February 14, 2017

Could your business be classed as a ‘toxic workplace’?

This new phraseology doesn’t mean your work environment is filled with poisonous gases. Instead, ‘toxic workplace’ refers to company cultures filled with poisonous remarks or actions – in short, bullying. Although the Equality Act 2010 gives the definition for harassment as “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect…

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February 8, 2017

Is it still a man’s world in the workplace?

In a country where women hold the two top positions within the offices of state – the Queen and the Prime Minister – is the workplace still a man’s world? New research completed by the Women at Work Index shows that the UK is missing out on approximately £170 billion of economic benefits by not…

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February 2, 2017

Workplace romance: What’s love (and the law) got to do with it?

As Valentine’s Day 2017 recedes into the distance for another year and the greetings card industry pauses to count its takings, should you be concerned about workplace romances affecting your staff? Maybe you’ve been following the gripping BBC drama Apple Tree Yard, a retelling of the bestseller by Louise Doughty? On her way to a…

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January 30, 2017

Driving home safety through safe workplace transport policy

2016 ended badly for one Staffordshire-based logistics company after they received heavy fines following two serious employee injuries in just two days in a story that should drive home the importance of safe workplace transport. Oxford Crown Court heard how on a 39-year-old male employee sustained crush injuries to his left foot when he was…

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January 23, 2017

Using restrictive covenants wisely in contractual agreements

Restrictive covenants are complex clauses, often criticised but never curtailed, and the source of many court cases. So let’s explore the history of these clauses and how employers can utilise them effectively. It has long been the principle of English law that: “All interference with individual liberty of action in trading, and all restraints of…

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January 16, 2017

Blue Monday – fact or fiction? [plus 10 tips PDF]

Whatever the truth behind Blue Monday it’s inevitable that the dark nights, poor weather and post-Xmas lull can leave employees feeling blue. Our recent survey conducted in Jan 2017 found two-thirds of employees are currently fed up at work, and 46% likely to look for a new job within the next three months. A third…

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January 5, 2017

Getting to grips with changes to Manual Handling guidance

It’s something we do every day at home and work, yet manual handling is the biggest cause of work related injuries in the UK. And if we don’t manage it properly, manual handling can lead to chronic, debilitating disorders including injury and damage of the joints or other tissues in the upper and lower limbs…

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January 3, 2017

Managing mental health-related absences

Like turkey and the Queen’s Speech, tradition and Christmas go hand in hand. Similarly, most employers will be aware of another seemingly unbreakable tradition – increased absence levels in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. During the month of December, UK businesses lost a total of approx. 23 million working days through…

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December 18, 2016

Getting to grips with changes to Manual Handling guidance

It’s something we do every day at home and work, yet manual handling is the biggest cause of work related injuries in the UK. And if we don’t manage it properly, manual handling can lead to chronic, debilitating disorders including injury and damage of the joints or other tissues in the upper and lower limbs…

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