Health & Safety – “COVID secure” workplaces

By |2020-07-21T10:58:39+01:00June 2nd, 2020|

Last updated:  27th May 2020 Last week saw the Government adopt a clear change of emphasis in its address to the public and businesses alike. From what was once a clear message to “stay at home” has now switched to “stay alert”.  The hospitality sector remains closed except for takeaways but for those in the [...]

Furlough – how will it work?

By |2020-03-25T16:02:45+01:00March 25th, 2020|

All pubs and restaurants are now closed. We read with interest today that operators who were shutting selected takeaway sites are now taking more drastic action. By shutting all sites operators can shut head office and “furlough” staff there too reducing cash flow as much as possible. Furlough is a term previously unknown to us.  [...]

Get ready for a new look Section 1 Statement

By |2020-02-25T10:24:36+01:00February 25th, 2020|

As you know, employers must provide a written statement of particulars to every employee within the first two months of their employment. This is commonly referred to as a ‘Section 1 Statement’, and must include specified information such as the date on which the employment began, how much the employee will be paid and details [...]

Mental health – what are you doing for staff?

By |2020-02-11T11:22:52+01:00February 11th, 2020|

Deloitte’s has published an interesting report on mental health in the workplace (Mental health and employers – Refreshing the case for investment). It last published the report in 2017. The report highlights the financial cost to employers of poor mental health in the workplace and the financial benefits of employers investing in employees’ mental wellbeing.  [...]

Recruiting via social media can be discriminatory

By |2020-01-29T14:43:47+01:00January 28th, 2020|

When you are recruiting for new staff you must be careful not to discriminate against applicants based on a protected characteristic, e.g. age, sex, race, religion etc. In a recent case one pub company fell foul of the law by advertising job vacancies on Facebook and in a way that discriminated against older workers.  Facts [...]