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GDPR – What is it?

What is the GDPR? The EU General Data Protection Regulation or “GDPR” is the most important change to data protection and privacy law in two decades. It was approved by the EU Parliament in April 2016 and comes into force in the UK on 25th May 2018. The GDPR will replace the Data Protection Act

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Employers can ban religious clothing and symbols says ECJ….

Article from – CIPD 14.03.17 Defeat for employees over right to wear Islamic headscarves; businesses must have ‘neutral’ dress code Employers are within their rights to ban political, philosophical or religious clothing or symbols in the workplace as long as it forms part of a dress code that requires staff to dress ‘neutrally’, according to a landmark European

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What does the leave vote mean for HR?

The CIPD have reported that: Holidays/Working time: Opt Outs – The UK’s statutory paid holidays (5.6 weeks) go beyond the EU minimum (20 days) and are unlikely to be repealed, but the government may wish to amend the rules on calculating holiday pay and on opting out of the 48-week. Equality: compensation cap – We

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Brexit and HR

On 23 June the UK voted in the EU Referendum to leave the European Union. While it’s not clear yet how, when or what amendments will be made to workplace law, it is possible to predict those areas that are the most likely to change. Withdrawal process – The process for leaving will be triggered by

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Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

ACAS have issued guidelines on Psychoactive Substances, formally known as Legal Highs. New psychoactive substances (which were formally known as “legal highs”) are capable of producing a psychoactive effect in the person who consumes them. As with all drugs, they can have a range of effects on users and employers should consider their impact on

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Pulling a Sickie!

  ACAS have reported a case last week –  Lydia Banerjee on Ajaj v Metroline West Ltd – which will change the way in which employers and employees view the “Sickie” (see below for full report ACAS 2016) “For many the idea of ‘pulling a sickie’ is neither shocking nor worthy of news. A sore head

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National Living Wage

Did you know that the Government have introduced a National Living Wage? Well, they have and it comes into effect from 1st April 2016.  From this date, all employers will have to pay workers aged 25 and over £7.20 per hour.  The rate is set to increase to £9.00 by 2020. So what happens if you

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Fit For Work – do you know what it is?

When we asked our clients about this service, not many of them were able to tell me what it was for and how they accessed it and what benefit it could add to their businesses.  A long with a robust absence management policy and process, this service can help an Employer reduce the cost of

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Prohibition on Enforced Subject Access

From 10 March 2015, it is unlawful for employers to require job candidates and existing employees to use their subject access rights under the Data Protection Act 1998 to provide details of convictions and cautions as a condition of employment or engagement. Also, minor changes have been made to the list of jobs that are

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Employment Law Update: April 2015

Shared Parental Leave (6 April 2015) For parents of children born or matched for adoption on or after 5th April 2015.  Under this new system parents will be able to share the care of their child during the first year after birth.  Mothers will still take at least the initial 2 weeks following the birth,

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