February 12, 2018

How to Prepare your Workplace for a Transgender Employee

By now all companies should have an adequate equal opportunities policy in place which includes sexual orientation and gender reassignment, two of the ‘protected characteristics’ under the Equality Act 2010. But is having an equal opportunities policy enough? Just because you may have such a policy tucked away in your handbook, this doesn’t mean that…

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February 5, 2018

Five Steps for Dealing with Difficult or Underperforming Employees

Poor attitude, poor behaviour, poor standards of work and high levels of absence are the most common issues our clients have with their employees. One underperforming employee could be costing the company as much as 20% of their annual salary, and having just one underperforming employee can lower moral within the rest of the workforce,…

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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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January 9, 2018

Twenty Seventeen: What a Year You’ve Been for HR!

Goodbye to 2017, the year that just kept giving. 2017 was a corker for those in the HR/employment law community, serving up a variety of interesting cases and food for thought. The withdrawal of Employment Tribunal fees The withdrawal of Employment Tribunal fees has got to be the most spectacular event in the 2017 HR…

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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 12, 2017

Flexible Working: Your Route to a Prosperous Future

The future of employment could lie in flexible working, according to a new survey carried out by consultancy, Timewise. The survey revealed that 63% of full time employees now work flexibly, with arrangements including working from home for some or all of the week, flexi time, part time hours and term time only work. It…

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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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