Personnel

Updated code of practice – fire and rehire

Posted on April 3rd, 2024

In February 2024, the Department for Business & Trade issued a draft new code of practice for fire and rehire (dismissal and re-engagement) situations. The code recognises that fire and rehire can give rise to conflict between employers, employees and trade unions and the code is intended to provide practical guidance in avoiding disputes and […]

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Kinship carers

Posted on March 26th, 2024

Kinship care (also known as family and friends care and/or connected person care) is when a child lives with a relative, or a close family friend, usually because their parents are not able to look after them. With more than 180,000 children in the UK currently in kinship care arrangements, it is important for employers […]

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Unfair dismissal – EAT finds dismissal relating to a racist ‘joke’ fair

Posted on March 25th, 2024

The case of Vaultex UK Ltd v Mr Robert Bialas highlights the importance of considering all the facts when determining the fairness of dismissal. Mr Bialas was employed as a Super Operator/Coin Processor. In September 2021, he searched for and shared what he believed to be a ‘clean’ joke on the company’s Workvivo system. The […]

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Enhancing occupational health awareness

Posted on March 20th, 2024

The government has recently appointed Dame Carol Black as the government’s new Occupational Health Tsar. She will lead a new taskforce with the purpose of improving employer awareness of the benefits of occupational health in the workplace. Despite the importance of occupational health services, only 45% of workers in Britain currently have access to such […]

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CIPD guidance – Neuroinclusion at work

Posted on March 14th, 2024

The CIPD has recently published guidance aimed at people professionals and leaders who want to learn more about neurodiversity. Neurodiversity is described as ‘the natural variation in human brain functioning. It refers to the fact that all human brains are wired differently in terms of information processing, communication and sensory processing’. The guidance focuses on […]

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Updated Home Office guidance – Employer’s guide to right to work checks

Posted on February 26th, 2024

The Home Office has updated its guidance Employer’s guide to right to work checks. The guidance applies to right to work checks conducted on or after 13 February 2024. The most significant updates relate to: An increase to the maximum civil penalty for non-compliance with the Right to Work Scheme. The civil penalty for employers will be […]

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New CIPD guidance – terminal illness

Posted on February 19th, 2024

New guidance for people professionals has been provided by the CIPD on supporting and managing employees with a terminal illness. Many employees need or want to carry on working with their diagnosis. The guide provides practical strategies on creating an inclusive and supportive culture, developing a framework to support employees, managing absence and leave and […]

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Changes to flexible working requests

Posted on February 14th, 2024

The introduction of The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 and The Flexible Working (Amendment) Regulations 2023, both of which come into effect on 6 April 2024, make significant changes to flexible working requests. The key changes and the implications for both employers and employees are considered in this article. Consultation One of the key changes under this […]

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Holiday pay guidance

Posted on February 12th, 2024

The government has released new guidance entitled ‘Holiday pay and entitlement reforms from 1 January 2024’. The guidance follows reforms made to the Working Time Regulations to simplify holiday entitlement. The changes came into effect from 1 January 2024. We reported on these changes back in November in our News & insights section of the CEFM website. […]

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Over £470k in compensation for unfair dismissal claim

Posted on February 5th, 2024

Back in October we reported on the case on Mr C Borg-Neal v Lloyds Banking Group PLC which examined how context can make all the difference in determining whether a dismissal was fair or unfair. The employment tribunal (ET) has now awarded over £407k in compensation for the unfair dismissal claim. Dismissed for gross misconduct […]

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