Reminder: New GCSE Grading System

If you are as old as I am, you will remember “O” levels. In 1988, the General Certificate of Secondary Education, GCSE, was introduced where the examination results were graded from A to G. In 1994 an additional A* grade was introduced.
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Top Tips for a Successful Employee Induction

The appointment of a new employee is the start of the employment relationship and the likely success or otherwise of the relationship will often depend upon the experience that employee has during their first few weeks with the Company
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Flexible Working for all Roles

Conservative MP, Helen Whately, has introduced a bill in Parliament suggesting that flexible working should be offered by default for all roles with employers being required to “opt out” if a job cannot be done flexibly.
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Consultation Launched on Workers’ Rights Body

Greg Clark, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary has launched consultation on a new single labour market enforcement body with the aim of making it easier for employees to obtain help and information in relation to their rights, together with offering businesses support with employment law.
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Your Questions Answered

Q: What is the maximum workplace temperature?
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£15,000 awarded to employee who made repeated errors

Denise Regan worked as an administrator for the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust from October, 2012. In November, 2015, Jane Kirby, a manager at the Trust, was told that Denise had made some errors
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Spotlight on: Bereavement Leave

Employees are not given a statutory right to bereavement or compassionate leave. However they are permitted to take a reasonable amount of unpaid time off work to enable them to deal with an emergency involving a dependant
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Regular voluntary overtime must be included in holiday pay

In East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust v Flowers 2019, Mr Flowers and his colleagues regularly did compulsory, non-guaranteed and voluntary overtime.
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Can I ask my employee to go on garden leave or pay them in lieu of notice?

As long as the contract of employment allows:- you may pay the employee in lieu of notice so that they leave the company earlier; or
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Your Questions Answered

Q: I understand there is to be a Bank Holiday on Friday, 8th May in 2020. Do we have to give this on top of the usual 8 bank holidays?
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