December 12, 2019

Should Employers Ban the Use of Mobile Phones at Work?

It’s December. Emily is engrossed in a WhatsApp group about a Christmas night out with the girls. Mark is frantically ordering Christmas presents for his nieces and nephews. And Ahmed is researching things to do in Prague in preparation for his new year getaway. We all know productivity plummets in December. But is the use…

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December 11, 2019

The Work Christmas Party: Dreading it? # MeToo

Ahh the work Christmas party! A time for colleagues to celebrate the end of the year and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed setting. Unfortunately, employers can’t just hire a venue, provide a turkey dinner and get a good DJ. There’s much more to consider to make sure everyone stays safe and has a…

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December 9, 2019

2020 Employment Law Changes You Need to be Aware of

How is employment law changing in 2020? Well, the way you calculate holiday pay is changing, plus you’ll have to issue written terms and conditions on day one of employment, and parental bereavement leave will be introduced. So, here’s a summary of these three 2020 employment law changes that will affect your business. 1. Changes…

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December 5, 2019

How do I Manage Annual Leave at Christmas?

Christmas may be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but for many employers it can be a time-consuming and administrative nightmare. Think seasonal trading spikes, an influx of annual leave requests and the challenge of coordinating the Christmas rota. Holiday entitlement and how effectively requests are managed directly impacts employee satisfaction. Getting the basics right…

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November 28, 2019

Are Employees Entitled to Time Off when Schools are used as Polling Stations?

Many schools across the country will close on 12 December. Why? Because they’re being used as polling stations. Are employees protected when they argue their usual childcare arrangements have been adversely affected? Or would their absence be classed as unauthorised? The right to time off to care for dependants State funded school premises are often…

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November 25, 2019

Sickness Absence: Busting the Myths for Employers

‘My employee is off sick – what am I allowed to do as an employer?’ Questions about sickness absence are some of the most common calls our Advice Line receives. Did you know that sickness absence costs small business around £300,000 a year?   The average employee takes seven days of sick leave per year, at an…

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November 19, 2019

How to Prepare for the New Annual Leave Year

Does your annual leave entitlement renew in January? Have you got employees with weeks’ worth of holidays still left to take? Can they carry it into next year? Read on for everything you need to know about the importance of employees taking annual leave and the rules for carrying days over. Why is the management…

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November 12, 2019

The Good Work Plan: What’s Changing and When?

Do you remember 2017, when the UK Parliament’s every pronouncement didn’t start or end with the word “Brexit”? That was the year the then Prime Minister, Theresa May, commissioned a guy called Matthew Taylor to review employment law. The laudable objective was that work in the UK should be fair and decent with realistic hope…

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November 6, 2019

How to Support Staff with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping, and the daylight hours are dwindling. Have you considered how the time of year can affect your employees’ wellbeing and mental health? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects one-in-15 people in the UK between the months of September to April, according to the NHS. It’s a type of depression that typically arises during…

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October 30, 2019

Do Your Employees Have a Work Addiction?

Summer holiday season has been and gone and it’s time to ask yourself a question. Were my holidaying employees really taking a break from work? If they obsessively checked their work emails and regularly took calls; is it just a healthy love of the job, or is it a work addiction? The medical community recognise…

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October 21, 2019

How to Choose the Right HR Software for your Business

It’s the same old story. Too much to do. Too little time. The pressure of meeting all the responsibilities of running a business or HR department can be overwhelming. Do you find yourself wishing your manual processes weren’t so arduous? Or maybe you lie awake at night worrying about the latest legislation change you need…

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October 15, 2019

Eight Reasons for Refusing a Flexible Working Request

There is no doubt that striking the right balance between work and home life is a very important aspect of modern life. Employees today want more flexibility in the way that they work to enable them to juggle competing life demands. However, flexible working doesn’t necessarily suit every business and in some circumstances, it may…

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