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GRIEVANCES

Harassed by a colleague’s potted plant

In Kenbata v Westminster City Council 2017, the employee alleged that the positioning of a potted plant was racial harassment. The tribunal found otherwise but this case still holds an important lesson for employers. What is it?

SAFETY BRIEFING - ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Encouraging your staff to work safely

You may find that some staff have pretty unhelpful beliefs, e.g. that accidents are inevitable or that “it won’t happen to me”. To persuade them that they can make a difference, why not use our briefing?

SICKNESS ABSENCE

Long-term sickness absence and dismissal

The Court of Appeal has decided that an employee who was sacked following over a year’s sickness absence was unfairly dismissed. Does that mean you can’t ever dismiss employees who are on long-term sickness absence?

CHILDCARE

The new “Tax-Free Childcare” scheme

On 21 April 2017 the new Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme was launched. It will come into force in stages and is quite different to the existing childcare voucher scheme. How much involvement will employers have in TFC?

SICKNESS ABSENCE

Sickness absence: managing migraines

An employee regularly suffers from terrible migraines and needs to go home early. Can you require them to make up the time they miss when they are feeling better or is this problematic?

HOLIDAYS

Statutory paid holiday rights post-Brexit

The Prime Minister has now triggered Article 50 and the UK is on course to leave the European Union. When we eventually do, what will happen to employees’ existing statutory paid holiday rights?

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Q&A - what’s the law on drinking water?

AIR QUALITY

Over to you

ENERGY

Clean energy - what does it really mean?

Energy companies have a history of fudging their environmental claims. How can you avoid any dodgy marketing around renewable energy and be sure that it’s as green as you might expect it to be?

INCIDENT INVESTIGATION

Keep photographic records

In the event of an environmental incident, it’s vital to collect as much evidence as possible so that you can ascertain what happened and the extent of any damage caused. Our new photo record document will help you to do this.

WASTE

Landowners being scammed

The Environment Agency has reported that business owners are being targeted by waste criminals, costing them hundreds of thousands of pounds in clean-up costs. What’s happening and how can you avoid getting caught out?