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  • Le Tour Yorkshire and staff management

    Tags: Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Le Tour Yorkshire

    With only days to go for the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, the excitement is building up in the air.  When Le Tour Yorkshire kicks off on Friday 28th April, it will bring elite pro racing to the roads of the UK once again.

    However, even though Yorkshire has held this type of event for the past 3 years, for some employers’ panic might be setting in as to how best to manage their staff during this legacy event which has become very popular with roadside crowds.

    If you are operating over the weekend, here are some practical tips in managing staffing issues: 

    1. Road Closures: If your business is located on or near the road closures, ensure that you clearly communicate your policy relating to annual leave and unauthorised absence to staff. 

    2. Where possible, be flexible … more

  • Worker rate changes 2017

    Tags: National Minimum Wage, Employment Law, Living Wage

    Many of us will have been busy enjoying the long Easter break and the last thing that will be on anyone's mind is whether payroll information relating to hourly rates has been submitted or processed to the relevant department. So we thought we would send everyone a reminder that as of the 1 April 2017 National Minimum Wage (NMW) and Living Wage rates changed. Please make sure that you have updated your payroll so that your workers get paid their legal entitlement. 

    If your workers are 25 years old or over and not in their first year of an apprenticeship they are legally entitled to at least the National Living Wage, which went up from £7.20phr to £7.50.

    For those who are under 25 years old or an apprentice they are legally entitled to at least the National Minimum … more

  • Easter bank holidays and part time workers

    Tags: Employment law, holidays, Easter

    Most businesses employ part time workers but some find calculating part time holiday entitlement difficult, especially when it comes to bank holidays.  As Easter approaches and many employees look forward to a long weekend, we decided to bring you some key advice on calculating holiday entitlement for your part time workers.

    All workers are entitled to receive 5.6 weeks paid holidays (the equivalent of 28 days for someone who works 5 or more days each week) under the Working Time Regulations 1998.  That entitlement can be inclusive of bank holidays and holiday entitlement is something that should be specifically included in your contracts of employment.  To ensure part time workers are not treated any less favourably than their full time counterparts, they are entitled … more

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  • How To Manage Workplace Relationships

    Tags: Sex Discrimination, Victimisation, Sexual Harassment, Employment Law, Human Resources, Valentine's Day, Workplace Relationships, Romantic Relationships

    With Valentine’s Day making February the month for romance, this month we take a look at some of the potential risks to employers when romance blossoms amongst employees and the steps that can be taken to address these.

    Why Should An Employer Be Concerned About Its Employees Forming Romantic Relationships In The Workplace?

    Romantic relationships between employees in the same organisation can expose the employer to a number of legal risks. These are most likely to arise when one employee is pursuing another to start a relationship or, even more so, when the relationship breaks down. The most obvious legal risks are as follows:

    Sexual Harassment

    This occurs where one employee engages in unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect either of violating … more

    

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