- Employing People With Criminal Records

On 28 November 2020, changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) filtering rules came into effect, to remove the ‘multiple convictions rule’ and prevent the disclosure of youth cautions. Filtering rules exclude certain information about minor criminal offences from DBS certificates.  These are termed ‘protected cautions’ or ‘protected convictions’.  Under the previous filtering functions,

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- Employment Law in 2020 – This Is The Year That Was

Every year, UK Employment Legislation sees a number of changes, to accommodate new precedents set by cases and court rulings, and to reflect changes to lifestyles, societal needs, political landscapes and more. I think we can probably all agree that 2020, possibly more so than any other year in recent memory, handed those out in

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- When an Employee Requests Their Personal Data – A Q&A with Su Allen HR

A Subject Access Request, known as an S.A.R., is a request made by an employee to their employer for information held about them.  Although there could be a number of motives for these requests, they are typically made as part of an intended grievance. As an unexpected side effect of living and working in a

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- Concerns, Confusion and the ‘Covid Secure’ Workplace

Back in July 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised that workers should “start to go back to work if [they] can” Whilst this advice has once again shifted (he is now saying that people should work from home again, where they can!), what is clear is that it is essential that employers are responsible for

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- Preparing for Winter in the Workplace During a Pandemic

Winter is on its way (not that you would know with the temperatures we are currently experiencing!).  It will soon be time for warmer clothing, hot drinks, cozy environments with an open log fire, and lots more time indoors with colleagues, family and friends. Right, now that we have lured you in gently, here’s the

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- Cyber Security And The Effects of The Pandemic

Has your organisation ever fallen foul to an email virus or phishing scam?  Whether you have been directly affected or not, it’s likely that we have all witnessed a potential threat or scam land in our inboxes. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken these threats to a whole new level.  Online scammers and hackers have

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- Covid-19 and Mental Health – The Other ‘Second Wave’

In our June Blog, we discussed steps for running an organisation in a time post-Covid-19.  However, getting back to ‘normal’ is about more than simply the operational practicalities.  Although many of us will have experienced periods of anxiety, stress and loneliness during the pandemic and at times these feelings may have overwhelmed us, when things

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- Creating a Pandemic Survival Plan

How did you envisage your first six months of 2020 to be? I suspect it is fair to say that in January  none of us could have envisioned that this is where we would be in June 2020, living and working in a vastly different world.  The global shutdowns and localised lockdowns are affecting organisations

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- The Future Is… At Home?

When Covid-19 swept across the world, millions found themselves ordered to stay at home by their Governments to help reduce the spread and this, by default, led to swift worldwide adaption. Businesses needed to adapt accordingly, finding workable solutions to, wherever possible, remain operational and profitable and safely keeping their employees earning a salary and

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