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How Do Employers Juggle Working Parents?

As the school holidays approach, working parents cross their fingers that their childcare plans hold. In this article I look at what employers need to consider when it comes to flexibility for working parents.

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An Employers Guide to Statutory Leave and other Holiday Rules

As an employer, you’re required to give employees at least the minimum statutory holiday entitlement as set out in the Working Time Regulations 1998. You must also comply with any contractual entitlements and obligations agreed in the employee’s individual contract of employment.

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How to Handle Staff Requests for Leave this Christmas

With the festive season fast approaching, employers will no doubt be considering a plethora of holiday requests from their employees. It is essential therefore that, to avoid any claims under the Equality Act 2010 or the Working Time Regulations 1998, employers should carefully consider whether their holiday policies are up to date.  

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Holiday Pay: voluntary overtime

There has been a number of recent cases which have examined the issues surrounding holiday pay. A claim often made by employees’ is that the voluntary overtime they work should be included in the calculation of their holiday pay. The recent decision in ‘Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts’ provides us with some clarity in respect of the issue.  

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Managing annual leave during the school holidays

For most families, the school holidays kick off this week.  This means various things to different people; be it summer holidays, keeping the kids entertained for 6 weeks or (for me) quieter roads during rush hour.  For employers, the school holidays in particular can be a difficult time.  Many employers face a high volume of holiday requests, especially from those employees who have children of school age.

So, how do employers successfully and fairly manage an influx of holiday requests during this time?  Here we bring you our top tips to ensure your business runs smoothly.

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Easter Bank Holidays and Part Time Workers

Most businesses employ part time workers but some find calculating part time holiday entitlement difficult, especially when it comes to bank holidays.  As Easter approaches and many employees look forward to a long weekend, we decided to bring you some key advice on calculating holiday entitlement for your part time workers.

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Football’s Coming Home…Managing Your Staff During Euro 2016

The majority of the Country will soon be inundated with football talk as Euro 2016 kicks off on Friday 10 June 2016.  With a full month of games, even those with little or no interest in the sport will find it difficult to avoid the frenzy that with comes with such occasions.  Love it or loathe it, many employers will be faced with difficulties during this period, with an increase in last minute holiday requests, sickness absence or staff asking to finishing early.  Perhaps the most problematic for employers will be staff accessing the internet during working hours to keep an eye on the score.  

Here I take a look at some of the key issues employers may face and offer some guidance on managing your staff during this period.

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Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination; David and Goliath

This week saw Newcastle United found guilty of disability discrimination and former Leeds United employee Lucy Ward win her claim of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.  Whilst the level of compensation in both cases is yet to be determined, it serves as a timely reminder that David can win the battle against Goliath in legal proceedings.  Employers should not let themselves be lulled into a false sense of security that their stature will act as a deterrent to staff considering legal action against them.  Here I take a look at the details of the Lucy Ward case and offer my top ten learning points.

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