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July 31, 2023

New act for parents of children needing neonatal care – what employers need to know.

New parents will have a right to additional, dedicated time to spend with their baby while they’re receiving specialist medical care. What’s happened? Introduced as a Private Members Bill by Stuart C McDonald MP, the Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act 2023 will introduce two new statutory rights—neonatal care leave and neonatal care pay.  The rights proposed by the Scottish National Party member for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, were afforded a boost last summer when the government decided to back it as opposed to…

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Neonatal care
July 31, 2023

9 ways to manage non-genuine absence

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that sickness absence has now hit it's highest level on record since 2004. The main course of absence are minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, flu, sickness, nausea and diarrhoea. While employees are entitled to take time off for illness (we all get sick once in a while) it is well known that some employees will take adventure of sick leave and will report sick with such minor illness when they are in fact fit…

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July 28, 2023

What to do if your employee has a miscarriage, but doesn’t meet the support criteria?

There are a lot of positive changes happening now with family friendly rights in employment law, which is great news for parents or expectant parents who meet certain eligibility criteria. But how do you support employee miscarriage when they don't meet the current legislative criteria for support? Please note that throughout the article the term ‘miscarriage’ will include miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy. If a baby is stillborn (which is a loss after 24 weeks of gestation) the law and employee’s rights are very different.…

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woman staring out of window in hospital bed
July 26, 2023

Dealing with an employee’s negative actions on social media

Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are part and parcel of an employee’s business and personal life. So it's not surprising that these are increasingly being used to air grievances about employers and fellow colleagues. If a disgruntled or former employee chooses to post negative material about you as an employer online or about one of their colleagues, it has the potential to cause serious damage to your reputation at the click of a button. Publication of the material in question may…

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July 24, 2023

Fast-food harassment

With the current media attention on a certain fast-food establishment and the various allegations of bullying, racial, and sexual harassment amongst their employees, it only highlights the need for a zero-tolerance approach when dealing with these types of claims.  Each organisation should have clear and well written policies in place and train their staff on the importance of bully and harassment policies.    A worker has a right to a safe working environment and the employer has a duty of care to provide this. All managers…

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man with burger in one hand, phone in the other
July 18, 2023

Spending a penny. Or a pound.

Expenses aren’t easy, a minefield of what can and can’t be claimed. Littered with manual processes and a ‘will they won’t they’ every payday. Our expenses module marries up with payroll, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.    Rummaging around at the bottom of a laptop bag, fishing for crumpled memories of a working lunch. Scanning, submitting and meeting that deadline, only for the whole thing to be rejected without an ounce of context. We all know the slog of submitting expenses, but…

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Spending a penny. Or a pound.
July 4, 2023

Performance: the silver bullet to employee motivation  

CEB found that 95 percent of managers are dissatisfied with the way their companies conduct performance reviews. So, what does a modern performance review look like? And how is it any different from old school methodology? Our performance module is here to help you take a different tact when it comes to managing performance.   Branded as a tick box exercise, and drawn out once a year for the benefit of HR and HR only, what is it about performance reviews that people hate? Traditionally considered…

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Performance: the silver bullet to employee motivation
July 4, 2023

Stop. Collaborate and listen | Combining payroll & HR. 

In our annual payroll survey, 13% of respondents cited integration as their number one frustration across payroll & HR. Well, hold onto your hats, because we’ve integrated the best in payroll with the best in HR. But here’s what that actually means.  Hitting save with your eyes half closed, and muttering a small prayer as you submit your payroll is no way to live your life. And let’s save a thought for the departments who crack their fingers as they rekey employee data into the…

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June 30, 2023

Employee absence: the real wellbeing indicator

Sally is always on the sick, or am I imagining it? And what’s our sickness policy again? Our brand-new excessive sickness alerts take the guess work out of absence, enabling managers to support wellbeing when employees might need it most. There’s a long list of reasons why employees might not feel like rocking up. Maybe they just hate Mondays, or maybe there’s something more serious going on. Something that needs to be carefully supported by HR and line managers. That’s where our excessive sickness alerts…

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June 30, 2023

Talking: a ground-breaking way to connect your workforce

Need easy onboarding, personalised profiles and a quick way to get your employees in the know? Time for us to talk to you about our new ‘Skills & Interests’ feature When you’re new to a business, things have a habit of going in one ear and out the other. Thinks like names, job titles and what the heck people actually do for eight hours of the day. Our ‘Skills & Interests’ feature is a quick way for employees to personalise their profile, making it even…

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What is flexible working