Real Employment Law Advice

Category: Best practice for employers

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Do sleep-in shifts qualify for National Minimum Wage?

The Supreme Court recently ruled in the case of Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson Blake (“the Mencap case”) that “sleep-in” shifts do not count as work for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015. This case spells the end of a long running dispute about pay rates…

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Updated Shielding Advice – What it means for Employees and Employers?

The guidance states that those who are classed as clinically vulnerable, will no longer be required to shield from 1 April 2021, however, the guidance states that you should continue to follow the guidance, in place at that time, and ensure you maintain social distancing..

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Can we make staff take annual leave?

We have had a number of enquiries from employees regarding requests from their employers to take annual leave and have had some questions from employers looking for guidance on what to do with employees who have accrued large amounts of holiday.

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Employment references

Reference or Confirmation of Employment? I recently received an enquiry relating to an employer providing a bad reference, in respect of a former employee and I was a little shocked, as usually employers only provide a standard reference, which is the dates the employee worked and their job title.

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What should we include in our employment contracts?

Do your employment contracts adequately cover your legal obligations? In April 2020 some changes were introduced to Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 meaning that employees (including workers) are to be given a written statement as to the terms and conditions of their employment.

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How to return staff from furlough

How to return staff from furlough. As we begin to prepare for exiting lockdown many businesses will be starting to think about re-opening and/or bringing more staff back from furlough. For some industries, their employees may have been furloughed for a considerable period of time…

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What should I do if an employee refuses to have the Covid vaccine?

Naturally, employers want their business to return to normal as soon as possible, and we have been receiving several enquiries from employers, asking if they can require employees to have the vaccine. What can employers do if an employee refuses to have the vaccine?

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How should I approach staff about vaccinations in the workplace?

There are a number of reasons why you should think carefully about how you approach your staff about the Covid-19 vaccinations. One of the main reasons why is because of the potential risk of discrimination arising if there are conflicting views held by employees on the vaccine.

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Can an employer make staff have the Vaccine?

Can I encourage staff to have the Covid Vaccine or even make it mandatory?When the Covid-19 vaccination programme started, Charlie Mullins, chairman of Pimlico Plumbers was one of the first to announce that the business was going to introduce – what has now been dubbed – a “no jab, no job” policy.

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Do your staff have a ‘preferred pronoun’?

What is a preferred pronoun and what do I need to know as an employer? Some of you may have noticed that there is a growing trend of people putting “she/her”, “they/them” or “he/his” after their last names in their social media profile descriptions and email signatures…