August 30, 2016

Five principles for effective absence management during bad weather

Effective absence management is a year-round consideration for employers, but it can be a particular problem during periods of miserable weather. While it’s never fun to think of winter during the height of summer, sensible employers know they need to plan ahead for the darker seasons. Yes winter is coming, and it could be even…

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August 26, 2016

When banter goes bad – the problem of workplace violence

Recent research and the high-profile case involving the mock crucifixion of a Catholic apprentice have shed light on the scale of the problem of workplace violence. Separate studies have shown that: Almost half of all HR departments have seen increased numbers of disputes between colleagues; 1-in-7 HR professionals reported instances of feeling threatened physically whilst…

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August 22, 2016

Focus on mental health in the workplace

Research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to be published September 2016 has found that employees with poor mental health earn up to 42% less than their colleagues. Put another way, for every one pound earned by a male worker without a mental health condition, a colleague who suffers phobias or panic attacks earns…

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August 18, 2016

Smartphones: good for business or good for wasting time?

A US survey of people who use smartphones at work has revealed 65% of employees admit to using their phones for personal messaging and social media during working hours. And the impact on employers is huge: 75% of those surveyed said phone-use resulted in a loss of at least two hours of productivity per day,…

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August 17, 2016

Pokémon Go: gotta catch ‘em all – even on a building site?

Pokémon Go is this year’s biggest craze. The global phenomenon sees people hitting the streets with their phones to capture and train Pokémon in a virtual world, using their surroundings as a platform. The elusive animations can be found just about anywhere, and the game has encouraged hordes of people to get off their sofas…

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August 16, 2016

Religious clothing and the workplace – your legal rights and responsibilities

A recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) case has examined the issue of religious clothing in the workplace, but those looking for a definitive ruling in this sensitive area may be disappointed. The ECJ’s decision in Samira Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions, delivered in June 2016, goes some way to clarifying the position. Ultimately, however,…

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August 5, 2016

An Employer’s Lowdown on Legal Highs

The concept of getting ‘high’ has been around since the 1600s, when the term was first used to describe intoxication. Since then, the drug of choice – opium, mushrooms, cannabis, cocaine – has changed with the years and the fashion; with each new stimulant (or depressant) outlawed as it became popular and mainstream. In recent…

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August 1, 2016

Ten steps for managing a successful TUPE

There’s a lot of takeover talk in football at the moment, with Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Brom looking likely to follow recent-buy-outs Everton and Swansea City in taking on new owners. And when a business is bought out – whether it’s a premiership football club, a multinational conglomerate or the local chip shop – the…

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July 29, 2016

On your guard: keeping your workplace machinery safe for employees

Whether you operate an industrial plant with heavy-duty equipment, a butcher’s shop with a meat slicer, or a joinery workshop with a laser cutting machine, you need to be aware of the vital systems that will keep your employees safe from moving machinery parts. In 2014/15, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported 15 fatal…

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July 26, 2016

Is your business doing enough to manage asbestos risks?

A UK car manufacturer has been fined £120,000 for failing to protect workers from the risks of asbestos at one of its sites. The prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who also secured a conviction against a Kent school and building contractor for the same offence in January 2016. It’s no…

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July 25, 2016

Cracking the dress code – these shoes were made for working

Workplace dress codes have been called into sharp focus following the recent highly-publicised incident involving former-actress Nicola Thorp, sent home from her new city job on her first day for refusing to wear heels. Nicola arrived for her first day with PwC’s outsourced reception firm, Portico, in smart dress and wearing flat shoes ready to…

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July 22, 2016

Managing hate crime in the workplace

Reported hate crime has risen 42% since our vote for BREXIT, presenting employers with perhaps their first tangible HR challenge since the historic decision to leave. The vote split the UK’s population in half, with 52 per cent of voters backing BREXIT and 48 per cent voting to remain. And in a frightening reaction to…

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