Bereavement Leave Policy

Bereavement leave (or compassionate leave) is a type of time off given to employees when a member of their immediate family dies. Having a bereavement policy available can help managers guide employees through the process. Managing bereavement can be a sensitive issue and employees should be given time to grieve and complete the funeral and […]

Can employers make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory?

Employers have a duty of care, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees, as well as those who physically interact with the business. There is currently no statutory provision which will enable them to legally enforce a mandatory vaccine. By trying to impose this rule employers […]

Contract of Employment

Further to the recent Supreme Court ruling against Uber, it is now more crucial than ever that employers apply the correct employment status to their employees. An ’employment status’ is an employees legal status at work. It can be determined by: • the type of employment contract they have • the way they get paid […]

Are you managing absence?

Employee absence is a significant cost for many organisations, yet research suggests that only a minority of businesses monitor that cost. An effective absence management process would provide clear and consistent guidance to avoid unauthorised absence or inappropriate use of sick pay schemes, identify potential issues at an early stage whilst seeking to support the […]

Happy 3rd Birthday

As we approach our 3rd birthday on Valentine’s Day (what a great day to start a business), it is with great appreciation and delight that we reflect upon all that we have achieved and experienced. We have engaged with some incredible clients and been privileged to work on some significant projects, cases and people opportunities. […]

Tackling racism and discrimination in the workplace

Bias and discrimination still remains a feature of today’s society. It is unfair, causes upset and stress, and is often unlawful, we live in a world where all employees have a right to be treated fairly and considerately and to feel safe at their place of work. Employers have a moral as well as a […]

HR Due Diligence

When an organisation experiences an acquisition or a merger, the HR element is often forgotten whereas in essence it is one of the most underrated assets of a company. Atoll HR have conducted a number of HR due diligence audits and have had accountability for identifying any HR risks and major cultural differences. This includes […]

Furlough Scheme Extended

The government announced in December a further extension of the furlough scheme: • The scheme will remain open until the 30th April 2021; and • The Government will maintain contributions at 80% (up to £2500 a month) for hours not worked. Until 30th April 2021 employers will only be required to pay NICS and pensions […]

Subject Access Request (SAR)

A subject access request (or SAR), is a written request to a company or organisation asking for access to the personal information it holds on an employee. In the UK, employees have a legal right to request this information. Although it must be in writing, a SAR can be sent to anyone in the organisation. […]

The Use of Social Media

Employers need to ensure they have an effective social media policy in place to manage how employees use the internet and social media, both in the workplace and in their own time, where use could have a detrimental impact on the business. The policy must also clearly set out the expected standards and the potential […]