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DRIVING

Checking employees’ driving licences

If an employee is required to drive on any work-related business, you should carry out routine checks on their driving licence. What’s the correct process and how often should it be done?

HOLIDAYS

Is holiday lost if it’s not taken?

It’s coming towards the end of your holiday year and one employee hasn’t applied to take all of their statutory annual leave entitlement. Will they lose that holiday if they don’t act before the end of this period?

UNFAIR DISMISSAL

Unfairly dismissed for calling boss “a tw@t”

The tribunal has ruled that an employee who was sacked for calling his boss “a tw@t” was unfairly dismissed and awarded him £19,000. What did the employer do wrong in the dismissal procedure?

HARASSMENT

Why wasn’t being called a “fat ginger pikey” harassment?

In a 2018 case, the employee claimed harassment after he was called a “fat ginger pikey” by co-workers. However, he lost his appeal at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Why was this?

SICKNESS ABSENCE

UK is the “sickie capital” of Europe

The UK has been called the sickness capital of Europe because 27% of employees think that it’s OK to take a day off sick when they aren’t ill. How can you send a clear message that this is unacceptable?

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

Liability for undisclosed disabilities?

If an employee fails to disclose their disability to you, can they later claim that they’ve been directly discriminated against? What’s the latest from the Employment Appeal Tribunal?

MINIMUM WAGE

The 2019/20 NLW and NMW rates

The Chancellor has announced that the national living wage (NLW) will rise in April 2019. But what about the national minimum wage (NMW) and the so-called real Living Wage? Will they be changing too?

WEB SERVICES - ONLINE COMMUNITIES

Showcase Pages on LinkedIn - something for you?

Does your business involve multiple products, services, activities or departments? You can highlight them on separate “Showcase Pages” on your LinkedIn company page. How do you create them and are they useful?

CONSUMER - AUCTIONS

Gift hunting on eBay?

If you’re looking for gifts to buy, you might be tempted to shop on eBay. That’s a good idea, but buying on eBay is not the same as buying on, say, Amazon. The following tips will increase your chances of success.

SECURITY - PASSWORDS

Manage your passwords in iOS 12

The Keychain feature has long been part of iOS and macOS. However, the new iOS 12 comes with some extra features to manage your passwords. What are they?

WEB SERVICES - GRAPHICS

Free alternative to Photoshop

BUSINESS - PAPERLESS OFFICE

Going paperless - why, how, when?

The paperless office was first discussed in the late 1970s. The talk goes on and with new technology arriving every day, we’ve checked it out.