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Blue Monday – fact or fiction? [plus 10 tips PDF]

Jan 16, 2017
Stuart Clough

Whatever the truth behind Blue Monday it’s inevitable that the dark nights, poor weather and post-Xmas lull can leave employees feeling blue. Our recent survey conducted in Jan 2017 found two-thirds of employees are currently...

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HR

Managing mental health-related absences

Jan 03, 2017
Nicholas Stott

Like turkey and the Queen’s Speech, tradition and Christmas go hand in hand. Similarly, most employers will be aware of another seemingly unbreakable tradition – increased absence levels in the lead up to Christmas and...

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Safety

Getting to grips with changes to Manual Handling guidance

Dec 18, 2016
Donna Buckle

It’s something we do every day at home and work, yet manual handling is the biggest cause of work related injuries in the UK. And if we don’t manage it properly, manual handling can lead...

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HR

The show’s over for the gig economy

Dec 15, 2016
Mike Fitzsimmons

As 2016 begins to count down, so too does the ticking time-bomb regarding employment status. We look at how the recent tribunal against Uber will affect employers who make significant use of agency staff, freelancers,...

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Payroll

The dust has settled, so where do we stand after the Autumn Statement?

Dec 14, 2016
John Spooner

Philip Hammond’s first and last, as it turned out, Autumn Statement was always going to be a challenge in light of the political transformations over the summer. With such difficult and uncertain times ahead, how...

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HR

Balancing flexibility with fair treatment for agency workers

Dec 13, 2016
Louise Gillibrand

Building flexibility into your workforce and maintaining equal and fair treatment for workers can be a tricky balance to strike. Here we look at the use of agency workers and how to work with them...

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HR

Supporting breastfeeding mothers – a guide for employers

Dec 08, 2016
Tom Muirhead

Breastfeeding is a hot topic, and the debate over public breastfeeding is well-publicised. But breastfeeding can also present challenges to the employer, as low-cost airline Easyjet recently found out to its disadvantage when two breastfeeding...

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Safety

Banish the bah humbugs – top tips for decorating the office safely

Dec 05, 2016
Ron Young CMIOSH OSHER

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, and that’s because many people don’t...

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Safety

New sentencing guidelines focus on potential outcomes of H&S breaches

Nov 28, 2016
Philip Barker

How have the latest changes to sentencing guidelines affected the outcomes of recent cases and why should business owners shift their focus when managing Health and Safety failures? A recent case involving a care home...

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