Menopause and the workplace

Still thought of as a slightly taboo subject, and a cause of embarrassment for employees and managers, why are we bringing this up? Research from the CIPD has found that the three out of five (59%) working women between the ages of 45 and 55 who are experiencing menopause symptoms say it has a negative impact on them at work. There has also b......

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.......

BBC Analysis Suggests That Gender Pay Gap Is Growing

The BBC has completed analysis on the private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap figures and notes that 4 in 10 companies are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, including firms such as Kwik Fit, which grew from a negative pay gap of -15.2% to a positive one of 14%, and Virgin Atlantic which widened from 28.4% t......

Veganism to become a Protected Characteristic?

In the news this week is the case of Jordi Casamitjana, who says his former employers, The League Against Cruel Sports sacked him because of his ethical #veganism. His lawyers are presenting his case to tribunal as one of #discrimination on the grounds of religious or philosophical belief. Religious or political belief is one of the Protected Chara......

Maternity leave – your rights

Maternity leave is an important period for all working mums. It gives women an opportunity to prepare for the birth, then bond with and care for the child during the first days, weeks, and months of its life. Here, we take a look at what rights you have when it comes to organising and taking maternity leave. Who is eligible for maternity leave?......

A dress code to impress….and avoid sex discrimination

A dress code may seem archaic, stringent or unnecessary to many people. However, it can be a powerful tool in creating a particular image of a workplace, which is integral to many professions. How the outside world e.g. clients see us will, whether consciously or not, impact a decision to instruct us. This May, the Government Equalities Office re......

Ashtons HR Consulting supports National Apprenticeship Week

Jane Hamshaw, of Ashtons HR Consulting, talks about the how Ashtons have utilised Apprenticeships across the business. In February 2014 Ashtons Legal embarked on an initiative of utilising Apprenticeships in a number of roles in various departments across the business.   The first successful Apprentice, who completed a Business......

The Beast from the East and the Journey to Work

Lucy Pakes from Ashtons HR Consulting looks at how to deal with employee absences due to adverse weather. “We have spare toothbrushes and sleeping bags” I was told a few years ago when working in the newspaper industry – key personnel were expected to come into work during adverse weather and to stay overnight to get the morning newspaper out.......

Social media and the workplace

The problems We’ve all heard stories in the press regarding employees making derogatory comments about their employer via social media and risking the employer’s reputation as a result. So, what do you do if you find out that one of your own employees is posting negative feedback about your organisation on Facebook or Twitter, for example? The f......

Immigration and its effect on Care Homes

The government introduced the new immigration skills charge on the 6 April 2017 to incentivise the recruitment and training of British workers. The Immigration Skills Charge will be levied on employers that employ non EEA migrants in various scenarios, but notably for the care sector, under a Certificate of Sponsorship for a Tier 2 visa. The charge......

Good intentions not enough in wage calculations

Accurate calculations of the National Minimum Wage continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging the complexity, saying there is no single key to unlock every case. Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have affected major retailers like John Lewis and Tesco, while others have been waitin......

Leadership Development

Jane Hamshaw, of Ashtons HR Consulting, talks about the in-house Leadership Development programme she has developed for the firm. In recent years, the majority of roles within professional services have changed and this is true of Solicitors, Associates and Partners in all Law Firms. After spending years gaining the knowledge they need to undertak......

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