Ask the Expert – Can hotdesking be discriminatory?

Many businesses are coping with a reduced return to the office by decreasing office sizes and introducing hotdesking policies. This can decrease costs to the business. In theory, the office will be less cluttered and staff will engage and communicate…

Ask the Expert – How to approach protected conversations

A protected conversation is a term that describes settlement negotiations designed to bring an employee’s contract to an end. A protected conversation doesn’t need to be one actual conversation and can last over a number of days or even longer.…

Ask the Expert – Training fees agreement

Question We have recently undertaken our annual appraisal process and a number of employees have asked to be sent on courses as part of their ongoing learning and development. We are keen to support this but we have a concern…

Ask the Expert – Time off for dependants

Question We have an employee who has worked for us for just over a year. Over the course of the year the employee has had a high number of intermittent absences because of her son being unwell. We wish to…

Ask the Expert – Absence history and recruitment

Question We are currently recruiting for a post in our admin team and have invited candidates to interview. Our normal practice is to request references in advance of interviews, and as part of our reference request we ask for their…

Ask the Expert – Sending employees home sick

Question We operate in a safety-critical manufacturing environment. Our employees are required to operate heavy machinery, and if they are unable to do so there is significant risk to the production process. An employee of ours was recently in an…