Article Database - Tips & Advice Personnel: Year 22, issue 04

 
Poor performance: must you consider an alternative role? Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Performance/capability » Poor performance
You have an underperforming employee who you really want to dismiss. However, a manager says that before you can do this you must consider whether you have a suitable alternative role for them. Is this true?
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Chosen workplace companion is a gossip Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Disciplinary matters » Disciplinary proceedings
An employee who’s facing disciplinary proceedings has selected a colleague to be their workplace companion at the forthcoming disciplinary hearing. The trouble is this person is known to be a gossip. How can you protect everyone’s confidentiality?
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What is a “competent person”? Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Health and safety » Competent person
You’ve been told that you need to appoint a competent person (CP) to help you manage health and safety and it can only be an employee. Is this true and, if so, what should you consider when choosing someone to fulfil this role?
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Never ask: “was your pregnancy planned?” Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Discrimination » Sex discrimination
In January 2020 the tribunal published its ruling in a case where a line manager had summoned a pregnant worker into her office and demanded to know if her pregnancy was planned. Why is this type of question dangerous?
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Parental bereavement leave and pay Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Work and parents » Parental leave
From 6 April 2020 employees who lose a child or suffer a stillbirth at 24 or more weeks will have the right to two weeks’ statutory parental bereavement leave (SPBL). Is this paid time off?
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Should all sports-related conversation be curbed? Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Discrimination » Harassment
The head of the Chartered Management Institute is urging employers to curtail all sports-related conversations in their workplaces as they can exclude certain groups and lead to bad behaviour. Is this really necessary?
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“Happy 50th” birthday card wasn’t age discrimination Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Discrimination » Age discrimination
An employee who alleged that a “Happy 50th” birthday card from her employer was an act of age discrimination and a breach of her personal data has lost her tribunal claim and been ordered to pay costs. Why did her claim fail?
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Must you help with settled status applications? Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Recruitment » Right to work
Must you help with settled status applications?..Survey said. According to survey by an employee and benefits provider released in January 2020, at least 35% of employers have not provided any support to their workers from the EU who need to apply for settled status. This scheme ensures that EU workers based in the UK can continue to reside and...
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Q&A - workers rights to be watered down? Publication date: 10.02.2020
Article database » Brexit » Effect on UK legislation
Q&A - workers rights to be watered down?..Q. We understand that the clauses which were meant to safeguard existing EU-derived workers’ rights were removed from the Withdrawal Agreement Act 2018 (the Act) shortly before it passed into legislation. Does the government intend to water down employment rights? A. The Act paved the way for the UK’s...
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