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How do I handle it?

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The Good Work Plan: Employment Law Reforms

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 19/02/2019 This month’s problem concerns: “I am a HR Manager for a company with sites throughout the UK. I am concerned that the Good Work Plan was issued in December 2018 and that there are some changes which will come into effect in April. What can I do to prepare for these changes in our workforce?” The G...
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Sexual Harassment Outside the Workplace: How Do I Handle It?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 14/01/2019 I am a HR Manager and have been made aware that one of our employees has been sexually harassing a colleague outside of the workplace. The aggrieved employee has not lodged a grievance, and we have no formal record of any alleged misconduct by the alleged perpetrator. Whilst everything is happening...
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Discrimination and Equality Policies and Procedures
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Protecting the Integrity of an Investigation: How Do I Handle It?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 18/12/2018 "I am a member of a Human Resource team and with some other members of staff, I received an email from an employee which I find upsetting. I have recommended that senior management undertake an investigation and dismissal of the individual who sent the email. Now, however, I am wondering if I am do...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues Policies and Procedures
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Refusing to Work at Christmas: How Do I Handle It?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 16/11/2018 I am a HR Manager at a company which provides emergency repair services. One repair engineer has to be available every day, including on public holidays. An engineer has complained about his annual leave request for Christmas Day being refused – but the other engineers had already booked the day of...
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Failure to Inform or Consult Prior to TUPE Transfer: How do I handle it?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 18/10/2018 "I am a Human Resource Manager in a business which is being sold imminently with all staff transferring to the purchaser. There is very little time to inform and consult the employees about the sale before it happens. I believe that they may be entitled to bring claims for a protective award. Who c...
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Migrant Workers Leaving Before Brexit: How Do I Handle It?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 18/09/2018 I am a Human Resource Manager in an agri-food sector company. Recently, we have found that our migrant workers are beginning to leave before Brexit. What can I do to encourage the employees to stay or source alternate workers to fill their vacant positions? The UK government has confirmed that fu...
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Emailing Outside of Office Hours: How Do I Handle It?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 21/08/2018 I am the HR Manager at a large organisation. All our senior employees are issued mobile phones for work use. One senior employee has complained about regularly having to answer emails outside of his contracted hours in the office and that it’s becoming part of his job – how do I handle it? The “wor...
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Unfit Employees and Rotational Shift Patterns : How Do I Handle It?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 17/07/2018 We have recently introduced rotational shifts into our workplace. We have an employee who says he is unable to work the shift pattern due to a medical condition. We need all the employees to participate in the shift to make it work efficiently. What should I do about this employee? 1. Ascertain ...
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Unfair Dismissal Discrimination and Equality A-Typical Working
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What information must we provide to affected employees in a TUPE transfer?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 19/06/2018 I am an HR Manager of a business which is to be sold and I believe that the provisions of TUPE will apply to the sale. I know that I have to inform the affected employees (there are 12), but how far do I have to go? Can I just tell them the date of the transfer, or should I provide more specific in...
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Transfer of Undertaking (TUPE)
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Swearing in the Workplace: How Do I Handle It?

Posted in: How do I handle it NI on 17/04/2018 An employee has just complained about his manager swearing at him. This is a tough environment – people swear all the time and the humour is pretty black – how do I handle it? In many industries swearing forms part of the language of the workplace; swear words are normalised and are seldom noticed,...