Eye tests for display screen equipment users: top 10 HR questions in October 2014

Employers have a duty to arrange an eye test for employees who use display screen equipment as part of their normal work. Popular FAQs on XpertHR last month include two new questions examining the arrangements that employers have to make when an employee requests eye tests.

However, the most popular questions continue to be those dealing with the new right to shared parental leave and pay. FAQs on new tribunal rules relating to equal pay audits and the national minimum wage for apprentices also feature in the top 10.

  1. How will shared parental leave operate?
  2. Is the spouse or partner of a pregnant woman entitled to time off work to attend scans and other antenatal appointments?
  3. Do employees receive statutory pay while on shared parental leave?
  4. If an employer pays enhanced maternity pay, must it also enhance pay to employees on shared parental leave?
  5. What is an “appropriate” eye and eyesight test for the purposes of employers’ duties towards display screen equipment users?
  6. Does a vision screening test satisfy the requirements for an eye and eyesight test under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992?
  7. When will a tribunal order an employer to carry out an equal pay audit?
  8. What is the time period over which the employer must consult on a TUPE transfer?
  9. Are employers required to pay apprentices the national minimum wage?
  10. What should the employer and employee discuss at an individual redundancy consultation meeting?
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