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15.04.14
Using ‘Legal Highs’ Could Cost Your Job Warn Employment Experts  

British workers who use ‘legal highs’ thinking they are harmless and carry no legal penalties may still be risking their lives, their health – and their jobs. According to the results of the latest Global Drug Survey, 20% of British respondents admitted that they had taken drugs one or two hours before going to work. In addition, 10.9% used what they described as “a mystery white powder” – highlighting what the survey calls the UK’s ‘reckless attitude’.

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15.04.14
Business support experts caution against ‘reckless’ pay rises despite recovery

Britain’s bosses should keep a tight rein on wages – despite the upturn in the economy, warns one of the UK’s leading business support consultancies. ELAS, which provides thousands of companies with guidance in employment law, HR and payroll matters, is urging employers to take a prudent approach to pay.

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15.04.14
French Email Limits ‘Not Workable’ For UK Firms

A ban on work-related emails, calls and texts after six pm might appeal to hard-pressed workers – such as that introduced in France – but it just wouldn’t work here, according to leading UK employment law experts.In 2011, car giant Volkswagen set the ball rolling when it announced that email servers would stop sending messages 30 minutes after the end of employees’ shifts, and only start again half an hour before they returned to work. This scheme was later adopted by Germany’s labour ministry, with the French now following suit.

09.04.14
We are calling for an end to the improper use of zero-hours contracts!

The prolonged and improper use of zero-hours contracts by small businesses will erode employee confidence and foster feelings of inadequacy and mistrust, all of which could irreparably damage the UK economy.

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09.04.14
WARNING TO EMPLOYERS – Early conciliation overview

Many employers may not yet realise that under new employment laws that came into force this month they could be fined if they lose a case at an Employment Tribunal.  In fact, if an employer loses a claim and is shown to have particularly poor workplace practices, they could be fined up to £5,000 on top of any compensation awarded to the claimant.

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09.04.14
No such thing as a FREE breakfast? How about one that could even save you time and money? 

We understand how difficult it can be to take time out from running a business – so any offer we make had better be tempting. That’s why we’re inviting you to have breakfast with us at our latest Employment Law and Health & Safety Seminar – FREE OF CHARGE .

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04.04.14
Yorkshire Schools Pay Out Over £1.3m in Compensation Due to ‘Basic Health and Safety Failings’

Children have been seriously injured while at school in Yorkshire due to ‘basic health and safety failings’, costing taxpayers more than £1.3 million in compensation over the past five years, according to the latest statistics.

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27.03.14
Time to spring clean your Payroll?

For many firms, the end of the tax year presents the ideal time to review their operations, and look ahead to the next twelve months. Costs, efficiency and compliance are always key factors when considering any aspect of a business and its structures – and that certainly applies to Payroll provision.

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26.03.14
Change Is In The Air This Spring – Are You Ready
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ELAS’s Head of Consultancy, Peter Mooney, reviews developments in employment regulations for 2014. 

Employers need to keep their wits about them in any period of change, particularly if those changes apply to laws governing how they run their business.

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24.03.14
World Cup Fever is just weeks away – don’t let it wreck your summer!

Football Fever often grips the workplace when a major tournament takes place, and nothing on earth is bigger than the World Cup in sporting terms.

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14.03.14
Learning made easy with ELAS!

Knowledge is power, while ignorance is no excuse under the law – so it makes sense to ensure all staff know their duties and responsibilities, and are kept up-to-date with any changes in regulations affecting their place of work.

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14.03.14
A
ddiction in the workplace – is it a problem?

Addiction in any form can be a serious issue, especially when it begins to affect the workplace. Gambling in all its various forms has not generally been considered as a problem in the workplace and has only emerged as a significant issue in relatively recent times. Many managers may find it difficult to assess – and perhaps even quite hard to recognise.

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25.02.2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Minimum Wage Polices

The national minimum wage is once again under debate – and employers could come a cropper unless they plan now for rising payroll expenses, warns one of the UK’s leading business support agencies.  ELAS, which provides assistance to thousands of firms of all sizes across the UK, is helping employers prepare for the extra overheads that a higher minimum wage will bring.

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11.02.2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Internet use in the work place

With Safer Internet Day taking place today, February 11th, we are urging all employers to make sure that they have a clear and formal online, email and communication misuse policy in place. Safer Internet Day was created as a way of promoting the responsible use of online technology and mobile phones.

10.02.2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                 What constitues as bullying in the workplace

Bullying at work can wreak havoc, destroy relationships and cost thousands in compensation, yet few bosses realise the risks to themselves and to their firms. UK employers are legally responsible for any harassment or victimisation carried out by a staff member against another employee. Failure to do so leaves them wide open to a range of penalties, including heavy fines – or even jail.

