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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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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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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