Agile Working after Lockdown

As the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, briefs the nation on a gradual relaxing of the UK’s lockdown, many employers are starting to consider how best to bring employees back into the workplace. In our recent AHRC Twitter poll, an overwhelming 91.7% of respondents said their business would be more prepared to allow homeworking once the lockdown is li......

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. 

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......

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......

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......

Relationships at work

Statistics show that a quarter of employees meet their long-term partners at work and as we spend a lot of our time at work, this is not surprising. While workplace relationships can work perfectly fine, it’s important to view each scenario on a case by case basis to ensure the business and its employees are protected. Following recent news where......

Employees with side hustles

A study by CV Library found that 60% of those who take on other working opportunities outside of their primary position do so to top up their income, with other reasons such as job security, exploring a new challenge or pursuing a hobby also turning people to the growing trend. So, what is a side hustle? A side hustle is not the same as a part-ti......

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?......

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