Should employers consider giving workers a week off so they can take a break for mental health?

Nike has shut down its global headquarters for a week and thousands of office workers have been given time off in an effort to mitigate burnout from the pandemic. The American sportswear giant’s head office employees were encouraged to unwind, de-stress and spend time with loved ones for the last week of August. At the […]

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Self-Care

In 2020, the government took the unusual stop of allowing employers to change their policy on annual leave so that employees could roll over annual leave they had been unable to take due to the pandemic. Some of our clients took advantage of this relaxation because their staff were needed at work as a result […]

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Is it a Duck?

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that two drivers are infact ‘workers’ under the definition in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and therefore are afforded protections not available to genuine freelancers. This case will be appealed by Uber, they can’t afford not to because of the implications for their global business model. Uber have also looked […]

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Do I have to pay staff if they don’t come to work due to the snow?

On days like today, when the snow is falling steadily and settling rapidly, we are often asked about withholding pay for absent staff. Our first response is always “What does your contract say”?  As a general rule, if staff are absent from work and it is not for pre arranged holiday, then as an employer, […]

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