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03.02.2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                ‘Sickie Day’ excuses mask work place issues

Dubbed ‘National Sickie Day’, the first Monday in February is the occasion which traditionally sees the highest number of workers calling in sick. A perfect storm of factors – cold, wet weather, Christmas credit card bills, and long, dark days in a cheerless workplace – all combine to create conditions in which more staff take a day off than at any other time of the year.

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03.02.2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                National Sickie Day, 2014

Research from ELAS has shown that a combination of miserable weather, commuting in the dark, post-Christmas credit card bills and the long gap between holidays makes Monday, February 3rd the day that people are most likely to take some unofficial time off.

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24.01.2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                Changes to TUPE as for January 31st, 2014

The TUPE regulations are intended to ensure that the transfer of work from one employer to another is carried out fairly and efficiently.

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23.01.2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Labour market figures show employment surge compared to last quarter

“The latest labour market figures released by the ONS are very encouraging, but cannot merely be attributed to the fact that the UK economy as a whole is picking up pace.

“Other factors are certainly contributing to this increase, one of which is how successfully apprenticeships have taken off among 16 to 25-year-olds.

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17.01.2014
Change to TUPE as of January 31st, 2014

All employers need to be aware that significant changes made under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Amendment Regulations 2013 will come into force as of January 31st, 2014.

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16.01.2014
Health and safety Failings cost Schools Millions

Hundreds of children continue to be seriously injured while at school, costing the taxpayer more than £3.2 million in compensation over the past five years, according to the latest figures from three of England’s biggest cities.

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14.01.2014
New Year, new ‘Sickie’ excuses…

The New Year and the ensuing months often result in a rise in absences among workers as they struggle to make it into work following the excesses of the festive season. This is compounded by the fact that happier occasions such as bank holidays and Easter seem such a long way off from now.

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22.12.2013
Where does the responsibility lie?

The controversy over a Marks & Spencer checkout employee refusing to process the sale of alcohol to a customer has thrown the spotlight on complex employment issues.

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20.12.2013
Theatre Horror Calls For Extra Vigilance

The horrific events at the Apollo Theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue have sparked fears that a similar – or even worse – incident could happen again at theatres, cinemas or even bingo halls.

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18.12.2013
Christmas Party Etiquette 

With millions of employees around the UK attending an office Christmas party over the festive season, Employment Law Advisory Service (ELAS) is warning against inappropriate behaviour as it sees an increasing number of disciplinary proceedings resulting from festive bashes.

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18.12.2013
Fee For Intervention – Our Freedom of Information Investigation  

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined UK firms more than £5.5 million for health and safety failings under its ‘Fees for Intervention’ scheme (FFI) since launching one year ago, ELAS has discovered.

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18.12.2013
Unpaid leave for Grandparents bad for business says experts

ELAS warns about the hidden cost to industry if grandparents are given rights to unpaid leave to help with childcare.

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09.12.2013
Tragedy highlights risky attitudes to H&S

Events surrounding the case of Millie Thompson, the toddler who choked to death at a Greater Manchester nursery, clearly show how UK employers and staff need to ecognise the importance of proper workplace training.

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06.12.2013
Autumn Statement: At-a-glance summary of key points

Chancellor George Osborne has been updating MPs on the state of the economy and the government’s future plans in his Autumn Statement.

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25.11.2013
Black Friday Expected to Cost UK Businesses Millions

The online sales bonanza that is ‘Black Friday’ could cost the UK economy millions of pounds in lost productivity, as employees attempt to grab a pre-Christmas  bargain during work time.

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22.11.2013
Extreme Weather Could Bring Winter of Discontent for Bosses

As the UK braces itself for what forecasters predict could be the coldest winter in 60 years, employment expert ELAS is warning this may cost the economy up to £1 billion a day, based on losses following severe weather in December 2010.

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11.11.13
ELAS Comments on Pension Scheme Opt-Out Stats

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has released official figures revealing fewer people than expected have decided to opt out of pension schemes in the first six months of auto-enrolment coming into effect.

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08.11.13
‘Alcohol Testing Should Take Place at Work’

Enrique Garcia, consultant with Employment Law Advisory Services (ELAS), has cautioned against legislation forcing employers to test their staff for alcohol misuse.

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07.11.13
Labour’s Living Wage Plans Could Kill Jobs

Many small and medium sized employers fear that Labour’s ‘Living Wage’ proposals would  leave them facing a stark choice between shedding jobs or going bust, according to one of the UK’s leading business support specialists.

