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myHRdept Employment Law & HR Update April 2023

Welcome to April’s HR and employment law update from myHRdept.

To watch this briefing in video format please click the video icon at the top of this page. 

Don’t forget to follow us on Linkedin and Twitter: myHRdept’s LinkedIn page and Bill’s LinkedIn page and myHRdept on Twitter

CPD points for myHRdept training

myHRdept has been accredited by the CPD as an accredited training provider. To read more about the CPD click here.  Our acceptance into the CPD framework is testament to the quality of the training our team provide, and enables participants to earn valuable CPD points.  

Vicarious liability

Did you know that an employer can be held liable for the bad behaviour of one employee towards another, even if it didn’t know about it? It’s called ‘vicarious liability’ and you can read all about it in our blog and our Toni talks about another case on the video briefing. Just as importantly you can protect yourself, surprisingly easily, against vicarious liability claims. myHRdept can carry out educational training, refresher training and management training.

Our programme, Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace is CPD certified, can be run at ours or your premises, or remotely. To book contact our Head of L&D Amy: or email

Training Offer – April

On the subject of training, you can see our planned training events in 2023 by clicking here.  

myHRdept clients can use available support hours to redeem against training, we can also bespoke training events for you from a menu of 24 management training topics. It’s not just about management training, we also offer a suite of training interventions to maintain your due diligence defence – helping to contest claims of vicarious liability too.

Our April offer, valid between now and the 17th May, is for 25% our management masterclasses – these are in depth looks at managing performance, and the other masterclass looks at managing absence. These are great opportunities for your managers to learn more about these important topics and to discuss their cases with our knowledgeable HR team. Book by 17th May for 25% off.

Training can be purchased with available support hours, or paid for separately if you don’t have sufficient support hours available.

To book your training, or if you need a bespoke training solution, we can do that too – contact our Head of L&D Amy: or email


Just to remind you, we have 2 recruitment offerings for our clients:

  •         For management & administrative vacancies, Jas our in-house recruiter offers search and advertised recruitment for 15%, with absolutely nothing due until she has found your perfect candidate. For more about our recruitment services please see our recruitment pages by clicking here.
  •         For HR recruitment, our partner company Recruitment HR, does precisely that – specialising in HR & ER roles, and have successfully worked with several of our larger clients to appoint internal HR leads, supplemented by myHRdept. Rates vary from 15 – 25% depending on the role.  If you’re interested in HR recruitment, Jess Whelan would be a good person to talk to:

April changes including National Minimum Wage increases

Our Elena will tell you all about the latest changes in the video briefing, or you can see our earlier article by clicking here. Worth pointing out (because it’s often missed) is the increase in a ‘weeks pay’ for redundancy pay calculation purposes – until a couple of weeks ago the cap was £571 per week, it’s now £643… if you’re in the midst of redundancy calculations you might have to look again, or ask myHRdept to do that for you.

Tips for writing a modern appraisal process

Some employers binned them, some of those swiftly brought them back again, love them or hate them the appraisal is a part of most employer’s management toolkits. We ask what’s wrong with our appraisal, and give some tips on making them better.

When does a protected characteristic not offer protection against dismissal?

It’s not a ‘get out of jail free’ card – our article looks at the case of an employee who attempted to justify his frequent meltdowns at work by relying on his protected characteristics, and the analysis contains some valuable lessons for employers on how to make sure they don’t end up on the losing side of a discrimination claim.

We’ll circulate our next briefing in May, but please keep an eye on our LinkedIn and Twitter feeds in the meantime.

If you’re thinking of outsourcing your HR, payroll or employment law needs, why not contact myHRdept? Call us on 01628 820515, email us at to discuss your requirements, or contact us via our website and we’ll call you back.

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