Time Off For Family And Dependants

Employees have the right to take a reasonable period of time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant, and not to be dismissed or victimised for doing so. The right enables employees to deal with an unexpected or sudden problem, and make any necessary longer-term arrangements. Section 57A of the Employment RightsContinue reading “Time Off For Family And Dependants”

Parental Leave

Working parents with one year’s employment with their employer are entitled to unpaid parental leave to care for a child. The right applies to parents and to a person who has obtained formal parental responsibility.  The entitlement is 18 weeks of parental leave for each child and the employee’s right to take the leave lastContinue reading “Parental Leave”

Coronavirus And Employment Law

The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has had an impact on employment law and health and safety law in the UK, with changes to the law on Statutory Sick Pay and Annual Leave, and new obligations on employers to ensure workplaces are made COVID-secure. Statutory Sick Pay The law on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) has beenContinue reading “Coronavirus And Employment Law”

Criminal Records Checks

Employers can check the criminal records of people they are recruiting by using the Government Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in England. There are different systems in Scotland and Northern Ireland. There are different types of DBS check, and selecting which one is applicable depends on the job or role of the applicant. A basicContinue reading “Criminal Records Checks”

Workers From Outside The UK

It an offence for an employer to employ someone they have “reasonable cause to believe” does not have permission to be in or work in the United Kingdom. Sections 15–25 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 set out the law on the prevention of illegal migrant working. Section 15 of the 2006 ActContinue reading “Workers From Outside The UK”

Bullying And Harassment

Harassment, bullying or constantly tormenting someone who works in the same workplace may well amount to a criminal offence. It is also conduct that could infringe the Equality Act 2010 where the victim suffers discrimination because of their “protected characteristics” such as their sex or race or disability. An employer can be held vicariously liableContinue reading “Bullying And Harassment”


Workers are entitled to a statutory minimum amount of paid annual leave in each leave year of 5.6 weeks or pro-rata (maximum 28 days).  A week’s paid leave means the paid time a worker would work in a working week, so for example if a worker works five days a week, a week’s paid leaveContinue reading “Holidays”

Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is really important to a business because can communicate the employer’s legal, HR and Health and Safety policies and procedures to their employees. In the Employee Handbook, an employer can set out policies and procedures, including their: Conduct policy, Disciplinary procedure, Grievance procedure, Performance review procedure, Absence from work and sickness policyContinue reading “Employee Handbook”

Shared Parental Leave And Pay

Qualifying new parents have had the opportunity to share the balance of the mother’s 52 weeks of statutory leave and 39 weeks of statutory pay as shared parental leave and shared parental pay, after the mother opts to end her maternity leave and pay early. Shared parental leave can be taken at any time inContinue reading “Shared Parental Leave And Pay”