Commentary and analysis

All items: Managing employees/workers

  • Neonatal leave and pay: How would it work?

    Date:
    6 August 2019

    The Government has published its initial plans for the introduction of neonatal leave and pay. This proposed new type of family-friendly leave is in the early stages of development, but what clues does the Government's first consultation provide for employers about how neonatal leave and pay would work?

  • No requirement to match enhanced maternity pay with enhanced shared parental leave pay

    Date:
    25 June 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the recent Court of Appeal decision that puts paid - for now at least - to the argument that employers that offer enhanced maternity pay must offer the equivalent for employees on shared parental leave.

  • Calculating holiday entitlement for term-time workers: is there a simple answer?

    Date:
    26 April 2019

    In light of new guidance for local government employers on term-time workers, consultant editor Darren Newman looks for a simple way to calculate the holiday entitlement of employees who work only during school terms.

  • Suspension in relation to safeguarding concerns should be used sparingly

    Date:
    28 March 2019

    Although a recent Court of Appeal decision concerning suspension in relation to safeguarding concerns provides an element of reassurance for employers, consultant editor Darren Newman explains why suspension should still be used only sparingly.

  • Whistleblowing in the NHS

    Date:
    14 March 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman considers whistleblowing in the NHS, focusing on the public interest test and the danger of working on the basis that an allegation is malicious.

  • BNY Mellon's flexible working policy review: what can HR learn?

    Date:
    14 March 2019

    Last week US bank BNY Mellon informed its employees it was reversing its policy on allowing them to work from home. But what are the implications if HR decides to scrap an existing policy, and how should they go about it? Andrea London explains.

  • Updated Acas discipline and grievance guide: What's new for employers?

    Date:
    4 March 2019

    In February 2019, Acas made changes to its guide on discipline and grievances, which complements the "Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures". We set out the key updates, in particular the amended guidance on workers seeking to postpone a disciplinary hearing because their preferred companion is unavailable.

  • How will the "Good work plan" affect local government employers covered by the modification order?

    Date:
    11 February 2019

    The Government has announced plans to change the way breaks in employment are treated, which could have a greater impact for local government than for employers in the private sector, due to the operation of the modification order.

  • The suspension of teachers when allegations against them concern the safeguarding of children

    Date:
    22 January 2019

    With the Court of Appeal due to hear the appeal against the High Court decision in Agoreyo that the suspension of a teacher was a repudiatory breach of contract, consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the issue of suspension when it relates to safeguarding concerns.

  • Local authority staff transfers

    Date:
    15 January 2019

    This article looks at the framework providing protection to staff transferring out of and between local authorities, in addition to that provided by TUPE.

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