Candidate asked ‘how old are your children’ awarded £90K

A female candidate has just been awarded £90K in compensation at a tribunal as a result of sex discrimination, after her job offer was withdrawn in November 2022. Fong Fong Lee had been through two interviews for the role of Senior Marketing Manager at the London office of R&F Properties QS.  A few days later…

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Employment Rights, significant change expected before Christmas!

Labour have stated that their ‘Plan to Make Work Pay’ will be delivered in full, introducing new legislation within 100 days. Further details will be seen on 17 July 24, when the King’s speech is expected to contain an Employment Rights Bill. What are the key changes to impact on small employers: There are more areas of proposed…

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Statutory Sick Pay

Employers must by law, pay statutory sick pay (SSP) to employees and workers providing they meet the eligibility criteria. Eligibility Criteria To be eligible for statutory sick pay, an employee or worker must: – • Be classed as an employee.• Earn at least £123 a week, before tax.• Inform their employer that they are sick…

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Revised Code of Practice – ‘Fire & rehire’

A revised Code of Practice on ‘Fire and rehire’ has been published. If the Code is approved by Parliament, then it will come into effect later this year. What are the updates to the Code? There have been no changes to the key provisions in the original Code, which was published in January 2023, however,…

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Redundancy Selection Criteria

Redundancy Selection Criteria

You have been told you need to reduce your organisation’s head count. The pool of employees who are at risk have been identified…what now? The Redundancy Selection Process As an employer it is important to have a fair selection process in place as it is key to fair dismissal. In terms of a process for…

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Equality Act Amendments

Draft legislation has been published by the government with regards to amending the Equality Act 2010 from 1st January 2024. The Equality Act amendments include the following: – If you would like to discuss the implications of these changes, contact us on 01483 362732….

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Right to Work

Right to Work Checks

A company must complete right to work checks on all employees and keep records. It was announced in August 2023 that if an organisation fails to complete the correct right to work checks, then they could be faced with a fine of up to £60,000 per employee. From early 2024, the penalty for a first…

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Rehabilitation of Offenders

This new legislation regarding Rehabilitation of Offenders (Section 193 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022) has come into effect from 28th October 2023.  It will mean that criminal convictions become spent after a shorter period, therefore reducing the length of time that individuals are legally required to declare them to their employer….

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Dignity in the Workplace

Dignity in the Workplace

If there is no dignity in the workplace, it can create low morale amongst employees as well as reduced productivity.  Employees may resign as a result which will mean a substantial loss of skills to the business as well as additional costs such as recruitment and training. Currently, the subject of a toxic culture in…

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New Legislation – The Worker Protection Act 2023

The Worker Protection (Amendment to Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 receives Royal Assent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Employees are protected under The Equality Act 2010 against sexual harassment in the workplace and on the 26th of October 2023, The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 received Royal Assent. This new legislation…

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Childcare Funding and Increasing the Workforce

The UK government have introduced a new initiative in helping women return to the workplace.  In doing so, the plan is to extend free childcare hours in England for all children aged nine months to five years by September 2025. The data from the Childcare Survey states that the cost of childcare can be as…

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Modern Recruitment Challenges And How To Solve Them

There’s no denying that today’s business environments are particularly complex. Companies are always looking for top tier talent to fill their roles, and more often than not it feels in short supply. But for your company to stand out in a competitive market, you need to be able to attract and secure talented employees who…

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