Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures, customs, or laws in the United Kingdom.

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Policy and procedure for suicide threats [on hold]

I know the companies I have worked for would support their staff during times of depression and bereavement, but is it common practice for companies to have specific policies and procedures for when ...
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How to find an employer that will support part-time study?

I am a Software Engineer with around 5 years of professional experience and a B.Sc. in Information Systems located in Berlin/Germany. In the U.K. (preferably Greater London), how do I find an ...
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How to get through a notice period in good health?

I found a new job with nice and talented colleagues. My salary got a huge increase. I can't wait to start the new job. However, my notice period is of several months and I completely lost any and all ...
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Information to share with recruiter?

I been looking for a job a 2 months now and been having a lot of calls from recruiter. But lately I been really keeping eye on what sort of questions I am being asked e.g What is your date of birth ...
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Is there a way to confirm if you've been blacklisted by the HR department of a company?

A few months ago I was pretty certain I was about to be made redundant and acted rather unprofessionally (i.e. desperate as hell) to a company which I interviewed with and whom promised to give me a ...
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Dealing with a negative reference from a old hostile employer

Long story short, I worked in a small start up company as a developer for 5 years, and by the end of it things went sour. The problem laid mainly with management and the way they were structuring ...
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Getting information from recruiters for job vacancy

I am a recent (mature) Computer Science graduate who is just entering the job market. In all the advice I have seen regarding CV's (resume for the US folks), it has said to tailor the application to ...
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Summer internship offer from company that's due to be acquired before the start of the internship

I recently received an offer for a (paid) summer internship at a large, publicly traded company. However, I've noticed that this company is set to be acquired by an even bigger publicly traded ...
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Is it appropriate to inform HR that a colleague has made past (disproved) accusations of harassment in the context of a new accusation?

TL;DR Is it ever appropriate to raise with HR that a colleague has made (subsequently disproved) accusations against colleagues in past workplaces? Background A manager at my company (let's call ...
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Am I a employee or freelance? [closed]

If you work anywhere full time, 5 days a week from 10am to 6pm and found on a website that you should be a fully contracted member of staff by law and that the boss should be paying tax and other ...
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Being honest about your dismissal [closed]

Its been months now, I been terminated from my previous job while I was on probation, it was a “Caseation of probation period,” due to many complicated reason e.g. I was not given priority over a ...
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Barred from former work premises. What can I do?

So I worked at my previous job (in a pub. Bar and kitchen) for 2yrs. No issues. Found another job with better hours, handed in my notice, worked it and then started with my current employer. About ...
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Tips for non-EU citizens seeking employment in the UK

I am a non-EU citizen, living and working in the UK. As time goes by, several opportunities have presented themselves to me to move ahead in my career. Whether it's a recruiter contacting me online, ...
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Could requirement of a tier 2 work permit be a major barrier for my employability?

I've been in a graduate programme for the last 2 years and I have been searching for a new job for the last 3 months and so far the search has been very demoralizing. I have sent over 50 applications ...
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Workplace implemented pension scheme early, why? [closed]

The company I work for has decided to implement the new UK pension scheme early, 18 months earlier than required, why would a company do this? I don't believe it is out of plain old fashioned ...
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Signed off from work for a month for medical reasons, been suggested I could work remotely

EDIT: To clear up confusion as to the point of this. Travelling into work is a big no as I have a high risk of infection. However, I do feel as though I could do limited amounts of work remotely ...
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Are UK accounting laws compatible with South African accounting laws?

My mother is in South Africa. She has British Passport and would like to return to the UK. At present, she is a bookkeeper in South Africa but as I understand it, different countries have different ...
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How to deal with a peer who gives unnecessary feedback?

I put my foot in my mouth at work and said something insensitive to a colleague of mine. Since then I have: Had a one-to-one with my colleague that I upset where I apologised and we patched things ...
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Best way to react to refusal to honour an unofficial agreement on sick pay?

Firstly, for reference, this is all in the UK, so UK law applies. Here, sickness is not payable unless stipulated by contract, but many employers will offer up to a set number of sick days on full ...
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Was I fairly fired? Should I appeal? [closed]

I've posted some previous threads about my job being in trouble, jokes from a new colleague, helping my colleague who is double my age and less experienced and being involved in recruitment. All of ...
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Determining how supportive potential employers would be of my disability

I suffer from a disability (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME). Basically I am constantly tired, and am actually more productive if I do fewer hours. Sometimes I ...
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Should I give a recruiter my National Insurance number?

I have a profile on LinkedIn, and quite often get contacted by recruiters enquiring whether I'd be interested in a position that they're currently recruiting for. The recruiters usually all ask the ...
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Is it unprofessional to read personal literature while traveling for business (outside normal business hours)?

I fly quite often for work. Some of these trips require up to 12 hours flight time. My salary is not on an hourly basis and I do not get overtime for the time spent travelling. I was recently flying ...
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Disciplinary due to response to stress [closed]

After many weeks of a stressful situation with extensive hours and demands, employee cracked and responded in a way they shouldn't (spoke harshly to boss in front of others in the office) in response ...
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Should I hire someone offering work for free?

I have a problem which seems the opposite of what a few posts around here are about. I have received a CV with cover letter that clearly states that the person is willing to work as a developer for ...
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Negative references- how to explain to future prospective employers?

