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January 15, 2024

Eight easy ways to boost your employees’ wellbeing on Blue Monday

Today is Blue Monday. Coined back in 2005, it's thought to be the most depressing day of the year for many. So, while we make it through one cup of tea at a time, it's also important for businesses to prioritise their employees' wellbeing. We've put together this list of how you can easily support your employees in beating the Monday blues. Here are our eight top suggestions. 1. Initiate kindness When times are tough, it's well reported that small acts of kindness can make…

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January 4, 2024

Yet more changes to holiday calculations

The Government has set new regulations when it comes to holiday and holiday pay, effective from April this year. Here’s what you need to know. April ’24 lead date The new Regulations took effect on 1st January 2024. However, they relate to leave years starting on or beyond April 1st. Of course, most employers use a 1st January – 31st December leave year - which may mean some HR head-scratching to decide what to do and from when. If you decide to change your current…

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December 18, 2023

How to build the skillset of your people managers. What should you be focussing on in 2024?

With 2024 around the corner, it is important to think about how you can enhance the capabilities of your line managers and consider what you should be focussing on in the year ahead. Here are a few suggestions. Diversity, equality and inclusion The Equality Act 2010 outlines that organisations and their employees cannot discriminate against anyone based upon their age, gender reassignment, disability, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, and sexual orientation. This act is not just about work life –…

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December 17, 2023

What organisations should look out for in the new year

Over the last few years organisations have been heavily influenced by external factors on the way they manage their people. In 2024 these social, political, economic, technological, and legal factors will continue to have an influence. Organisations and its people will be impacted by the upcoming election, inflation, the continued cost of living crisis and international instability, just to name a few,. But a main focus for workplaces is the driving force of employee expectations which seems to have shifted greatly since Covid. As 2024…

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December 16, 2023

In a relationship with a colleague? Should you tell your boss?

It’s a well-known fact that many romantic relationships start at work, with some leading to long-term relationships and marriage. We're now starting the new year, and you may find that colleagues become closer and romantic relationships may follow. If this were to happen, would you expect the colleagues involved to tell you or your HR department? Following the recent departure of Philip Schofield from ITV, apparently ITV has issued new rules on relationships. However, according to the Sunday Times, their new rules go beyond romantic…

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December 1, 2023

The twelve days of Christmas. HR style. 

It’s official. December is upon us, and we’ve (almost) made it to the end of the year. And what a year it’s been. Between an acquisition, sparkly new features and exciting enhancements, our product team have barely had time for a mince pie. Here's a little reminder of our best bits. One HCM & payroll platform (in a pear tree)  Anyone who’s anyone knows we had some pretty big news in March of this year. We brought together the best in payroll, with the best…

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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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