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Suspension of Employees during Disciplinary Proceedings - Approach with Caution!

We have seen an increasing trend for employers suspending employees during disciplinary proceedings almost as a matter of course. However, this is a risky approach which can trigger a number of claims, and so it is an area to be approached with caution....

Aunty looks at the top five matters to consider when deciding to offer work placements or internships.

Dear Auntie, We are receiving an increasing number of requests from graduates who are offering to work for free in exchange for work experience.  This is quite tempting given that it means we can have more hands on deck without increasing our head...

Top tips on steps to take when greeted by an employment tribunal claim

Tribunal Services’ statistics for 2010/2011 show that employment tribunal claims were up 77% on the figures for 2008/2009. Its clear from these figures that employees are far more willing to bring claims, which in turn, means that you are now far more...

Status Symbols - What factors will decide whether your partners are employees?

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Tiffin v Lester Aldridge might appear to give partnerships the certainty that fixed share partners are not employees and cannot, for example, sue for unfair dismissal. However, such a view is too simplistic. Firms...

Should employers be jubilant about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee bank holiday?

Dear Auntie, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee provides an extra bank holiday this year on Tuesday 5 June. How will this effect my staff’s holiday entitlement for 2012 and should I be taking any steps to deal with this? Regards, Mrs Windsor ...

Avoiding redundancies: Top tips to save costs without (permanently) losing staff

Whilst planning how to save costs in a business is a difficult and stressful and the ‘quick fix’ of lowering head count might be attractive, HR practitioners should not jump to the conclusion that redundancies are an inevitable part of the...

Employed or Self-Employed - that is the question

Dear Auntie, I am a partner in a small financial advisory firm which is an appointed representative of a major network.  We hire a number of independent financial advisors as sales consultants on a self-employed basis. I’ve heard that...

The Agency Workers Regulations - what are they all about?

Dear Aunty I know the Agency Worker Regulations are coming into force soon but I haven’t had a chance to find out what they are all about.  Please can you give me a quick bullet point guide which I can share with my team and the managers in our...

The Olympic Games 2012: One year to go - are you ready?

Dear Auntie With only one year to go to the London Olympic Games, we need to start planning and getting in shape! The summer holidays always cause a headache for us in the HR team, but we are expecting August 2012 to be even more challenging when the...

Getting in shape for the 2012 Olympic Games

Dear Auntie, I have already received some holiday requests in relation to the 2012 Olympic Games, even though they are over a year away. Is it too early to start thinking about the Olympics already? Miss Onya Marks Dear Onya, Any employer could be...
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