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22.10.13
ELAS Launches E-learning Course to Tackle Bribery in the Workplace

Businesses will be surprised to learn that employers are legally responsible for any bribery carried out by a staff member, which could result in an uncapped fine and up to 10 years imprisonment.

Business leaders that fail to train or educate their workers about bribery are ultimately liable for any wrong-doing, which can have devastating consequences, including a blemished criminal record, financial ruin and untold reputational damage.

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21.10.13
Health & Safety Executive Fines UK Businesses £5.5m for Health & Safety Failings

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined UK firms more than £5.5 million for health and safety failings under its ‘Fees for Intervention’ scheme (FFI) since launching one year ago, ELAS has discovered.

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10.10.13
Mental Health in the Workplace

World Mental Health Day takes place today, Thursday October 10th and aims to make people aware of what can be a very sensitive issue, not least in the workplace.

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30.09.13
A Guide to Directors’ Remuneration Changes – What Employers Need to Know

As of October 1st, 2013, strategic reports relating to the remuneration of the directors of publically quoted companies will come into force as a way of reining in executive pay deals, making them more accountable.

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26.09.13
Keeping on top of the upcoming Health and Safety Executive changes – Ofqual regulated first aid training.

From 30th September, important changes from the HSE will put the onus on employers to ensure they are selecting a qualified first aid trainer. The HSE is relinquishing its responsibility for first aid training and therefore, will no longer provide a list of approved trainers. This puts the obligation onto businesses to ensure they work with a high quality training partner

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18.09.13
Shareholder contracts

Employee-shareholder contracts were introduced on 1st September 2013 and provide tax advantages to employees with shares worth between £2,000 and £50,000. However, in order to receive these benefits, employees will have to give up some employment rights.

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17.09.13
Directors’ remuneration reporting changes- what you need to know

From October 1st, startegic reports relating to directors’ remuneration must contain the following: a statement from the chair of the remuneration committee, your company’s remuneration policy and information on how it was implemented in the reported financial year

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12.09.13
ELAS launches defibrillation training

Acting immediately when someone experiences a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death, which is why ELAS is offering this extension to it’s first aid training with the launch of a level-2 defibrillation qualification.

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12.09.13
Important HSE changes: ELAS offers Ofqual regulated HSE changes

From 30th September, important changes from the HSE will put the onus on employers to ensure they are selecting a qualified first aid trainer.

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12.09.13
Proposed changes to TUPE scaled back

The Government has announced how the Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment (TUPE) Regulations 2006 will change, having decided not to go ahead with two significant repeals it had previously proposed.

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11.09.13
ELAS reports rise in social media use follwing return to work

Employment expert ELAS has reported an increase in people using social media to catch up on summer gossip among friends during work time following the holiday period.

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06.09.13
Mediation – an effective alternative to dispute resolutions

Following the Government initiative to reform the employment tribunal system, ELAS is proud to now offer mediation as part of a new scheme set up to help organisations avoid costly tribunals.

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30.08.13
ELAS consultant Enrique Garcia appears on Granada Reports to discuss zero hour contracts

This came after more 200 production staff at Wigan’s Hovis bakery began a week-long strike in a row over contracts and pay.

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29.08.13
Advice to SME’s Surrounding Maternity Leave

ELAS head of consultancy, Peter Mooney, talks about SME’s and the legislation they face when it comes to dealing with maternity leave.

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27.08.13
ELAS elected to Manchester’s Mediation Network

ELAS has been accepted as one of only 20 accredited mediators in the Manchester Mediation Network, a scheme set up by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), to help organisations in the region avoid costly tribunals.

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07.08.13
Are Zero Hour Contracts a new form of flexible working hours?

Following recent media speculation that zero-hours contracts can be used to exploit staff, ELAS has confirmed that this method can in fact help reduce unemployment and give employers and workers more flexibility.

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25.07.13
NEWSFLASH

As of July 29th, Compromise Agreements will become Settlement Agreements under the Government’s employment law reforms.

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23.07.13
How can I as an employer prepare for a potential bank holiday celebrating the royal baby’s christening?

As the nation welcomes the royal baby into the world, speculation is rising about whether the christening will be marked with a public holiday. We’re warning that both employers and employees will have to be quick to factor in the ramifications of a potential day off.

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22.07.13
ELAS launches e-learning course to tackle workplace discrimination

Many employers will be shocked to learn that they are legally responsible for any harassment or victimisation carried out by a staff member against another employee and that this could result in a huge compensation pay out.

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17.07.13
ELAS advises employers on keeping staff motivated as temperatures soar

As temperatures soar over the summer, employment expert ELAS has some advice about how to bolster staff productivity in the workplace, while discouraging high levels of absence. And with the school holidays approaching, ELAS has warned bosses to remain vigilant or risk losing valuable man hours throughout July and August.

