Yearly Archives: 2013

Incentivise Staff in the New Year

Friday, 20 Dec 2013

If you are looking to incentivise staff but cash is tight then another way to provide benefits and to make employees feel a part of the business is to grant them share options.  The main advantage of doing this is that the employer can avoid making a pay rise but can still provide the employee... Read More

The Office Christmas Party

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013

What are your responsibilities as an employer? Despite an employer’s best endeavours, office Christmas parties do get out of control. Over time, there have been countless examples of employees getting into trouble: there was the – employee who, when chasing a secretary after drinking too much alcohol, fell over and broke his leg resulting in... Read More

Reduce the risk of trouble at your staff Christmas party

Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013

Christmas parties are a chance for an employer to thank their staff for the hard work that they have put in during the year but they also carry potential problems such as post party absences, alcohol related incidents and making promises. Here are a few pointers on how to reduce the risk of trouble at... Read More

Employee Christmas Bonuses

Monday, 16 Dec 2013

If you decide to make your staff a Christmas bonus, make sure that the payment is discretionary and that it does not become part of the staff’s contract. If a payment is genuinely of a one – off nature, an employer has little to worry about; however, if the payment is made year after year... Read More

Employers: how should you handle work place theft?

Thursday, 21 Nov 2013

According to a recent survey of employees, 1 in 4 admitted stealing from their employer, some of whom said they had stolen over £1000.00 worth of items. Top of the stolen items list were staplers, paper and pens. The level of theft is perhaps not much of a surprise given that most employers allow their... Read More

Awarding costs against the losing party

Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013

Employment Tribunal takes a stricter approach towards parties who incur unnecessary costs. Where a party has acted unreasonably in pursuing a claim in the Employment Tribunal and has caused their opponent to incur unnecessary costs, the Tribunals seem increasingly willing to make awards of costs against the losing party. Two recent cases have exemplified this. In one case,... Read More

Sickness Absence: are you discriminating?

Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013

Mrs Whitley had worked for the HMRC since 1978 – she suffered from a disability (severe asthma) which her employer knew about. In 2010, Mrs Whitley had 15 days absence due to ill health – this triggered a formal review of Mrs Whitley’s attendance record which resulted in her receiving a formal warning about her... Read More

How to successfully sell your Business

Thursday, 31 Oct 2013

Selling a business in the current climate is difficult but with careful planning and good advice you can maximise your position and achieve the best possible deal.    Valuing your Business Valuing the business for sale is a difficult process.  “You will no doubt probably have heard the old saying that a business is only... Read More

Preventing an ex-employee from accessing your IT system…

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013

A travel company hired an employee but terminated his employment after just 2 months. When the employee left, the travel company failed to block access to their IT systems which meant that their former employee was able to continue to use his password to book holidays for himself and his friends. By the time the... Read More

Still not enough Help to Buy?

Thursday, 17 Oct 2013

  For many of us, buying our own home is one of our key goals in life.  But with banks reluctant to lend to buyers who can only save a small deposit, the government is stepping in with the second phase of its ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. The idea of the scheme is that house... Read More