Paula Whelan

Entries by Paula Whelan

Sitting It Out Is Not a Sensible Option for Employers Worried About Changes to Holiday Pay Rules

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2014 | (18:19)

Instead of sitting it out and waiting for the courts to decide what to do about holiday pay, employers should consider taking pre-emptive action and changing the way they remunerate workers now.

A series of recent judgments relating to the way that holiday pay is calculated have cast doubt on...

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What Stance Should Employers Take on E-Cigarettes in the Workplace?

(3) Comments | Posted 1 July 2014 | (17:18)

As the debate continues about the health benefits or consequences of electronic cigarettes, employers must take care when making a decision about whether staff should be allowed to use them at work.

The lack of agreement among health professionals about the benefits or otherwise of e-cigarettes is making it a...

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Extended Flexible Working Rights Could Give Workers That Friday Feeling

(0) Comments | Posted 21 November 2013 | (15:59)

The Government's decision to extend flexible working rights to all employees next year could create unexpected issues for some employers. For example, some employers could receive multiple requests from workers who don't want to work on Fridays.

From 1 April 2014, the right to request flexible working will be extended...

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Shorter Consultation Period Means Businesses Can Act to Stay Competitive

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2013 | (17:00)

The new, shorter consultation period for collective redundancies will free up businesses to make changes to their structure and this could help to prevent job losses in the long run.

From 6th April 2013, the minimum consultation period for collective redundancies affecting more than 100 employees will reduce from...

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Employers Should Stay Open-Minded About Office Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted 13 February 2013 | (16:54)

Employers should be encouraged to stay open-minded about office relationships, while making sure that workers know the 'dos and don'ts'.

With Valentine's Day upon us, office relationships and the management issues they sometimes create, will be top of mind for many employers. The Equality Act 2010 has prohibited employers from...

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Plans to 'Mix and Match' Parental Leave Arrangements Are a Great Idea on Paper

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2013 | (17:52)

The government's plans to allow parents to 'mix and match' the care of their newborn child in a more egalitarian way seems like a great idea on paper and are totally in tune with society's focus on gender equality. However, in practice the plans are unlikely to make much difference...

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