February 12, 2019

Exit Interviews – a Waste of Time or a Valuable Tool?

Exit interviews are a valuable tool that can provide insight for recruitment and retention planning. Read on to find out how to get the most out of an exit interview. Handing in your notice and seeking alternative employment is a big step. An exit interview gives employers the opportunity to find out why an employee…

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February 9, 2019

What is the Health & Safety Risk to you and your Business?

If you’re a business owner, manager or HR professional you’ll be interested in the recently updated data on the risk you face from health & safety factors. The latest data for 2019 ranks every area of the country for the health & safety risk faced by businesses. Business risk is a different slant on health…

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February 8, 2019

The Bradford Factor: Why You Should Avoid Using It

I’m sure you’re well aware of the term ‘The Bradford Factor’.  Created in the 1980’s by Bradford University School of Management, it’s become synonymous with employers who are keen to find a simple and expedient management solution to the disruption caused by employee absence. For the uninitiated, the Bradford Factor is based on the theory…

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February 7, 2019

Time to Talk Day 2019 – Why it’s Important to Talk About Mental Health

Mental Health in the workplace. It might be something you haven’t had to deal with. You may even feel it isn’t a problem within your workplace. However, Research by the Time for Change Movement found that almost one in three people have experienced mental health problems while in employment. Mental Health in the workplace – why…

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January 16, 2019

The Good Work Plan: Four Things Employers Need to Know

In December 2018, the government announced the ‘Good Work Plan’. This forms part of the government’s response to Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices. Greg Clark, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary described the changes as the “largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights”. In 2016 the government set up a commission chaired…

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January 10, 2019

One in Ten Employers said their Performance Management Systems were Demotivating for Staff

New research conducted by ACAS has revealed that one in ten employers said that their Performance Management system was demotivating for staff. It also found that only one in four organisations adapt their performance management processes to consider staff with disabilities and conditions such as dyslexia and austism. The new research ‘Improvement required?’ focused on how employers use Performance Management systems…

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January 8, 2019

Time to Audit Your GDPR Compliance?

2018 saw a significant increase in referrals to the Information Commissioner and fines doubled – even under the old legislation. The penalties are higher under the new legislation. Plus there’s the risk of you being made vicariously liable for your employee’s actions. With this in mind, now is undoubtedly the time to revisit the adequacy…

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January 3, 2019

Home Office Threatens to “Name and Shame” over Modern Slavery

A significant number of clients are telling us about letters they’ve received from the Home Office. These threaten to “name and shame” them for failure to meet legal obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 if they don’t comply by 31st March 2019. The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 – what are the requirements? This…

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December 28, 2018

2018 Legislation Changes – Year in Review for HR

2018 is coming to an end, so let’s look at five employment law rulings and legislation changes that affected HR teams over the last 12 months.   1. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concludes that if an employee is on call at home, it does count as Working Time   The case of…

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December 20, 2018

Has “Merry Christmas” Passed its Shelf Life?

You’d be under the impression that Christmas has once again been cancelled this year if you believed everything written in the tabloid press! In an age of political correctness; what is the correct way to wish someone a “Merry Christmas”? Across the pond our American counterparts have re-branded Christmas as the holiday season where “Happy…

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