Every golf club has them – the high-maintenance employees who take up 95% of your time to deal with, whilst all the other staff, who are doing their jobs, have to make do with the last 5%. It is possible to fire the b*ggers and this book will take you through the steps that you need to consider, to avoid a tribunal when dismissing.
The greenkeeping departments of private member golf clubs have not been hugely affected by the original flexible working legislation introduced in 2003.
The reason for that is that the demographic in those departments is predominantly male, with older children, having relatives who are not old enough to need carers, and also because males are much less likely to take on the carer role in the family.
In the past few months we have been asked by 6 separate clients (different industries and locations) to help them deal with sickness absence.
Before that, we hadn’t had to do any GP reports for almost a year. What is going on out there??!!
The situation could be long-term sickness absences (are they ever coming back?), newly-diagnosed illnesses (what reasonable adjustments do we need to make), or many intermittent days off (are they just taking the mickey?).
Another change since the beginning of October 2014
Where an employee is dismissed exclusively (or mainly) because they are a member of reserve forces, the normal two-year service requirement for bringing an unfair dismissal claim does not apply.
This means that the employee can pursue a claim immediately this happens, no matter how long they have been working for you.
Action: don’t dismiss for this reason!
My daughter Frances was out for the day and came back bouncing all over the place!
“How many golf clubs do you want Mummy?”
“All of them, sweetheart!”
“Great, because I saw one when we were out and I didn’t think they were one of your clients, so I wrote the name down for you.”
Fabulous! I seem to have a lead generation / sales person in training there!
National Minimum Wage increase
From the 1st October this year the following changes will be in place: