January 20, 2018

GDPR: Massive Data Protection Shake-up Imminent

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation becomes law on 25 May 2018, after which the Information Commissioner will be able to impose penalties of up to £18 million (20 million euro) or 4% of a company’s global turnover for data protection breaches. We’re all aware of the major problems that can result from vast data hacks.…

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January 15, 2018

Did You Beat the January Blues? (Nine Employee Absence Tips for Winter)

If any of your employees called in sick on Monday 15th January, you’re not alone. The third Monday in January is known as ‘Blue Monday’ and has been calculated as the most depressing day of the year, with one of the highest levels of absence. The lack of employee motivation at this time of year…

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December 18, 2017

Morrisons Data Leak Highlights GDPR Threat to Employers

Business owners have been given a wake up call after the news that thousands of employees are suing Morrisons supermarket after their personal details were leaked online by a senior IT employee. With new the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018, it highlights the financial and reputational risks of the…

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December 15, 2017

Could you Afford to Pay 13 years’ Holiday Pay?

Businesses that employ ‘gig economy’ workers, such as taxi or delivery firms, and deny them paid holiday leave could now be forced to pay huge bills as a result of a recent ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ruling found that a commission-based salesman was entitled to claim for up to 13…

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December 9, 2017

What Does GDPR Mean for Your Business?

Are you unsure what GDPR means? Well, it means A LOT. Whatever the size of your business, you must comply with new regulations regarding the security, storage and use of personal information. The ramifications of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for UK trade are so significant that it’s being enacted here very soon…

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December 8, 2017

Five Employee Absence Tips for Winter Weather

With the latest weather forecasts predicting freezing weather conditions and possible snowfall across Britain this winter, it’s vital for businesses to start preparing for increases in employee absences. Extreme weather conditions tend to cause a dramatic rise in staff absences because road and rail disruption, combined with school closures, make it difficult for employees to…

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December 3, 2017

Sexual Harassment – What Are You Doing About It?

With the number of sexual harassment cases currently in the news, you may be under the impression that such claims and allegations only occur in Hollywood, the media or Parliament, but think again. These cases may well be prominent, and have highlighted issues that may or may not be prevalent in the workplace, but is…

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September 21, 2017

Eight Steps to Overcome your Fear of Employee Grievances

Disgruntled, frustrated and even furious are feelings most employees will experience at some point in their careers. Yet, when they bring such feeling to the attention of their superiors, many managers panic for fear of falling foul of employment law or other repercussions. Often, all the employee wants is to be listened to or given…

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September 14, 2017

How to Turn Legal Obligations into Effective Flexible Working Practices

The reality of implementing flexible working requests has come under scrutiny from the TUC, after a survey of 1,000 young parents revealed significant challenges in arranging childcare around their working hours. The survey targeted young parents aged between 20-35 with regards to flexible working arrangements. The parents had at least one child aged between 1-16-years-old…

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September 1, 2017

Five Key Steps to Reduce your Risk of a Norovirus Outbreak

In the sunnier months we tend to hear little about norovirus, but a recent suspected outbreak at the Athletics World Championships in London highlighted the ongoing, all-year-round risk the virus presents. Here we look at what it is and how to reduce the chance of infection. A common virus with nasty effects Norovirus is the…

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