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HR’s poor record on whistleblowing

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is urging HR professionals to move whistleblowing up their risk agendas as a global survey* of more than 2,500 middle and senior managers reveals high levels of corporate complacency.

Article by: | Published: 1 December 2014

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Respect your colleagues – or you could lose your job

The ‘fracas’ continues this week after Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson allegedly punched a colleague and was subsequently suspended. Oisin Tymon, the colleague in question, fears that the incident has ‘ruined his life’ and that he’ll lose his job because of it. Article by Nigel Purse, Director of The Oxford Group and author of 5 Conversations: How to transform trust, engagement and performance at work.

Article by: | Published: 1 December 2014

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Guide to reducing workforce drivers liabilities

Driving at work is one of the most dangerous activities as a quarter of all vehicle mileage travelled annually on UK roads is for work purposes and a third of all crashes involve a vehicle that is being used for work.

Article by: | Published: 20 November 2014

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Guide to new Employment Tribunal legislation

An Employment Tribunal is now obliged to order an employer to carry out an equal pay audit where the employer is found to have committed an equal pay breach in a claim presented on or after 1 October 2014. Article by Lorraine Heard, Legal Director at Bond Dickinson LLP.

Article by: | Published: 18 November 2014

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Guide to new employment law changes

There is to be an influx of employment law changes coming into effect as of 1 October 2014, tackling many social issues such as fathers’ rights, equal pay, more protection for reservists and an increase in the national minimum wage. By Emily Chalkley, Associate Solicitor, Charles Russell LLP.

Article by: | Published: 30 September 2014

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The shocking cost of Britain’s ‘hidden fleets’

Britain has been revealed to be a nation of hidden business fleets, with a third of British drivers who drive as part of their job shown to be uninsured for business miles. On average, these drivers clock up 4,708 uninsured business miles per year whilst driving for work.

Article by: | Published: 12 September 2014

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New drug testing to combat drug misuse in the workplace

Contrary to popular stereotypes which portray drug users as homeless, unemployed or on the edge of society, almost one in ten of the UK workforce admits to recent drug misuse, according to a report commissioned by the Department of Health in 2012. With comment from Dr Paul Yates, from Intelligent Fingerprinting.

Article by: | Published: 8 September 2014

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The implications of McMillan v Airedale NHS

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court's decision that a contractual disciplinary procedure did not allow an employer to increase a disciplinary sanction on appeal. In the absence of an express contractual right to increase the sanction on appeal, no such power will be implied into the contract.

Article by: | Published: 4 August 2014

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Regaining lost ground

Over the last two years, changes to employment law have resulted in a paradigm shift in the arena of employment disputes. Mike Wilson, Partner in the employment team at law firm Blake Lapthorn, outlines the impact and potential benefits.

Article by: | Published: 28 May 2014