Take a common sense approach as temperatures soar


The sun is out, the sky is blue and the temperatures are rising – great news for those of us who love the summer. However, some people struggle in the sun and for employers, there are potential pitfalls to negotiate when a heatwave hits. While it’s an urban myth that there is a legal “maximum… Read More


Well, we made it! We’ve come out the other side of the GDPR deadline and our businesses are still standing. With all the hype which took place in the run up to the Friday 25th May, some were braced for a massive impact. The reality is, as long as you were already compliant with the… Read More

GDPR: Are you on track?

GDPR is the four-lettered word that’s on the minds of every business owner as Friday 25th May, the date the new legislation comes into effect, draws ever closer. No doubt you’ve heard reports that many UK businesses, both large and small, are ‘worryingly behind’ on their progress towards achieving compliance and are unlikely to be… Read More

Getting your dress code right

Dress code. It sounds so simple! Unfortunately, it’s not… Dress codes are tricky and you can easily find yourself falling into the murky waters of discrimination. It’s not surprising when you think about it. What we wear is connected to our religion, our gender and the generation we are born to. However, it is well… Read More

Are your restrictive covenants fit for purpose?

All businesses have information which is considered integral and invaluable to its success and which it does not want to be shared, particularly with competitors. As the year comes to a close you can expect some staff turnover. People will leave and you will take new people on and it is at times like this… Read More

Amazon accused of intolerable working conditions

The Sunday Times has reported that Amazon is penalising their staff for taking sick days at its warehouse in Scotland. The report found that as part of its disciplinary process, Amazon issues “penalty points” which once accumulated, results in not only counselling but disciplinary meetings. If you get 4 or 6 points then you can… Read More

The pitfalls of varying contracts of employment

Siobhain McDonagh, Labour MP, revealed that thousands of M&S staff could lose their jobs before Christmas if they don’t accept the terms of their new pay and pension’s scheme in their contracts of employment. You might be thinking that this is an extreme measure and you would be right. But one thing to point out… Read More

The Autumn Statement – key employment highlights

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has just delivered his Autumn Statement and there are employment related things you need to know The borrowing forecast is set to be £122 billion higher between now and 2021 than forecasted in the March Budget and the overall UK debt will also be higher. However, Chancellor Phillip Hammond described a “robust”… Read More

Top 10 tips to protecting your confidential information

Protecting confidential information has been a hot topic in the media lately Examples of data leaks are causing people to have serious concerns over how their personal information or business information is handled. Sunderland AFC is a good recent example. The high court ruled that the club could dismiss one of its directors without notice… Read More