PROBATION - 24.09.2020
Sickness absence during probation
You recently hired a new employee who is currently on probation. They’ve now gone off sick and are likely to be absent for several weeks. Can you extend their probation period automatically?
HOMEWORKING - 24.09.2020
Homeworkers: IT equipment and mobile devices
Many employees who transitioned to homeworking during the lockdown did so using their own IT equipment and mobile devices. If a homeworking arrangement becomes regular, why should you issue these items to the employee?
MINIMUM WAGE - 23.09.2020
What are wage reductions for minimum wage purposes?
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld an employment tribunal’s decision that wage deductions for workers’ rent weren’t reductions for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes but wage deductions for training costs were. Why was this?
HEALTH & SAFETY - 22.09.2020
The dangers of a second job
Times are tough and there’s a chance that some staff might want to take on second jobs elsewhere. Is this something you need to worry about and if so, how do you manage the potential risks?
PAY - 17.09.2020
Cut pay for permanent homeworking?
Following the lockdown, you may receive requests for permanent homeworking. Could you agree to them in return for a pay cut?
PENSIONS - 17.09.2020
Who’s eligible for minimum pension contributions?
Apparently, at least one in 20 workers aren’t receiving the correct minimum legal pension contributions - many are either incorrectly enrolled or not enrolled at all. Who is eligible for such contributions?