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HR Bullets

For us, the primary purpose of a website in professional services is to offer readers an insight into who we are, what our experience is, to demonstrate our competence, to build a relationship as a trusted provider. In line with this  is genuinely helping our visitors by pointing out other excellent resources they may not [...]

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Retirement age – what’s the position in employment law ?

Until recently, the stance under English law in relation to retirement was that after a certain age, employers could force employees out of a job and into ‘retirement’. This stance is slowly changing, with a default retirement age no longer being the norm. The default retirement age was previously 65 years old. The new law [...]

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Recrutment process and employment law

In order for an employer to correctly advertise a job vacancy, whether to fill an existing post or create a new one, the employer needs to be sufficiently clear what they are asking from the role, what the role requires, and fairly and accurately advertise the vacancy, being aware also of the need to ensure [...]

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Redundancy – consultation and the different types required

When an employer is considering making members of staff redundant, whether it’s just a single employee or a hundred or more employees, there is a legal obligation to follow the correct redundancy consultation process and failure to do so will automatically make any redundancies unfair. Individual redundancies If the employer intends to make between 1-19 [...]

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Unfair Redundancy

The Employment Rights Act 1996 was introduced partly as a means of protecting workers from being unfairly chosen for redundancy or unfairly sacked and when an employee is unfairly dismissed from their job they are then well within their rights to take further action against their employer as long as the employee has the required [...]

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How Should Unauthorised Absences Be Dealt With?

There are many different kinds of unauthorised absences, with a wide variety of reasons for these absences. It is therefore important to first distinguish the nature of the unauthorised absence. The absence could be a one-off occurrence, or it could manifest itself into a persistent pattern (with one type of variant being known as ‘Monday [...]

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Access to an employee’s medical records

Access to Medical Records The Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 is legislation which enables individuals and employers to access medical reports for insurance and employment purposes. There are several reasons why an employer may require access to an individual’s medical reports such as: To ensure that the individual applying for the position fits the [...]

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Rolled up holiday pay

Rolled up holiday pay is the pay that an employee receives which consists of their normal wages, but includes the employee’s ‘holiday pay’ for untaken holidays. This holiday pay was set by the Working Times Regulations in 1998, guaranteeing employees four weeks paid holiday per year. The legality of rolled up holiday pay has been [...]

Posted in Employee Rights, Employer law, Policies & procedures | Tagged EU law, holiday pay, rolled up holiday pay | Comments closed

Retirement age in employment law

The previous stance the UK had taken in relation to retirement was that after a certain age, employers could force employees out of a job and into ‘retirement’. This stance is slowly changing, with a default retirement age no longer being the norm. The default retirement age was previously 65 years old. The UK is [...]

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Possible pitfalls of no win no fee

Many prospective clients look for no win no fee employment law advice, and we can obviously understand why. First, such an arrangement transfers the risk to the solicitor and secondly, many employees can’t afford legal fees. I should also say from the outset that Darlingtons rarely undertake no win no fee work, for many of [...]

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