January 28, 2020

2019-nCoV Coronavirus: What Employers Need To Know   

The new outbreak of coronavirus has killed 106 people and more than 4,500 are infected. The virus has now spread across China and to at least 16 countries globally. Is there anything employers should be doing? Read on to find out. What do we know about coronavirus?  The family of viruses that include the common…

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January 27, 2020

New Parental Bereavement Leave: Jack’s Law

“Jack’s Law” is named after 23-month-old Jack Herd who died in 2010. His mum Lucy has since been fighting for new government rules to extend bereavement leave for parents who lose a child. To recognise that losing a child has such a devastating impact on the family, the Government introduced a new piece of legislation –…

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January 22, 2020

Winter Weather and Travel Disruption

Winter inevitably brings with it bad weather and travel disruption. Your employees might be affected by these conditions, making it more difficult for them to get to the workplace. Unusual or unforeseen circumstances during adverse weather conditions, such as severe snowfall, increase the likelihood of lateness and absence at work. So, we’ve put together your…

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January 20, 2020

Blue Monday and How to Banish the January Blues

Today is “Blue Monday” – the most depressing day of the year. Why? Because the festive season is well and truly over, the weather is grim, and your pre-Christmas pay cheque feels like a lifetime ago. Plus, you’re struggling to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, despite your best intentions. As a result, the post-Christmas period…

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January 17, 2020

Our Survey Findings: Employees and The January Blues

More than one third of people dread going back to work in January. That’s according to our latest survey of more than 600 people. And who can blame them? After an indulgent break over Christmas, it’s hard work getting back into the swing of things. Setting an early alarm, enduring rush hour traffic, and figuring…

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January 9, 2020

Leap Year: Are Workers Entitled to an Extra Day’s Pay?

2020 is a leap year which means there are 366 days in the year rather than the standard 365 days. The additional day falls on 29th February. There are lots of traditions and myths surrounding 29 February. For example, the US always have presidential elections in leap years. In addition, there’s the myth that it’s…

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December 18, 2019

How to Write a Health & Safety Risk Assessment for Winter Weather

While most of us agree that snow is picturesque, adverse weather conditions can have a catastrophic effect on businesses that do not have contingency plans in place. Consequently, at this time of year it’s important to ensure you’ve completed a risk assessment for winter weather to protect your employees, customers, and the public-at-large. What does…

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December 12, 2019

Should Employers Ban the Use of Mobile Phones at Work?

It’s December. Emily is engrossed in a WhatsApp group about a Christmas night out with the girls. Mark is frantically ordering Christmas presents for his nieces and nephews. And Ahmed is researching things to do in Prague in preparation for his new year getaway. We all know productivity plummets in December. But is the use…

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December 11, 2019

The Work Christmas Party: Dreading it? # MeToo

Ahh the work Christmas party! A time for colleagues to celebrate the end of the year and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting. Unfortunately, employers can’t just hire a venue, provide a turkey dinner and get a good DJ. There’s much more to consider to make sure everyone stays safe and has a…

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December 9, 2019

2020 Employment Law Changes You Need to be Aware of

How is employment law changing in 2020? Well, the way you calculate holiday pay is changing, plus you’ll have to issue written terms and conditions on day one of employment, and parental bereavement leave will be introduced. So, here’s a summary of these three 2020 employment law changes that will affect your business. 1. Changes…

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December 6, 2019

Think Safety when Decorating the Office for Christmas

What can you possibly do in an office around Christmas that puts life and limb at risk? The answer you’re searching for is hanging up decorations around the office. Many people don’t consider the risks attached to readying the workspace for festive fun. Trips/slips or falls, electrical incidents and manual handling/lifting are the top three…

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December 5, 2019

How do I Manage Annual Leave at Christmas?

Christmas may be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but for many employers it can be a time-consuming and administrative nightmare. Think seasonal trading spikes, an influx of annual leave requests and the challenge of coordinating the Christmas rota. Holiday entitlement and how effectively requests are managed directly impacts employee satisfaction. Getting the basics right…

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