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They also comment on wider issues in the community, as well as bringing you up to date on the most important things that the people at Workplace Law are getting up to.

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Major changes to Employment Tribunals


17 Apr 2014 3:28PM

As is common, April brings changes in Employment law which every employer needs to be aware of. In particular, there are key changes to the Employment Tribunal procedure, which have the potential to fundamentally alter the way employers deal with claims. Perhaps most importantly, in claims issued on or after 6 April, Tribunals will have the power to order financial penalties against employers where they consider there are “one or more aggravating features” in their breach of the worker’s rights. This is effectively a fine, on top of compensation paid to an employee, and can even be i...

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New campaign calls on employers and workers to tackle work-related stress together


15 Apr 2014 1:43PM

Lee Calver Last week, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched a two year Europe-wide campaign: ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’. Stating that the prevalence of work-related stress in Europe is ‘startling’, EU-OSHA revealed that its latest pan-European opinion poll found that 51% of workers find work-related stress to be common in their workplace, while four in ten workers think that stress is not handled well in their organisation. The Healthy Workplaces Campaign states that together employers and workers can successfully manage and prevent work-related stress...

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Five common mistakes HR managers make when keeping employee data secure


15 Apr 2014 9:31AM

Mike Williams Storing and accessing employee data is essential to the smooth running of a HR department; however sensitive information is sometimes treated recklessly. The line between keeping this data safe and it landing in the wrong hands is something that has to be considered when you are storing data. Here are some of the most common mistakes when keeping this information secure and how to fix them. The curse of the USB stick Staff copying sensitive and confidential information on to portable drives is illegal, and so losing a USB stick or leaving such information on public transport or in a publ...

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