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HR related questions in the workplace

HR related questions in the workplace

For the blog this week we thought it would be helpful to have look into HR related issues that have been newsworthy over the summer.

Is there a maximum workplace temperature beyond which employees cannot be expected to work?

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/3004) state that, during working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings should be reasonable. However, the Regulations do not provide a maximum workplace temperature.

The Health and Safety Executive previously defined an acceptable zone of thermal comfort for most people in the UK between 13°C (56°F) and 30°C (86°F), with lower temperatures appropriate for more strenuous work activities and the higher temperatures for the more sedate environment.. At the end of the day what is reasonable will depend on the particular nature of the workplace and the activities undertaken.

Do employers need to amend employees’ contracts to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

No, thankfully! However, they should issue an up to date privacy notice to employees, providing information on the processing of their personal data. The GDPR specifies the information that the employer must provide in the privacy notice. The information includes the purposes for which the employer will process the employee’s personal data, the legal bases for the processing, information about the retention period and information about the employee’s rights as a data subject.

The GDPR came into effect from 25 May 2018.

What is the minimum statutory provision for paid holiday?

Workers are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ paid annual holiday (ie 28 days for a worker who works five days a week). This can include bank holidays.

The method for calculating the amount to be paid is laid down by statute; for a worker whose pay and hours are the same every week, a week’s pay is the amount payable per week under their contract. An employee who begins employment part way through a leave year is entitled pro rata.

These are just a few of the popular points from the summer. If you have an Employment related query or would like to book an appointment please get in touch on 01256 320555 or email mail@clarkeandson.co.uk.

Paul Cowdery

Partner and Head of Employment Law

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