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08.07.13
Long awaited sunshine could send sickies soaring 

With July temperatures soaring and British sporting fans elated from the highs of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win and the Lions triumph, offices around the country could be given the cold shoulder as a result of employee absenteeism.

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04.07.13
Royal Baby Bank Holiday could cost Economy

Employment expert ELAS has warned that a public holiday to mark the arrival of the royal baby could cost the UK economy up in lost output. With the baby due to be born in the first two weeks of July, both employers and employees will have to be quick to factor in the ramifications of a potential day off.

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01.07.13
How to keep staff members motivated

Maintaining a motivated, enthusiastic and high performing workforce can often feel as an employer’s search for the holy grail, however to coincide with the recent  National Motivation Day passing on July 1st, ELAS wanted to shed some light and advice employers  on how to achieve that illusive boost to employee morale.

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26.06.13
ELAS works together with Farm Owners to create a safe staff working environment

ELAS are working together with farm owners to protect themselves from the ever increasing number of deaths and injuries on their farms. The ELAS Agricultural Safety Passport has been developed for all farm workers to undertake as part of their induction. Designed to provide piece of mind to farm owners that all their staff, however experienced, understand the importance of safety whilst carrying out their day to day jobs.

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25.06.13
Changes to the whistleblowing law

On June 25th, UK whistleblowing law changed to encourage the disclosure of a problem that is in the public interest, rather than one that is
shouldered by one person alone

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11.06.13
Company and its Director Sentenced After Worker’s Fatal Fall

A director of a concrete firm has been told to pay £25,000 in fines and costs following a worker’s fatal fall. His company was fined £130,000 and ordered to pay £52,000 in costs in an earlier hearing.

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10.06.13
Plumber Prosecuted for Illegal Gas Work After Couple Burned in Explosion

A Lincolnshire plumber has been given an 11-month prison sentence, a two-year suspension from work, has been ordered to undertake 300 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £12,000 after he carried out illegal gas work at a couple’s home.

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09.06.13
Atomic Weapons Establishment Sentenced for Control Failings

A major warhead supplier has been ordered to pay fines and costs exceeding more than £280,000 after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Health & Safety Act 1974.

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08.06.13
What Employers Need to Know About the New DBS Update Service

From June 17th 2013, employers will be able to access a new update service to carry out status checks on an individual’s DBS, formerly CRB, certificate.

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07.06.13
Head of Consultancy, Peter Mooney, Stresses the Importance of Effective Recruitment Training

Thorough preparation before starting the recruitment process is vital. Once an employer is on the recruiting road there are all sorts of minefields ahead, so training that addresses this part of the process must be prioritised.

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01.06.13
Implementation of Employment Tribunal Fees

The HM Courts & Tribunal Service recently announced that the implementation of fees into the Employment Tribunals (ET) and Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) will commence on Monday, July 29th.

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30.05.13
Converting academies: Coping with health and safety minefields

Thousands of schools have made or are preparing to make the transition to academy status – a move that is fraught with significant changes to how health and safety legislation is applied.

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 24.05.13
Are you driving your company into trouble?

For employers that rely on meetings at clients’ respective places of business, having a mobile workforce is absolutely essential. However, with the benefits of employees with their own cars, also comes the liability. The Health and Safety Executive states that health and safety law applies to driving in exactly the same way as all other work activities, and statistically, driving is the most dangerous business activity that employees can undertake with some 20 people killed and 220 injured every week as a result

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17.05.13
British stars could cost UK half a billion pounds in productivity

The rise of British sporting talent could adversely affect the UK economy by nearly £500 million in lost productivity this summer, as workers sneak-off early to watch their favourite stars in action.

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16.05.13
ELAS offers health and safety courses surrounding operating machinery

Health and safety expert ELAS offers half-day courses in operating and maintaining machinery in two key areas; the safe use and operation of work equipment and machinery and one that raises awareness of health and safety while using such machinery.

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15.05.13
Rise in Late Starts to Work Following Manchester United Parade

Employment law expert ELAS reported a spike in people turning up to work late following the action-packed celebrations of Manchester United’s Premiership win in the city.

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14.05.13
ELAS gives time-saving, cost-effective boost to driving for work training

Following the recent and shocking announcement by the Health and Safety Executive that some 220 people are killed each week as a result of driving for work, ELAS has launched a definitive training package to combat the problem.

ELAS’ new online software offers vital driving for work training while saving businesses both time and money when it comes to getting the best out of their employees.

