Welcome to the HCHR Employment Law & HR September 2018 Newsletter.

Welcome to the HCHR Employment Law & HR September 2018 Newsletter. In this issue we cover the announcement of a new EU settlement toolkit for employers in light of Brexit; a ruling by the Court of Appeal made earlier this summer regarding payments for people who sleep overnight at their workplace; tips for LGBT inclusion in the workplace; plus some updates on GDPR.

If you have any questions or queries regarding any of these articles, please call us today on 01792 234761.

New EU Settlement Toolkit for Employers

There is still much uncertainty surrounding the terms of the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU and in particular for EU citizens working in the UK. For some months now, the government has been urging employers to protect their EU citizens as there had been no clarity over residency rights before the final Brexit deal is signed.

So, it is with great relief that the Home Office has now launched a new toolkit to help employers and their EU staff understand and apply for UK settlement as Brexit approaches.

For full details click here.  

Is Sleeping Working

This summer, the Court of Appeal handed down their much-anticipated judgments on two cases: Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home). The cases dealt with whether employees who are in the workplace, but are sleeping, should be entitled to be paid in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Read our blog  here.

Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace

As controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, diversity is a topic that has continues to be a major talking point when it comes to equality in the workplace. Yet some companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation in terms of LGBT inclusions, communicating why diversity is important and finding ways to consistently and meaningfully include diversity as a priority in their overall talent management strategy.

Click here for further details.

Facebook Fined Under GDPR Rules 

It seemed for many businesses that, though the build up to the GDPR Regulations was very intense with hundreds of emails inviting us to update our settings or give consent, the event went out with a short puff of smoke.

Well, that’s not the case.  GDPR is well and truly with us.  In fact, the Business Advice website has today reported that “Following a controversial breach of user data, social media giant Facebook been hit with a £500,000 fine from the UK’s GDPR watchdog.”  Read more here.

GDPR Support for Small Business

If you run a small business, you should by now have reviewed your data protection in line with the new GDPR rules which came into effect on 28 May 2018.   However, it’s not enough just to have all the right processes and procedures in place. If your employees don’t understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to GDPR, you’re setting yourself up to fail.  The team at HCHR has come up with tips on GDPR guidance for employees to ensure your business is not at risk of breaching these new rules.

Full details available here.

Don’t Forget…

If you are looking for HR advice or information about workplace mediation, disciplinaries, employee handbooks, redundancies, recruitment, and much more, then don’t forget that HCHR offer a FREE ½ hour phone consultation to all interested parties.

Get spring off to a great start by making a quick phone call to HCHR to find out if you are on the right track.

Too small to have your own HR function? Does your HR function need strategic support at senior level? Do you need help to effectively manage business growth?

The HCHR outsourced service could be the solution for you.
We have a team of dedicated, qualified HR professionals who are able to offer HR support in all HR areas.

The benefits of an outsourced HR function include:
• Cost savings in terms of benefit costs
• Access to, and support from, a wide range of HR specialists
• Continuous, ongoing support

Contact Us
If we can be of help on any of the topics included in our newsletter or any other HR related matters, please call the team on 01792 234761.

DISCLAIMER – Every care is taken to ensure that the advice given in this newsletter is correct, HCHR cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of statements made, nor the results of any actions taken by individuals after reading such.