Category: Recent Blogs


Modern Slavery – October 2017 Update

Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK government estimates that there are tens of thousands people in slavery in the UK and only 1% of victims see their exploiter brought to justice.  In 2015, the UK government introduced the Modern Slavery Act. This legislation focused on the prevention and prosecution of modern slavery and enhancing protection and support for victims. On the 4th October 2017, the UK government updated its guidance to businesses on preventing modern slavery. This blog looks at the key updates and how this affects companies.

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New bereavement leave allowance for parents

The Government has published proposed laws to grant employed parents two weeks’ paid leave if they lose a child under the age of 18. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill will give a right to parental bereavement leave to all eligible employees. Employees with a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service will also be entitled to statutory bereavement pay.

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Should criminal records be sealed from employers?

A review issued last month from MP, David Lammy, suggested that criminal offenders should be able to hide their criminal records from potential employers. Lammy included this as a recommendation in an independent report on the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system.  In the UK, over 11 million people have a criminal record and only 26.5% of them enter employment after the are released. The review argues that many struggle to find employment due to employer’s wariness of hiring ex-offenders.

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How Robust are your Contracts of Employment?

This is the beginning of a series where we have created a simple checklist that any business can use to gauge how robust their HR is. No matter the size or complexity of your business, if you have employees you can use this checklist to self-audit your HR processes. Your responses will be kept entirely confidential.

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Gravitate HR Autumn Newsletter 2017

Read Gravitate HR’s Autumn Newsletter 2017. In this edition we look at:

  • Recent blogs
  • Employment Law Updates
  • HR Quiz
  • Team Updates

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How to get the most out of flexible working

Flexible working arrangements are becoming more favourable and popular in today’s workplaces. A grassroots survey reported that 49% of respondents cited flexible working as the most coveted future workplace benefit. A recent research paper from ACAS highlights that flexible working has benefits for employees and employers but also there are downfalls for both to be aware of.

This blog will review the general guidelines on what makes a ‘good’ flexible worker and what makes a ‘good’ flexible employer.

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My first week at Gravitate HR

I can’t believe that my first week at Gravitate HR is already over.

As is normal for anyone starting a new job, first day nerves set in the evening before starting my new position. The anticipation of joining a new team is a daunting but exciting prospect.  However, my nerves were quickly alleviated as I was relieved by how welcoming the team was.  The mention of ample tea and chocolate made me feel right at home.  Not only a new job but a new city to explore.  Moving to Edinburgh has been a stressful process at times, but I have already fallen in love with the city.

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The types of tribunal claims that are expected to soar in the post-fee era

Following the major decision of the Supreme Court last month to declare employment tribunal fees unlawful, People Management asked some employment lawyers the types of cases the courts are likely to hear more of in the future.

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The ‘Scrapping’ of Employment Tribunal Fees – an HR perspective

One of the big business stories last week was the ruling by the Supreme Court that the controversial fees for bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful, a ruling that was hailed as a “massive win for workers” by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.

In 2013, the Government introduced the fees with the goal of eliminating frivolous tribunal claims from an individual or group who knew that they would have very little chance of being successful. According to figures provided by the Ministry of Justice, the number of employment tribunal cases in 2012 generally averaged at slightly above 5,000 total cases per month. However, after the ruling in 2013, the total number of cases averaged between 1,500 and 2,000 per month, the highest number being 2,210 in March 2014 – well below the average number in 2012.

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How to Serve an Ace When It Comes to Managing Annual Leave

Summer time is a period of great sporting events, festivals, lovely weather (for those of you not living in Scotland!), and of course the long school holidays. Consequently, the Summer is typically seen by employees as an ideal time to take some time off work and recharge their batteries. However, the Summer period can sometimes mark the beginning of a challenging period for businesses as they potentially have to balance busy periods with managing Employee annual leave.

The current statutory amount of annual leave that a full-time employee who works a five-day week is 5.6 weeks (or 28 days), although some businesses may grant higher annual leave entitlements to their employees. Read more

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