The Right to Request Flexible Working

2012-12-10 - The Right to Request Flexible Working - Lighter HR

Any employee who has more than 26 weeks’ service has a legal right to request flexible working which covers not just the hours that they work, but also where they work them. This post gives insight into the rules and what as an employer you should do when you receive a flexible working request.

Guidance for Managers: Tips on Managing a Remote Workforce

2020-04-02 - Tips on Managing a Remote Workforce - Guidance for Managers - Lighter HR

As a result of Covid-19, most employers will have now implemented widespread remote working for their employees. While working from home may be convenient for some, there will be evolving challenges employers will need to meet to sustain business productivity. We explore some of the good practices that employers can operate to make this period of remote working as successful as it can be.

Furlough Decisions: Beware of Unintended Discrimination

2020-03-24 - Furlough Decisions - Beware of Unintended Discrimination - Lighter HR

The Job Retention Scheme has been launched by the government to protect employment by “furloughing” employees who would otherwise have been made redundant or laid-off due to the impact of Coronavirus. In this post, we want to provide guidance on the process of making decisions regarding who is furloughed and who isn’t.

Job Retention Scheme; Caution: Employment Laws Still Apply

2020-03-23 - Job Retention Scheme - Employment Laws Still Apply - Lighter HR

On 20 March 2020, the government imposed additional measures to delay the spread of Covid-19. These measures will inevitably have an economic impact on businesses. To protect businesses from these measures, the chancellor announced a range of financial support packages. This post provides guidance to employers to ensure that they apply the government measures whilst adhering to employment laws.

TUPE Transfers: Answers to TUPE FAQ

2020-02-18 - TUPE Transfers - Answers to TUPE FAQ - Lighter HR

TUPE has been in place in the UK since 1981 and yet remains one of the most complicated and frustrating piece of employment legislation. Nonetheless, it’s here to stay for now so we thought it would be prudent to answer the most FAQs we receive on TUPE.

Good Work Plan: Important Legislation Changes for April 2020

2020-02-11 - Good Work Plan Insights - Lighter HR

The Good Work Plan includes recommendations from the Taylor report (Jul-17) which are being incorporated into UK employment law, including three significant employment contract and policy changes that are set to come into force.

How do the Changes to IR35 Impact SME Businesses?

2020-02-10 - How do the Changes to IR35 Impact SME Businesses - Lighter HR

If you don’t work with contractors or freelancers then this blog post isn’t really for you. If you do, then you should keep reading as there are changes coming that could have a big impact on your workforce and which place additional responsibilities on you as a company.

Death in Service: What To Do When an Employee Dies

Dealing with an Employee Death in Service

Dealing with a death of an employee can be a tragic and challenging time. Fortunately, it is unlikely to happen that often so you shouldn’t have to deal with it regularly. It’s never a nice time and your focus is likely to be on many things, so here are a few steps that can help you along the way in dealing with the impact.

What are the Rules around Continuous Service and Redundancy?

2018-10-09 - What are the rules around continuous service and redundancy - Lighter HR

There’s nothing like a possible redundancy process to make people pay attention to their length of service. For the first time since they signed their employment contract, employees will be double-checking the severance payment calculations. It is at this stage that we often find the continuous service debate raises its head. So what are the rules?

Redundancy: 5 Common Mistakes for Employers to Avoid

2018-10-02 - Redundancy Mistakes for Employers to Avoid - Lighter HR

Making redundancies is often part of the natural cycle of a business. A difficult time can be made all the more tricky by a few common pitfalls that can catch out even the most diligent employer. So, here are the 5 most common redundancy pitfalls to be aware of.

Covert Surveillance: Can You Record Your Employees and Can They Record You?

2016-09-13 - Covert Surveillance - Can you record your employees and can they record you - Lighter HR

The question arises frequently as to whether evidence gathered this way is admissible in an employment tribunal case and also whether undertaking covert recording is a criminal act. As with many things in employment law, there is no definitive answer to these questions, however we can provide some guidance.