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......

Good Work Plan - What is Changing?

The Good Work Plan was a consultation following the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. Following that consultation, various pieces of legislation are to be enacted.  Generally, the Good Work Plan recommendations focus on: fair and decent work for employees clarity around employment status increasing transparency fairer......

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......

Inclement Weather

This time of year is full of excitement, anticipating the festivities and prospect of a New Year. However, this is often coupled with inclement weather and travel disruption. We would encourage you to plan for this eventuality as reports are suggesting that we could experience another record cold period in January and February 2020.  The Prac......

Watch this space – potentially significant TUPE decision

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) protects the rights of employees when the business they work for or the contract they work on transfers to another organisation (e.g. acquisition of business, insourcing or outsourcing). It has been understood that those protected within the scope of TUPE are employee......

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......

Black Friday offer!

Ashtons HR Consulting's Black Friday offer is here! For a limited time only, you can get a free policy for your business! Contact us between 29 November 2019 and 2 December 2019 to choose one of the following policies: Menopause policyWellbeing policyTransgender policy. Get in touch with us quick to take advantage of our Black Friday offer. Ca......

CJEU looks at question of carry over of holiday

The Court of Justice of the European Union has considered the question of whether annual leave must be carried over from one leave year to another if the employee was prevented from taking it in the current leave year due to sickness absence. In the Finish case of TSN v Hyvinvointialan the answer was yes, but only in respect of the four weeks prov......

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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