Employment Rights

The Employment Rights archive.

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.

Employing & managing staff

I have found the right job candidate. Can I cancel other interviews?

I am in the process of interviewing candidates for a job, but after the first couple I feel that I have found the perfect person for the position. However, I have other interviews set up. Do I have to follow through with these?

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.

Partner content

4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

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It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

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Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

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How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience