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  • What Information do you need from your new starters?

    Tags: Recruitment, Employment Law, Employment Tribunal

    Recently, I have been asked many questions regarding the law surrounding recruitment, so I thought I would give employers 5 top tips that will help them stay on the right side of the law when taking on a new employee.

    1.       The first piece of advice is in relation to the application form- only ask for information relevant to the position you are offering. Most employers use a standard application form asking for the usual details including previous positions and employers, education and relevant training courses, contact information and 2 referees.

    2.       During the interview stage- you are entitled to ask candidates about unspent convictions. However candidates are generally not under an obligation to give details about … more

  • Window cleaning company fined £45,000 after employee falls to his death

    Tags: Health and Safety

    At the end of last month, Blades Limited, a window cleaning company in London, pleaded guilty to a single charge of breaching general duty to an employee under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The company was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay £7,500 costs.

    Kevin Dolan fell to his death through the open floor-to-ceiling window of Pountney Hill House, in central London, while cleaning the huge glass pane from the inside. The tragic death was caused by the company’s failure to ensure safe working conditions. The court heard there was no rope access, no harnesses and no fall arrest or restraint. There were "eye bolts" built into the building, but they were not being used.

    The company took immediate responsibility for his death and pleaded guilty to a single charge of … more

  • Christmas parties: Avoiding employment issues

    Tags: Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Christmas and Unfair Dismissal

    As the festive season gets into full swing next week, many of us will be preparing ourselves for the Christmas party, where of course many of us intend to relax with colleagues over one or two. 

    This time of year is great for letting your hair down, however ensure that employees (particular managers) are aware of the rules relating to conduct towards one another. 

    Therefore as we prepare for our own Christmas party I have put together a few tips for ensuring a smooth office do!

    Preparation

    If you are worried about getting far too drunk then perhaps avoid alcohol or the party altogether. You could also consider stopping drinking after a certain time or alternate alcohol with soft drinks.

    Employers should remind employees of the behaviour expected of them at the venue, as … more

  • Bonfire night

    Tags: Health and Safety, Fireworks, HSE

    The 5th of November, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes' night marks the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes tried and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the infamous gunpowder plot.

    We celebrate the event today by lighting bonfires and watching fireworks in towns and villages across the UK.

    Many of us will either be attending fire work displays, holding firework displays  or having some fireworks at home in our gardens over the next few days.

    Fireworks parties can be brilliant fun if safety rules are followed. It’s important to remember that fireworks are explosives and, just like that gun powder, can cause severe injury if not handled properly. What is needed is good planning and a level head on the night!

    Private or public display?

    The last time firework injury … more

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  • Seasonal Workers: Key Contractual Issues for Employers

    Tags: Employment Status, ukemplaw, Seasonal Workers, Contractual Issues, Fixed-term, Pat-time, Casual workers, Agency workers, Young persons, EmploymentLaw

    In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times of the year. A common solution for employers in these sectors is to recruit additional employees during these periods. Below we set out the key contractual considerations for employers to bear in mind when hiring seasonal employees. 

    Fixed-term employees

    An individual recruited to cover seasonal work may be taken on for a limited period of time. A fixed-term contract is therefore often used, with that contract ending on a specific date or on completion of a particular project.

    An individual employed on a fixed-term contract is protected against less favourable treatment compared to permanent employees. For example, if an employer excludes the fixed-term … more

    

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