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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
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Speaking Out – The Importance Of A Whistleblowing Policy, Procedure And Culture

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 29/05/2020 Protection for whistleblowers has been in place since 1998, under the Public Interest Disclosure (Northern Ireland) Order 1998. It provides workers with protection against detriment and dismissal as a result of making a protected disclosure. Regulators and whistleblowing organisations such as Expol...
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Whistleblowing (Protected Disclosures) Policies and Procedures
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COVID-19 – A Guide To Essential Policies And Procedures For Employers

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 09/04/2020 We are faced with unprecedented times as the spread of Covid-19 across the world dominates headlines. The virus has seen the UK go into lockdown as the government attempts to limit its impact, and the disruption to normal everyday life cannot be understated. Businesses across all sectors have been ...
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IT and Communications Policies – Essential Elements

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 27/02/2020 Following on from last month’s feature looking at social media, this month we are taking a look at the broader aspects of IT and Communications and the important aspects of related workplace policies. An effective IT and Communications Policy should outline the standards you expect from your employ...
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Policies and Procedures
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Social Media Policies – Essential Elements

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 29/01/2020 Ten years ago, it was not that common for employers to provide specific guidelines for social media use. However, in today’s increasingly digitised workplaces, a social media policy forms an essential part of the employee handbook. With social media touching many areas of modern life, both in and o...
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Family Friendly Policies (Part 3) - Parental Leave, Compassionate Leave and Time Off for Caring for Dependants

Posted in: The Essential Elements of the Employee Handbook on 28/11/2019 Following our previous features on maternity leave and flexible working, we round off our look at family-friendly policies by focusing this month on parental leave, compassionate leave and time off for caring for dependants. Part 1 focused on maternity, adoption and shared parental leave, while par...
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Working Time and Leave Policies and Procedures