October 5, 2018

What Makes a Successful HR Team?

If you’re an HR Manager, you’re responsible for a long list of functions that are crucial to the success of the business you work for. From recruitment, to employee relations, learning and development, talent planning, compensation and benefits, change management – the list goes on and on. With so many plates to spin, where do…

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October 3, 2018

Must You Agree to a Flexible Working Request?

The term ‘flexible working’ is becoming a popular one. But what actually is it? Who is doing it? How are requests made? And must you agree to a flexible working request? What is flexible working? Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs. It might involve an earlier or later start…

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October 1, 2018

Workplace Bullying – a Comprehensive Walk Through

Following our comprehensive walk through on harassment, we’re now looking specifically at workplace bullying. Read on to understand your responsibilities as an employer and find out how to proactively avoid and discourage workplace bullying. What is bullying? Although it’s not actually defined by law, ACAS characterises bullying as ‘offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an…

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September 25, 2018

Assessing the Health & Safety Risk to you and your Business

If you’re a business owner, manager, HR professional – or just generally curious about the risk you face from health & safety factors – you’ll be interested in the story this new campaign is telling you. Business risk is a different slant on health & safety but it matters because, in 2016, the Government changed…

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September 20, 2018

Final Cut Off for Employees Joining Childcare Voucher Schemes

With effect from 4 October, your employees will no longer be able to join any Childcare Voucher scheme you may offer. However, those who are already enrolled into the scheme will still be able to benefit from it, providing: you continue to run the scheme they remain in your employment they do not take an…

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September 13, 2018

Seven Top Considerations for Fire Safety in the Workplace

The past year has seen some horrific fires break out in homes and workplaces across the United Kingdom, from the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower to the blazes in a Primark store in Belfast and the School of Arts in Glasgow. And it is not just buildings that have been affected, with this summer also…

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September 10, 2018

Harassment at Work – a Comprehensive Walkthrough

Organisations should treat any form of harassment seriously – not just because of the legal implications and because it can lead to under-performance, but because people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work too. Employers should foster a fair and inclusive working environment that enables everyone to feel they can…

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September 6, 2018

Ten Steps for Chairing Successful Disciplinary Hearings

Chairing disciplinary hearings or listening to formal grievances are activities that take lots of managers out of their comfort zone – even many HR managers dislike this aspect of the role. Follow these ten tips to take away the pressure and ensure the best outcome for your business and workplace relationships. 1. Prepare for the…

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August 28, 2018

Being Gay at Work: Pride and Progress

In July 2017, the Government launched a national survey of LGBT people. The survey received more than 108,000 responses, making it the largest national survey of its kind anywhere in the world.   Some of the most important findings:  23% of survey respondents employed in the 12 months preceding the survey had experienced a negative or mixed reaction…

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August 15, 2018

The National Minimum Wage, Apprenticeships, and Age-Based Discrimination

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) celebrates its 20-year anniversary in April 2019, but age and the NMW has been an issue in the media for a very different reason. The Odeon cinema chain, Card Factory and ten sports clubs were among more than 200 employers named-and-shamed by the Government for failing to pay the national…

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