July 29, 2016

On your guard: keeping your workplace machinery safe for employees

Whether you operate an industrial plant with heavy-duty equipment, a butcher’s shop with a meat slicer, or a joinery workshop with a laser cutting machine, you need to be aware of the vital systems that will keep your employees safe from moving machinery parts. In 2014/15, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported 15 fatal…

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July 26, 2016

Is your business doing enough to manage asbestos risks?

A UK car manufacturer has been fined £120,000 for failing to protect workers from the risks of asbestos at one of its sites. The prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who also secured a conviction against a Kent school and building contractor for the same offence in January 2016. It’s no…

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July 25, 2016

Cracking the dress code – these shoes were made for working

Workplace dress codes have been called into sharp focus following the recent highly-publicised incident involving former-actress Nicola Thorp, sent home from her new city job on her first day for refusing to wear heels. Nicola arrived for her first day with PwC’s outsourced reception firm, Portico, in smart dress and wearing flat shoes ready to…

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July 22, 2016

Managing hate crime in the workplace

Reported hate crime has risen 42% since our vote for BREXIT, presenting employers with perhaps their first tangible HR challenge since the historic decision to leave. The vote split the UK’s population in half, with 52 per cent of voters backing BREXIT and 48 per cent voting to remain. And in a frightening reaction to…

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July 20, 2016

Holiday pay – how do you calculate your staff allowances?

While employees count down the days to their time in the sun, concerned only by the price of the pound and which socks and sandals to pack, the summer season is an altogether more difficult time for employers. As well as the obvious complications caused by half the workforce heading to the Costa Del Somewhere,…

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July 19, 2016

Happy with auto-enrolment? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your budget

The auto-enrolment pension scheme is a political solution to a long-term problem – the continuous growth in our life expectancy, and how we’re going to pay for it. But what’s happening in the short-term, and what does it mean for business and employees? The UK’s decision to leave the EU, David Cameron’s shock resignation immediately…

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July 18, 2016

Farms – places of work not playgrounds

The six-week school summer holidays can be a source of joy for children and frustration for parents. But 100 years ago, there was no danger of anyone getting bored or struggling to find childcare. School term times, including the long summer break, were developed to coincide with the agricultural calendar. During the summer months, children…

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July 14, 2016

E. coli 0157 outbreak affecting more than 100 people in UK

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157, with 100 cases currently being looked into. The organisation, which suspects mixed salad leaves could be responsible for the outbreak, has put in place ’heightened surveillance’ across the country. To date, 109 incidences of this strain have been identified across the…

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July 8, 2016

Managing absence on the least productive day of the year

With a disruptive summer of sport ahead, managing employee absence as sports fans seek ways to watch their teams could be a real headache for business. Today is a big day for sport. We’ve got Andy Murray in the semi finals at Wimbledon (bravo). There’s Lewis Hamilton revving up in qualifying for the British Grand…

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