Top 10 HR questions July 2018 – workplace temperatures and holiday pay

The continuing heatwave prompted questions about holiday pay and workplace temperatures

We can’t be expected to work in this heat! This may have become a familiar complaint for employers to deal with over the past few weeks, particularly those without the benefit of an air conditioned workplace.

Unsurprisingly, an FAQ about maximum workplace temperatures tops the chart of HR questions for July 2018, according to XpertHR. Questions about holiday entitlement and pay were also popular. And, less seasonally, a number of questions on disciplinary procedures also feature.

The top 10 HR questions in July 2018:

  1. Is there a maximum workplace temperature beyond which employees cannot be expected to work?
  2. What does dismissal for “some other substantial reason” mean?
  3. Does an employer have to pay holiday pay to its casual workers?
  4. Can a disciplinary sanction be increased as a result of an appeal hearing?
  5. Do employers need to amend employees’ contracts to comply with the GDPR?
  6. When making an employee redundant, must the employer always consider bumping?
  7. If an employee asks for a copy of his or her “personnel file” is the employer obliged to supply all the information held on the employee?
  8. Where an employer stipulates a probationary period for new employees must it wait until the end of this period before dismissing an unsatisfactory probationer?
  9. What is the minimum statutory provision for paid holiday?
  10. What should an employer do if an employee fails to attend a disciplinary hearing?

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