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13.05.13
ELAS Proves it’s Care Sector Credentials

ELAS, the employment law and health and safety partner for the IAA, is rapidly earning itself a reputation as an expert within the care sector. This comes after the thriving business researched, developed and launched its safeguarding package, which helps organisations comply with stringent Care Quality Commission (CQC) standards.

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10.05.13
Employment expert ELAS comments on how Immigration Bill will help stamp out illegal labour

“Cracking down on employers that use illegal labour by substantially fining them will help weed out bad working practices,” says Peter Mooney, head of consultancy at employment expert ELAS.

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09.05.13
ELAS gives time-saving, cost-effective boost to driving for work training

ELAS has given a fresh lease of life to essential driving for work training. ELAS’ new online learning software package can help businesses save both time and money when it comes to getting the best out of their employees.

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08.05.13
British stars could cost UK half a billion pounds in productivity

The rise of British sporting talent could adversely affect the UK economy by nearly £500 million in lost productivity this summer, as workers sneak-off early to watch their favourite stars in action.

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07.05.13
Addressing Health and Safety in Academisation, by Wayne Dunning, Health & Safety Manager at ELAS

Since the introduction of academies to the British education system, 2,543 schools have either opened or converted to academy status, with an additional 634 still undertaking the application process. In ELAS’s capacity as business support consultants, it has been enlisted to assess many schools’ health and safety policies as they make the transition from state-sponsored organisations to privately-run entities.

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06.05.13
Round table highlights health and safety failings in academies

Employment experts ELAS recently met with senior leaders in the education and health and safety sectors to look at how risks canbe managed in newly-formed academies.

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03.05.13
ELAS gives time-saving, cost-effective boost to driving for work training

ELAS has given a fresh lease of life to essential driving for work training. ELAS’ new online learning software package can help businesses save both time and money when it comes to getting the best out of their employees.

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03.05.13
Vital information all employers should know about the change to minimum wage

The national minimum wage will increase by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p an hour to £5.03 for 18 to 20-year-olds, the Government has announced.

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03.05.13
The Apprentice tribunal – how employers can spot a workforce problem early

Lord Sugar called the recent constructive dismissal tribunal case brought by former Apprentice winner Stella English both “blackmail” and a “charade”, claiming his victory was one for common sense and against claims culture.

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30.04.13
Safer & Rigorous Recruitment Training

Yewtree,  Winterbourne, Bichard, North Somerset, Little Teds and now Pallial, the inquiry into the serious and prevalent child abuse in 18 North Wales child care homes; all are part of the  ever growing list of serious case reviews when workers  abuse their “position of trust”  by harming the children, young people and vulnerable adults in their care.

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01.04.13
Key Employment Law Changes for 2013

One of the key changes expected this April is the implementation of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which comprises of a number of reforms to the Employment Tribunal system

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06.03.13
Avoid an HMV- style Twitter meltdown

A huge media response resounded after an intern at HMV used Twitter to let the world know that dozens of staff members were being sacked.

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22.02.13
ELAS Launch Online Training for Businesses

ELAS has given a new lease of life to employment law and health & safety training within businesses by devising an online learning software package that can help save both time and money.

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04.02.13
Fewer Prepared to Skive this Sickie Day as More Workers Fear for their Jobs

Bosses are expecting fewer workers to skive this National Sickie Day (Monday, February 4), as further government cuts, train fare hikes and the announced increase in council tax deter workers from phoning in sick.

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Snow Disruption

We have had a number of employees unable to travel to work this month due to the snow. While previously this has not been too much of an issue, the company has been forced to look at ways to manage its payroll burden and one option is to withhold pay from those unable to come in because of the weather. What are the potential consequences of this?

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What are the most common pitfalls when running a franchise?

Q: As a result of a recent inheritance I am currently looking to invest in starting a business. Having looked at the current market I have come to the conclusion that it is far too risky to begin something from scratch. I am now considering investing in a franchise but I have heard that the amount of support I might receive will vary greatly depending on the company I choose. If I do go down the franchise route, what type of relationship can I expect with the franchisee, and what are the most common pitfalls to be aware of in running this type of business model?

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Fee for Intervention Scheme

ELAS is warning companies that fines for health and safety breaches could now reach thousands of pounds per day, following further clarification of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Fee For Intervention scheme launched at the beginning of October.

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Treat the healthcare like education – use leaders to share best practice

The CQC State of Care report makes for some disconcerting reading. While it is hugely important to note the majority of well-maintained, well-managed services available to patients, there is still an unacceptable number of incidents where the quality of care does not meet expectations.

