Employee handbook, ELiAction

Why should your Organisation have an Employee Handbook?

Why should your Organisation have an Employee Handbook?  The importance of an Employee Handbook   Creating a company employee handbook can seem like a daunting task, but having one brings many benefits. It establishes how a company complies with employment legislation, the standards it expects from management and employees within the organisation, and how complaints…

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Companions in meetings, ELiAction

Companions in Disciplinary and Grievance Meetings

Companions in Disciplinary and Grievance Meetings The Right to be Accompanied The statutory right to be accompanied by a companion only applies where a worker is required or invited to attend a disciplinary or grievance hearing and reasonably requests to be accompanied at the hearing. A “disciplinary hearing” is defined as a hearing which could…

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signing contract, unsigned contracts of employment

Is an unsigned contract of employment enforceable?

Is an unsigned contract of employment enforceable? If an employee signs a contract, they’re bound by it, (unless of course there has been some type of misrepresentation). But is the reverse true? Not necessarily. An employment contract or service agreement is a legal document that sets out the terms and conditions of an employment relationship between an…

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Social Media at work

The Use of Social Media in the Workplace

The Use of Social Media in the Workplace Anyone who has returned from holiday to find hundreds of unread emails waiting for them could be forgiven for thinking digital technologies are the enemy. Digital technologies can hold the key to effective engagement; they just need to be used better. The use of social media can…

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Long term sickness absence

Guidance for employers managing long term sickness absence

Guidance for Employers Managing Long Term Sickness Absence In the case of O’Brien v Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, the Court of Appeal gave some useful guidance on dismissal in cases of long term sickness. Following an assault by a pupil at the school at which she was employed, Ms O’Brien was not satisfied that the…

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