Retail employment law issues discussed

Kidwells employment lawyer Rebecca Hardy has outlined employment issues such as long-term sickness and social media use at the latest GIMA business meeting.

Rebecca Hardy
Rebecca Hardy

She said travel time pay was only applicable for homeworkers on the way to the first meeting of the day.

Hardy, who is consulting for garden centre consultant Maryanne Stokes, said shared parental leave was a complex new area which employers needed to be aware of.

She added that Fit for Work occupational health is a referral system for employees who have had more than four weeks off.

On National Minimum Wage/Living Wage she said employers needed to know that holiday pay will be at the incoming rate for 25s+ from April 2016, which is set to rise to £9/hour by 2020.

She suggested welfare meetings for long-term sick employees.

Hardy said a social media in the workplace policy was important for employers, with a list of dos and don'ts. This should include guidance on what brings a company into disrepute, monitoring policy, amount of personal use allowed and privacy settings.

She said many employers now used Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter to vet applicants for recruitment.

Hardy added that obesity is now classed as a disability and cannot be discriminated against in the workplace.

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