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November 30, 2023

Struggling to recruit? Offering part-time work could help

Recent Office for National Statistics figures have shown that the number of over 50s working part-time has reached a record high. People are working longer and employers need to change any outdated views on work and retirement.  Offering part-time and flexible work can ensure you recruit and retain workers that currently make up one third of the UK’s workforce. The statistics were analysed by Rest Less who are a digital community for the over 50s. They found that 42% of part-time workers in the UK…

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November 30, 2023

How to handle the Christmas party season

An employer’s responsibilities, work events vs post-party events, handling alcohol and drugs, approaching flirting and flings etc. It’s that time of the year, festivities are in gear and most employers are readying up to host a Christmas party for their employees. This can range from a small social gathering in the pub after work at the end of a stressful day, to the full-blown Christmas party where the alcohol flows freely all night. A NerdWallet survey, which included 500 U.K. business owners and managers, found that 36% of businesses…

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November 29, 2023

A rise in disability discrimination claims from neurodivergent employees

There has been a dramatic increase in disability discrimination claims from neurodivergent employees reaching tribunals. Often the dispute has arisen when neurodivergent employees feel that their performance or behaviour in the workplace is being unfairly rated for reasons that relate to their condition. This highlights the need for employers to gain further awareness and understanding of such conditions and how they can ensure they are treating neurodivergent colleagues not only lawfully and fairly, but they are creating an environment that allows those employees to thrive.…

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November 21, 2023

How many bank holidays do employees living in Northern Ireland get?

Usually there are ten bank holidays (or public holidays) for people living in Northern Ireland per year. Northern Ireland has the most bank holidays in the UK with ten days a year, which is more than Scotland (nine), and England and Wales (eight). Bank holidays in Northern Ireland 2024 [table id=151 /] What is the statutory holiday allowance in Northern Ireland, including bank holidays? No matter where your employees live in the UK, the statutory minimum amount of holiday days a full-time employee should receive…

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scotland and northern ireland bank holidays
November 21, 2023

How many bank holidays do employees living in Scotland get?

There are nine bank holidays for people living in Scotland per year. If your employees live in Scotland, they'll normally get nine bank holidays a year, whereas England and Wales get eight and Northern Ireland gets ten. Bank holidays in Scotland in 2024 There are nine bank holidays in Scotland in 2024. These are: [table id=152 /] How does this impact annual leave? As a statutory minimum amount, full-time employee should receive 28 days holiday a year. This includes the nine bank holidays (also known…

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November 21, 2023

How many bank holidays do employees living in England and Wales get?

How many holidays are there in a year? For people living in England and Wales, generally there are eight bank holidays (or public holidays) per calendar year. In a usual calendar year, there are eight days counted as a bank holiday in England and Wales, which many members of the public receive as days off work. England and Wales share the same bank holidays, which are slightly different to what Scotland and Northern Ireland receive. We've seen some changes in this recently of course. The…

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england and wales bank holidays
November 21, 2023

Who has the right to human rights?

Human Rights Day is Sunday 10th December 2023 "Consolidating and sustaining human rights culture into the future" Human rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. What is a human right? Human rights are the basic rights that are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect, and independence. These values are defined and protected by law. “Human rights are rights we…

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October 18, 2023

It’s World Menopause Day—so let’s Talk Menopause!

The whole world is currently talking about menopause which can only be a good thing. Once a topic which was whispered under bated breath, is now fully discussed as the article below explains. We have recently written a brand-new Menopause policy to assist and support our clients to manage Menopause in the workplace more effectively. There is also a Management Guide, Risk Assessment Form and a short Menopause Awareness Training session. So, let’s all talk about Menopause!  Menopause. With more and more cases being won in Employment…

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World Menopause Day
October 17, 2023

How to use social media to recruit top talent

Whether your team is growing, someone’s resigned, or you need to cover a period of absence – social media is a great way to find the perfect candidates.   In this blog post, we share everything you need to know about using social media as a highly effective tool in your recruitment process. Read on or click the links below to jump ahead to the bits you’re most interested in.  What is social media recruitment? Why is using social media for recruitment so effective? Which social…

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October 5, 2023

Are sexual harassment claims on the increase in the workplace?

With the recent BBC news coverage, and investigations, relating to sexual harassment claims made against the former CEO of the US clothing brand Abercrombie and Fitch, we discuss if sexual harassment claims are on the increase within the workplace, and what steps can responsible employers take to reduce possible claims and to effectively manage these.  Although the allegations have yet to be proven, it does highlight another claim being made by former employees about sexual harassment incidents whilst at work.  MeToo Movement Are sexual harassment…

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Is workplace sexual harassment on the rise?