Supporting mental health at work

Mental health issues affect one in four people in any given year. An issue can stem from things that have built up gradually over time or could occur suddenly as a result of a specific event in someone’s life. They range from common problems such as depression and anxiety, to rarer issues such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.  Mental he......

Ethnicity pay gap reporting

The ethnicity pay gap is the difference between the hourly earnings of White or White British employees and other ethnic groups. Mandatory ethnicity pay reporting was first proposed in the McGregor-Smith Review in February 2017.  The independent review set out recommendations for employers in the public and private sectors to improve diversit......

Government announces temporary changes to 'Fit Note' rules

We have been made aware of a temporary change to the rules on ‘Fit Notes’ for absent employees which we would like to share with you.What has changed? If an employee is off sick, they would normally need to get a Fit Note from their GP or health professional after seven days of absence in order to receive Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).  As part o......

‘Fire and rehire’ – why you should avoid it, and how you should approach it if no other options are available

Employers sometimes need to change the terms and conditions of their employees. This could be a change to working hours, salary, benefits, location. Employers should seek to reach agreement with employees either through individual or collective consultation. However, in exceptional circumstances, where there is a genuine business case and agreement......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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? N......

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......

Mental health issues affect one in four people in any given year. This #BlueMonday, look out for your colleagues.… https://t.co/IdLzM7BdP4
A September 2020 study concluded that the number of organisations calculating their #ethnicity #paygap has increase… https://t.co/PI5AsKoZlR
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