September 17, 2019

6 Crucial Fire Door Safety Checks

Fire Door Safety Week runs 23 – 29 September this year. It’s all about raising awareness on the importance of fire doors. So, we thought we’d give you some handy hints on how to make sure your fire doors are up-to-scratch. Why are fire doors important? Fire doors play a crucial role in restricting the…

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September 11, 2019

Seriously. What is an API?

‘How can I automatically move data from one system into another?’ you ask, filled with concern it’s an impossible task and you’re doomed to an eternity of entering it all manually. Your tech savvy colleague frowns at you and says ‘Err… We can just use an API.’ You nod vigorously and say ‘Of course, yeah,…

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Faster Payments: The Fastest Payroll Payments

Waiting up to three working days for a BACS payment to land? That is so last year. You should be using Faster Payments and making payments in three seconds. If you work in payroll, you’ll know that sometimes mistakes happen. It’s not right and it’s not pretty. But occasionally things get missed, balls are dropped,…

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August 27, 2019

How to avoid significant penalties as ICO issue first fines under GDPR

The Information Commissioner’s Office is finally flexing its GDPR muscles and recently gave notice of two substantial fines. The ICO are hitting the headlines having issued their first fines under GDPR. British Airways face a fine of £183 million and Marriott Hotels £99 million for significant breaches to customers’ sensitive personal data. The ICO normally…

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August 20, 2019

WhatsApp in the Workplace and Employee Relations

It’s the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you look at before going to sleep. From arranging your next girls’ night out, to sharing photos with your family. WhatsApp is our go-to platform for communicating with friends and family. It’s also useful for letting your colleagues know you’re running…

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August 14, 2019

Employee Subjected to Discrimination Following Pregnancy Announcement

The case of Walker v Arco Environmental Limited demonstrates what can happen if an employer reacts negatively to an employee’s pregnancy announcement. Summary of Walker v Arco Environmental The claimant Mrs Walker started working at Arco Environmental an asbestos removal company, on 3 November 2017. She resigned on 13 December 2017 because she believed she…

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August 12, 2019

Stop Doing Unnecessary Admin. Start Using Employee Self-Service.

By 2020 we’ll be holidaying on Mars and dishwashers will fill themselves. Hmmm. Perhaps we’re not quite there yet. But technology is pretty slick, right? We can make calls from our watches and track our taxis without speaking to anyone. But just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, along came Employee Self-Service… What…

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August 6, 2019

Eight Ways to Effective Performance Reviews

Does the thought of performance reviews fill you with dread? In many organisations’, managers spend hours frantically scrolling through emails in attempt to recall who has done what throughout the year while questioning the value of what often becomes a box ticking exercise enforced by HR. From an employee’s perspective, they often have no idea…

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August 1, 2019

Does Tattoo Bias Mean Employers Are Missing Out on Talented Young Workers?

You have all the relevant skills and experience the hiring manager is looking for. Having submitted your CV, you pass the telephone interview with flying colours and the business invites you for a face-to-face interview. You turn up for your interview fully prepped and in your best attire. But the second you arrive there’s a…

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July 16, 2019

Government to Toughen Up the Modern Slavery Regime

In the same week that the UK’s biggest slavery ring was smashed, the Government has announced a further consultation on toughening the impact of the Modern Slavery Act. The consultation is likely to lead to increased obligations for businesses. On 5th July, 8 people were given jail sentences totalling 56 years, for their part in…

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July 15, 2019

More Working at Height Fatalities: Are Employers Doing Enough?

Working at height led to the deaths of 40 people in the last year, compared to 35 the year before. According to recent HSE fatality statistics, it’s the number one cause of work-related deaths in the UK. It raises the question, are employers doing enough to protect workers? Time for more severe sentencing? This month…

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July 11, 2019

ICO Issues First Fines under GDPR to BA and Marriott

The ICO are hitting the headlines having issued their first fines under GDPR. Both British Airways and Marriott International were fined for breaching European data rules. BA and Marriott face fines totalling almost £300m under GDPR British Airways were fined £183m for a breach of their security systems. The breach occurred when their company website…

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