Ashtons HR News

How can employers support Ukrainian refugees, and what considerations must they make?

Home Office data suggests more than 53,000 Ukrainian refugees have already travelled to the UK under family and sponsorship schemes. There have been more than 43,000 applications for visas under the Ukraine Family Scheme and almost 90,000 applications for visas under the Homes for Ukraine sponsorship scheme. Both schemes allow successful applican......

Supporting employees impacted by events in Ukraine

Staff in many businesses may have links to countries involved in the ongoing events in Ukraine, including family or friends living in the affected regions or cultural ties to the area.  Others may be called up to serve in their countries’ defence forces over the weeks and months to come.  Employers may wish to share the following resource......

The Government’s plan for living with Coronavirus – what does it mean for employers?

On 21 February 2022, the Government announced its’ plan for living with Coronavirus in the weeks and months to come.   Among several key changes are: from 24 February 2022, the removal of the requirement to self isolate after a positive test from 24 March 2022, the end of the Statutory Sick Pay amendments relating to Coronavir......

Is menopause the next protected characteristic?

There are currently nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act. Discrimination that happens because of one or more of them is unlawful under the Act. The characteristics are: age disability race gender reassignment marriage or civil partnership religion or belief sex sexual orientation pregnancy & maternity......

Rules for digital right to work checks coming this spring

The new system for digital checks of candidate’s right to work in the UK allows employers to do so via a third party, without having to check physical documentation. The change was initially introduced as a temporary measure to aid remote working in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and was due to revert back to in-person checks on 5 April......

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......

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