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Many employers will have an alcohol and drugs policy that will provide for random testing. A positive test result may be grounds for summary dismissal. However it will be important that there is a full investigation where the test results are challenged. This was highlighted in the recent case of Mr Kenneth Ball v First […]

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Anybody who has ever forgotten a security pass for work will know how annoying it can be. You will find yourself either waiting by the door for someone to open it, or phoning a colleague with the plea ‘help I’m locked out!’. Once you are in, problems continue as there is never a spare pass […]

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The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee published a key report last week that calls for major reforms to be made to address evidence that sexual harassment is endemic in the workplace. The six month inquiry concluded that sexual harassment was widespread and commonplace and highlighted that in one poll conducted for the BBC, […]

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It has been announced this week that the Government Equalities Office could issue new guidelines for employers on what they can and can’t insist that staff wear to work. This comes as a consequence of calls for stronger protection following a petition last year that highlighted sexist dress policies that required women in some workplaces […]

The post Can you break the dress code? appeared first on Talking HR.

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It is getting more and more common for employees to secretly record telephone conversations, management meetings and disciplinary hearings. In front of an Employment Tribunal panel the unguarded and potentially inappropriate comments could boost the chances of a claimant in what might otherwise appear a dubious claim. But is this fair? Can an employee take […]

The post Walls have ears: covert recording and admissible evidence appeared first on Talking HR.

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April is set to be a busy month for HR and payroll as new rules and rates are introduced. As from 1 April 2018, the national minimum wage rates have been increased: 16 – 17 year olds: £4.05 to £4.20 per hour; 18 – 20 year olds: £5.60 to £5.90 per hour; 21 and over: […]

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