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November 8, 2021

Virtual Christmas party ideas for HR teams

Usually at this time of year we're getting ready to celebrate Christmas with our work colleagues. Unfortunately, the traditional work Christmas 'do' or even a group meet up at the local pub are looking unlikely for many teams. Here's what you can do instead. Working life has been a bit different this year, with many employers continuing flexible working practises in the wake of the pandemic. With the amount of Covid cases still a concern, many organisations are looking for alternative methods to socialise this…

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virtual christmas party
November 8, 2021

Be safe with your office Christmas decorations

With Christmas fast approaching, soon many of you will be bringing a sparkle to even the darkest of offices. We want to ensure you enjoy the fun and festivities at Christmas with those close to you. To make certain Christmas goes with a “controlled bang”, we have produced some simple guidelines for you to consider when decorating your workplace Christmas trees… Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes, real and artificial. Whichever, you chose, ensure it doesn’t cause any injuries this year. We recommend:…

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christmas decorations
November 2, 2021

Case law | How a disagreement over chicken nuggets turned into an employment tribunal

A worker sacked for ‘violence’ over canteen chicken nugget meal was unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules. Mr S Smith V Teleperformance Limited: 4111842/2019 Employee wins unfair dismissal claim following chicken nugget spat after employer isolated their investigation to a limited number of witnesses and relied on presumptions about his behaviour. Smith was employed as a customer services advisor and had worked for Teleperformance Limited for nearly three years at the time of his dismissal. On 27 September 2019, Smith visited the office canteen while he was…

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chicken nugget employment tribunal
November 2, 2021

Are you at risk if staff drive their own cars on business?

During the recent fuel panic, we all became used to squeezing the last few fumes from the tank as we scurried round in the desperate hunt for petrol or diesel. With queues snaking round the block and many petrol stations running out completely, it was tempting to ask that lucky member of staff with a full tank to make a business trip for you in their own car. But is there a risk? Well, yes, actually there is. In certain circumstances you can be held…

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Are you at risk if staff drive their own cars on business?
November 1, 2021

Why stress prevention should take priority in your business

There are many ways to manage stress in the workplace, but are employers taking it far enough? What can you do to prevent stress in the first place? We all know stress not only hurts our employees, but our business goals as well. Due to this, managing stress is a key part to any HR or Health & Safety professional’s daily duties. A good Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health service are common (and effective) methods to manage stress, but they only fix the effects,…

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international stress awareness week
October 29, 2021

Case law | Do car allowance schemes count as earnings or business expenses? (Laing O’Rourke)

HMRC was successful in an appeal where it was confirmed that Class 1 National Insurance (NICs) were correctly applied on Car Allowance payments to employees. The employer, Laing O’Rourke Services, paid employees under a car allowance scheme between 2004/5 and 2017/18. Their employees could choose whether to receive a car allowance payment instead of a company car. If employees chose the car allowance payment, they needed to have a car available to use that met specified requirements. Access to the scheme was not determined on…

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company car allowance
October 29, 2021

Lift safety: what are the repercussions of getting it wrong?

Recent incidents involving lift accidents serve as a stark reminder to employers to watch out for uncommon health and safety risks. In the past couple of weeks, two significant prosecutions relating to serious accidents involving lifts have been reported. For those in the health and safety profession, it's not unusual to see reports about fork lift trucks, but incidents with fixed lifting equipment are more surprising. In the more serious of the two cases, a care home firm in Flintshire, Wales has been fined £90,000…

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lift safety
October 28, 2021

How to plan a Christmas party amid covid-19

Are you planning to hold a Christmas party this year? If so, what should you consider? Although another lockdown in the UK is not predicted, we know the government could decide to bring in its plan B measures. These include compulsory face coverings and covid passports for entry to large events or nightclubs. So as more employees return to their workplace (even if it is on a hybrid arrangement), is planning a Christmas party right for your business? Review the measures you currently have in…

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How to plan a Christmas party amid covid-19
October 20, 2021

Five things your payroll provider SHOULD be doing to add value to your business

Gone are the days when a payroll provider simply hits ‘pay’ and your employees jump with glee. These are the top five additional extras you should be looking for from your payroll provider. Reports & insights They say the devil is in the detail - and don’t all good payroll providers know it! Being the hub of the business and holding huge volumes of data on the company and the people in it, it only makes sense that your payroll provider should be providing accurate…

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October 19, 2021

Five reasons your HR team are time poor – and how to fix it!

Feel like your HR department are always chasing down the clock? Overstretched and needing more resource? Here are the top five reasons your HR team are time poor and what you can do to change that. Employee admin As the people-people of the business, it’s only natural that your HR department will have a lot of communication with the workforce. However, this communication should predominately be checking the temperature of the business, gathering feedback on morale and employee wellbeing, not interactions that are based around…

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