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Peter Done

Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave?

Is an employee entitled to bereavement leave if they are on a zero hours contract? What are your obligations as an employer?

Employing & managing staff

Employing & managing staff

Pension schemes

Every small business needs to offer qualifying employees a pension. But what are the rules as to who qualifies and how do you set one up?

Employing & managing staff

Can I dismiss an employee on suspicion of theft?

Can I dismiss a member of staff on suspicion of theft and dishonesty with only word of mouth as evidence? We have proof that money has changed hands but not been put in the till.

Legal advice

Sick leave – Making changes to company sickness policy

Is it possible to make changes to our company sickness policy? Peter Done of HR consultancy Peninsula answers the question

Legal advice

Can I dismiss an employee for sending threatening text?

Two members of staff had an argument. One left the premises and I asked her not to return. She sent me a text threatening me with 'people to sort me out'. Can I dismiss her?

Employing & managing staff

Terminating a contract – what if your worker is only part-time?

We use a cleaner who comes in three to four hours during office hours on a Friday. This is no longer suitable and we have an alternative company ready to deal takeover. How to deal with terminating a part-time contract

Employing & managing staff

Can I insist on staff having their photo taken?

With the help of Jane Crosby, Peter Done answers a reader questioning whether they can insist that an employee has their photo taken for a new HR system. If not, can they go down the disciplinary route?

Legal advice

How can a restrictive covenant be enforced?

Is a restrictive covenant worth the paper it is written on and how can it be enforced?

Legal advice

What is the legal number of hours employees can have between shifts?

What is the legal number of hours between shifts for workers? Peter Done explains more.

Legal advice

Providing transport for employees: should you organise their lift home?

Does an employer have to provide transport for employees from the workplace to home when such public transport is not available, late at night for instance?

Employing & managing staff

The importance of obtaining references when recruiting

Why is it important to gain references for potential candidates and how can it help to prevent long term HR issues in the future?

Employing & managing staff

Can I refuse holiday requests from my employees?

I have had several requests from employees who all want off the same period of holidays in the summer - do I have to accept these requests or can I refuse my employees the holidays?

Legal advice

The seven key employment law issues for 2017

From Brexit to the apprenticeship levy, Peter Done looks at the critical issues that will affect small business employers in 2017.

Employing & managing staff

The benefits of employing apprentices for small companies

At the start of National Apprenticeship Week, Peter Done looks at the practicalities of taking on an individual.

Partner content

Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

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Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze