June 18, 2014

Top tips for attending the HR Software Show 2014

Planning on investing in HR software or upgrading your existing solution? Well, today is the first day of the industry renowned HR Software Show 2014 at Olympia in London – so it’s time to find out what’s on offer. Held on the 18th and 19th June the CIPD’s free event gives HR and payroll professionals’…

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June 6, 2014

Workers likely to pull sickies for World Cup, research reveals

The World Cup is fast approaching and, as we all know in HR, absenteeism will probably increase – with fans staying up late to watch the live games. There’s will also be lot of hangovers at work after celebrations or commiserations. New research from YouGov for Wolters Kluwer has revealed that one in four 25-34…

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May 31, 2014

Redundancy – There’s a cost to inconsistency

Some employees pay out different amounts of redundancy money – on a case by case basis – assuming it will not mean they have to pay more in the future. But that assumption has been thrown into some doubt by a recent appeal case (Peacock Stores v Peregrine [2014]) in which an employer’s (somewhat inconsistent)…

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Discrimination cases aren’t always straightforward

Workers who think they have been discriminated against are usually entitled to resign and claim against their employers…but not in a recent case. Constructive dismissal claims are usually based upon a single, fundamental breach of contract by the employer or a continuous course of conduct where there is a ‘last straw’ that led to the…

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May 30, 2014

Managing conflict in the workplace

In a perfect world, the workplace would be a harmonious and happy place. In reality, however, the mixture of cultures and personalities within a workforce can lead to tension and disagreements between different groups or individual employees. It can sometimes be hard to unpick where the conflict has begun but an early intervention will ensure…

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Work experience – An untapped resource?

With the academic year at an end, employers may be considering taking on work experience students. Many employers have considerable experience of successfully employing young people or taking on work experience students. Employers have found employing work experience students can benefit the company. If as an employer you currently do not employ work experience students, or…

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Beware of the picnic trip

Search for that picnic hamper you put away last year give it a good clean. Check and clean the plates and cups check on the thermos flask is still keeping the water hot. It’s a lovely day and what better way to spend your time than loading up the car and setting off to the…

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Handling a workplace grievance

Minor grievances should be dealt with informally wherever possible – it’s always better to have an open and honest culture where employees can discuss issues with a manager to prevent them from escalating. It is always advisable to keep notes of discussions and investigations so there is an accurate record showing how and when an…

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May 13, 2014

Is HR doing enough to tackle low pay?

Business is definitely picking up – well, that’s the word on the street and it’s what the Government seems to be saying …but that doesn’t mean wages are. The question is, can HR professionals help address the current problem of millions of people stuck in low paid, low skilled jobs in the UK? Collectively, HR…

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April 30, 2014

Cutting your payroll expenses – Is it hard?

Payroll – vital to businesses but it can be expensive… To cut down these expensive processes, you first have to get to grips with it. I’m not talking about taking the easy route of cutting jobs or expenses – instead understanding how to make the function itself more streamlined and efficient. Understanding and reducing payroll…

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April 29, 2014

Does overtime qualify for holiday pay purposes?

Recent months have seen a procession of scary holiday pay judgements. It has been ten years since the Court of Appeal set out useful rules. In the well quoted precedent case of Bamsey v Albon Engineering, it held that “applicants were entitled to holiday pay calculated only on their contractual 39 hour basic working week,…

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The right person for the right job

Summer is here and it’s time to get started on all those home improvement projects you’ve had planned over winter. You may be thinking about extending your house, refurbishing your kitchen or bathroom or even having your garden landscaped. But how do you select the right contractor for the job? You can save a lot…

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