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Tis the Season to Be Jolly... don’t let your staff be wallies!

Not long til the staff Christmas party now…and with that comes the danger of over-amorous colleagues; over inebriated staff; and ‘over the top’ risk of litigation if employees do not behave themselves appropriately! Note - ...


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The four-day working week – a step closer?

The four-day working week concept has been bandied around a lot in the last few weeks, with regular headlines of companies transitioning from traditional 9-5 Monday to Friday working, to four-day weeks for their staff.  To some, this may idea...


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Living Wage Week – the picture today

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, delivered his 2018 budget recently and repeatedly declared that ‘austerity was coming to an end’.  In addition to changes to apprenticeship contributions, personal tax threshold increases, and the I...


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One Vision of the Future

Four changes to employment law proposed by the Labour Party are worth being aware of as they could lead to a stronger employee (and trade union) voice in companies, a change to the status of zero hours contracts and new rights to leave for victims...


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When suspension goes wrong

Deciding to suspend an employee should be carefully considered as the implications further down the line can be significant if you get it wrong. Suspending staff has been in the news recently following a decision by the High Court to overturn the...


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Trust the NHS… or stand in Unison against it?

It’s no great shock that at a time when the NHS continues to face huge financial pressures, it has been looking at creative ways to manage the service and reduce costs.  One idea that several NHS trusts have embraced is the concept of c...