Category Archives: HR in practice

Guidance: Recruiting & managing staff with a disability or health condition

staff with a disability or health condition
The Government (DWP) has published practical guidance for line managers (available here) concerning the recruitment, management and development of people with a disability or health condition. The guidance covers the role of the line manager in workplace adjustments, language, behaviour and sickness absence. In collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the…
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ACAS guidance: Performance management

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ACAS has published new advice (available here) providing ‘top tips’ for employers on how to fairly treat their staff. The new advice comes after research reveals that only 1 in 4 organisations adapt performance management processes to consider staff with disabilities and conditions such as dyslexia and autism. The research also highlights that 1 in…
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Government Reforms (3): Top tips for staff

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The Government has announced plans (available here) to ensure that tips left for workers will go to them in full.  This forms part of its modern ‘Industrial Strategy’ to end exploitative employment practices. While the Government acknowledges that most employers act in good faith, in some sectors evidence points towards poor tipping practices, including excessive…
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ACAS guidance: Job references

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ACAS has published new guidance on job references (available here), which helps clarify the rules around employment references for employers and employees.  While ACAS has previously given limited guidance on employment references in its advisory booklet on recruitment and induction, this is its first comprehensive guidance tailored to employers, particularly on more complex issues such…
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ACAS Guidance: Overtime and Suspensions

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ACAS has published two new sets of guidance for employers, on overtime and suspensions, available here. Overtime:  the guidance highlights the importance of setting out terms relating to it in employment contracts or staff handbooks. It urges both employers and workers to keep detailed records of the amount of overtime worked and how much time…
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Home Office guidance – right to work checks

right to work
The Home Office has published an updated version of An Employer’s Guide to Right to Work Checks, available here. The main changes to the guide concern: what to do in relation to a non-EEA national who has been a long-term lawful resident of the UK since before 1988, and does not possess acceptable right to…
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Settlement Agreements: Non-disclosure clauses

What do we already know? A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is a legal contract. It sets out how you share information or ideas in confidence. Sometimes people call NDAs confidentiality agreements.  Non-disclosure clauses are also used in Settlement Agreements to agree that certain confidential or sensitive information will not be disclosed by one or either party.…
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ACAS guidance: World Cup football

ACAS guidance: World Cup 2018
ACAS has published guidance (available here) for employers on how to manage potentially difficult situations throughout the course of the World Cup. The guidance advises employers on several issues, including offering flexible working options, social media use and drinking alcohol at work.
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Russia 2018: World Cup wellbeing

With the football fever of the Russia 2018 World Cup now in full swing, employers are hopefully managing to use the World Cup to score an employee engagement goal (whilst preventing fouling by employees!). In light of this we haven’t gone into great detail about how to deal with the big event, but instead provided…
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ACAS Guidance: Gender reassignment & parents with ill babies

ACAS has issued new guidance on the following: Gender reassignment (available here) for employers to aid them in supporting non-binary or gender non-conforming employees at work. The guidance suggests a number of measures, including the introduction of clear policies on dealing with non-binary genders at work, the provision of quality diversity and equal opportunities training for…
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