Question of the week

An employee needs time off to deal with a family emergency. How much time off are they entitled to?
6 June 2012 - Employers are required to allow their staff to take time off from work to deal with emergencies involving people who depend on them (for example a spouse, partner, child or parent). Read more...
In what circumstances can I deduct costs from the wages of an employee?
29 May 2012 - A deduction from wages occurs when the wages paid to the employee are less than the total amount properly due to them on that occasion. There are three specific situations where lawful deductions may be made... Read more...
Is your website breaking the law?
8 May 2012 - The fast-paced world of email and other internet communications has been relatively unrestricted, but regulators are catching up. With a new legislation on on e-privacy in EU rules, have you adapted your marketing practices before the May deadline? Read more...
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee holiday -Are my employees entitled to paid time off?
4 May 2012 - There will be a special bank holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Tuesday 5th June 2012. Whilst under the Working Time Regulations 1998, employees must receive a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid annual leave, which will equate to 28 days for someone working five days a week, there is no statutory entitlement to paid leave for public or bank holidays Read more...
A former employee of mine is requesting that I give him a reference. Do I have to provide one?
3 May 2012 - Find out what information you are obliged to provide and why you may need to show due care in order to avoid legal action from the individual or even from a downstream employer Read more...
We Recently Made Some Employees Redundant But Have Now Become Much Busier. Do We Have To Offer Them Their Jobs Back?
10 April 2012 - In the current economic climate, it's difficult to know how what the future holds, so sometimes even an upturn in orders can lead to unexpected problems. Read more...
Why does resin sometimes break through surface coatings and what can be done to treat it?
10 April 2012 - Resin pockets can occur around knots which have not fully inter-grown with the main bole of the tree or where the tree has been damaged. In practice the problem is most often associated with softwoods such as pine and Douglas fir, where it can cause a physical disruption of the coating over knots and other resinous areas. Read more...
What Is The Current National Minimum Wage?
26 March 2012 - Failing to pay employees the relevant minimum wage rate could result in penalties from HMRC or a claim in a tribunal from the worker Read more...
Are My Employees Entitled To Paid Time Off For The Royal Jubilee Bank Holiday?
12 March 2012 - With an extra bank holiday declared for the second year in a row, it's important for employers to be aware of what workers are entitled to in terms of pay or attendance for the additional day. Read more...
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