Blog

travel disruptions

Managing absence due to travel disruptions

Managing absenteeism caused by travel disruption Regardless of geographical location travel disruption can affect employees’ ability to either get to work on time or indeed to get there at all. …

HR Heroes - Conduct and performance

How To Improve Performance

Most managers, at some time in their career, have to deal with a poor performer. It can often be frustrating and a thankless task, unless you have the right tools …

milkshake

How to Avoid Costly Dismissal Mistakes

Dismissal Mistakes Last year a tribunal in Ireland ordered retail giant IKEA to pay an employee £23,000 in compensation. The employee had been sacked for stealing a milkshake that cost …

Birthday pay increase

Employee birthdays and national minimum wage pay increases

Happy Birthday? Have a pay increase! The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is paid according to an employee’s age, with the rates reviewed each year and increase normally in line with …

Mature Man

How a nickname cost employers £63,000

An employment tribunal awarded a male employee over £63,000 following his colleagues calling him “Gramps” for a number of years. Does your work environment allow, or even encourage nicknames to …

employees

Does poor performance justify redundancy?

For an SME having just one member of staff who isn’t performing and is refusing to alter behaviour despite support, guidance and training, can have a major negative impact on …

Leadership

10 Easy Steps To Becoming A More Effective Manager

If you are stepping into your shoes as a manager for the first time, or you are looking to improve your management skills, then the following advice could help you …

easter eggs in a bowl

Employers risk breach of holiday rights with contract wording

Some employees are set to suffer a breach of their annual leave rights as a result of the way that Easter bank holidays fall this year and next year. The …

law gavel on desk

How to manage time off work to provide Court evidence

If an employee is required to give evidence as a witness in Court it is important to understand how that time off work should be accounted for. There are different …

leadership

Leading by Example – Leadership in the 21st Century

Over the years that I have worked in HR, I’ve taken a number of courses, read a number of books, and have seen and utilised a number of tools that …

law gavel

Including new information in disciplinary proceedings

Following a disciplinary hearing, further negative information has come to light about the employee. According to the Employment Appeal Tribunal, can it be taken into account when determining the appropriate …

driving ban

Does a driving ban mean dismissal?

An employee asks to see you and tells you that they have been banned from driving after committing a criminal offence. Does a driving ban mean dismissal for them in …

Social Media

Monitoring Employee Communications, Where’s The Line?

The European Court of Human Rights recently ruled that an employer had not breached human rights law when monitoring employee communications. However, UK employers would be wrong to see this …

holiday island

Employers Will Have To Pay Commission As Part Of Holiday Pay

 The decision was handed down in the long-running case of Lock v British Gas Trading Ltd, which was first brought to tribunal in April 2012. The case involves Mr Lock …

probation review

Why you need to bother with probationary periods

Apparently, 88% of employers regret at least one recruitment decision they’ve made in the past twelve months. The main problems are because they (1) aren’t up to the job; (2) lack skills; …

money in stacks

The New National Living Wage

The Government’s New National Living Wage became law on 1 April 2016. If you’re an employer, you need to make sure you’re paying your staff correctly, as the National Living Wage will …

money

The 2016 to 2017 Statutory Rates

2016 to 2017 Statutory Rates Statutory parental payments and statutory sick pay are generally increased annually. However, there’s some good news on the 2016 to 2017 Statutory Rates for employers. …

Communicating

9 Tips to Improve Your Confidence When Communicating

Communication is an essential part of work and home life. Understanding how to be a good communicator can be an important productivity tool, one that’s frequently neglected. Poor communication can …

Employment Law Contract

Big Employment Law Issues For Smaller Employers in 2016

What SMEs should look out for in the coming year Employment continues to be a highly politicised issue and significant changes to the law governing it have been brought in …

law gavel

How to avoid disability discrimination in recruitment

A tribunal has ordered that an employer must pay an employee who was suffering from throat cancer over £115,000 in compensation. What did the employer do wrong? The case of …

Supporting gender reassignment in the workplace

Over recent years we have seen the need for a better understanding of trans employees within the workplace. There is often a lack of understanding and knowledge on how to …

Cycle to Work schemes are back in fashion

The following article was written by Martin Moore, Employee Benefits Consultant, Beckett Financial Services. With the rising cost of living and a huge shift in employee expectations in the last decade, …

What is the best way to manage relationships at work?

What is the chance of meeting that special someone at work? Following a Totaljobs Survey of more than 5,000 people, 22% of people report meeting their partners at work. More …

Regular HR news, straight to you