Posts Categorized: HR

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 »

HR Question of the Week

Question A client has recently taken on a member of staff who has asked whether he can use an e-cigarette in the office. She’s never had this situation before and we’ve been discussing whether she should allow it or not. Are there any laws on the use of e-cigarettes at work?   Answer The smoking… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question A client is struggling with how much her staff are talking about the general election. She thinks it’s great that they’re all interested but can see the talk ending up in confrontation. Is there anything she can do to manage this? Answer Politics is an issue that can easily cause disagreements amongst staff because… Read more »

HR Question of the Week

Question One of my clients has an employee asking her for double pay because they worked the bank holidays in April – are they legally entitled to this?   Answer Bank holidays are generally viewed as a bonus day off work for staff but employers often struggle with applying employment rights correctly across these days…. Read more »