Posts Categorized: HR

HR Question of the Week

Question One of my clients is in a bit of a tricky situation. They’ve got loads of work on and one of their employees has just called in sick for a week. My client is a bit suspicious because he overheard a conversation where the employee was saying they were trying to book a last… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question A client phoned me after hearing two members of staff talking about running a business in the evenings. My client thinks this won’t be in the same industry but he’s a bit worried about it and doesn’t know if he should say anything to the employee. Do you have any advice? Answer Having a… Read more »

HR Question of the Week 2

Question A client has had a difficult employee for a while but they left recently, quite acrimoniously. Out of the blue, they’ve now received a reference request from a different company about this employee. They’ve been speaking to me about this and I’d like to know whether they have to respond and what they can… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question I’ve been speaking to a client who had to close the office this week because of the bad storm. I’m sure we’re going to get more bad weather over the next few months, so do you have any information I could pass on to my clients? Answer Extreme weather appears to be an increasingly… Read more »

HR Question Of The Week

Question We have a number of employees who are engaged on ‘zero hours’ contracts, and thus only work as and when required.  If they fall sick, will SSP be payable? Answer The employee will only qualify if they have average earnings at least equal to the NICs Lower Earnings Limit (£113 per week in 2017/18)…. Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question I’ve been speaking to a client who’s got a bit of a dilemma – they’ve just received a flexible working request from an employee who needs to leave earlier to pick his children up from school. This is the first request they’ve received; how should they handle this?   Answer I’m surprised this is… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question We have a number of employees who are engaged on ‘zero hours’ contracts, and thus only work as and when required.  If they fall sick, will SSP be payable?   Answer To fall within the SSP scheme, the individual must be an employee for the purposes of Class 1 National Insurance Contributions.  There is… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question One of my clients has received job applications from school children and college students to fill summer job vacancies. Is there anything special that she needs to know that is different from employing adults? Answer Whilst general employment law principles are the same for managing younger workers as they are for your adult staff,… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question A number of clients are struggling with receiving holiday requests for the same period of time over summer. Do you have any advice I can pass on to them?   Answer During the summer months, it’s not unusual for a large number of staff to request time off work, especially due to the warmer… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question A client has recently asked about the hot weather and what this means for their employees. Is there a right to be sent home from work when it gets too hot?   Answer Heat waves in Britain are rare so, when they occur, high temperatures in the workplace is a common complaint from staff… Read more »