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Lone ranging- don’t be afraid to franchise

Franchising is a double-edged sword. A company that successfully franchises its business has the potential for fantastic growth, but it also risks tarnishing its brand should a license fall into the hands of someone unsuitable or unable to maintain the standards expected by the franchisor and its customers.

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Employer health & safety breach costs could triple

ELAS is warning companies that fines for health and safety breaches could now reach thousands of pounds per day, following further clarification of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Fee For Intervention scheme launched at the beginning of October.

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How will the new pension changes affect my business?

This week sees the start of National Payroll Week both in the UK and the USA. The campaign is in its 16th year in America and is designed to raise awareness amongst companies and workers about the benefits that result from payroll activity.

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How do I deal with requests for flexible working?

A member of staff returning from maternity leave has made a request for flexible working to reduce the number of days worked from five per week to two.

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Are Employment Tribunals being made easier?

This focus has already seen an alteration in judging panels, from three people to just one judge hearing cases, although some cases will still have a panel of three.

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Schools out for Summer

Many employers are now looking at the recruitment of young workers as a viable answer to their business needs

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Jubilee fever spread to the workplace

Businesses across the UK were struck down with a less patriotic ‘Jubilee fever’ today (Wednesday 6 June), as a flurry of staff called in sick following the four-day celebration.

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Most small businesses aim to ignore Diamond Jubilee, survey reveals

Nearly two thirds of small businesses are refusing to give staff an extra day’s holiday to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this summer, a survey has revealed.

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Bosses must put finishing touches to Olympics preparation – or face summer of chaos, experts warn

With 100 days to go (Weds Apr 18, 2012) until the opening of the London Olympics, it’s not just athletes who need to be finalising their preparations – employers also need to act or face a summer of chaos, experts have warned.

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Spring sunshine sends sickies soaring, say expert

With March temperatures soaring, offices around the country are being given the cold shoulder as thousands of employees called in sick today.

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ELAS to deal with companies pressing issues

A new name appearing on the Reds’ team shirt in 2012 will be that of Eccles base employment law company ELAS. We spoke to marketing manager Annabel Dawkins to find out a little more about what they offer and to whom.

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Festive gift buying will cost businesses £5bn as email discounts tempt workers to shop from their desks

Email discounts such as Groupon and Vouchercode are tempting office workers to do their Christmas shopping from their desks this year – at a cost to the UKof more than £5 billion, experts warn.

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Stronger managers, not weaker laws, needed to tackle lazy workers, experts claim

Watering down the law on unfair dismissal in order to stimulate growth is pointlessand will achieve nothing, according to legal experts

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Tribunal fees might do more to harm small businesses, warns expert.

Introducing steep charges to bring a case to an employment tribunal is more likely to damage small businesses than protect them, according to experts.

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ELAS wins appeal against pub residency ‘extra hours‘.

A brewery has won a landmark Employment Tribunal case over paying pub managers for the time they spend off-duty living in the pub, in a case which it said could have proved a “death knell” to the already struggling industry.

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Most businesses unprepared for ageing workforce, survey finds.

More than half of small businesses are unprepared for having employees working beyond the traditional retirement age of 65, a survey has found.

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TAS Racing welcome ELAS as a new partner.

TAS Racing is pleased to announce a new team partner for 2011 in ELAS who have been a long-term personal sponsor of Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing’s international road racer Guy Martin.

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ELAS launches new tool for SMEs to Reduce Absence Costs

(Salford-based) Business support services expert ELAS has launched a new service to help SMEs tackle the issue of falsified sick leave – or sickie days.

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Quarter of businesses not celebrating royal wedding

One in four businesses is not giving staff the royal wedding as an extra holiday, a survey has revealed.

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Want to woo a colleague this Valentines Day? It could land you in hot water.

Hopeless romantics could face more than just heartache if their workplace advances are rejected this Monday (February 14).

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Bosses brace themselves as record numbers throw a sickie

Bosses are increasingly taking their eye off the ball and allowing staff to get away with avoiding work – paving the way for record numbers of Brits phoning in sick today (Feb 7).

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Bosses face ghosts of winters passed as snow causes havoc- again!

Thousands of businesses could find their past generosity come back to haunt them this winter as the country prepares for another season of snow and disruption.

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Royal Wedding holiday no more than a political PR stunt without new law, warn experts.

The public holiday to mark next year’s Royal Wedding is a PR stunt set to turn sour – unless David Cameron passes it into law, experts warn.

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Direct Payments Scheme Users Falling Foul Of Employment Law

Care users are increasingly ending up in employment tribunals because they are unaware of their legal responsibilities as an employer under the Department of Health’s Direct Payment scheme, according to employment law specialist ELAS.

