MODEL POLICY ON COMPRESSED
Employees working standard full-time
hours can find it difficult to maintain the right balance between their work and
personal commitments. This means that where employers are able to offer flexible
working options, they can reap dividends in terms of, for example, improved
productivity and reduced absence from employees more content with their
One option for employers is to offer
"compressed hours", whereby employees work their total number of contractual
hours over fewer working days with no reduction in pay. The XpertHR policies and
documents section now offers a model policy on
compressed hours providing guidance on this form of flexible working.
Jo Stubbs, Editor
New model policy on
A model policy on compressed hours has been
added to the XpertHR policies and documents section.
Christian telesales agent alleges dismissal for refusal to lie to
We provide a summary and the full transcript of a
recent employment tribunal ruling in which a Christian telesales agent claimed
that he was discriminated against over his belief that potential customers
should not be deceived to obtain sales.
The introduction of
employment tribunal fees
Consultant editor Darren Newman asks
what impact the introduction of employment tribunal fees will have on the number
of tribunal claims being pursued, and considers the long-term future of the
Case report round-up:
Employer vicariously liable for whole discrimination award
Court of Appeal held that an employer vicariously liable for an employee's
discriminatory act had joint and several liability for the whole sum awarded in
compensation, in the latest case report added to XpertHR.
Case reports stop
XpertHR's case reports stop press section highlights
recent key cases including the Supreme Court decision in President of the
Methodist Conference v Preston restoring the employment tribunal decision
that a minister of religion was not an employee and could not therefore claim
How to deal with
personality disorders in the workplace
Personality disorder is a
condition that must be managed sensitively. Occupational Health magazine
explains what an organisation can do if a member of staff presents with the
updates: May 2013
Updates to XpertHR's international section
this month include changes to the Belgium, China, Germany, Hong Kong and Ireland
nurse's constructive dismissal after apple eating, mobile phone and Facebook
A round-up of links to stories about employment
tribunal rulings reported in the week beginning 6 May 2013, during which a
tribunal found that a dental nurse was constructively dismissed after warnings
over eating an apple while on reception, using her mobile for personal calls,
and going on Facebook during work time.
tribunals have found to be (or not to be) a "philosophical belief" under
We round up the eclectic list of beliefs
that claimants have argued before tribunals constitute "philosophical beliefs"
under equality legislation.
data round-up May 2013: Public sector still leads on annual
XpertHR's HR data round-up for May 2013 looks at latest
benchmarking data on annual leave entitlements. We also provide links to all the
latest additions to XpertHR Benchmarking and present our regular round-up of the
best HR data blog posts and HR infographics.
parental leave - last chance to have your say
consultation on how the proposed system of shared parental leave and pay will
work closes on Friday 17 May 2013.
Coming soon to
Forthcoming additions to XpertHR include guidance on
dealing with the provision of employee benefits following a TUPE transfer in our
"how to" section.