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......

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......

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.......

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