Employment Practice Liability

    • Redundancy
    Redundancies following the furlough scheme
    21-10-2021

    This note provides an overview of the origins of the furlough scheme, its implications for employers in relation to potential redundancies and key factors they need to consider, along with some associated complexities around working from home.

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    • Disciplinary and Poor Performance
    Template Letters for Disciplinary and Poor Performance Procedure
    23-08-2016

    This document contains template letters for adaptation for use at each stage of a formal disciplinary or poor performance procedure.

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    • Equal opportunities
    Discrimination and the Law – What Do Businesses Need to Know?
    23-08-2016

    This guidance sets out the duties and obligations of businesses towards their staff under the Equality Act 2010. 

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    • Bullying and Harassment
    Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace - A Best Practice Guide
    23-08-2016

    This guidance offers practical advice to businesses to help prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace and to deal with any cases that occur. 

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    • Holidays and Working Time
    Guide to Minimum Holiday Rights
    23-08-2016

    This guidance offers practical advice to businesses in complying with minimum holiday rights for employees. 

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    • Probation
    Guide to Probationary Periods
    23-08-2016

    This guidance offers practical advice to businesses to help with the operation of probationary periods and issues associated with this.

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    • Equal opportunities
    Equality Policy
    23-08-2016

    It is good practice for organisations to implement and uphold an Equality Policy. 

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    • Poor performance
    Guide to Managing Poorly Performing Employees
    23-08-2016

    It is important that poor performance is managed effectively, but commonly businesses find this one of the most difficult areas to manage and, as a result, do nothing, which compounds the problem and risks claims for unfair dismissal.

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    • Recruitment
    Recruitment Pitfalls
    23-08-2016

    This note provides a checklist of the steps involved in the recruitment process.

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    • Sickness
    Guide to Managing Sickness Absence
    23-08-2016

    The purpose of this note is to set out some key legal and practical issues to consider when managing absent employees, to help ensure that any legal risk to your business is minimised.

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    • Grievances
    Template Letters for a Grievance Procedure
    23-08-2016

    This guide contains four template letters to be used by employers in conjunction with the grievance procedure. 

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    • Holidays and Working Time
    Flexible Working Policy
    23-08-2016

    This policy is for use by employers to provide practical assistance with responding to requests from employees for flexible working.

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    • Sickness
    Example Sickness Absence Policy
    23-08-2016

    The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance about arrangements for sick pay and for reporting and managing sickness absence.

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    • Restrictive Covenants
    Guide to Business Protection and Restrictive Covenants
    23-08-2016

    This note provides a short guide to the steps an employer can take to protect itself from competition from ex-employees.

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    • Electronic communications and social media
    Social Media Policy
    23-08-2016

    This policy is for use by employers to provide practical assistance on the use of social media by employees. 

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    • Maternity
    A Guide to Maternity Rights
    22-08-2016

    This note provides a brief summary of rights to time off for antenatal appointments, maternity leave and pay.

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    • Disciplinary
    Guide to Handling Disciplinary Issues
    20-07-2016

    This note provides practical guidance on how properly to deal with discipline and misconduct in the workplace to ensure that any legal risk to your business is minimised, in particular, to reduce the risk of claims of unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal.

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    • Grievances
    Guide to Responding to Grievances
    20-07-2016

    This guidance offers practical advice to businesses to help with responding to grievances.

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    • Disciplinary and Poor Performance
    Disciplinary and Poor Performance Policy
    20-07-2016

    All businesses should have a disciplinary and poor performance policy to help reduce legal risk by ensuring disciplinary matters are dealt with fairly and in accordance with the ACAS Code of Practice.

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    • Redundancy
    Example Redundancy Policy
    20-07-2016

    This policy sets out what we will do if compulsory redundancies become necessary, including the steps we will take to try to avoid redundancies.

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    • Electronic communications and social media
    IT and Communications Systems Policy

    This policy is for use by employers to provide practical assistance on the use of IT and communications systems by employees. The policy can be easily adapted to suit individual employers’ requirements. Use of this policy will help employers ensure that use of IT and communications systems by employees is appropriate and in the interests of the business.

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    • Holidays and Working Time
    Guide to Working Time Rights

    This guidance offers practical advice to businesses in complying with their rights and obligations under the Working Time Regulations. Following this guidance will help to reduce the risk of successful claims by employees.

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    • Redundancy
    Template Letters for a (non-collective) Redundancy Procedure

    These letters are designed to be used in a redundancy situation. Where there is a collective redundancy situation, additional consultation will be required with representatives of the employees and additional wording will need to be inserted in the letters.

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    • Electronic communications and social media
    Employee Misuse of Social Media

    Is your business prepared? Improper use of social media by employees carries potentially significant legal risks to businesses, including unauthorised disclosure of confidential information, infringement of party intellectual property rights, and liability for discriminatory, bullying or defamatory comments posted by employees.

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    • Grievances
    Repeal of Tribunal Fees

    In 2013, the government introduced tribunal fees as a precondition for individuals being permitted to bring claims before the employment tribunal in the vast majority of cases. Prior to this, it had always been free to pursue a claim in the tribunal.

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