June 20, 2014

Maternity Leave – your questions answered?

The regulations around Maternity and Paternity leave can be complex leaving employers unclear on what their obligations are. We have put together some of our most frequently asked questions to simplify it for you. How much leave are pregnant employees entitled to? Every pregnant employee has the right to take up to 52 weeks leave…

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The rise of the killer machines

How many machines do you have responsibility for? When was the last time you safely carried out a function test to prove the safety devices were in place and operated correctly? There have been several recent prosecutions of companies for accident to employees where the safety control devices have either been removed or over ridden.…

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E-Cigs: smoking or non-smoking?

Smoking or non-smoking? Or maybe the more appropriate question to consider for the increasing popular use of “electronic cigarettes” would be: Are electronic cigarettes considered the same as smoking normal cigarettes? An estimated 1.3 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes which were designed to help smokers quit.  Smoking rates have fallen to their lowest…

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Changes to Food Allergens Regulation

The way in which allergens are labelled on pre-packed foods is changing because of new regulations. The Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC), which is due to come into force in December 2014, introduces the requirements for food businesses to provide information about the allergenic ingredients used in any food that they sell or…

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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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