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Fit Note Changes – Likely one of the shortest laws ever made!
20th December 2021 Fit Note Changes! Employees can now self-certify sickness for up to 28 days (traditionally 7 days). Employees now only need to attend a GP for a ‘fit note’ if they have been ill for more than 28 days and have taken sick leave. This includes non-working days, such as weekends… Read More
National Minimum Wage Increase April 2020
10th January 2020 National Minimum Wage increase April 2020 is set to rise more than 6% this year! This will undoubtedly put even more pressure on business owners. The new rates which have been described by the Government as “the biggest cash increase ever.” With effect from April 2020 the new rates will… Read More
Avoiding Christmas Party Legal Hangovers
2nd December 2019 Avoiding Christmas Party Legal Hangovers can be a nightmare and with the office Christmas Party season in full swing. So, how do employers survive the festive season without mishap and possible legal action? We have released a helpful list so that employees can have fun while reminding employers of their… Read More
New Drug Driving Limits
30th October 2019 Drug driving limits and roadside testing were introduced in Scotland on Monday 21 October 2019. What does this include: a zero-tolerance approach to eight drugs most associated with illegal use; and a list of other drugs associated with medical use which will have limits based on impairment and risk to… Read More
Avoid the Christmas Legal Hangover 2014
13th December 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
4th November 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
26th September 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
19th June 2014 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!
18th June 2014 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?
18th June 2014 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