Fit and healthy staff make for a fit and healthy company

This is part two of our wellbeing series. You can read our previous blog on how vital holidays are for a healthy workplace here. As we head into summer, health and fitness come to the fore. We all start to feel more energised once the sun shines, and are more inclined to eat healthily, get out […]

Holidays are vital for a healthy workplace

A healthy workplace is vital, and HR has a major role to play in creating the best conditions for staff. Staff ill health can cost the UK around £14 billion a year according to the CBI’s 2013 Sickness Absence survey, and the CIPD 2015 Absence Management survey reckoned the average annual median cost of absence […]

Six Ways To Spring Clean Your HR Activities

Do you spring clean your house (or better still, get someone else to do it for you!)? This is a great time to spring clean your business too. The tax year has ended, so many companies will be breathing a sigh of relief – and this is a good time to take a close look […]

Legislation and Payment Changes April 2016

As always, April sees a number of changes in financial matters and the big change for 2016 is the introduction of the National Living Wage – rates for many other payments, however, have been frozen. Here’s a snapshot of the current situation: National Living Wage The headline-grabbing change for this April is the introduction of […]

The National Minimum Wage 2014

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases on the 1st October 2014. Below are the current rates and the new rates that comes into force next week. What Prior to October 2014 per hour From 1 October 2014 per hour Workers aged 21 + £6.31 £6.50 Development rate for workers aged 18-20 £5.03 £5.13 Young workers aged16-17 […]

Time Off for Fathers and Partners for Antenatal Appointments

With effect from 1 October 2014, prospective fathers and partners now have the right to take unpaid leave to attend antenatal appointments. This unpaid time off from work can be taken by employees and qualifying agency workers if they meet one of the following criteria. The individual should be: the baby’s father; the expectant mother’s […]

How to manage maternity leave in your small business

“Managing maternity leave is a challenge for all employers, but the prospect of a key team member being away for up to a year can be a particular concern for small businesses,” says consultant Cecily Lalloo of Aylesbury-based Embrace HR, which provides HR advice and support to SMEs. As Lalloo explains, roles within small firms are […]