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Four gems of Employment law advice that might save your business pain

In October, Blanchards Bailey solicitor, Edward O’Brien was invited to the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) breakfast meeting to inform Chamber members about recent changes affecting employment law and HR. Below are the key points we have taken from his talk which outline changes that may well have an impact on your business in the future.

Travelling to work ‘is work’

The European Court of Justice ruled that employees paid at an hourly rate should be paid when travelling between their home and the first and last jobs of the day. If, as an employer you fail to do this, you could face an unlawful deduction of wages claim of up to two years.

Calculation of holiday pay

A recent Northern Ireland Court of Appeal ruling means employers are now advised to include overtime in holiday pay calculations under the Working Time Directive. As an employer, this decision means you must now consider how often you rely on ‘voluntary’ overtime in the running of your business.

Managing disciplinaries

If you need to take disciplinary action against an employee, it’s important to adhere to the protocol in your own policy or, if no policy is in place, the ACAS guidance. The investigating officers must take impartial roles in the process to ensure decisions taken cannot be deemed to be unfair or a breach of contract.

Social media

The use of social media in the work place is increasing, which means it’s important for business owners to promote and control their reputations. As an employer, we advise you develop a policy setting out exactly what is and is not acceptable behaviour in social media.

How we can help

Employment law is constantly evolving and our expert solicitors can provide you with up to date advice tailored to suit your business.

If your business has been affected by any of the above issues please contact Edward O'Brien on 01258 483601 to discuss how we can help resolve the situation.

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