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Millennials are streaming into the workplace and quickly transforming company cultures. They are highly creative, social, technologically savvy, environmentally conscious and ambitious. On the other hand, they’re also impatient with ‘old-fashioned’ nine to five work days and hierarchical management structures. Millennials are challenging the status quo, and some organisations may find them tricky to manage so following on from Emma’s article explaining what Millennials want, here are my top ten tips for managing millennials:
Millennials want to work in a way that suits their lifestyle. This means being able to travel more should they want to, or working from home more often if they have a family. To keep your … more
The last year has seen a number of major businesses collapse, notably Monarch Airlines and now this week, Carillion.
Carillion’s financial troubles were well documented but the fact that the company went straight into a compulsory liquidation, rather than administration, caught some by surprise.
Administration allows the appointed administrators of a company to continue to operate a Company as they attempt to find a buyer for the business, or parts of the business. By entering liquidation the company ceases to trade and the liquidators role is simply to realise any assets and distribute them to creditors. The fact that Carillion bypassed an administration shows that there were no assets to sell and no viable parts of the business.
Carillion has contracts to provide school meals, … more
If you want your business to succeed in the digital age – you’ll need to recruit millennials. But first you need to understand how they differ from employees from previous generations. Born towards the end of the twentieth century, millennials are the first truly digital generation. For them, social media and smartphones are a natural part of everyday life. Where others try to keep up with new developments, millennials are ahead of the game. So, when it comes to recruiting millennials, what do they look for in employers? Our Emma Roberts gives employers an insight.
The opportunity to fulfil their potential
Millennials don’t work for employers, they work with employers. They are in control of their own lives, and they see employers as an opportunity to realise … more
With the festive season fast approaching, employers will no doubt be considering a plethora of holiday requests from their employees. It is essential therefore that, to avoid any claims under the Equality Act 2010 or the Working Time Regulations 1998, employers should carefully consider whether their holiday policies are up to date.
Prioritising employees for time off isn’t necessarily a good thing. Many employees will request the same days as holiday over the upcoming festive period. As employers have the right to balance requests for holidays from their employees with the operational requirements of the business, it may not be possible to allow everyone to take time off at the same time. Unfortunately, an employer cannot make everyone’s Christmas wishes come … more
Without prejudice discussions can be a useful tool for employers when attempting to resolve a dispute with an employee. However, simply labelling the discussion as ‘without prejudice’ does not necessarily mean that it cannot be revealed later at Tribunal. This was the finding at the EAT at a case we recently dealt with.
In Graham v Agilitas IT Solutions Ltd, the EAT had to consider whether an employer could rely on parts of a ‘without prejudice’ discussion and/or a ‘protected conversation’ to take disciplinary action against an employee, while at the same time relying on privilege to shield its own conduct during part of the conversation.
Mr Graham was a sales director for Agilitas and a shareholder in the company. Over the … more
Around this festive period there are so many employment law issues that could potentially arise. It is also considered to be a time of reflection and tradition and so to celebrate we have gone through our back catalogue of articles and selected several that we believe are the most useful and interesting to you.
Top 10 employment tips for businesses during Christmas
Christmas parties: Avoiding employment issues
Have yourself a merry little, stress-free Christmas party!
Aftermaths of the Christmas Party: Vicarious Liability
Other articles which we believe have relevance at this time of year include:
Managing absence: Hurricane Ophelia
Whilst we don't believe that we are expecting a hurricane; weather disruptions might be something … more
The holiday season is in full swing at SCE Solicitors. We’ve had a festive team photo-shoot, arranged our upcoming secret Santa exchange, and we have a team holiday meal planned for next week.
Whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, enjoying the festive period of Christmas, looking forward to ringing in the New Year or just enjoying the seasonal snow flurries, one thing you’re sure to be surrounded by at this time of year is festive food.
One of the many things we pride ourselves on at SCE Solicitors is inclusivity. When we considered options for our team meal, we looked to restaurants that would accommodate the variety of dietary requirements of our staff (gluten-free, vegan, pescatarian, halal, nut-free). It’s important to ensure that no-one feels … more
It’s the first of December and I think most of us will agree, even if many of us are simply conceding, that Christmas 2017 has now started. There are many of us that love it, with others loathing it and varying degrees in between.
As part of our count down to the big day, we have created our #SCEadventTips to be posted on our social media channels providing you with a mix of Employment Law reminders and Christmas suggestions. We hope you find them useful and we encourage you to share them with your colleagues, friends and family.
You can find us at the following places on social media -
https://twitter.com/SCESolicitors https://www.linkedin.com/company/2610246/ … more
Since its recent introduction, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015) has sought to incentivise businesses to tackle the issue of modern slavery. It brought with it the introduction of three new offenses:
1. Holding people in slavery or servitude or requiring them to perform forced or compulsory labour;
2. The arranging or facilitating of human trafficking, arranging the travel of people with a view to exploiting them; and
3. Committing an offence with the intention of human trafficking, including aiding and abetting.
One way the MSA 2015 seeks to bring an end to modern slavery is by way of transparency. The MSA 2015 requires that businesses which provide good or services with an annual turnover of £36 million or more publish an annual statement which discloses the steps they … more
New research undertaken by ACAS, Supporting Trans Employees in the Workplace, published in August 2017, exposes that employers are failing in their efforts to understand the issues concerning their trans and intersex employees.
Whilst transphobia and discrimination are extensively reported, little research has previously been conducted into the experiences of trans or intersex employees in the UK, which has larger implications for both managers and employees in the workplace.
Legal obligations as an employer:
Gender Reassignment is one of nine protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010 (EQA). The EQA provisions concerning gender reassignment discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the workplace protect a wide range of individuals during all stages … more