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New employee not shaping up - HR advice for employers

With the best recruitment practices in the world, mistakes do happen. Do we persevere with an unsuitable person, or give up and dismiss – and if...

Secrets of success – the building blocks for effective teams

Today I run an HR support company providing outsourced HR support to organisations mostly without HR, and we provide specialist...

National Minimum Wage Rates
2019

On 1st April 2019 the national living wage (NLW) and national minimum wage rates (NMW) will increase. The new rates are as follows: For those ...

New Parental Bereavement Leave

Bereavement leave will be introduced in 2020, the government has now announced, but employers should establish a suitable policy in 2019. Our article covers the detail. As the

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And there’s more..

4th May 2007 With so many pressures and priorities on small businesses is it any wonder that the daunting, and lets face it, apparantly dull and unnecessary task

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Unauthorised breaks?

Since our publishing the article below the Court of Appeal has overturned the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision in this case, ruling that although the final warning given to

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New hire gone wrong?

7th February 2014 With the best recruitment practices in the world, mistakes do happen inside and outside of the probation period. Do we persevere with an unsuitable person, run the

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Indian boss beaten to death

And you think you’ve got employee relations problems – CEO killed over working hours 17th June 2014 Fed up of whinging employees complaining about their wages? Think yourself

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Can you Adam and Eve it?

Can you Adam and Eve it!?…Victims of accent bias need legal protection 9th July 2014 This could well be the latest unrecognised discrimination: Geordies, Liverpudlians and Cockneys are

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Employment high

21st July 2014 The employment rate has hit a record high at 73.1 per cent in the three months to May, according to official figures. The Office for

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Half of Britons feel regret

25th July 2014 A recent study commissioned by the financial technology company Kalixa, revealed that half of Britons’ are so unhappy at work that they believe their career

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Daylight Savings

Better designed offices could boost both physical and mental health of workers. 11th August 2014 An early night after a hot bath, curling up with a good book

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Power of the pension

15th September 2014 More low-income workers are now putting enough away in savings for their retirement than in 2012 – a vindication of the government’s auto-enrolment plan to

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The use of e-cigarettes

10th March 2015 It was only a matter of time before electronics got its clever bionic fingers on cigarettes. Now e-cigarettes are everywhere – including at work. But

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Top hiring mistakes

16th April 2015 Are you recruiting the right people for your business? How do you know? Employers, even smaller employers, need to ensure that they balance their team

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Playing Politics

What the General election could mean for employers 17th April 2015 The General Election will influence the number of employment tribunal cases in the UK – these have

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

16th September 2015 In response to customer feedback we have made some important changes: We have shortened employment contracts where we can As a result some of the

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And in the red corner…

7th December 2015 In our first case, ZSL Vs Westlake, two female employees from ZSL ended up having a fight at a staff Christmas party. The claimant, Ms

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Living Wage is here

From today 1st April 2016 the National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour which applies to all who are 25 and older. Basically this an extra minimum wage category

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When is a redundancy not a redundancy?

When it’s a ‘Some Other Substantial Reason’ dismissal. When restructuring their businesses employers often confuse redundancy with SOSR, and make unnecessary compensation payments. 25th July 2017 Imagine a

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Exiting employees – safely

The abolition of tribunal fees and the inevitable increase in litigation means employers should use extra caution when approaching employee dismissals whether by redundancy or any other reason.

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Are foster carers workers?

Historically, the EAT have held that Foster carers were not workers. A registered Foster carer for Hampshire County Council is hoping to change the way that Foster workers

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GDPR?

It stands for ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ and in essence it’s an extension of data protection laws that will hit us on 25th May 2018 – its impact

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Suspending employees

Many times we’ve been asked whether in the midst of a disciplinary investigation an employee can be suspended, and many employers feel it is their right to do

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Snow Joke

You know the routine. It snows. Britain stops. Now, the folks in the North of England and Scotland today have genuine cause for concern, but for others a

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GDPARGHHHHHHHHH

Welcome to our GDPR special! 4th May 2018 Welcome to our GDPR special. Like many of the readers of this article, we are ourselves a small business (with

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Fair Dismissal

Mr Mbubaegbu, a consultant surgeon, was dismissed by an NHS Foundation Trust after 15 years service and despite not having any previous warnings and not committing gross misconduct.

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A stare too far

Times are changing and behaviour that was tolerated in the 1970s is not tolerated today. But people still behave badly sometimes and one of our more common case

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Conduct or Capability?

Conduct or capability? If an employee is not performing well, its important to understand why…is it because they can’t do the job, or parts of it, or is

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Is 60 days absence too much?

In O’Conner V DL Insurance Services the EAT criticised the Company for disciplining Mrs O’Conner, who was disabled as defined under the Equality Act, for taking 60 days

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Tribunal Fees Set to Return?

14th November 2018 The government is considering the reintroduction of tribunal fees – earlier the Supreme Court ruled that the fees were a barrier to justice and therefore

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New holiday pay calculator

If we had a pound for every time we’ve been asked about calculating holiday pay, and another for how to work out a zero hours person’s holiday entitlement….well,

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‘Self-employed plus.’

HR Support company myHRdept look at the latest development in the ‘self employment’ saga. 8th February 2019 It’s not just gig economy companies like Uber and City Sprint

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