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It’s not me… It’s you! Dismissing Employees May 11, 2017

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if employees came to work to do their job?  And if, after acing the interview, they remained that proactive, engaging individual that you originally employed?   Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and as a business owner, director or manager, you may find yourself trying to come up with the easiest…

Categories: Employee Relations Blogs, Employment Law Blogs, Featured, General, Honest Employment Law Practice

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Can banning headscarves amount to religious discrimination? March 14, 2017

In the case of Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions, CJEU have held that it is ok to ban the wearing of a headscarf as long as it is part of a blanket ban on the wearing of all religious signs in customer facing roles. G4S in Belgium operated a policy of ‘neutrality’, banning all wearing…

Categories: Employee Relations Blogs, Employment Law Blogs, Featured, General, Honest Employment Law Practice, News and New Legislation

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HR Training Day Wednesday 10th May 2017 February 15, 2017

We are holding another HR training day on Wednesday 10th May 2017 at our offices in Cannock, WS11 0NH. Our Training Consultant, Hattie Sketchley-Bates, will cover many of the issues that managers encounter with employees including: Appraisal Managing a Poor Performer Absence Management Handling Disciplinaries and Grievances Tribunal Overview The cost per delegate is just…

Categories: Featured, General, Honest Employment Law Practice, Training and Courses

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Dress Code or Mess Code? February 13, 2017

Sexist company dress codes have received media attention again recently. This is the idea that dress codes are discriminating against women and in some instances, sexualising what women wear in the workplace. In December 2015, Nicola Thorp was sent home from her agency reception job at PwC for not wearing heels. Thorp refused when asked…

Categories: Employee Relations Blogs, Employment Law Blogs, Featured, General, Honest Employment Law Practice, News and New Legislation

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“She only makes the tea” – A good excuse not to pay National Minimum Wage? January 18, 2017

The Government has released a list of the 10 worst and bizarre excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage (NMW).  NMW is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law and it is age dependent.  Here’s the list: The employee wasn’t a good worker so I didn’t think they deserved to…

Categories: Employment Law Blogs, Featured, General, Honest Employment Law Practice, News and New Legislation

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Thumbs Down to Damaging Company Property October 28, 2016

It has recently come to light that a waiter working at the British Museum accidentally knocked the thumb off a priceless Roman sculpture in December last year, according to The Art Newspaper. The waiter, who was from an external company, had bent down underneath the Townley Venus and as he stood up, bumped the statue’s right…

Categories: Employment Law Blogs, Featured, General, Honest Employment Law Practice

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What would you do if one of your employees did a ‘Donald’ ? October 14, 2016

In what could be described as one of the most public and in-depth job interviews, Donald Trump has received a lot of bad press which has led us at Honest Employment Law Practice (HELP) to ponder the question – What would our advice be if he was an employee of one of our clients? Trump’s…

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National Minimum Wage Increases from 1st October 2016 August 5, 2016

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law and it is age dependent. The new rates will apply from 1st October 2016 to 31st March 2017: Age Rate 25+ £7.20 21-24 £6.95 18-20 £5.55 16-17 £4.00 Apprentice *£3.40 *If in the first year and under…

Categories: Employee Relations Blogs, Employment Law Blogs, Featured, News and New Legislation

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HR Matters – top tips when taking on new starters July 19, 2016

As part of our continuing series of articles taking a look at common HR issues facing estate agents, Honest Employment Law Practice (HELP), specialist HR and employment law advisors, take a look at procedures that you should follow when taking on new starters. Contracts of Employment A contract does not have to be in writing…

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The Interviewing Process July 19, 2016

Next in our recruitment series, we look at the interviewing process. Once you have advertised, and narrowed down your candidate list, it is time to begin interviewing, so what HR considerations should you have in mind when interviewing potential candidates? Offer a formal notification of interview (either through letter or email) stating the time, date…

Categories: Employment Law Blogs

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