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February 28, 2023

Is excessive absence a result of a toxic work environment?

According to a recent work survey completed by the Charted Institute of Personal Development over 55% of surveyed employees have taken time off work due to either depression, stress, or mental health reasons. This type of absenteeism is costing the UK economy 56 billion pounds each year.  A main contributing factor to this level of absence has been employees working in what is described as a toxic work environment. In 2022 this manifested itself in three main ways: Burnt Out What is burn out?  Anyone who…

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February 27, 2023

How to avoid age discrimination at work

A growing proportion of the UK workforce is over 50 years of age. People are living longer than ever before and with the current economic state, may not be financially able to retire at a time when they originally wanted to. So, how can employers support a generation of older employees and avoid age discrimination at work? Although many companies embrace their older workers and appreciate their experience, a recent Tribunal case – Jones v Tango Networks UK Ltd and P Hesketh – indicates that…

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February 26, 2023

Understanding quiet quitting. Good or bad?

According to the HR Director, 1 in 3 UK workers currently label themselves as 'quiet quitters'. Employee turnover can have a significant impact on a company's productivity and morale. But what about employees who quietly disengage from their work and responsibilities, rather than quitting their job abruptly? This, despite what the name suggests, is known as quiet quitting. It can be just as damaging to a company and is often harder to spot. So, what is quiet quitting? Quiet quitting refers to when employees gradually…

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February 25, 2023

Sexual harassment claims and legal enforcement in the hospitality sector, an intensifying threat?

With bosses at McDonald's publicly acknowledging a grave problem with workplace sexual harassment, we consider the steps employers can take to avoid a similar fate. What happened? The fast-food giant has made a legally binding pledge to better protect workers, following an intervention by the regulatory body responsible for enforcing the Equality Act 2010, and a persistent union led campaign. Employers such as Sainsburys and Jaguar Land Rover have followed suit. Employers are legally responsible if a worker is sexually harassed by another worker, where…

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February 24, 2023

What discrimination do male applicants face?

HR professionals are well versed in tackling gender stereotyping that places a female applicant at an unfair advantage. But do men who apply for roles in female-dominated occupations also face discrimination because of deep-rooted gender stereotypes? According to a recent study, this could be the case. Background Led by Dr Mladen Adamovic (Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and HR Management) at King’s College London, her recent study found that male applicants can face discrimination based on gender stereotypes.   The study, involving more than 10,000 applications to…

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When should you rehire past employees
February 14, 2023

Case law | Mr J Hilaire & Luton Borough Council

EAT 23 November 2022 How far does an employer need to go to level the playing field for an employee who is disadvantaged?  If an employer’s reasonable adjustments don’t fully alleviate a disadvantage, has it failed in its duty under the Equality Act s20? Julian Hilaire worked in the council’s Youth Support department. He suffered from several conditions that amounted to a disability.  Specifically he suffered from a form of depression connected to suffering the pain of arthritis and this impacted on his sleep, social…

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February 13, 2023

Spinning stories with data

Excel and Powerpoint? That’s so last century! How about intuitive analytics, customisable, and beautifully displayed? Sign us up! Intrigued? Of course you are! Check out what’s new in our Analytics Software. Reporting is pretty darn important in payroll & HR. In fact, it’s essential! But pulling data from multiple sources and jamming it into excel need not be essential. We’ve all shed a tear over compensation reports, had absence data turn us sick, and pulled pointless pivots. Spending hours manually creating reports, only to question…

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February 10, 2023

Case law | Mr T Smith v Tesco Stores Ltd

EAT 10 February 2023 A strike out of an ET claim or defence is often sought and seldom granted. What is ‘unreasonable’ behaviour? Is this a way to resolve my claim? Mr Smith was dismissed after ten years from his job as a customer assistant at Tesco. While shopping in his own time in the store, he was involved in an altercation with his store manager, an altercation that became physical.  There were further allegations of abuse towards a customer. The police were called.  He made an employment…

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February 7, 2023

Why representation matters

In this article we discuss why representation matters in the media and in business – and why it matters to us at Moorepay. In the spirit of this year’s LGBT+ History Month theme, #BehindTheLens, we explore why representation in the media and business matters to us, and why it should matter to you. Read on to think of representation in a new, hairier light, and why it’s so important. A thought experiment Imagine if, in the media, you only ever saw 5’8” men with big,…

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February 2, 2023

Desktop features made miniature

The average Brit spends a whopping 3 hours 31 minutes staring down at their little screen every single day. That’s why we’re taking our fancy features and rustling them up in ‘to-go’ format!  ‘The features, we want to know more about the features!’  Alright, buckle up, because here they come.  Self-approved leave We released leave in the Mobile App yonks ago, that’s so June 2020. Recently, desktop welcomed a new addition: self-approved leave. It’s like the big daddy of leave types, subtly snubbing all other…

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