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Blackberries damage productivity

Giving staff the ability to send or receive emails when they’re away from the office might sound like a good idea, but that doesn’t mean that having a smartphone like a Blackberry boosts their productivity.

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National Minimum Wage

From 1st October 2010,the National Minimum Wage will increase 13p from £5.80 an hour to £5.93 an hour.

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Equality Bill targets Discrimination

October 1st sees the first parts of the Equality Act 2010 come into force, and while the new legislation incorporates all existing laws on discrimination to date, thereare key areas which will change.

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Equality Act

The 1st October 2010 is looming nearer. Is it still the case that the Equality Act, which was passed just before the General Election is going to be implemented?

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Is the Right to Request Time Off to Train still applicable?

The right to request time off to train was introduced on 6th April 2010, initially affecting employers with more than 250 employees.

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What are the requirements for Lifting Equipment?

Equipment used for lifting residents such as Passenger Lifts, Dumb Waiters, Harnesses, Bath or Standing Hoists and Stair lifts all come under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)

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Employment Tribunals costing the UK millions

British businesses are losing more than £2.6 million a week in lost time due to increasingly lengthy tribunal cases, employment law experts estimate.

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Double Dip fears grow as businesses rush for redundancy advice

Small businesses across Britain could be heading for a double dip recession as a result of the budget after it emerged the numbers seeking to make staff redundant has soared in recent weeks.

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New service to ensure dentists don’t get bitten by red tape

Dentists facing a struggle to cope with a mountain of regulation may be able to relax a little more thanks to a tailored compliance service designed to take the stress out of running a practice.

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Holidaymakers hunt for bargains – but bosses pick up the 3bn bill

The death of the traditional package holiday is costing the UK up to £2billion as workers research their next sunshine break at their desks.

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Government’s announcement that the default retirement age is to be phased out

On 30th July 2010, the Government announced that the default retirement age, which is 65, is to be phased out from 6th April 2011 and abolished completely from 1st October 2011, when the statutory retirement procedures will be removed.

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The Government have now set out the changes to National Minimum Wage From 1st October 2010, the National Minimum Wage will increase from £5.80 per hour to £5.93 per hour.Read More…
Migrant workers set to leave Britain’s bosses with a World Cup HangoverBritain’s growing army of migrant workers is predicted to cause World Cup chaos in the workplace.Read More…

Has employment law gone quiet in the run up to the general election?

Although this year is going to be dominated by the coming General Election, with the last possible date on which it can be held being 3rd June 2010 there are already legislation changes and new legislation which will come into force prior to the General Election. As you may be aware, there are two dates in a year when legislation is likely to change; these are usually 6th April and 1st October.

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Be Careless With Twitter and it might not just be your heart that breaks

Recent headlines naming and shaming some top celebrities have demonstrated all too clearly the dangers of reckless use of social networking systems such as Twitter.

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Spring Clean?

While our minds are generally directed towards Christmas those of you are lucky enough to be having Christmas parties and a festive break now is a good time to take stock and plan ahead for the New Year. It’s never too early for a spring clean!

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Throwing a sickie just got easier…

Phoning in sick could soon become a thing of the past as new research shows a quarter of bosses now accept text messages and emails from workers who ‘throw a sickie’.

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Don’t Yawn! It’s Pension Reform!

As you may or may not be aware, the Government is reforming workplace pension provision.The reason for the Pension reforms is that at the rate the population of the UK is growing, the projections suggest that the number of people aged 65 and over, will almost double by the year 2055.

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Disciplinary & Grievance

As you know the law changed in April in respect of disciplinary and grievances.So where does this leave redundancies?

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The End for Harry?

Harry Redknapp will be sacked by Tottenham Hotspur, spelling the end of his colourful career in football if he is found guilty of tax evasion, according to a leading employment law expert.

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Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas Party!

It’s that time of year, the festive season is just around the corner and employers around the country start to worry about the implications of having a Christmas Party for their employees.

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Philosophical Belief?

You may recall the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations, which came into force on 2ndDecember 2003.

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Associative Discrimination

You will all of heard of the various types of discrimination i.e. sex, race, disability, age, religion or belief, disability, sexual orientation, but what of associative discrimination?  What, you may ask, is that?  Well, associative discrimination is a very real risk for employers in their dealings with employees.

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British bosses flout smoking ban to increase productivity

Almost three quarters of British bosses have reported a drop in productivity as a direct result of the smoking ban, according to new research.

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Employers advised to have an Internet & Email Policy

Many employers allow their employees access to the Internet either for work purposes or at specific times such as break times.

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I have been offered a directorship by the Company I work for.  What are my duties?

