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Combatting Modern Slavery – all businesses have a part to play

“Great indeed are our opportunities, great also is our responsibility”*. On the 26th of July 1833 William Wilberforce, the voice of the abolition movement in Parliament, was advised that the Abolition of Slavery Bill had passed its third reading in the House of Commons, spelling the end of slavery in the British Empire.  Three days later, on the 29th of July, he died, having achieved his object of eliminating the slave trade in British territories, thanks to his tireless efforts throughout his adult life and those of many dedicated others.Depressingly however, slavery is not something we can consign to the history books: ...
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Disciplinary issues - can matters be resolved informally?

Issues of discipline in the workplace can require sensitive handling. A formal approach may not always be necessary to resolve issues so we’ve set out some guidance below for resolving matters informally where that may be the most appropriate response in the first instance.Taking informal action to see if the issue can be resolved may be the most proportionate response, less likely to damage working relationships and less time consuming. Often a quiet word can be all that is needed to address issues such as minor misconduct or unsatisfactory performance.The informal discussionA two way discussion should take place in private. It...
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What to consider when dismissing an employee

Occasionally, dismissal can be the only feasible option left to employers, but proceeding confidently is not always easy, given the risk of a tribunal claim. I’ve listed below a few things to consider when dismissing an employee.Dismissal of an employee will be unfair unless:The employer can show the reason for the dismissal was a potentially fair reason. There are five potentially fair reasons:Capability or qualifications - in relation to the work the employee was employed to do.Conduct - may be a single act of serious misconduct (gross misconduct) or a series of acts that are less serious.Redundancy - due to business...
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As an EU citizen working in the UK, should I be trying to get a UK Passport?

As an EU citizen working in the UK, should I be trying to get a UK passport? As a UK employer should I be encouraging my EU citizen employees working in the UK to get a UK passport?Once the UK leaves the EU, EU citizens will no longer have the automatic right to reside and work in the UK unless they have already obtained permanent residency. The ‘Leave’ campaign have however indicated they are keen to preserve the rights of EU citizens already living and working in the UK. Negotiations will take place over the next couple of years and therefore it...
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Brexit and Changes to Employment

If the UK finds itself free from membership of the EU on June 23rd, it would appear that the Government are at liberty to repeal the employment rights currently conferred upon the UK by the institution; health and safety in the workplace, employee rights on the transfer of a business, working time regulation and discrimination rights are but a few of the matters vulnerable to amendment. Despite the uncertainty surrounding a Brexit vote, the implications for employment law are likely to be minimal. Although any conclusions on the nature of the relationship between the EU and the UK remain purely speculative in...
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