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Smoking Breaks and the Law

Non Smoking Day 13 March 2024

Wednesday 13 March 2024 is National Non Smoking Day, so with this in mind, here’s our guidance on smoking breaks, equal break rights for non-smokers, and what UK law says about smoking breaks.

Creating a mobile phone policy for your workplace

Mobile phone being use by employee at desk

A mobile phone policy is a set of guidelines that many employers introduce to manage staff mobile phone use when working. Here are some things to consider when creating a mobile phone policy for your workplace.

A Guide to Employer’s Liability Insurance – ELCI for UK Businesses

A Guide to Employer's Liability Insurance

Employer’s Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI) is a legally mandated insurance that protects employers against claims from employees who suffer an injury or illness due to their work. Any employer with one or more employees generally needs to have this insurance. Read on to understand why ELCI is a non-negotiable legal requirement if you employ even […]

How To Handle Work Related Social Events 

How To Handle Work Related Social Events

Tasked with improving team spirit, arranging the Christmas party, or just wondering how to handle work related social events as an employer? Read on for our tips to navigate your next work social to ensure that the event is handled in a way that is fair and respectful of all employees, whilst maximising the potential […]

Contractors And IR35 – What Business Owners Need To Know


The IR35 tax legislation also referred to as off-payroll working rules, changed on 6 April 2021. Since then, all public authorities, medium and large-sized clients are responsible for deciding the employment status of workers (sometimes known as contractors) and collecting appropriate taxes if IR35 rules apply. This means that certain businesses that use contractors must […]

Menopause – Support In The Workplace


The Nuffield Health Group state that around 13 million women in the UK are either perimenopausal or post-menopausal and dealing with menopause symptoms that can last up to 15 years. As an employer, even if you don’t know much about menopause yourself, these figures alone show that a large proportion of your workforce could be […]

Data Protection 

Data protection

Employers are one of the biggest processors of personal and sensitive data. This means that data protection laws have a huge impact on how data is obtained, stored and managed during everyday HR employment practices including; recruitment and selection, employee record keeping, performance monitoring, employee health and sickness, and more.   The UK Data Protection […]

Failed Drugs Test At Work

Failed Drugs test at work

A failed drugs test at work can lead to disciplinary action, suspension or dismissal for employees but the exact outcome will depend on the protocols outlined in any alcohol and drugs policy that exists at their place of work. If an employee tests positive for drugs or alcohol and therefore fails a drug test at […]

How To Support Employees Going Through The Menopause

How to support employees going through the menopause

Menopause affects a significant proportion of the UK workforce, and its symptoms can lead to performance and attendance issues. We outline below the potential claims that may be brought if you fail to acknowledge an employee’s menopausal symptoms and some best practice advice on supporting employees experiencing menopause at work. Impact Of Menopause At Work […]