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......

Has your business embraced flexible working?

All employees that have been employed for 26 weeks or more have the right to request flexible working patterns, without having to give any reason. However, research released today by pollster GQR for the Trades Union Congress has found that flexible working is unavailable to 58% of the UK workforce, rising to 64% of those in working class occupati......

Calculating holiday pay for zero hours, term-time only employees: what you need to know following the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust UKEAT/0102/17/LA

In the case of Brazel v The Harpur Trust, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the ACAS guidance in respect of paying part-time employees and workers on irregular hours a maximum of 12.07% of their annualised hours for holiday pay is incorrect. By way of background, this accrual rate derives from the fact that the standard working year is......

The Pimlico Plumbers case – making it harder for employers to justify ‘self-employed’ status

The Supreme Court today found in favour of plumber Gary Smith in his claim that he was entitled to sick pay and holiday pay, despite his employer Pimlico Plumbers claiming he was self–employed. Although he provided his own tools and could choose when he worked, Mr Smith worked solely for Pimlico, was required to wear their uniform and to work a min......

Employers must tackle their game plan before kick-off

With the 2018 World Cup about to kick-off in Moscow, football fans will have their eye on the ball, whether for England or their home country. And following England’s 2-1 win in its warm-up friendly with Nigeria, the tactics for the team are likely to be the focus of much debate. But it’s not just the players who need to warm up, as UK business ne......

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.......

The government’s proposals in response to the Taylor Review

There is big news this morning regarding the government’s proposed response to the Taylor Review that considered the gig economy and the rights of workers last year. The Good Work Plan seeks to: enforce workers’ holiday and sick payprovide a list of day one rights to workers, including holiday and sick pay entitlements and a new right to a payslip......

Case Study - Sickness absence management

The management of sickness absence can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of people management. One of our clients had an issue with an employee whose work performance was not meeting the required standard – the client was concerned that the poor performance might be linked to a known medical condition. Ashtons HR Consulting were able to p......

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