August 20, 2014

How much is employee absence really costing your business?

It’s coming to end the August and hundreds of UK employees have been on their summer holidays. Unfortunately, it’s a well-known time for workers ‘pull sickies’ on their first day back. Employee absence is a constant problem – and it’s vital for every organisation to monitor and control it. The CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey…

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July 29, 2014

Flexible working requests shake up employment law

Flexible working hours have been opened up to more workers than ever – and being unprepared could hurt your business. Many employers are not aware of this, or even considering how this will impact on their business. But it could fundamentally change the way some organisations are run. Previously, an employee needed 26 weeks of…

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Are workers exploited with zero hours contracts?

Are companies taking advantage of employees on zero hours contracts? Do zero hours contracts reduce costs and help but help with flexibility at the employee’s expense? Or do they provide flexibility for both employer and employee? Such contracts provide employees who have study commitments, caring responsibilities and childcare commitments flexibility to improve their life versus…

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June 23, 2014

Having HR trouble during the World Cup?

Having employee problems during the World Cup? It’s unsurprising. As with any sporting event, there are a few employment issues that organisations should be aware of during the World Cup. Here’s a how to deal with some likely employment issues without everything kicking off… Sick days Make your sickness absence policy clear to your employees.…

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June 18, 2014

Top tips for attending the HR Software Show 2014

Planning on investing in HR software or upgrading your existing solution? Well, today is the first day of the industry renowned HR Software Show 2014 at Olympia in London – so it’s time to find out what’s on offer. Held on the 18th and 19th June the CIPD’s free event gives HR and payroll professionals’…

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June 6, 2014

Workers likely to pull sickies for World Cup, research reveals

The World Cup is fast approaching and, as we all know in HR, absenteeism will probably increase – with fans staying up late to watch the live games. There’s will also be lot of hangovers at work after celebrations or commiserations. New research from YouGov for Wolters Kluwer has revealed that one in four 25-34…

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May 31, 2014

Redundancy – There’s a cost to inconsistency

Some employees pay out different amounts of redundancy money – on a case by case basis – assuming it will not mean they have to pay more in the future. But that assumption has been thrown into some doubt by a recent appeal case (Peacock Stores v Peregrine [2014]) in which an employer’s (somewhat inconsistent)…

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May 30, 2014

Managing conflict in the workplace

In a perfect world, the workplace would be a harmonious and happy place. In reality, however, the mixture of cultures and personalities within a workforce can lead to tension and disagreements between different groups or individual employees. It can sometimes be hard to unpick where the conflict has begun but an early intervention will ensure…

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Work experience – An untapped resource?

With the academic year at an end, employers may be considering taking on work experience students. Many employers have considerable experience of successfully employing young people or taking on work experience students. Employers have found employing work experience students can benefit the company. If as an employer you currently do not employ work experience students, or…

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May 13, 2014

Is HR doing enough to tackle low pay?

Business is definitely picking up – well, that’s the word on the street and it’s what the Government seems to be saying …but that doesn’t mean wages are. The question is, can HR professionals help address the current problem of millions of people stuck in low paid, low skilled jobs in the UK? Collectively, HR…

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April 16, 2014

The BIG April 2014 Employment Law Changes: In Brief

A wide range of employment law changes came into effect on 6 April, which have a big impact on both UK employers and employees. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes that might affect your business… ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme An Early Conciliation scheme has been launched to help reduce the number of Employment Tribunal…

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January 20, 2014

Can you cope with rapid employment law changes in 2014?

Employment law has seen dramatic changes recently – and could be moving too fast for many businesses to keep up with. This trend is unlikely to slow down anytime soon either. This year, and well into 2015, employers can expect more and more complex changes that affects their businesses. Some legislation is more impactful than…

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