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THE PRESS COVERAGE AUGUST 2016

ELAS PRESS COVERAGE August 2016

BREXIT: THE EMPLOYMENT AREAS THAT WILL & WON’T CHANGE

With uncertainty and insecurity forming a hurricane that’s shaking businesses, everyone wants to know which areas will need the most attention. Enrique Garcia, a consultant at employment law firm ELAS, discusses which areas will and won’t change.

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BREXIT: THE EMPLOYMENT AREAS THAT WILL AND WON’T CHANGE

With uncertainty and insecurity forming a hurricane that’s shaking businesses, everyone wants to know which areas will need the most attention. Enrique Garcia, a consultant at employment law firm ELAS, discusses which areas will and won’t change.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH THREATENING JOB APPLICATIONS

Fairness in the workplace is a vital part of a successful business and UK legislation is clear: all employees and applicants should be considered equally and given the same opportunity. However in these days of increased litigation, how can employers protect themselves while ensuring they offer equal opportunities to all job applicants?

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WHEN POKEMON GO BECOMES POKEMON ‘NO! ’

A recent Vox poll found that more than 40% of the adults who downloaded the Pokemon app are older than 25 and about 1 in 3 users are women. With this in mind, what can employers do to ensure their employees remain focused at work and are not distracted by this latest craze – when does Pokemon Go become Pokemon No?

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WHEN POKEMON GO BECOMES POKEMON NO

In July Boeing banned Pokemon Go from all company-owned devices and sent an email to staff after one employee came close to hurting themselves while playing. The Royal Stoke University Hospital had to ban players from their A&E department after players found it was a key hub for creatures in the game.

A recent Vox poll found that more than 40 percent of the adults who downloaded the Pokemon app are older than 25 and about 1 in 3 users are women.

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HOW TO AVOID BEING NAMED AND SHAMED

Today the Government has named and shamed 198 employers by publishing a list of those who failed to pay their employees the National Minimum Wage. Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 688 employers have been named and shamed as paying less than National Minimum Wage. We asked employment law consultant Emma O’Leary to take a look.

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WOULD PAUL POGBA HAVE STAYED AT MAN UTD IF HE HAD HAD BETTER JOB SATISFACTION?

When it comes to employee engagement, few can argue that when employees feel valued in their role they are unlikely to seek other opportunities. Danny Clarke, Group Operations Director for the ELAS Group, says this is the single most important thing when it comes to retaining the most talented employees. He says: “Whilst many organisations see money and reward as key motivators, evidence

suggests that what really motivates people is making a difference. Where employees understand the key role that they play in an organisations’ success it gives them a purpose to what they do.

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CAN I STOP STAFF FROM POKEMON HUNTING DURING WORK?

As around 40 per cent of adults who download the Pokemon app are older than 25 , it has the potential to cross over into valuable work time. So what can employers do to ensure their staff remain focused at work and are not distracted by this latest craze?

Emma O’Leary, consultant at ELAS , specialising in employment law said: “The latest Pokemon Go obsession is a sign of the times and has gripped everyone from school children to grandparents, so employers can’t ignore it.

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WORKERS ARE SPENDING THEIR TIME PLAYING POKÉMON GO AND THEIR BOSSES ARE REALLY QUITE WORRIED

Gotta catch ‘em all probably shouldn’t refer to bosses and employees. Pokémon Go, the virtual reality game where you hunt monsters using your phone, has reportedly meant some staff spending their time searching for Squirtles rather than scrutinising spreadsheets.

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WELLBEING – AN ETHICAL OR COMMERCIAL CONCERN? HSE LEADERS CONNECT

Following the success of the inaugural event in April, HSE Leaders Connect has continued to grow as a nationwide community of the most successful and recognised professionals within the health and safety industry.

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MINIMUM WAGE OFFENDERS ON ‘NAME AND SHAME’ LIST

Nearly 200 employers that failed to pay their workers the national minimum wage (NMW) have been publicly named in the largest list of its kind to be published. Announcing the ‘name and shame’ register, business minister Margot James said the government would continue to crack down on those who ignored the law.

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THE GIG ECONOMY

Daily we are seeing new businesses strategies and models emerging around the globe; some of these are now contributing to what we are calling a GIG economy. This is the overall businesses environment in which organizations and companies outsource labour, via direct or third party contracting for shortterm independent employment.

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NEED TO KNOW: WHEN JURY SERVICE CALLS

Alison, a senior member of staff, is summoned for jury service.“No problem,” you might say, if other staff can pick up her duties. But the consequences can be severe if you own a small agency with a few employees. Alison is legally required to report for jury service, otherwise she can be fined up to £1,000.

Should you refuse to let Alison serve, you cannot take disciplinary action against her for disobeying you, otherwise she can take you to tribunal.

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HELPING EMPLOYEES RETURN TO WORK AFTER DEPRESSION

A team member’s depression is a sensitive thing for a line manager to handle, and their return to work after having time off battling with the disease equally so. It may sound obvious to say the workplace can be an anxiety-inducing place, but the statistics do startle. Government figures reveal the total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 was 440,000 cases, with an average of 23 days

at work lost per case. Depression isn’t always caused by work, but common complaints that can increase its likelihood include a greater workload, tight deadlines and a lack of support – whether that

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