Archives / 2015 / November
  • What Information Do You Need From Your New Starters?

    Tags: Equality Act 2010, Recruitment, Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, UKEmpLaw

    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 … 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!


    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: Health and Safety

    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 figures … more


  • Understanding Your Legal Rights When an Employee Leaves

    Tags: Notice, Garden Leave, Payment, Company Property, Training Costs, Restrictive Covenants, Exit, Resignation, Employer, Employee, Employment Law, UKEmpLaw

    When an employee leaves, the focus is often on their entitlements. But what are your rights as an employer and what practical steps can you take to ensure a smooth exit? 

    Giving Notice 

    When it comes to employees giving notice, there are several key areas to note. Employers do not have to ‘accept’ a resignation – it is a unilateral act. Equally, they do not have to accept a retraction of notice, unless it was given in the heat of the moment, or the employee was unwell.

    Employees must give at least a weeks’ notice once they have been employed for more than a month. However, longer notice is usually set out in the employment contract.

    If the employee starts work for someone else in their notice period, it is possible to obtain an injunction to prevent … more


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