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Flexible working for part-time workers

Whilst flexible working used to have something of a stigma attached to it, nowadays it is recognised as an important way for the changing structures of family life to function to provide for the needs of the modern family. In the light of this, the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Les
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Contractual rights: Permanent Health Insurance

A private health insurance policy can be taken out by an employer to provide benefits in a situation where an employee is unable to work. This is a three-way relationship, where the insurer and the employer have a legal relationship via the insurance policy, and the employer and emplo
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Bonuses and contractual rights

Bonus schemes tend to fall into two types – discretionary and contractual – or the scheme may be a mix of both of these. The structure of the scheme will usually be set out in an employee’s contract of employment. Where the scheme combines both these types of bonuses, in general this
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Bonus disputes and discrimination

Bonuses usually fall into one of two camps – those that are based on individual performance and those that are paid to everyone in the company, regardless of any other factors.   The risk of bonus discrimination   A bonus that is based on the way an individual employee perfo
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Agency workers

Those who are working as agency workers for a temporary work agency are protected by the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (the ‘AWR’). A temporary work agency is one that provides employees to employers on a temporary hire basis (not on a permanent basis).   The definition of an ‘
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Collective redundancies

Where 20 or more employees are to be made redundant (i.e. dismissed for a reason not related to the individual concerned) within 90 days in the same place there must be a ‘collective consultation.’ Redundancy situations which will count towards this figures may include:   –
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Redundancy

A redundancy situation   A redundancy situation occurs where:   1. An employer’s business no longer operates in the area in which the employees to be made redundant work. 2. The business as a whole has ceased to exist. 3. There is no longer a need for the work carried out by
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Grievance procedures

The point of a grievance procedure is to try and enable a solution to be found when problems arise in the workplace between employer and employee, without there being an escalation to a more formal type of process, such as an Employment Tribunal. The kinds of issues that may arise cou
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Disciplinary hearings and procedures

It is important for an employer to have a well-developed disciplinary process so that employees have guidelines on how to behave in the workplace and so that there are clear steps that should be followed where employees do not behave properly.   ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplin
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Family leave

Paternity leave, parental leave and taking time off for dependants are family related rights that are perhaps not that well known in the UK, particularly when compared to those that are more commonly acknowledged, such as maternity leave. However, they do exist and both employers and
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