I have been in my current role for roughly 15 months- the first 12 months or so went fairly well, but since then several issues have crept up which have caused me to start looking for other ...
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Urgent Help with UK employment Contract & Notice Period [closed]

I am really hoping that someone can help me. Here are the facts: I have been employed by Company 'A' for 6 weeks. I was offered the job at company A by being given an 'Written Statement of Employment ...
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If offered a full time job, am I able to leave my apprenticeship?

I've been at company X for almost a year and a half now doing an IT apprenticeship. I'm not a particular fan of how I am taught at my college and I have already achieved my level 2 in the first year ...
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Can HR penalize me for something I said in a bar during my free time? [closed]

The Scenario There is a large group of us at work who mingle socially. Generally every Friday we go to a bar after work, sometimes we meet up on weekends, go climbing etc. During this time we joke ...
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When is it appropriate to withdraw from a job offer and how to word it to the agency involved?

I am on unemployment, and in the UK, which means I cannot turn down an offer of employment without sufficient cause or my benefits will stop. I had a job offer made last week via a recruitment ...
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What are my rights if the job doesn't meet the job description?

If I leave one position at one company for well defined and disclosed reasons and take up another offered position in another company, is there anything I can do if the position didn't meet the ...
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Previous employer overpaid me

I'm somewhat familiar with estoppel but I'd really like your thoughts on the situation. Basically my previous employer wrote the wrong name on my leavers form, resulting in me being paid a full ...
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Hidden/ unseen disability- how to ensure support is provided?

As someone who ticks the 'hidden or unseen disability' option on job applications and other forms, how should I go about trying to ensure that I get the support that I need to assist me with my ...
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Is it a bad idea to have 2-3 months off after getting a degree? [duplicate]

I am currently at university, and I have been wondering how bad it looks to a potential employer if an applicant takes some time off after university before they start looking for work. When I say ...
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How can I politely decline my boss's invitations to social events after-hours or on the weekend

I'm currently working in a software company and I am enjoying it so far. Everyone is quite friendly and gets along well together. A lot of times since I have started here my boss has asked me to ...
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Leaving first career job before acquiring two years experience

After graduating from university in the UK, I have heard multiple careers advisors say that it is inadvisable to leave your first career role before you have gained at least two years experience. ...
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No call/no show'ed old job. Got a new job, what now?

In September of last year, I left my old job (no call/no show). I wasn't happy there at all. I now realize how extremely unprofessional that was and am starting to realize the repercussions of it. I ...
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What are the restrictions for an employee during sick leave in UK? [closed]

I am employed in UK and I am on sick leave, certified by a GP. What restrictions do I have during this period, in terms of things I can/cannot do? I am not talking about blatantly unprofessional ...
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Overtime or bonus - how to ask the team to choose

We currently pay overtime and an annual profit share bonus but we want our team to choose between payment of either OT or Bonus or commission (current commissioned employees don't get bonus or OT). I ...
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Boss is forcing me to go to a team social event when I would otherwise be on annual leave [duplicate]

Not really sure how to start with this so I'm just going to jump into the facts. I must give 5 days notice before I take any annual leave Annual leave is lost and payment is not given in lieu if you ...
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Promised contract but not receiving one [duplicate]

I was working for a company for over 6 months. I had passed my probation period and continued as a part-timer. Once you had passed your probation period you were entitled to apply as zero hour ...
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Company is letting me go because they are closing, but they are still operating? [closed]

My previous company stated that they are closing as they could not pay their creditors and as a result I was told I no longer work there. Since then, the company is still operating and providing ...
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What's the most appropriate way to introduce my boss to friends and family?

There is an upcoming social event organized by my employer where friends and family will be invited. The company is a fairly small company in the UK and I will inevitably need to introduce my family ...
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Saying thanks for luxury perk without sounding obsequious?

I’m currently in my first full-time job and have been here for a year at a big UK company. Me and a few others from my site recently had the opportunity to attend an event where we were given free ...
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How to handle an employer knowingly paying below market? [duplicate]

My current employer is known to have a below average pay scale. My current salary is 5% less than my last job, and there is a mantra about the company not having enough money. Lots of money is being ...
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Not able to work my notice period

I have been offered a new job which I am going / want to take because of circumstances. I currently work a part-time (15 hour) contract which says I need to give 2 weeks notice. However, I ...
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I'm doing an apprenticeship but I feel as if I'm being used as cheap labour

I'm working as an apprentice programmer for a very small company, as I am under 18 and in the UK, I am getting the minimum wage for an apprentice. The apprenticeship is full-time for 15 months. My ...
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Can my manager make me wait around till shop is more busy without pay? [closed]

Context: I work at a restaurant in the UK. I am new and haven't yet completed the online training Program's I have been asked to complete. It's pretty much a zero hour contract (I think it's 12 hours) ...
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No contract until the first day [duplicate]

I have just accepted an offer for a new position, and have recently been filling in all the paperwork required. I'm relocating to a new city over 2 hours away, so my current employer has been aware ...
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Is this non-compete clause enforcable (UK) [closed]

I've got a non-compete clause in my contract, however from what I've read, I would consider it to be 'over restrictive', and as such un-enforcable. The wording is thus: As a separate agreement ...