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January 1, 2019

Festive Feast Part 3 “The Pudding”

Welcome to the sweet and sticky things. Christmas pudding is still a firm tradition in the UK though the desire for variations on the theme seem to get more extravagant every Christmas, according to the marketing from supermarkets. Traditionally the Queen gives a Christmas pudding to each member of her staff (around 1,500). In the […]

December 28, 2018

Festive Feast Part 2 “The Turkey”

The main course; traditionally meat though not everyone’s cup of tea. Festrive Christmas lunches and dinners for staff are a common way of socialising and thanking employees for a year of hard work. But as most know it can lead to problems. Managing expectations on the food front is only one issue but deciding on […]

December 21, 2018

Festive Feast Part 1 “Drinks and Nibbles”

Christmas unburnt offering. Food, something most of us associate with Christmas and perhaps don’t associate with Employment law. However it is surprising how much this essential topic turns up in issues relating to employment. In this short, four-course seasonal look at employment law we will have drinks and nibbles, main course, dessert, tea, coffee, drinks […]

May 11, 2018

Employment Update Spring 2018

Editorial After immersing myself in employment and GDPR issues over the winter it’s great to have lighter evenings and to look at the long view. In our winter edition I promised you some further thoughts on GDPR. It’s a complicated subject and so I am posting a number of specific articles on our web site […]

March 1, 2018

Whether to whether the weather? Snow Fog and Flood

Snow stops play or should that be work. Many employers wonder what to do if staff don’t turn up for work when there are floods or snow. Many employees wonder whether to turn over and go back to sleep if the temperatures drop and blizzards approach. There is no one answer but most employers  and […]

January 6, 2018

“The Crown” Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 4

The Paper Crown   Wise or mischievous? The tradition of a paper crown in the Christmas cracker only started around the beginning of the 20th century. However it has two, much older, possible origins. In one idea the crown belongs to the wise men who visited Christ at epiphany, the 6th of January. This idea […]

December 31, 2017

“The Gifts” Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 3

Gifts A present is always included in the modern cracker. When invented in 1847 contents originally included a sweet but these fairly quickly changed to gifts. What were your childhood favourites? The fortune telling fish, pack of tiny cards, or fake moustache? The original Tom Smith company scoured the world for small and interesting gifts, […]

December 22, 2017

Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 2 “The Joke”

Motto or joke? The original love note in a cracker became by the 1930s a motto or cheesy joke. Mottos at work can be useful or tacky. For big brands their catch phrase, slogan or “motto” can be a powerful asset. But when it goes wrong look out. We have all heard of the embarrassing […]

December 13, 2017

Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 1 “The Snap”

  This year we have a cracker of a theme to lighthearted our end of year look at employment issues. Invented by Tom Smith in 1847 the Christmas cracker is big business. A British speciality this simple object of paper and card still finds its way onto the Christmas dinner tables across the UK. It […]