How can you deal with a ‘whistleblower’ working in your employment?

How can you deal with a ‘whistleblower’ working in your employment? Is it right to dismiss them for disclosing information about other members of staff? Croner-i can help… Workers who make ‘Protected Disclosures’, otherwise known as ‘Whistleblowing’, are protected from dismissal and/or suffering a detriment by the employer because they made a disclosure. However, for…

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How do you deal with Discipline in the Workplace?

How do you discipline two members of staff, who are at different levels within the business, for the same alleged offence? Croner is here to help you… When employers are considering appropriate disciplinary sanctions to impose on their employees, they should always act reasonably and consider a number of issues. However, what happens when two…

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Are you responsible for your employees’ actions outside of work?

Employers can be legally liable for the acts of their employees – this is known as ‘vicarious liability’. For this to happen the employee’s conduct usually has to be part of their course of employment, but what happens if the conduct relates to a work social event?  Can and how should you discipline them? Background…

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Purchasing a nursery and TUPE regulations – How do they effect employee’s rights?

Where a transfer of a business takes place which retains its identity and the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (“TUPE”) apply, this can bring with it issues with complying with the TUPE Regulations, particularly if an employer does not want an employee to transfer over to them. Richard was buying another nursery…

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What are your responsibilities to visitors of your nursery?

When a visitor enters your nursery you have responsibilities to adhere to, below we discuss some of these: The Croner Health & Safety Advice Line recently received a call from a nursery regarding their responsibilities and duties towards visitors. Advice The Helpline advisor acknowledged that nurseries have to be welcoming places for legitimate visitors with…

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Nursery recruitment policy, Is your's legally compliant?

Is your nursery recruitment process legally compliant? Recruitment and selection is an inevitable and integral part of running any childcare establishment. Ensuring that your recruitment and selection process is legally compliant with regards to equal opportunities is always of paramount importance. What should you take into account if an applicant suffers from a condition which…

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Gross misconduct meeting and bringing a friend

What would you do if you were inviting an employee to a gross misconduct meeting and they asked for a friend to come along to help? That’s exactly the situation a nursery manager found themselves in recently. The facts Claire was a cleaner employed by the nursery to carry out her work after the nursery…

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The statutory right to time off for dependants

How do you balance the statutory right to time off for dependants, against the requirement to ensure that you have an appropriate amount of staffing within your setting? When has someone overused this right, what is the best way of dealing with this potentially difficult situation? In real life This situation was examined recently when…

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Disciplinary action for breach of a nursery company policy

Nurseries expect their staff to adhere to their policies and procedures and may want to instigate disciplinary action, including dismissal, against any employee who they believe has breached them. But what happens when a nursery manager wants to dismiss an employee for breaching a policy or procedure, but there is no evidence that the employee…

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Case Confidential – Accommodating Holiday Requests

Childcare assistants to child ratios are essential to adhere to within a nursery environment; therefore it is critical that nursery managers and owners make resource planning an essential part of their role. Balancing the need for staff to take their holiday and accommodating other unexpected absences can make this difficult to achieve as a nursery…

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