Entries by VWV Administrator

What Are Employers’ Understanding of the Gender Pay Gap?

Regulations requiring certain employers to report on their gender pay gap (GPG) came into force in 2017. The regulations affect around 10,000 employers across the UK and the Government Equalities Office has carried out a survey and published a report following the first year of reporting. Survey Findings The Government Equalities Office carried out a […]

When Does an Employer Have Knowledge of an Employee’s Disability?

The recent case of Lamb v The Garrard Academy highlights how complicated the question of employer knowledge around disability can be.   The Legal Background Employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for employees who are disabled. Under the Equality Act 2010, an employee is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial […]

Government Proposes Biggest Reform of Employment Law in 20 Years

In July 2017, Matthew Taylor published his Good Work report into the implications of new forms of work on worker rights and responsibilities and employer freedoms and obligations. The government has now published a Good Work Plan proposing a number of changes to employment law, and draft legislation for some of the changes has already been released. […]

Voluntary Reporting on Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing

In October 2017, “Thriving at work: the Stephenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers” was published. Following this, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care have published a framework to support employers to voluntarily report disability, mental health and wellbeing in their workforce. The framework is entirely voluntary […]

Can Staff Take Their Leave When Payment in Lieu Is Payable?

Three recent cases highlight why you should encourage your employees to use their holiday entitlement. The purpose of Article 7 of the Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC) (the WTD) is to ensure that EU Member States implement domestic legislation that grants workers entitlement to paid annual leave of at least four weeks per year. Article 7 also states […]

Workplace Investigations – Weighing up the Evidence

Is it Unfair for an Employer to Withhold Evidence From a Disciplinary Panel? On the facts in the recent case of Hargreaves v Manchester Grammar, it wasn’t, but this decision should be followed with caution. Hargreaves v Manchester Grammar Mr Hargreaves had been employed by Manchester Grammar (School) as a teacher since 1 September 2005. […]

GP Recruitment and Retention – Top Tips For Getting It Right For Your Healthcare Practice

Many healthcare practices are facing challenges around recruitment and retention. In particular, we are seeing an increase in the number of experienced GPs retiring early leading to an increase in recruiting less experienced salaried GPs. Getting the recruitment process right is crucial and will undoubtedly be an important part of any Practice Manager’s role. However, how best […]

Investigation Case Study

The consultants at Narrow Quay HR are regularly instructed to carry out investigations for clients. Clients may want to engage external HR consultants because the issue is particularly sensitive, because they don’t have sufficient HR capacity in the business or because they recognise that investigations can be time consuming and may therefore pull key staff […]

One Year In

This week we are celebrating Narrow Quay HR’s one year anniversary – thank you to all of our clients and contacts, it’s been great working with you. It’s been a busy first year at Narrow Quay HR, and we’ve enjoyed working with a range of clients including schools, GP surgeries, businesses and charities. We have […]