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HR Heartbeat: Workplace romance heats up headlines, new term-time-only working options for parents, and…

The latest HR Heartbeat is here! This week, Amazon introduces term-time working to help parents. Plus, find out how to handle workplace romance and much more.

First published on Wednesday, Jun 07, 2023

Last updated on Wednesday, Jun 07, 2023

3 min read

Have you heard the latest news?

Welcome to HR Heartbeat, where we give you a rundown of the week's top employment law stories. Stay on the pulse of current trends impacting your business, plus get up-to-the-minute commentaries on all things HR and legal.

So, let’s check out this week’s headlines…

*School's out! Amazon introduce term-time-only working options for parents *

Amazon warehouse employees will be allowed to work only during term-time, so they can balance their childcare responsibilities with their work-life easier.

Term-time-only contracts were the focus of the Harpur Trust Supreme Court judgement in 2022 when it was decided that those permanently engaged on part-year contracts should get the same amount of paid annual leave as someone who works all year round.

We’re currently waiting for a response from the Government’s consultation on overturning the effect of the judgment. But in the meantime, why not sign up to our latest webinar for the latest advice on annual leave management? And get jargon-free advice for managing your staff this summer, even if they’ve got a complex employee contract!

Workplace romance heats up headlines

Romance in the workplace is not a new phenomenon, but with recent controversy hitting the headlines, the topic is a big talking point lately…

It’s important to remember that the circumstances of all workplace relationships can differ, but every case must be handled with care.

If handled without expert HR advice, new relationships at work can quickly become complicated and potentially inappropriate. If you want to dodge harassment claims from employees, avoid losing your staff, and protect your work culture — setting boundaries and ground rules for workplace relationships is advisable!

A good place to start is to create a policy which requires disclosure of relationships so that any potential conflict of interest can be addressed. But before you do, it’s wise to get the right advice. Read our in-depth guide and learn to handle the heat of office romance with care.

NEW guidance on how to support staff through Menopause and Menstruation in your workplace

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published guidance for employers about supporting employees experiencing menopause and menstruation.

In terms of practical advice, it covers a list of adjustments employers can make. The advice can be used to assist organisations to overcome misconceptions about these topics in the workplace.

Examples of advice include how to help affected employees regulate their body temperature. Having support in place isn’t a legal requirement. But employers who comply with the standard will be seen to be taking this aspect of employee wellbeing seriously and could see positive improvements to their team member’s health and productivity.

For more information on the adjustments employers can make ask BrightHR Lightning about your role in supporting staff suffering from menstrual pain.

Don’t have a policy in place to support staff experiencing Menopause? Download your FREE, expertly written, Menopause policy.

And that’s a wrap. Tune in next week for more headlines and make sure you stay ahead of major employment law changes!

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