Charlotte Mepham: changes to flexible working

As employers will already be aware, employees with children can make a request for flexible working if they fulfil certain criteria. Examples of this are job sharing (where typically two employees share the work normally carried out by one employee) part-time working, staggered hours or flexi-time. In May 2010, the Coalition Government committed itself to…

Charlotte Mepham: Keeping you workforce engaged

If someone asks what are the main problems you have with your workforce, what would you say? Sickness absence? Lack of motivation? High turnover of staff? Or perhaps low productivity? All of these problems can cost a business money, management time and possibly increased legal fees in resolving workplace disputes. However according to HR Magazine’s…

Charlotte Mepham: Will proposals stop expensive and time-wasting Employment Tribunal Claims?

Defending a claim in the Employment Tribunal is an expensive business for an employer (£8,500 against an average settlement of £5,400: British Chambers of Commerce) but they seem to be increasing in popularity with disgruntled employees (latest figures show a 56% increase in 12 months: British Chambers of Commerce). However, proposals to change the Employment…