More rail strikes are planned for August, meaning thousands of commuters will be left struggling to get to work on time – if at all. Following on from the strikes in July, the RMT has confirmed further strike action will take place on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August. Fourteen train operators and 40,000 […]
August train strikes: Advice for employers
Can an employee’s behaviour outside of work have implications on their work life?
It’s an unfortunate fact that hooliganism appears to have reared its ugly head again at football matches up and down the country. Incidents of aggression, assault and racial abuse are some of the key components of the anti-social behaviour we used to see back in the 1970s and 80s, which are, sadly, once again a […]
A quarter of small businesses are set to continue WFH until April 2023
Despite the change in government guidance, many businesses are looking to continue working from home to avoid spending money on expensive office spaces. A new report shows that businesses with fewer than 50 employees are saving nearly £4,000 a month in rent and running costs when employees work from home. A survey of 1,000 small […]
Have you booked annual leave yet…? Get in quick!
Requests for annual leave have spiked five-fold since following the easing of restrictions, according to a new report. Data from global HR software and employment law advice firm, BrightHR has revealed a surge in annual leave requests submitted from workers in England, following the Prime Minister’s latest announcement that restrictions will be eased further on […]
UK workers expect their employer to make Covid vaccine mandatory
Half of Britain’s workers expect their bosses to demand a vaccine passport before they can return to their workplace. The study of 5,000 British workers across various sectors by HR software provider and employment law advice firm, BrightHR, found only 17% have had a conversation about their companies’ policy on vaccines, but over a third […]
What do you do if your team doesn’t want to go back to the office?
Advice by Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR… As more businesses re-open across the UK and we head towards normality or a version of it, employers may face situations where some employees feel reluctant to return to the workplace after working from home for a long time. Employers will need to determine why the employee is […]
Flexible working requests: What employees and employers need to know
Advice by Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR… According to several media reports, Ministers are preparing to make flexible working a permanent feature of UK life after the pandemic, with plans to strengthen employees’ rights to work from home or ask for different hours. The Government will start a public consultation later this year on how […]
How to manage staff holiday leave this summer
Advice by Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR… There’s a lot to consider when managing your staff’s annual leave, but what do you do when multiple people want to book the same time off? This is common at popular times of the year, such as Christmas and during the Summer. And it’s likely to be a bigger […]
A hybrid workplace? Five things you should know before you make the shift
By Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR A recent survey by the British Council for Offices shows that participants favoured not only working from the office but also from home, creating a ‘hybrid’ working arrangement which could soon take the spotlight from traditional working norms. Before making the shift to hybrid working, here are five things […]
Can employers only hire new workers who have been vaccinated?
Advice by Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR… Various companies across the UK have said they will consider only making hires if the individual has been vaccinated, prompting whether this is discriminatory. The first thing that employers should bear in mind is that getting a vaccine for Covid-19 has not been made compulsory by the Government, […]
Surge in 2021 annual leave requests follows vaccine announcement
New data from global HR software and employment law advice service BrightHR has revealed there has already been a surge in 2021 annual leave requests by UK workers, following the news that the UK’s medicines regulator has authorised a COVID-19 vaccine and rollout of the injection is imminent. Over the past few weeks, 42,010 users […]
28% of UK workers have cancelled annual leave in 2020
A report by global HR software and employment law advice service BrightHR has revealed that 28% of UK workers have cancelled annual leave in 2020. The report, which uses data from over 300,000 BrightHR users, also found that, predictably, the two highest months for cancelled leave were while the UK was in full lockdown. April […]
How to implement staggered shifts
Employment law expert and CEO of BrightHR Alan Price offers some advice… With lockdown measures lifting, your business may now look to return employees to work – at least, those who can’t continue in their role remotely. However, coronavirus now presents a significant operational problem. You may have to return many employees to an enclosed […]
What do the UK travel quarantine rules mean for employers and employees?
by Alan Price, employment law expert and CEO of BrightHR As an extension to the current rules on self-isolation, a new requirement will see people having to spend 14 days in quarantine after travelling into the UK from another country. This measure is expected to come into place from 8 June 2020, despite receiving criticism […]
Coronavirus: Are your working from home policies up to date?
By Alan Price, HR expert and CEO at BrightHR With coronavirus cases continuing to increase, an option that many employers should be exploring right now is permitting staff to work from home. While some companies may already have homeworking agreements in place, for others this may be a first-time scenario. Whatever the situation, there are a […]
Can your boss legally reject a holiday request, even though you’ve booked flights?
We’ve all been tempted before. You start browsing flights to exotic locations on Skyscanner and spot a bargain. You want to book them before they increase in price but you haven’t submitted a holiday request yet. Can your boss legally reject your holiday request even though you have booked the flights? Alan Price, CEO and HR […]
Doctor or dentist appointment? You’ll need a note for that
Taking time off work to see the doctor or dentist can often be a struggle, through work commitments and other issues that affect our daily working lives. However, if the only time a member of staff can see a dentist or GP is during contracted hours, what legal rights do they have to keep the […]