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Podcast: Absence rates and managing sickness absence
October 20, 2016 03:29 AM PDT
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In this week's podcast, we discuss sickness absence rates for 2015 and the associated costs, and the sickness absence trends that have emerged. We also look at the steps that employers can take to successfully manage sickness absence.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Noelle Murphy and Sarah Anderson.

Podcast: The apprenticeship levy
October 13, 2016 07:02 AM PDT
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Matthew Lewis, employment partner at Squire Patton Boggs, explains the key features of the apprenticeship levy, due to come into force in April 2017. We discuss what it is and how it will impact on levy-paying and non-levy paying employers. We also offer practical guidance on what employers can do to get the most out of the levy.

Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Matthew Lewis.

Disciplinary investigations and hearings, and dismissals
October 06, 2016 02:35 AM PDT
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In this week's feature-length podcast, Nicky Stibbs, freelance employment law writer, and Max Winthrop, employment partner at Short, Richardson & Forth LLP, answer key questions around disciplinary investigations and hearings, and dismissals, including: the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures; reliance on past warnings; the role of HR in the disciplinary process; the right to be accompanied; probationary employees; and automatic unfair dismissals. We also discuss more generally the risks that can arise when dismissing an employee with less than two years' service.

Podcast: October 2016 and beyond
September 28, 2016 08:49 AM PDT
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In this week's feature-length podcast, employment lawyer and part-time employment judge Laurie Anstis provides an update on the key legal developments affecting employers from October 2016 and beyond, including: changes to the national minimum wage rates; reforms to employment tribunals; public-sector exit payments; important case decisions to look out for; the Trade Union Act 2016; and the apprenticeship levy.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Laurie Anstis.

Podcast: Employment tribunals - the state of play
September 22, 2016 06:21 AM PDT
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The introduction of employment tribunal fees has had a major impact on employment tribunal claims. We discuss the latest figures for tribunal claims and look forward to the future of employment tribunals, including plans to make all first-instance tribunal decisions available online and the possibility that employment tribunals will be replaced by an Employment and Equalities Court within the civil court structure.
Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Stephen Simpson.

Employees who no longer have the right to work in the UK
September 15, 2016 02:46 AM PDT
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If an employee loses the right to work in the UK, the employer needs to take action or risk civil and criminal penalties. However, the employer must also consider its employment law obligations towards the individual.

In this week's podcast, we discuss how employers should deal with a situation in which an employee no longer has the right to work in the UK.

Presenter Laura Merrylees is joined by Clio Springer.

Podcast: Introduction to the gig economy
September 08, 2016 04:23 AM PDT
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The "gig economy" has received considerable media attention recently, with a number of public protests taking place by gig economy contractors and several high profile employment tribunal claims underway.

In this week's podcast, we consider the employment law issues raised in these cases. We also discuss how to address the risks faced by organisations that hire freelancers through web applications.

Presenter Bar Huberman is joined by Qian Mou.

Podcast: Family-friendly leave
September 01, 2016 06:42 AM PDT
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There are a number of different family-friendly rights and it can be difficult to keep on top of them. We discuss the various types of family-friendly leave, including: who is entitled to the leave; the amount of leave available; any requirements for the leave; and whether or not it is paid. We also touch on the Government's plans to extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents.

Presenter Ellie Gelder is joined by Sarah Anderson.

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.

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