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Under the new Global Business Mobility Route, employers can send or bring overseas workers to the United Kingdom through five different visas. These routes are the Senior or Specialist Worker Visa, Graduate Trainee Visa, Secondment Worker Visa, UK Expansion Worker Visa, and Service Supplier Visa. Employers seeking to sponsor overseas workers on one or more of these routes will need to apply for, and be granted, a sponsor licence from the Home Office. In this guide, we detail the requirement for employers sponsoring workers under the new Global Business Mobility Route to have and maintain a sponsor licence. What is…

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PILON Guide for employers Dismissing an employee or having an employee resign can cause complications, especially if it’s the result of a workplace dispute or disagreement. Sometimes it can be easier to end the employment before the employee’s notice period. This is where making a payment in lieu of notice, or PILON, can be useful. A PILON is where an employee is paid for the contractual notice period, but they do not need to work their notice. “In lieu” is French for “in place of,” so the whole phrase means payment in place of notice. This guide will provide you…

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Employee turnover is inevitable in any organisation. Whether an employee leaves your company voluntarily or involuntarily, with an offboarding process in place, you can ensure you are protecting your organisation’s interests. If an employee’s exit is not handled properly, you risk damage to your operations and your reputation. Being prepared for when an employee hands in their notice can help your organisation to manage the transition phase, mitigate risks and support positive relations with exiting workers. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about offboarding from an HR perspective. What is offboarding? Offboarding is the final stage of the…

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It is often in the best interest of employees and employers to resolve an issue through mediation, discussions or formal processes. However, where these practices fail, another option is available to end a working relationship — a settlement agreement mutually. When making a settlement agreement, the correct processes must be followed to ensure it is legally binding between the parties. In this guide, we will explore everything you need to know about settlement agreements from an HR perspective to make sure you know when to use them and some tips for what you should include in the agreement. What is…

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People have second jobs for many reasons. They may need to earn additional income, want to monetise on a hobby or perhaps they want to change career and are looking to learn new skills or gain experience in a particular work environment. If you have learned that an employee is working a second job, it’s natural you will have some questions regarding the legal implications of working two jobs. There may be a conflict of interest if the employee is working in the same sector or you may be concerned that the employee will be less productive when working with…

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Under current immigration rules, UK-based businesses will in most cases need a sponsor licence from the Home Office to recruit non-UK resident workers who don’t otherwise have permission to work in the UK. There are different types of sponsor licences available, depending on the type of sponsored workers you want to hire. In this guide, we look at the different types of sponsor licence and what these are for, together with the key requirements and costs for each, and the ongoing obligations as a sponsor. What are the different types of sponsor licence? If you want to hire someone who…

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Gross misconduct is behaviour or action which is so serious that it justifies an employer dismissing the perpetrator without notice or pay in lieu of notice. This is known as summary dismissal. For employers, it’s important to recognise the type of conduct that meets this threshold. If the misconduct is not sufficiently serious to be considered gross misconduct, it could provide the basis of a claim for unfair dismissal. In this guide, we look at common examples of sackable offences which generally constitute gross misconduct. Gross misconduct & sackable offences When an employee’s job is terminated without a notice period…

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Accident reporting is a fundamental aspect of monitoring safety in the workplace. A well-maintained record of accidents and incidents can help employers learn from errors, meet their legal obligations and ensure health and safety at work. The reporting of diseases, injuries and dangerous occurrences at work is taken seriously by the HSE. Failure to report an accident carries a fine of up to £20,000 in the Magistrates’ Court, or unlimited fines if taken to Crown Court. You also risk up to two years’ imprisonment. Even when you do your absolute best to provide a safe environment for your workers, sometimes…

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Employing young people can provide a number of advantages to a company, including the ability to satisfy staffing demands, build an employer brand, and construct a talent pipeline, as home-grown talent can be a cost-effective approach to replace any future skills gaps. In the UK, workers under the age of 18 enjoy special legal protections, such as ensuring that they do not work long or unsociable hours and that they are paid a minimum wage where appropriate. Employers employing younger workers must, however, guarantee that they are complying with the law and that their employees are receiving their legal entitlements.…

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It’s understandable that employers want to determine whether a job candidate is trustworthy and of good character before hiring them, and to be certain that workers maintain this standard during the course of their employment. Pre-employment checks play an important role in vetting candidates and reducing risk during recruitment. Even if criminal record checks are not a necessity for a particular position or industry, employers may prefer to make a job offer conditional on the candidate passing background checks before the employment contract is signed. They may also want to know about any convictions that occur after someone is hired,…

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