Recent Articles by Abigail Oprey
Confused about the National Minimum Wage, the National Living wage rates and rises in 2017?
You are not alone. Employers and workers alike have found these terms confusing to say the least.
Firstly, the National Living Wage rate (NLW) for workers aged 25 and over, is rising to £7.50 per hour in April 2017. The other Minimum Wage Rates are also increasing, see the diagram below.
Now for the explanation of these terms.
What is the National Minimum Wage? (NMW)
The National Minimum wage (NMW) is what it says: the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law. Workers includes all employees and workers: part-time, flexible and agency workers and...
With new shared parental leave laws in place, it’s a good time to think about how to handle multiple requests for shared parental leave from male and female members of your workforce. Employees can make request for shared parental leave from February 2015 for all birth due dates/matching dates (for adoption) from April 2105 onwards.
Watch this slideshare for the changes to maternity and paternity leave entitlements and a quick, visual overview of the key points to remember.
Shared parental leave 2015 guidance for parents and employers from The Legal Partners
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to create a Shared Parental Leave policy to...
This is a detailed guide to managing stress at work for Managers and HR specialists.
It covers the law relating to stress that you need to know and practical tips on how you and your company can manage employee stress, minimizing it’s effect on the business, being protected from claims, and ensuring you take the appropriate steps to help your employee.
What is stress?
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) defines stress as the “adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them”.
There is sometimes confusion between pressure and stress; it is healthy for staff to have challenges to...
Zero-hours contracts – latest guide for employers
What are zero-hours contracts?
A zero-hours contract is one used for casual working, under which the employer does not guarantee to provide the worker with any work and pays the worker only for work actually carried out. The worker is expected to be available for work when or if called on by the employer.
Zero hours contracts are not illegal. If they are freely entered into, a zero-hours contract is a legitimate form of contract between individual and employer. Zero-hours contracts can be used by employers to provide a flexible workforce to meet a temporary or changeable need for Staff. Examples include a need...
As of 30th June 2014, all UK employees who have completed 26 weeks working continuously for their employer have the right to request flexible working. So what has changed? Previously the right to request flexible working was extended only to employees who were parents or carers.
New Flexible working laws explained, watch our 3 minute SlideShare
New Flexible working laws Q&A
How should an employer deal with a request for flexible working?
Flexible working requests, at a glance flow chart of the process.
What are the business grounds for refusing a flexible working request?
Acas codes of practice and guidance, handing requests “in a reasonable...
Why appoint a Non-Exec Director?
Bringing a Non-Executive Director or Chairman into a company can be a very smart move for CEOs, CFOs and for the Board, particularly at times of significant change or upheaval in the business. The objectivity and wise experience of the right Non-Exec will be a great asset for businesses of all sizes, and I mean from start-ups upwards.
A Non-Exec Director’s experience in the following areas can be invaluable:
industry contacts and knowledge
strategic vision built on his/her past success as a Board director, for example – assessing new markets or a company acquisition or fund-raising. The recent recession has given directors a lot of...
From 6 April 2014 onwards, a new system of Early Conciliation (EC) requires employees to take some compulsory steps before they can make a claim against an employer. It is mandatory in almost every case (there are a few very limited exceptions).
The Early Conciliation system requires employees who believe they have an Employment Tribunal (ET) case to inform Acas before their case can proceed through an ET.
The new system should not deter employers from attempting to resolve issues informally or through mediation.
The Early Conciliation system requires employees who believe they have an Employment Tribunal (ET) case to inform Acas before their case can...
What recent and new employment Laws will affect businesses in 2015?
The 2014 major employment law changes are now taking effect on businesses in 2015.
Throughout 2015, we are continuing to hold our regular
HR Network at the Lensbury Club, Teddington, TW11 9NU. Join us to keep up to date on these law changes, discuss and solve common HR with us and fellow HR Directors.
The main change in 2014 was the introduction of new Flexible Working laws which came into force on 30 June 2014. The new law gives the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ service (not just those with caring responsibilities).
The very end of 2014 saw changes to...
Are you concerned about your liability as an employer when your team use social media and email at work? This guide highlights the risks of employer liability when your employees are using social media or sending e-mails and gives some practical suggestions of how to minimise those risks. The huge growth in popularity of social media in recent years has created challenges as well as opportunities for every business. Blogs and similar media present a unique opportunity to get a positive image of a business into the public domain as well as providing an efficient way of sharing information, knowledge and best practice with others. The other side of the coin is that legal...
Bring your own device to work (BYOD) – what every company needs to know
This business briefing highlights the potential risks and benefits for businesses of allowing employees to use their own personal mobile devices (such as tablets, smartphones, laptops or notebook computers) for business purposes.
What is bring your own device to work (BYOD)?
Many employees now own personal mobile devices (such as tablets, smartphones, laptops or notebook computers) that can be used for business purposes. Businesses are receiving an increasing number of requests to allow employees to use these devices at work. There is no denying that the “Bring your own device”...
Hiring new employees: the legal issues you need to know
This checklist highlights the key legal issues involved in hiring new employees, the legal issues you need to know and what you need to do.
Hiring new employees: before advertising
Make sure all staff involved in hiring new employees have had equal opportunities training (and they continue to receive it while working for your business).
Draw-up the following documents:
job description which sets out the title and main purpose of the job, the place of the job holder within your business and the main tasks or responsibilities of the post.
a person specification which details the experience, know-how and...
This Checklist sets out the key issues every business should consider before entering into a settlement agreement with an employee, and how an when to use settlement agreements. Settlement Agreements used to be called Compromise Agreements. The UK Government renamed them in July 2013 to promote a culture of trying to resolve issues within the company rather than at an Employment Tribunal. For example employers can now use the new Pre-Termination Negotiations which allow an employer to offer a settlement agreement for an employee to leave by following the ACAS Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements under section 111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
What is a...