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WORK AT HEIGHT

Leap in standards for ladders

The Ladder Association is promoting changes to ladder construction standards as “the most fundamental changes in a quarter of a century”. What are the new standards and are they really that significant?

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Keep your hands off my cheesecake!

A row has broken out at the BBC over a slice of cheesecake that was “stolen” from a staff fridge, with the victim calling the thief a “scumbag”. Whilst amusing, this type of incident often upsets employees. What can you do?

DATA PROTECTION

Must you hire a GDPR specialist?

In May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation. On the back of this important change, many “GDPR specialists” are touting their services. Must you hire one?

CONTRACTS

Contract change costs £22,000

An employee has been awarded £22,000 by the tribunal because his employer imposed a change to his working hours. Why was this such a costly error?

PAYROLL

How long do you have to issue a P45?

In October 2017 a prankster handed Theresa May a P45. Although she hasn’t changed jobs, this document must be given to an employee when they leave your employment. Does the law state by when you must issue it?

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

The best way to handle several minor issues

One of your employees is driving you to distraction. Whilst there’s no major problem that would justify you taking formal action, each week there’s a minor performance or misconduct issue. How should you handle it?

FLOW CHART - HOW TO DO A RISK ASSESSMENT

Risk assessment process flow chart

If your staff are asked to carry out general risk assessments, you can help them with our flow chart. It summarises the steps to be taken, with hints at how to complete each stage. What’s covered?

HARASSMENT

Large potted plant grows a racial harassment claim

An employee who complained that the positioning of a large potted plant amounted to segregation has won his claim of racial harassment. What happened and where did the employer go wrong?

HEALTH & SAFETY

What are the key risks to lone workers?

Those who are employed in lone working roles face a variety of risks. The most obvious one is the threat of violence, but what other key areas should you consider when undertaking a risk assessment for these types of worker?

DISCRIMINATION

Must you ban Christmas trees in your workplace?

Every year, several of your employees have great fun decorating a workplace Christmas tree. This year, a new member of staff has said that you should stop this tradition as it’s an unlawful practice. Are they right?