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Avoiding Christmas Party Legal Hangovers

Avoiding Christmas Party Legal Hangovers can be a nightmare and with the office Christmas Party season in full swing, how do employers survive the festive season without mishap and possible legal action? We have released a helpful list so that your employees can have fun while reminding you, the employer,… Read More

Avoid the Christmas Legal Hangover 2014

The office Christmas Party season is in full swing. It’s a fun time but the festive celebrations can become a legal minefield for employers if things get out of hand. That’s why employers need to make sure that they have appropriate policies in place to deal with the potential fall-out… Read More

UK Living Wage Update 2014

The UK “living wage” – an hourly rate based on the amount needed to cover the basic costs of living – has been raised by 20p to £7.85 per hour.  The London rate will increase to £9.15 per hour. The voluntary wage – set by the Living Wage Foundation – is now… Read More

New Ante-Natal Rights 1 October 2014

New Ante-Natal Rights just around the corner!   As from 1 October 2014, fathers/partners may take unpaid time off to accompany a pregant woman on up to two ante-natal appointments. Employees will be eligible to take advantage of the new right straight away without accruing a minimum period of service.… Read More

What to do when an employee who goes off sick at the outset of a disciplinary investigation or during the disciplinary process

If your employee goes off sick at the outset of a disciplinary investigation or during the disciplinary process, you should complete as much of the process as you can in the employee’s absence, for example conducting investigatory interviews with witnesses and collecting all relevant documentation. If the absence is likely… Read More

HR Support for you, when you need it!

Our professionally qualified staff have the skills and hands on approach to help you avoid costly mistakes in your business when recruiting or promoting staff.   Working with you – for you, our mission is to thoroughly understand your business requiremnets and to bring problem solving techniques to enable your organisation grow and… Read More

Need help producing a staff handbook?

Fairways can produce a staff (employee) handbook or manual for your business operation. Our detailed handbooks are individually designed and bespoke to your organisation and contain a range of the key policies that should be in place in all organisations. We also include anything you consider to be pertinent to… Read More

New Rights for fathers to attend Ante Natal Appointments from 1 October 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 enables expectant fathers, and partners of pregnant women, to take time off work to attend two antenatal appointments with the expectant mother. In March 2014 a government press release announced that this right would come into force on 1 October 2014. Should you require… Read More

Dealing with Severe Weather Conditions

It’s coming to the time of year when arctic conditions play havoc with our roads, transport and importantly our employees attempts to attend work. If you don’t already have a policy in place, you should consider having one put in place as soon as you can as this could help… Read More

Minimum Wage to Increase to £6.31 News Release

The Government has announced that the National Minimum Wage will rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October 2013. Business Secretary Vince Cable has said “Nobody in the country should be paid less than the minimum wage”.  He added, “Apprenticeships… Read More