The Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020 and with a UK-EU trade deal having been agreed just days ago, we look at the implications and considerations of Brexit for UK employers. The United Kingdom officially left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the transition period, during which time the UK was treated for most
Employment Law Review – What Changed in 2020 & What to Expect in 2021
As this remarkable year draws to an end, we look back at the various changes to UK employment law during 2020 and look forward to the changes to UK employment law we can expect in 2021. Reflecting on the Events of 2020 On 23 March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnston announced unprecedented restrictions and a
Valentines Day: 5 potential problems with workplace romances
When a romance has been formed in the workplace, it can be difficult for the employer to put an end to it. The Human Rights Act 1998 states that everyone has the right to respect for their private and family life subject to a few limited exceptions. We have looked at 5 potential problems that
Performance management guidance for employers
Performance management is the process that employers use to maintain and improve the performance of their workforce so that organisational objectives are met. Most performance management procedures will involve: Employees being set performance targets Performance meetings between managers and employees to discuss performance Evaluating employees against their performance measures Records of performance being taken Why
Employment Law Services (ELS) Achieves a Major Milestone
Back on 16 December 2008 Employment Law Services (ELS) was formally incorporated as a limited company and on 1 January 2009 we officially commenced our first year of trading and as the bells struck midnight on New Year’s Eve not only were we celebrating the dawn of a new year, we were also celebrating achieving
Is failing a drug test a reason for an automatic dismissal?
A recent decision made by the Employment Tribunal has highlighted the importance of not treating a positive drug test result as a reason for automatic dismissal. In the case of Ball v First Essex Buses Ltd, Mr Ball was employed as a bus driver and had over 20 years’ service with his employers. Part of
All I want for Christmas is…. A stress-free payroll!
Christmas and New Year can be the most expensive time of the year for most people. If you employ people, the festive period can bring a number of problems that you will need to be aware of before you can wind down for you break. In this blog we will detail some of the most
An employer’s guide to Christmas employment issues
With Christmas only 4 weeks away, the employment issues surrounding this holiday often create a HR headache for employers. This blog is intended to arm employers with the correct knowledge and guidance to help make the festive season as stress free as possible. 1. Overtime If an employee has normal working hours, overtime usually means
The law on payslips is set to change by April 2019: Start preparing now!
Providing your employees with payslips is generally a routine process that does not require a lot of thought behind it. Under UK law, a payslip should be issued to all employees each time they are paid. Employers do not need to issue payslips to non-employees, this includes contractors, freelancers and workers. There are further exceptions
2019 Budget: National Living Wage set to increase by almost 5%
The National Living Wage, which is the statutory minimum wage for those aged 25 and over, has to rise to £8.21ph from April 2019 – which means an additional £690 annually for low paid workers. The Low Pay Commission (LPC), which recommended the increase, have anticipated that the increase will see almost 2.4 million workers