All items: Selecting staff

  • Illegal working: when an employee loses the right to work in the UK

    Date:
    20 September 2016

    An employer that discovers that an employee no longer has the right to work in the UK, or that immigration permission is due to expire, needs to take action to avoid criminal and civil penalties.

  • Brexit: practical five-point checklist for employers

    Date:
    6 September 2016

    As Theresa May rejects the idea of a points-based immigration scheme for EU workers, employers continue to face uncertainty as to the long-term impact of the Brexit vote on UK employment laws. We provide a practical checklist to help employers prepare for the UK's departure from the EU.

  • Reference requests: eight things every employer should know

    Date:
    1 September 2016

    It is common practice for employers to provide references for employees and ex-employees, but there are risks involved. We outline eight things every employer should know before they give a reference.

  • Right to work checks need to consider discrimination risks

    Date:
    3 August 2016

    Immigration raids at branches of Byron hamburger restaurants have brought employers' right to work checks into focus. We examine what you can do to ensure your pre-employment processes are compliant, while avoiding discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

  • Withdrawing job offers: the risks and how to limit them

    Date:
    16 May 2016

    Can you withdraw a job offer once it has been made? We look at the risks employers face if they change their recruitment plans.

  • Ten tips to avoid immigration fines when hiring foreign workers

    Date:
    19 April 2016

    Immigration fines for employing illegal workers by way of the civil penalty regime have seen employer's fines increase, both in number and value, since their introduction in 2008. Tijen Ahmet, solicitor at SA Law, offers ten tips for avoiding a fine.

  • Legal opinion: Is asking about religious dress at a job interview discriminatory?

    Date:
    6 September 2013

    Much attention has been focused recently on alleged discrimination relating to religious attire and whether company dress codes might breach employees' human rights. Now an employment tribunal ruling has shed light on another aspect of the debate - whether or not questions about religious dress during a job interview are permissible. The answer on the facts of the recent case of Begum v Pedagogy Auras Ltd t/a Barley Lane Montessori Day Nursery is yes, explains solicitor Gillian Mair.

  • Legal questions and answers: The risks of using social media as a recruitment tool

    Date:
    14 August 2012

    The UK tends to follow US trends and, as recent statistics suggest, it is becoming increasingly common for US recruiters to review candidates' social media profiles before offering a job, so now is a good time to get to grips with what you can and can't do. This is important because the law is well behind today's technology, let alone the technology of tomorrow. Leon Deakin, associate at Thomas Eggar, provides answers to questions on using social media in recruitment.

  • Legal questions and answers: What health questions can employers ask during the recruitment process?

    Date:
    5 August 2012

    Under the Equality Act 2010, employers are prevented from asking potential recruits questions about their health before a job offer is made, with some exceptions. This means that employers need to be careful about the questions they ask during the recruitment process in order to avoid liability for disability discrimination. Employment lawyer Kate Barker looks at what this means for employers in practice.

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