Legislation Impacting Holiday Pay & Other Miscellaneous Provisions

The Government, last week, published draft legislation to implement changes to holiday rights under the Working Time Regulations (“WTR”).  The draft Employment Rights (Amendment, Revocation and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2023 (“Regulations”) still need to complete the final stage of the legislative process but significant changes are not envisaged. Providing there are no hiccups, the Regulations should […]

Home Working Update

Approximately, 4 years ago, back in 2019, the country was periodically put in ‘lockdown’ as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Employers reacted hastily, putting arrangements in place with employees being required to work from home, where this was possible. When the lockdown ended, some employees gradually returned to the workplace.  However, a lot of […]

HSE Ramp Up Inspections on Metal Working

The HSE has just announced that they are undertaking Metalworking inspections, starting in October 2023. From October through to March 2024, HSE will be inspecting manufacturing businesses that use metalworking fluids or coolants in machining processes. There HM Inspectors will focus on how employers are ensuring their workers are protected from exposure to metal working fluids or […]

Fire Door Safety Week

We’re recognising Fire Door Safety Week – 25th – 29th September 2023 – as an opportune time to highlight the critical role fire doors play in the preservation of life and building fire safety. Unfortunately, as Sentient Consultants visit and walk around premises undertaking Health and Safety Audits and Fire Risk Assessments, we are finding […]

The Evolving Virus & Its Impact

Since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic in 2019, the virus has continued to mutate and there is growing concern, amongst scientists, regarding the latest strain of the virus commonly known as ‘Eris’. Latest data from the UK Health Security Agency, shows around 11 people per 100k of the population tested positive for this […]

Civil Penalties Increasing for Employing Illegal Employees

All UK employers are required to prevent illegal working by conducting right to work checks to ensure that their employees have the right to work in the UK.  If an employer is found to have employed an illegal employee and has not conducted valid right to work checks, they could face a civil penalty as […]

HSE – Work-related Fatality Figures Published

The reason our team of Health & Safety Consultants repeat the importance of carrying out risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work, is to minimise the risk of a fatality or serious injury occurring within your workplace.  The Health & Safety Executive have published figures in relation to the number of work-related fatalities within […]

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023

As we told you in a previous Update [2022/31] The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Bill was introduced on 15th June 2022 by Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi as a Private Member’s Bill.  It has now passed through parliament and The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 currently awaits Royal Assent. The Bill does make a number […]

Case Study: Employee Data Theft

We detail how we assisted a business who had an ex-employee steal company data. We state the situation within the case study and how we helped manage the fallout from employee data theft.

Inside Sentient: Meet Fiona McQuillan

Fiona McQuillan, Sentient Director Fiona has been helping her team adapt to the acquisition and change in offices, as well as develop Sentient’s offering for the wider Romero Group. On the precipice of a huge rebrand, Fiona discusses the challenges that come with leadership and how she manages the expectations. WHAT ARE YOUR ROLES AND […]