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Smart-time employees

Katherine Fennell

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the mornings fresher, the leaves are starting to fall and – for many of us – the kids are back in school. I’ve always loved September: crisp new exercise books, sharp new pencils and the promise of a fresh start, offset by the bitter Read More

Let’s focus on output, not whether you are visible

Robbie Sinclair

Bragging about working long hours isn’t big and it isn’t clever. So says Pilita Clark in an article in The Irish Times today. Her concern is that Dominic Cummings and his team negotiating Brexit have had their holidays cancelled until after 31 October. She questions whether one of the most important events in British history Read More

Workplace summer dress codes

Robbie Sinclair

I was amused by a tweet from a man complaining that men had to wear shirts, jackets, trousers, socks and closed-toe shoes at work while women could float around in the office in sandals and dresses. It made me smile, particularly as I once wore smart shorts to the office on dress-down Friday and it Read More

Pride and Prejudice

Sheila Fahy

How times have changed! London is draped in rainbows to mark Pride week. The LGBTQ+ community is being celebrated from within and without, loudly and proudly. I don’t need to tell anyone that it hasn’t always been like that. When I started work many moons ago, there was no legislative protection in the workplace. For Read More

“Oh beware my Lord, of banter …it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the doughnut it feeds on.”

Charlie Bowden

In the news this month was the story of a senior member of staff who emailed his team regarding some doughnuts that he had brought into the office, stating: “I hope people like Krispy Kremes – I know [female colleague] enjoys a glazed ring.” BANTER! The female colleague responded with the team on copy, noting Read More

Bereavement – what employers can do to assist grieving staff

Abigail Holmes

Bereavement is likely to affect almost everyone during their working life, and can have overwhelming and debilitating effects on an employee. It is surprising then that there is very little law regulating this area, although there are developments on the horizon in relation to parental bereavement. Even so, there are many things an employer can Read More

Employee disciplinary investigations and criminal/regulatory investigations

Robbie Sinclair

Multi-dimensional misconduct When an employee is involved in serious misconduct such as a sexual assault, theft or financial impropriety, it is important to have sight of the bigger picture. If the misconduct has criminal or regulatory implications, does the employer’s internal disciplinary process have to be parked or can it run in parallel with third Read More