Employment Rights

The Employment Rights archive contains articles and guides on the legal protections and entitlements granted to employees in the workplace. These rights are designed to ensure fair and safe working conditions, protect workers from discrimination and exploitation, and provide avenues for resolving disputes.

Employing & managing staff

The right to return to work after maternity leave

Michele Piertney of Acas answers your questions about employees coming back to work after maternity leave and what their job expectations and holiday entitlement should be

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

Employing & managing staff

What happens if your small business is taken to an employment tribunal?

Step-by-step guide to what happens if you are unfortunate enough to be taken to an employment tribunal

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?

Employing & managing staff

The changes that could affect disabled employees in the workplace

Luke Hatkinson-Kent at Allied Vehicles Limited talks about legal and funding changes that could affect your disabled employees.

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?

Employing & managing staff

Zero hours contracts, employment and small businesses

In the wake of Sports Direct ditching zero hours contracts, we look at what using zero hours contracts means for companies.

Buying and selling a company

How to manage existing staff when buying a business

When buying a business, as well as taking on a going concern, you will also be taking on the concerns of ongoing staff.

Legal advice

How to dismiss an employee for gross misconduct

What happens when a staff member crosses the line and needs to have their contract terminated?

Employing & managing staff

Employment versus self-employment

It seems as though our traditional views of what work actually is are being eroded by new ideas about employment.

Employing & managing staff

What the introduction of tribunal fees means for small businesses

People wanting to bring employment tribunals must now pay a fee. Adrian Hoggarth discusses the ramifications for SMEs.

Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats

Business Technology

How to grow a global creative agency in record time

Find out how creative agency, Myth Studio, used technology to grow their business and quadruple their staff count in 18 months

Partner content

Attracting and keeping top talent through Total Reward

Employment benefits specialist, Drewberry, explain why you should base your benefits around a Total Reward Strategy

Partner content

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