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What flexible working from day will really mean

Towards the end of 2022, the Government proposed to write into law the much-anticipated right for employees to request flexible working from day one. This piece of legislation was lauded as a step in the right direction for creating truly flexible workplaces – but many argue it doesn’t even come close to going far enough.

Article by: Gareth Matthews, Employment Law Partner - MLP Law | Published: 10 February 2023

Law expert’s guide to Christmas parties

Here are some useful tips for employers hosting parties this year in addition to the usual pitfalls to be avoided. In terms of preparing for the event itself and to cater for all employees, James says: “Not everyone looks forward to the work Christmas party and it goes without saying that employees should not be pressured into coming to the office party.”

Article by: James Leo, Head of Employment Law - The Wilkes Partnership | Published: 20 December 2022

How to have a merry corporate Christmas

“If a bonus is given regularly over a period of time, then employees could argue that it has become contractual even if it is not stated. Companies should ensure that their policies and contracts state that any bonuses are discretionary in order to avoid this confusion.”  

Article by: Philip Pepper | Published: 17 December 2022

How to eliminate age discrimination within the workplace

Recent research undertaken by recruitment firm, Robert Walters, has revealed that two thirds of people over the age of 55 believe that they have been overlooked for promotion. On the reverse, more than third of people under 30 had received promotion opportunities.

Article by: Melanie Morton, Managing Associate -Freeths | Published: 19 October 2022

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The toxic culture of damage limitation

Would a responsibility to be honest when things go wrong change the way organisations respond, would it prevent mistakes being repeated, would they be more willing to admit mistakes, would mistake be picked up earlier and remedial action taken quicker?

Article by: Blair McPherson - former Director, Author and Blogger | Published: 3 May 2022

Politics, the workplace and discrimination

World politics can lead to heightened emotions within the workforce and can easily result in claims of bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Article by: Emma Gross, employment partner - Spencer West | Published: 23 March 2022

Top 5 HR trends for 2022

As many businesses have been wrestling with the practicalities of Covid-19 (and continue to do so), forward-planning for ‘the workforce’ has in recent past perhaps not been at the top of the agenda. However, as we see businesses settle in to their new ways of working - the so-called ‘new normal’ – we have picked out five things we feel businesses need to have at the forefront of their minds this year.  

Article by: Hannah Blood, Associate - Walker Morris | Published: 22 January 2022

Employers urged to pay attention to National Living Wage

In advance of the biggest increase to the National Living Wage since its introduction in April 2016, the government continued its crusade to make work pay by naming and shaming over 200 employers who failed to pay the minimum wage. Lucy Flynn, employment lawyer, looks at the situation from a legal perspective and discusses the repercussions the named employers could face.

Article by: Lucy Flynn - Beyond Law Group | Published: 18 January 2022

The office Christmas party: Everything you need to know

Lucy Melville, Solicitor in the Employment team at Blacks Solicitors, examines some key points to remember ahead of this year’s Christmas party. Employers should stay on top of these areas to avoid liability or reputation damage, while still providing an enjoyable evening for colleagues and guests.

Article by: Lucy Melville, Solicitor in the Employment Team - Blacks Solicitors | Published: 18 December 2021