Category Archives: HR Advice

Top Tips to avoid Illegal or Inappropriate Interview Questions

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Most employers understand that they are no longer able to ask questions at interview that are obviously discriminatory. However, when you’re trying to put the candidate at ease and build rapport, it is easy to innocently “slip up” and stray into an area that you may think is harmless but could potentially be illegal and leave you open to a potential claim from the candidate. So here are our top tips to keep you safe….. Plan the interview – write down the questions you are going to ask and ask each interviewee the same questions. There will almost certainly be individual questions that you want to ask but the bulk of the interview will follow your pre-prepared plan. One of the first questions I ask at any interview to get a feel for how much information a candidate is likely to divulge is: Tell me about yourself. Don’t ask questions about a candidate’s birthplace, background or anything to do with religion. If they have an unusual or foreign-sounding surname, don’t ask about its origin as the answer could potentially be grounds for discrimination. The sort of questions you could ask are: Are you eligible to work in the UK? We require fluency in other languages. What languages are you fluent in? This role requires you to work seven days of the week on a rota – are you available to work on all seven days? [If a candidate observes a specific religion, there may be days of the week when they would be unable to go onto a rota. It is common practice to ask someone if they have a family when making conversation but this is not appropriate in an interview. Don’t ask them about their marital status, what their plans are for starting a family, if they are […] (read more)
   

New Employment Tribunal Statistics

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We have reported previously on the meteoric increase in employment tribunal claims since the abolition of tribunal fees. The Ministry of Justice has published the latest employment tribunal statistics for the period October to December 2017 which give some interesting reading. (read more)
   

“On Call” at Home Classed as Working Time

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In a recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) case, Ville de Nivelles v Matzak, it was held that stand-by time whilst at home but within 8 minutes travel time from the employee’s workplace would be “working time”. (read more)
   

Thinking of Dating a Work Colleague?

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The entire world appears to be discussing sexual harassment and abuse of power within the workplace which has triggered enquiries from several of our clients about what to do about personal relationships between colleagues in the workplace. (read more)
   

Young workers and night time working

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Young people, (aged below 18 years) are allowed to work but there are some additional rights that protect them that employers should be mindful of. Recently we were asked about a young worker and working a night shift. (read more)
   

More Detail on Payslips

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The Employment Rights Act 1996 (Itemised Pay Statement) (Amendment) Order 2018 was laid before Parliament on 8th February 2018. (read more)
   

What is the Gig Economy?

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One definition of the gig economy described it as “a labour market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs”. Another described it as “a working environment that offers flexibility with regard to employment hours” and a third described it as “a form of exploitation with very little workplace protection”. (read more)