DISCRIMINATION - 13.11.2023
OK to make your Christmas party mandatory?
With remote and hybrid working there may be few times when all staff get together. To encourage and maintain team building, is it OK to make attendance at your work Christmas party mandatory?
HOMEWORKING - 13.11.2023
87% of homeworkers take care of children on the job
Apparently, 87% of homeworkers regularly look after their children while carrying out their jobs. As this could negatively impact performance, can you ban homeworkers from taking care of their children whilst working for you?
PAY - 13.11.2023
What’s the real Living Wage increase?
Higher payment. The real Living Wage (RLW) is a voluntary wage rate that’s set annually by the Living Wage Foundation (the LWF). It bases the RLW on the actual cost of living instead of the retail price index which is used by the government to set the statutory national minimum wage and national living wage rates. The RLW applies to staff aged 18 or over who work for accredited RLW employers, but non-accredited employers can pay the RLW voluntarily if they wish. ...
MINIMUM WAGE - 19.10.2023
NLW to exceed £11 p.h. in 2024
Another rise. Each year, the government sets the national living wage (NLW) and national minimum wage (NMW) rates based on the recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission, which is an independent body. Whilst the 2024/25 NLW and NMW rates are yet to be officially confirmed, the Chancellor announced at the Conservative Party conference that the NLW will be at least £11 p.h. from 1 April 2024. This represents a rise of at least 5.7%. However, it’s likely that the NLW will be higher than £11 p.h. with the anticipated rate being £11.16 p.h. (although the government could decide to go further than this). ...
HOMEWORKING - 28.09.2023
Can you force hybrid workers back to the office?
Apparently, more than half of UK employers want their hybrid employees to come back to the office full time. Whilst many are actively trying to encourage this, can hybrid working employees simply be told “homeworking is cancelled”?
FLEXIBLE WORKING - 20.09.2023
Dealing with requests to work remotely from abroad
According to media reports in September 2023, hundreds of council staff across the UK have been given permission to work remotely from abroad. If one of your employees asks to work in this way, are you obliged to agree?