Policy Guides

Model policy: Right to make a request in relation to study or training

For a limited time only, members of Personnel Today Plus can use this XpertHR model policy to help shape their...

Law in practice: compromise agreements

11 Jan 2009

Compromise agreements – where an employee agrees not to make a claim against their employer in return for a financial...

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Policy clinic: immigration-related dismissals

11 Jan 2009

On 29 February 2008, harsher penalties came into force for employing workers who do not have immigration permission to work....

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Garden leave or gardening leave

Garden leave – employment law

24 Sep 2008

Garden leave or gardening leave is a period whereby an employee continues to receive their normal salary despite having been given notice of dismissal and being ordered to serve out a period of notice at home – or “in the garden”.

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Dress code

2 Sep 2008

Duncan Bain of Morgan Cole Solicitors, explains what needs to go in the dress code policy.

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Credit crunch: feeling the squeeze

14 Apr 2008

In the current economic climate, controversy continues to surround the payment of bonuses, particularly where the general consensus may be...

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Policy clinic: Apprenticeships

14 Mar 2008

Once upon a time apprenticeships involved seven years of learning from a master-craftsman under the auspices of a guild qualification....

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Policy clinic: dress codes

12 Dec 2007

With Christmas fast approaching, many employees’ thoughts will turn to spicing up their normal work attire with festive additions. But...

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Policy clinic: zero tolerance on alcohol and drugs

20 Nov 2007

With the festive season almost upon us, now is the time to update drugs and alcohol policices, says Nick ThomasWith...

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Policy clinic: Workplace stress

12 Sep 2007

Damages awards in stress claims are often high damages of £175,000 were awarded in the landmark case Walker v Northumberland...

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Mobile phone usage

16 May 2007

Sandra Wallace of DLA Piper offers advice on formulating a mobile phone policy

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Policy clinic: what to do when the ban on smoking in public places in England comes into force

13 Dec 2006

Employers in England will be forced to make workplaces smoke-free by 1 July 2007. Rachael Heenan and Jennifer Wotherspoon outline...

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4 Aug 2006

Louise Donaldson, professional support lawyer and member of Pinsent Mason's employment group, offers advice on creating a recruitment policy.

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Maternity and paternity leave

5 Jul 2006

Guy Guinan, employment partner, national law firm Halliwells, provides advice on drawing up a maternity and paternity leave policy.

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Time off to care for dependants

5 Jul 2006

Clare Young, a solicitor at DWF, provides guidance on drawing up a policy for time off for dependants.

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