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Kate Palmer

Peninsula Head of Advisory

Kate Palmer CIPD BA (Hons) is the Head of Advisory at Peninsula and a member of our senior leadership team. She joined in 2009 from another top company where she was Senior HR Manager. With a specialist background in facilities management in the NHS (public and private sectors), Kate offers a wealth of employment law experience. She’s an expert negotiator; one notable case was with the NHS’s trade unions over terms and conditions in the Agenda for Change pay system. Kate brings a drive and a passion for constant improvement to Peninsula; from the service to herself and the team. It’s a big part of what shaped the business into the centre of excellence it is today. And, with deep knowledge and long-term enthusiasm for employment law, Kate shares her expertise by writing regular columns in major publications.

Taking A Mental Health Day

Although many employers want perfect attendance from their staff, taking time off when ill can have positive benefits for staff and the business. Taking time to deal with mental health issues at an early stage will help to control them before they have the chance to develop into a prolonged absence.
19/07/2017 13:54 BST

How To Prevent Sexual Harassment And Encourage Employees To Raise Concerns

Preventing sexual harassment is one of the most concerning elements of managing staff for many employers. Employers have an obligation to prevent this from occurring and, if it can be shown they have not taken all reasonable steps to stop this, then the employer can be found liable for employee's actions. Issues of sexual harassment can fall under the radar so employers need to take all possible steps to prevent this happening.
14/06/2017 11:37 BST

General Election 2017: How Can Employers Deal With Politics In The Workplace?

Individuals are increasingly turning to social media to express their political views, and these posts can become heated and hostile. Employers should consider implementing policies to prevent employees from using workplace social media or the employer's IT resources to harass their colleagues or attribute personal political opinions to the employer.
20/04/2017 11:56 BST

Shared Parental Leave - In What Ways Can Leave Be Taken?

The major advantage of SPL is that both parents can choose to take leave off at the same time for a greater period than the initial two weeks paternity leave afforded to fathers, partners and secondary adopters. In theory, the employees themselves can decide how to divide the leave between them and this may be equally.
27/03/2017 15:09 BST

Legal Lowdown: Banning Headscarves At Work

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided that it is not an act of religious discrimination for an employer to ban an employee from wearing an Islamic headscarf at work provided that the employer has a "neutral dress" policy in place.
17/03/2017 13:01 GMT