Entries by Jan

Is flexible working your friend?

As a government initiative looks to increase the uptake of flexible working, we look at the pros and cons and legal requirements for HR departments… The desire to have flexible working is a big pull for prospective candidates. According to a survey by web conferencing company powwownow.co.uk, 81 per cent of people say that flexible […]

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To be or not to be employed: bank workers

Bank workers are the mainstay of the care industry, yet HR professionals have struggled for years to define whether they are employees. A recent employment tribunal may have answered the question… What are bank staff? The term refers to a pool of people that an employer may call on when they need to cover shifts, […]

Why you need a mental health first aider

We all know that a company must have appointed first aiders, but who is taking care of your staff’s mental first aid? Did you know 57% of UK workers (MIND: Half of workers have experienced poor mental health in current job, 11/09/2018) have experienced some issue with their mental health? And yet, while there is […]

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Right to work in the UK

Update streamlines company checks on future foreign employees and their eligibility to work in the UK… Employ someone who doesn’t have the right to work in the UK and you could find yourself at the start of a five-year jail sentence, not to mention the unlimited fine that you would have to pay. An employer […]

Laughter is the best medicine

It’s not just an old wives’ tale – laughter and keeping happy can be the secret to content and productive staff – it’s the science of Laughology! Laughology is a training and consulting organisation founded by Stephanie Davies. Working on the stand-up circuit, she realised that humour could help her survive as she performed on […]

Autumn Budget Update

Key points for HR professionals to consider… The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, revealed his Budget 2018 on Monday 29 October – promising it would be a Budget for ‘the strivers, the grafters and carers’. What are the key points for HR? Mental health care Increased spending for health care services should be a boost for employers, […]

It’s the way you wear it

How does your company dress code stand up to the latest government guidance and what do you need to consider for this year’s Christmas party? Government Guidance Earlier in the year, the government released some long-awaited guidance on discriminatory dress codes [CIPD: New dress code guidance published 22/05/2018]. Called ‘Dress codes and sex discrimination – what […]

GDPR – three-month review

It’s three months since the GDPR regulations were introduced – now is a great time to review your own situation and ensure that those responsible for HR in your organisation are complying with these regulations… The GDPR regulations, which were introduced in May, govern how businesses – whatever their size – handle personal data; this […]