question before the court was whether it was discriminatory to pay men taking Shared Parental Leave less than any enhanced Maternity Pay given to women on Maternity Leave.......

Ashtons HR Consulting and Picasso HR join forces

Two of the region’s HR consultancies will join forces from 1 May 2019 to create a larger and stronger Suffolk-based business with clients throughout the region and beyond. The teams at Picasso HR and Ashtons HR Consulting will merge their operations under the Ashtons HR Consulting Limited banner and will be based in Waterfront House in Ipswich. Th......

A reminder for employers to take care with long term disability benefit offerings

It is a relatively common practice for employers to offer some form of long term disability benefit to their employees, usually covered by an insurance policy. However, recent developments have demonstrated that care must be taken when implementing such policies in terms of how they can impact employees and how relevant documents should be drafted.......

Brexit delay and the rights of EU / EEA citizens in the workplace

The European Union have agreed a further delay to the Article 50 deadline (and therefore Brexit) until 31 October unless a withdrawal agreement can be agreed and ratified earlier. As a result, the United Kingdom remains a member state of the EU until any such ratification or 31 October 2019. This means that the rights of EU / EEA nationals living......

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