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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July 31, 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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June 20, 2019

Tesco Reclaims Redundancy Money

Tesco has admitted that hundreds of redundant workers were paid the wrong amount of redundancy pay. AND they wrote to those who were accidentally overpaid in an attempt to reclaim the money. The practical difficulties involved in reclaiming small amounts of money from former employees have recently been highlighted by Tesco. They offered that anyone…

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June 14, 2019

Holiday Season FAQ’s

Summer – the season of sun, sea and sand. Setting your out-of-office and jetting off on holiday for a week of rest and relaxation. However, from a HR perspective the summer months can be a very challenging time of year. Our advice line has seen a spike in enquiries relating to this very topic. Therefore,…

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June 11, 2019

7 Ways to Wellbeing at Work – and How to Achieve Them

Wellbeing is a red-hot topic. From Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s recent unveiling of a wellbeing budget for New Zealand, to Prince William sparking important conversations about mental health. But what about wellbeing at work? If you’re an HR professional and had a pound for every time you’ve been asked about employee wellbeing – you’d probably…

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May 20, 2019

Are you Prepared for the Spike in Unauthorised Absences this Summer?

Summer…everyone looks forward to it. Think holidays, festivals, weddings and barbeques. However, the summer season can also lead to a spike in unauthorised absences. When is an absence classified as unauthorised? Unauthorised absence is also known as going AWOL (absence without leave). It occurs when an employee fails to attend work and does not have…

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May 16, 2019

How is Statutory Redundancy Pay Calculated?

Is your business is considering making staff redundant? If so it’s important that you understand the costs involved. This blog provides a step-by-step guide to calculating redundancy pay. The Origins of Redundancy Pay The Redundancy Payments Act 1965 brought in the principle that, providing an employee qualified based on a length of service, he/she would…

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May 13, 2019

Does GDPR Affect Your Employment References Process?

Does a candidate in a recruitment exercise have a right to see employment references requested and received from their current or former employer? You’re part way through an extensive recruitment process. The hiring manager has decided to make an offer of employment to a candidate. The offer is of course subject to receipt of a…

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