Government Publishes The Employers’ Charter

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The Government has published the "Employers’ Charter" which aims to dismiss some of the myths about what employers can and can’t do in managing their workforce. It tells you what you are reasonably entitled to ask and know about your employees, and what action you can take if there are problems. The Charter As an employer – as long as you act fairly and reasonably – you are entitled to:
  • ask an employee to take their annual leave at a time that suits your business

  • contact a woman on maternity leave and ask when she plans to return

  • make an employee redundant if your business takes a downward turn

  • ask an employee to take a pay cut

  • withhold pay from an employee when they are on strike

  • ask an employee whether they would be willing to opt-out from the 48 hour limit in the Working Time Regulations

  • reject an employee’s request to work flexibly if you have a legitimate business reason

  • talk to your employees about their performance and about how they can improve

  • dismiss an employee for poor performance

  • stop providing work to an agency worker (as long as they are not employed by you)

  • ask an employee about their future career plans, including retirement
This is intended to help employers understand what they can do in general. Of course, individual circumstances may vary and employers should act in accordance with their legal obligations.

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