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Oct29

Chancellor Extends Shared Parental Leave to Working Grandparents

Categories // HR and Training

An announcement by the Chancellor George Osborne has opened up an interesting dilemma to businesses. His new policy for supporting working parents is to extend the shared parental leave to grandparents. This may send a few shivers down the backbone of some bosses but what will be the actual impact?

Oct27

Signs, Causes and Impact of Stress at Work

Categories // HR and Training

As we prepare for fireworks and bonfires give a thought to the 4 November which is National Stress Awareness Day. We all say we are ‘stressed’ from time to time, but in 2014-15 the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) report on stress stated that 45% of all working days lost to ill-health and that’s 9.9 million work days, were lost to stress.  So what is stress, how do we spot people with it and what can we do to help?

Aug17

Hire or Fire ‘Yes People’?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

If you are looking for an easy life as a manager you might think that surrounding yourself with ‘Yes People’ is the answer. But as a manager or owner of a business do you want to surround yourself with people that only agree with you? Will this allow you to make the best business decisions and get the most out of your staff?

Jun18

Holiday pay, avoid expensive back dating

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

In a recent case, Lock v British Gas Trading, a tribunal awarded back dated holiday pay based on additional criteria other than standard hours of pay, in this case taking into account the employees commission. There have been a number of cases at tribunal about holiday pay. The main areas that are up for debate other than commission based pay are those on variable pay, shift premiums, overtime and discretionary bonuses.

Jun18

Exclusivity Ban Reaches Further Than Zero Hour Contracts

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

There has been a lot of talk in the news and on HR forums on zero hour contracts, but what are they? As it says in the name they are a contract between a worker and an employer that do not guarantee to provide any minimum working hours. It means that employees only work when the employer needs them, which is often at short notice and that their pay is dependant on the number of hours they work. A worker is not obliged to accept any work. There has been a lot of concern about such contracts as it is often the low paid that have them and with no guarantee of work,theycan make budgeting and paying bills difficult. This is especially true where some companies have had an exclusivity clause in their zero hour contract. On the 26 of May exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts were banned. How does this affect the employer and the worker?

May14

New Government's Plans for Small Businesses

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

The recent general election campaign was fought over issues such as improving the economy and supporting businesses. Now that we have a government with outright control, what actually are their plans for SMEs over the next 5 years?

Apr14

Get the Best Apprentices

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

As lots of 16 year olds are getting their heads down to study for and sit their GCSEs as an employer it is a good time to think about whether you can offer an Apprenticeship. Come August when GCSE results are published there will be a lot of teenagers thinking about their next steps and what careers they want to follow.

Apr14

Economic Impact of Deflation

Categories // Business Development

Much of the Eurozone has deflation and with the UK inflation rate at zero per cent in March it is something that could be facing the UK, but what is it? Deflation is the reduction in price of goods, which on the face of it when buying in your weekly shop or filling up your car, seems a great thing. This is not a view taken by the Central European Bank. It is very concerned about deflation; let’s face it our economies are based on a model of having inflation, so what would a prolonged period of deflation mean to your business?

Apr14

The Business cost of Auto Enrolment

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

We all want to have a nice pension when we retire. The government has therefore introduced to all companies ‘Auto Enrolment’. This is where all organisations that employ one or more eligible people must pay into a workplace pension for them. Large companies have had to have this in place for sometime, but now the ‘staging dates’ for SMEs have started. The dates vary depending on the size of the company and other factors, but many businesses will find that they have to have a pension in place in 2015/16.

Mar16

Over the Employment Hill at 50?

Categories // HR and Training

When redundancies are made it is the over 50’s who have the most difficulty finding a new job according to a recent report by Business in the Community (BITC) The Missing Million: Pathways back to employment. Their report showed that less than a third of those aged 50-64 were successful in finding another job. Many became self-employed or took up unpaid work, but a much larger proportion never return to work. These figures are interesting when compared to younger people where two-thirds returned to work for an employer.

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