Improvement and Prohibition Notices

  The HSE has many significant powers that it can use to ensure workplace safety. Two of its main weapons against danger in the workplace are the improvement and prohibition notices. Failure to comply with these can lead to legal action and very large fines indeed. Case study: Company and general manager fined after safety […]

Harassment and Victimisation

  Harassment and victimisation are two very unpleasant aspects of some workplaces; for the victims, life can become so intolerable that they end up leaving their job. It’s not just morally unacceptable but makes bad business sense as well. Results of unchecked harassment can lead to: a reduction in staff morale and damage to employee […]

“Some other substantial reason”

Under Section 94 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employee has the right not to be unfairly dismissed. If an employer wants to dismiss an employee with the necessary length of service to enjoy protection under the Act, the employer needs to be able to show that they had a good reason to take […]

Fines for illegal workers

If you employ workers from overseas, you should be aware that there are strict immigration compliance duties and companies who fail to meet these can incur fines. Few companies set out to breach their immigration duties but may end up doing so inadvertently through relatively minor administrative errors or oversights. In such a situation, the […]

Time off for training or studying Part 2

Last time, we looked at how an employer can maximise the potential of their staff by making it easy for them to access training and/or studying if they need new skills and competencies. This time, we look at the mechanics of applications for training and what employers should do if they receive one. Meeting to […]