Director’s duties are set out in the Companies Act 2006. A new Director should always check the Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association to ensure that the Director and indeed the Company itself, is acting within its powers, which are set out in that document.

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Long term sickness and holidays 
On 24thJanuary 2008 the Advocate General delivered his opinion on the case of Stringer & Others v HM Revenue & Customs (the case previously being known as Ainsworth v HMRC). Read More…

Dealing with Grievances

Employers should be well aware of the risks that can occur if they do not deal with an employee’s grievance.

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What is the Default Retirement Age (DRA)?

Currently the DRA is 65 years. However, as most businesses will no doubt be aware due to recent media coverage of the ‘Heyday’ challenge, the DRA’s days are numbered.

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Dragon’s Den Star Leads – Bosses Follow

Bosses across the UK are taking advice from Dragon Den’s star Theo Paphitis and banning Facebook in the workplace, according to one of the country’s leading employment law specialists.

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Peter Mooney takes an in depth look at one of the biggest issues facing employers today.

ONE of the most serious issues affecting businesses today is staff absenteeism. It does not matter in which sector you operate, allowed to get out of control, consistent employee absence can have a ruinous effect on a company’s productivity.

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Christmas Shopping

THE SOARING popularity of online Christmas shopping could cost British businesses more than £7 billion, according to the latest research from ELAS.

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Stress epidemic costs British business billions

A silent epidemic sweeping Britain’s workplaces is costing business over £4 billion a year in wasted wages, lost working days and lower productivity.

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Staff fiddling expenses to fill credit crunchpay-gap say uk bosses

Britain’s beleaguered bosses claim more of their staff are fiddling expenses to line their own pockets as the credit-crunch bites.

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Swine Flu Update

With more than 9,700 confirmed cases of swine flu in the UK the Government has announced changes to the way the virus is being tackled.

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Is the Issue of Mental Health Driving Employers Mad?

The Government announced this week that people with mental health problems are to get extra help with managing their condition to help them continue to work.

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Commencing the Employment Relationship

You could be forgiven for believing that the only issues arising out of employment law at the current time are those relating to redundancy, lay off and short time working, or issues to do with swine flu.

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Will Employers Have To Be Flexible With Parents?

The right to request flexible working has been extended to parents of children up to the age of 16.

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What is this Vetting and Barring Scheme I have heard about? The Criminal Records Bureau was created in 2002. However, over time it has highlighted two obvious problems.Read More…

Businesses turn to technology to stamp out office romances

Businesses across the UK are turning to Employersafe in a bid to clampdown on workplace relationships.

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The Equality Bill

This legislation will have far reaching effects on every employer in the United Kingdom and also the providers of services.

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Is there light at the end of Age tunnel?

This week in a new report, the TUC state that long term unemployed older people are at risk of never working again, unless tailored support is offered to help them back into work.

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Employers Complain Swine ‘Flu Advice Creating ‘Skivers’ Charter’

British bosses are complaining that measures designed to reduce the impact of swine ‘flu on the workplace are in danger of creating a ‘skivers’ charter’.

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ELAS Predicts a Dark Friday for Employees as Staff Skive for Sunshine and Tennis

Millions of workers are predicted to skive work tomorrow to watch tennis and bask in Britain’s sunshine.

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Legal Experts Help Employers Select Staff Safely

Employment experts are helping bosses make safer decisions when recruiting staff by providing vital checks to protect children and other vulnerable groups.

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‘Low Lunch Input Damages Business Output’, Claims Survey

The demise of the British lunch hour could be putting the country’s economy at risk.

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Cutting Edge Absence Monitoring Software Package Launched at HR Show

A unique absence monitoring system has been launched by a leading employment law consultancy based in Greater Manchester.

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British Bosses Running Scared of Natasha Kaplinsky Style Pregnancies

More than 50 per cent of bosses take into account the chances of a new member of staff falling pregnant before employing them – a survey has found.

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Bosses Urged to Crackdown on Office Facebook Addicts

Workers who use social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook in the office could be facing the sack, experts warned today.

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Age Discrimination

One of the most significant changes in employment law for years finally came into force on October  1st– with many businesses yet to address the issue within their workplace.

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Smoking Ban Proves a Drag for Businesses

More than two months after the smoking ban was introduced many businesses are still confused over how to implement the new Employment law.

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Office Relationships

Businesses turn to technology to stamp out office romance.

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Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene in the workplace has long caused problems, mainly because it is an issue that nobody wishes to tackle, even though everyone is happy to complain where a problem exists.

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Even More Red Tape for Businesses Businesses are being warned to make sure they adhere to a raft of new employment law regulations introduced on October 1st.Read More…