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The Importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing Workplace Strategies

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 07/10/2021 Supporting mental health and wellbeing is arguably one of the most challenging issues faced by HR and business leaders, and one of the hardest things to get right. We’re undoubtedly seeing a shift in attitudes, driven in part by the spotlight the Covid-19 pandemic has shone on wellbeing and, as we ...
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The Right To Disconnect – What Is It And Do I Need A Policy?

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 09/09/2021 At a time when flexible and hybrid working arrangements are becoming more prevalent, employee working practices and wellbeing have risen up senior management agendas and work-life balance as an issue is gaining more attention than ever. There are many facets to a discussion on what work-life balan...
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A-Typical Working Policies and Procedures
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Leave Entitlements And The Rights To Time Off

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 04/08/2021 Leave entitlements are a common area for employment disputes. Understanding the statutory entitlements for leave (and pay, where applicable) and ensuring that your policies lay out clearly any discretionary leave you decide to offer can help avoid problems and minimise risk of claims arising. Outsi...
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Working Time and Leave Pay and Conditions of Employment
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The Importance Of A Menopause Policy In The Workplace

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 07/07/2021 Women now make up more than 50% of the UK labour market with a recent ONS survey showing that 72.2% of females aged 16-64 are employed. Menopause is a natural part of the ageing process for women, caused by hormonal changes in the body, and the common symptoms can vary in their type and severity. ...
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Health and Safety Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures
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Sickness Absence – Policy and Procedure Tips to Manage Short Term Persistent Absences

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 07/05/2021 When an employer is faced with an employee who has been off on long term sickness absence, they often feel more certain about how to manage this type of absence, and what stages they need to go through in order to do so. Long term absences will be supported by medical certificates and other medical...
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Sickness and Absence Disciplinary and Grievance Issues
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The Reasonable Steps Defence – The Importance Of Anti-Harassment Policies And Training

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 31/03/2021 Introduction Just last month, the decision of the EAT in the case of Allay (UK) Ltd v Gehlen UKEAT/0031/20/AT (“Allay”) was widely reported in the context of the high threshold employers must reach in order to rely on a reasonable steps defence when faced with a successful harassment claim. This i...
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Discrimination and Equality
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The Growth Of Agile Working – A Look At Policy And Practice Considerations

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 22/02/2021 The terms ‘flexible’ and ‘agile’ working are often used interchangeably. Generally, they are used to describe an atypical way of working beyond the traditional desk-based 9-5 model. However, agile working and formal flexible working are quite different from a legal and contractual perspective. Som...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19
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A Year In Review – A Look Back At How Covid-19 Has Shaped Employer Policies And Procedures

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 05/01/2021 For most of us, 2020 is a year that we will be glad to put behind us. It has been a turbulent one to say the least, filled with unprecedented challenges of varying types and degrees for most. For many employers, it saw their businesses close with little or no notice and difficult decisions about ch...
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Health and Safety Policies and Procedures Coronavirus/Covid-19
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The Importance and Key Components of A Data Privacy Policy In The Workplace

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 28/09/2020 Data protection is the process of ensuring the personal data of individuals is suitably protected from compromise or loss. The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), effective from 25 May 2018, requires employers to notify data subjects about their personal data handling pra...
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Data Protection and Freedom of Information Act
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The Value Of A Redundancy Policy And Top Tips

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 02/07/2020 A redundancy policy, like many of the policies and procedures that make up an employee handbook, is not a legal requirement. However, the value of an up to date and well implemented policy goes a long way to ensuring good practice if a redundancy situation arises. A redundancy process can be comple...
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Redundancy and Reorganisation Policies and Procedures