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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How to get sued: Give poor employment references

Employers should proceed with caution when providing a reference for a former employee or else they may be liable to pay compensation. There is a duty of care on the part of the employer to ensure that all the information it provides in a reference is accurate. Even though a reference does not have to…

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April 24, 2014

Paying the price for poor health & safety

Are you breaking health and safety laws? Did you know that you could be charged if the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has to intervene because of poor health and safety practices? The HSE will charge you for any time and effort spent on investigating, correcting problems and taking enforcement action. What is fee for…

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April 22, 2014

Penalty! (For Employers in Tribunals)

Judges can now issue financial penalties against employers who lose at Employment Tribunal and are found to have committed foul play – thanks to new powers awarded by the government. There has been much hullaballoo of late about the introduction of fees for Claimants to issue a Tribunal claim in the first place and then proceed to a hearing…

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April 16, 2014

The BIG April 2014 Employment Law Changes: In Brief

A wide range of employment law changes came into effect on 6 April, which have a big impact on both UK employers and employees. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes that might affect your business… ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme An Early Conciliation scheme has been launched to help reduce the number of Employment Tribunal…

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