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Changing from Employee to Consultant: pitfalls to avoid

Changing an individual’s working arrangements from employee to consultant may seem attractive; no employer National Insurance contributions to pay and greater flexibility for the individual. A win-win situation surely?

Samira Cakali, employment law expert, explains why this can be a risky course of action for the employer and looks at ways to minimise the risks.

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Mobile Phones and The Workplace

We’ve all been there – we’re right in the middle of a face-to-face conversation with a close friend or family member when, without warning, they look down at their mobile phone and begin mindlessly scrolling. Or even worse, their phone rings and they take the call. 

Well it’s bad enough when that happens in our personal time, but it’s almost unbearably frustrating when it happens in the office. If employees are constantly on their mobile phone, it can have many negative effects, including irritating colleagues and impacting on employees’ productivity and performance. 

The best way to tackle this issue is to have a clear policy in place which sets out clear expectations – and consequences –concerning the permitted use of mobiles phones in the workplace. Below are our 10 easy ways you can take control of mobile phone use in your workplace. 

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Back to Basics: The Probation Period

A probationary period is essentially a trial period for a new employee. It is not a legal concept; it is a management tool. It allows both parties to assess objectively if the new recruit is suited to the role. Employers must ensure they review the new recruit at regular intervals during the probationary period. The following should be taken into consideration when reviewing:

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How to manage the workforce in a Heatwave

A heatwave is expected to arrive over the British Isles, bringing temperatures in line with our continental neighbours like Spain and Portugal – though it may get a lot hotter. Although many you will be thinking about BBQs and visiting the beach, some unlucky folks will be stuck in work.

Employers should be aware of the potential effects of the heatwave on their employees. Employees at work may be at risk of suffering from heat exhaustion, dehydration, heatstroke all of which can be life threatening.  In addition to these risks, high temperatures can also cause lethargy and loss of concentration, increasing the chances of accidents at work. 

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TUPE and outstanding disciplinary appeals

No industry likes the chaos and anarchy the word TUPE brings. Most employers are aware that employees from OldCo transfer to NewCo on the same terms and conditions, however does this also mean that an employee pending an appeal from dismissal also transfers to NewCo?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (“EAT”) recently dealt with this interesting issue in Bangura v Southern Cross Healthcare.

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