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Graduate recruitment and probationary periods
August 25, 2016 01:47 AM PDT
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This week's podcast focuses on recruitment. We look at the results of our recent survey on graduate recruitment, including the starting salaries organisations are paying graduates and trends in how organisations attract graduate candidates.

We also give an overview of probationary periods, including dismissal during or at the end of a probationary period.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Michael Carty and Susie Munro.

Podcast: Holidays - unauthorised absence, cover and contact
August 18, 2016 07:43 AM PDT
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Various issues can arise when employees take holiday. An employee may fail to return to work when due, or the employer may not have granted the leave in the first place. We discuss how employers can limit and deal with this type of unauthorised absence, as well as the steps that employers can take if employees fail to make arrangements for vital work to be covered in their absence. We also consider if it is reasonable for employers to contact employees while they are on holiday. Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Clio Springer.

Podcast: Substance misuse in the workplace
August 11, 2016 07:56 AM PDT
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Drug and alcohol misuse in the workplace can be a sensitive topic. We discuss how employers can support employees with substance misuse issues and respond to drug- or alcohol-related incidents in the workplace. We also provide guidance on drug and alcohol testing and discuss recent employment tribunal cases in this area.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Qian Mou.

Podcast: Impact of removal of default retirement age
August 04, 2016 06:49 AM PDT
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Five years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, we highlight four key retirement issues that have come before the tribunals and courts. Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Stephen Simpson.

Podcast: Works councils and employee participation
July 28, 2016 08:33 AM PDT
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Worker representation is in the news after the Prime Minister promised to put workers on the boards of large companies as part of her plan to reform boardroom governance. We discuss the structures currently available for worker representation in the workplace, the role of works councils, the relevant law and the practical implications for employers.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Fiona Cuming.

The Trade Union Act 2016
July 19, 2016 01:48 AM PDT
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Consultant editor Darren Newman joins us to discuss the implications of the Trade Union Act 2016 for both public- and private-sector employers.

Darren explores the likely impact of the Act, including the following key features:

new rules on ballot thresholds and ballot mandates;
electronic balloting;
notice periods for industrial action;
picketing; and
changes to the check-off procedure and facility time in the public sector.

Holiday pay update
July 14, 2016 06:22 AM PDT
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The Court of Appeal heard Lock and another v British Gas Trading Ltd, on commission in holiday pay, on 11 July. We round up where we are with holiday pay case law and flag up the key arguments that were discussed before the Court of Appeal in the Lock case.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Stephen Simpson, and also Qian Mou and Fiona Cuming who attended the Lock hearing.

Employment law update
July 07, 2016 08:16 AM PDT
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We provide a mid-year round-up of the key legal developments for employers, including the Trade Union Act, gender pay gap reporting, public-sector exit payments, the apprenticeship levy and the latest position on holiday pay cases.
Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Laura Merrylees and Sheila Attwood.

The Fit for Work service
June 30, 2016 01:37 AM PDT
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Eversheds partner Naeema Choudry joins us to discuss how the Fit for Work service can benefit employers, even if they already have their own occupational health provision.

The Fit for Work service can provide free assessments for employees on sickness absence and can recommend steps to help them to return to work. We look at the referral and assessment process and the role of the return-to-work plan as part of an employer's absence management procedure.

Presenter Susie Munro is joined by Naeema Choudry.

Cases against NHS employers
June 22, 2016 08:08 AM PDT
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We discuss a number of recent cases that concern NHS employers but that could also apply more widely. We look at the implications of the cases and steps that employers can take to help avoid the type of situations that arose.

Presenter Clio Springer is joined by Susan Dennehy.

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