Category Archives: HR in practice

E-Signatures

e-signature
Although not quite as important as Brexit (!), you maybe interested to know that the Law Commission has confirmed electronic signatures (e-signatures) are valid and can be used to execute documents.  This includes when there is a statutory requirement for a signature. The Commission’s view is based upon both legislation and court decisions relating to…
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Case Update (3): Guidance on Covert Recordings

Summary: Is it misconduct for an employee to make a covert recording at work? Yes, except in the most pressing of circumstances, held the EAT in Phoenix House v Stockman available here. Facts:  The employee, Mrs Stockman, brought a successful claim in the Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal.   During the Tribunal proceedings it emerged that…
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ACAS Guidance: Neurodiversity in the Workplace

ACAS has published guidance (available here) to help employers learn about neurodiversity and to suggest changes that can be made in the workplace to better support ‘neurodivergent’ staff. ‘Neurodiversity’ refers to the way an individual’s brain works and interprets information.  ‘Neuro-normal’ or ‘neuro-typical’ was originally coined in the autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) community for someone…
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Guidance: Holiday pay

holiday pay
The Government has published guidance (available here) on how to calculate statutory holiday pay for workers without fixed hours or fixed rates of pay. The guidance is intended to help employers pay the correct amount of holiday pay for all their workers.  It is a practical guide designed to respond to specific questions employers may…
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Case update (2): Rules of suspension

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What do we already know? We updated you in our September 2017 Newsflash Warning – take care with suspension! on the High Court’s decision in Agoreyo v London Borough of Lambeth.  The High Court decided that a school acted in breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence when it suspended a teacher…
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Government reforms (2): ACAS Guidance – Age discrimination at work

age-discrimination
ACAS has published guidance (available here) on age discrimination. The guidance includes how age discrimination can happen in the workplace, how to prevent it, and how different treatment because of age can be allowed in very limited circumstances. The guidance explains situations where employers are at risk of ageism and how to avoid discriminating against…
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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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