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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April 24, 2019

Employment Law: Why is Taking Notes so Important?

Police Sergeant Angel explained the benefit of a pocket notebook in the 2007 comedy film, Hot Fuzz as follows: “this is the most important piece of equipment you will ever own. This notebook has saved my skin more times than I care to mention…” It is advisable that any formal meeting with an employee, should…

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April 15, 2019

Employers Urged to “Normalise Conversations” about the Menopause

If mental health issues are a taboo subject in your workplace, it’s more or less guaranteed that talking about the problems a woman can have whilst going through the menopause is far higher on the scale of stigma and taboo. A recent survey carried out by the BBC found that 70% of women would not tell…

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April 10, 2019

How to Effectively Manage Sickness Absence

According to a recent survey, Health and Wellbeing at Work, completed by the CIPD and the Simplyhealth, the average level of employee absence this year is 5.9 days per employee per year, or 2.6% of working time lost. This is the lowest figure recorded by this survey. Their findings indicate a fluctuating but gradual decline…

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April 2, 2019

Stress Awareness Month – How to Manage Workplace Stress

1st April 2019 marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month. It aims to increase awareness of the causes and cures of what has been labelled our modern stress epidemic. Stress-related absence has increased for two-fifths of businesses in the past year, according to new research from the CIPD and Simplyhealth. The top causes of stress-related…

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March 27, 2019

How To Easily Calculate Holiday Entitlement For Part-Time Workers

You probably know that full-time employees are entitled to 28 days’ paid annual leave. But what about part-time employees? Holiday entitlement calculations are a bit trickier for part time employees… But don’t worry, in this blog, we’ll walk you through it. A part-time employee is pro-rated to a full-time employee’s entitlement and is based around…

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March 20, 2019

International Day of Happiness: Six Ways to Make Your Employees Happier

Today (20th March) marks the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. Coinciding with the first day of Spring, the event was launched to celebrate happiness and to recognise the importance of striving for it. When you consider that full-time employees spend one third of their waking hours at work, it’s important for individuals to feel…

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March 13, 2019

National Minimum Wage: Are you Breaking the Rules?

The British Retail Consortium (the trade body for shops and online retailers) recently called on HMRC to halt National Minimum Wage enforcement claiming that the current system is no longer fit for purpose. The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) provisions date from 1998 and have recently celebrated their 20th birthday. I’m sure some of you…

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