Category Archives: HR Advice

Trade Union Loses Fight to Overturn Tribunal Fees

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Tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013 which have resulted in a significant reduction (66% fewer between July and September 2014 compared to the same period in 2013) in the number of tribunal claims made by employees. (read more)
   

Why Is It Important To Monitor Social Media Use?

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Social media can be a double edged sword for employers. Although there are many benefits of using social media as a company, employee use of social media can be quite risky for employers. (read more)
   

Privacy of ‘Personal’ Emails In The Workplace

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Mr Atkinson was employed as Director of Resourcing for Community Gateway Association (CGA). An investigation was being carried out by CGA into a £1.8 million overspend. During the investigation, CGA found that Mr Atkinson had been in a relationship with a female employee of another housing association (read more)
   

ACAS Update on Early Conciliation

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Early conciliation was introduced in April and must now be considered by both employer and employee before a claim can be made to the employment tribunal and is a service provided by ACAS. (read more)
   

The Importance of Succession Planning

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For any business succession planning is extremely important, regardless of how certain your future seems. Planning ahead is vital, even when everything appears to be heading in the right direction. Below are just some of the reasons that businesses should begin succession planning as early as possible. (read more)
   

Advantages and Disadvantages of Settlement Agreements

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A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract between employer and employee which can be used to bring any type of workplace dispute, including a redundancy situation or employment claim to an end on mutually agreed terms. (read more)
   

Ruling on Overtime Payment in Holiday Calculations

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The current situation regarding the calculation of holiday pay is that only basic pay counts. However, today the Employment Appeals Tribunal has announced that overtime payments should be taken in to account when calculating holiday pay for the basic four weeks’ holiday that is granted under the Working Time Directive. (read more)