Category Archives: FGazette

FGazette July 2015

FGazette NewsletterFor all the latest updates on government actions in regards to trade unions, employment tribunals with a focus on settlement agreements and engaging your workforce please follow the link in the image.

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FGazette April 2015

FGazette April 2015

Welcome the latest edition of the FGazette – we wish you a Happy Easter!

This latest edition of the FGazette is packed with key employment law updates and includes issues such as eliminating tribunal claims worry, considering whether individuals are employed or self-employed as well as performance management in the workplace.

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STOP PRESS: Updated Guidance on Fit Notes

Megaphone - Hot Off the Press (123rf ref 8981071)In the October 2014 edition of FGazette – the quarterly newsletter of FG Solicitors, we reported on the launch of the government’s new Health and Work Service. To read this article please click here.

The government has since published updated guidance for employers and line managers on what to do when given a fit note by an employee.

The guidance document takes you through the different sections of the fit note and how the notes can be used to help your business.

To view the document, please click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/400128/fitnote-employers-line_managers-jan-2015.pdf

FGazette January 2015

FGazette January 2015Step 1 to a Happy and Prosperous New Year for your Business!

You may believe it’s too late to be making New Year’s resolutions; we at FG Solicitors do not think so.

This latest edition of the FGazette is packed with key employment law updates to enable you to kick-start achievable solutions for change within your business and identify the resources to help you accomplish them.

Click on the image to read and don’t limit your resolutions to January 1st!

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High Performance Culture vs Family-Friendly Workplace?

SUMMARY: Can Employers take advantage of the government’s drive to make workplaces more flexible and family-friendly?

The government’s campaign for a better work-life balance continues. Employers are going to be increasingly called upon to demonstrate that they care for their staff; at the top of the agenda is a good work-life balance underpinned by a raft of continually developing family-friendly rights.  Some of the main changes are summarised below:

2014

  • Flexible working: All employees with 26 weeks’ service can now apply for flexible working. Employers should follow the ACAS Statutory Code of Practice, Handling in a reasonable manner requests to work flexibly to ensure compliance.  Further guidance can be found in the ACAS guide, The right to request flexible working: an ACAS guide.
  • Ante-natal appointments: Eligible employees and agency workers can take unpaid time off work to accompany a pregnant woman to two antenatal appointments, up to a maximum of six and a half hours for each appointment.  In addition, individuals are protected from suffering a detriment or being dismissed in relation to time off to accompany a woman to ante-natal appointments.

2015      

  • Shared parental leave: Parents will be able to choose how they share their child care responsibilities following the birth or adoption of a child under the new shared parental leave legislation. The new scheme will make up to 50 weeks of shared parental leave and 37 weeks of shared parental pay available for eligible parents to take or share.  ACAS have now published Shared parental leave: a good practice guide for employers and employees.
  • Parental leave:  The existing parental leave regime will be extended to parents of children aged five to 18 years of age. Currently, only parents of children aged five and under can take such leave.  This type of leave is unrelated to “shared parental leave”, which will not have any impact on the existing right to take unpaid parental leave.
  • The right to attend adoption appointments:  Eligible employees and agency workers who are proposing to adopt, either on their own or jointly with another person, will be able to take time off work to attend adoption appointments in certain circumstances. The time taken off may be paid or unpaid, depending on whether the employee or agency worker is adopting alone or has elected to be the main adopter where they are part of a couple who is adopting. An employee or agency worker exercising the right to take paid time off may do so on up to five occasions in relation to any particular adoption, up to a maximum of six and a half hours for each appointment.

Whilst employers can now have more confidence in managing some of the legal risks associated with dismissing an employee following the significant reduction in tribunal claims, has the drive for employers to become more family-friendly focused created an operational headache for businesses?

Smart employers are unlikely to think in this way, identifying instead these changes as an opportunity to tell staff about the support available to them. If the goal is to maximise productivity with a view to increasing the bottom line, employers need a highly motivated workforce as well low staff turnover. Staff who feel valued and understand the benefits on offer will be committed to realising financial and operational aims.

Key to achieving a positive outcome from changes in employment law and HR practice is the introduction and communication of relevant policies.  Reassured employees confident in their employer’s practices are likely to be committed for the long-term.

Promoting a more family-friendly culture to support a better work-life balance has the potential to play an important role in contributing to a high performance culture.

Contact Details
Further information about the new shared parental leave rights can be found in our October 2014 Edition of the FGazette.

For more details about family friendly rights please contact:

fgmedia@fgsolicitors.co.uk
+44 (0) 1604 871143

This update is for general guidance only and does not constitute definitive advice.

FGazette October 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of FGazette! The quarterly newsletter of FG Solicitors – Lawyers for today’s employers.

With changes in the employment sphere showing no signs of slowing down as the date for a general election in May 2015 edges nearer we present the October edition of the FGazette.

This month’s edition looks at Data Subject Access Requests, Family Friendly Working Hours, Restrictive Covenants and also features a Q&A on the launch of the Government’s Health and Work Service.

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FGazette July 2014

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We are delighted to present the July edition of the FGazette, which looks at the latest changes to flexible working; whistleblowing and restrictive covenants.

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FGazette April 2014

April 2014 FGazette

Welcome to the latest edition of FGazette! The quarterly newsletter of FG Solicitors – Lawyers for today’s employers.

We are delighted to present the April edition of the FGazette, which focuses on Discrimination.

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FGazette January 2014

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Welcome to the latest edition of FGazette! The quarterly newsletter of FG Solicitors – Lawyers for today’s employers.

We are delighted to present the January edition of the FGazette, which focuses on FG Solicitors and How Work Affects Family Life.

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FGazette October 2013

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Welcome to the latest edition of FGazette! The quarterly newsletter of Floyd Graham & Co – Lawyers for today’s employers.

Our final edition of 2013 focuses on whether employees have the right to access all areas of their personnel records. Click the FGazette image to read more.

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