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Summer of Sport: Navigating Workplace Disruptions 2024

Summer of Sport: Navigating Workplace Disruptions 2024

Summer of Sport: Navigating Workplace Disruptions The summer months often bring a wave of excitement with various major sporting events capturing the attention of millions. However, for employers, this period can also pose significant challenges in maintaining...

Father’s Day 18th of June 2023

Father’s Day 18th of June 2023

Father’s Day this year is celebrated on Sunday 18th June. Father’s Day was inspired by the success and presence of Mother’s Day which began back in the early 20th Century. It is a day to honor fatherhood and parental bonds along with the influence of fathers in...

Horizon June 23

Horizon June 23

In this month's Horizon, we are going to discuss three new employment bills, new guidance from ACAS relating to mental health, and the government proposals for changes to holiday calculations. On the 24th of May 23, we saw three new employment bills go through their...

Employment Law Update May 2023

Employment Law Update May 2023

The Government has launched a new consultation on IR35. They are looking to introduce a statutory measure which could impact tax settlements with HMRC where liabilities arise under the off-payroll working (IR35) rules. The consultation will be of interest to any...

Stress Awareness

Stress Awareness

Stress awareness month has been held in April since 1992 raising awareness of what causes and what cures there are for our increasing modern day stress epidemic Stress is something that everyone feels at times, especially when dealing with change or life challenges...

Clover HR Horizon – April 2023

Clover HR Horizon – April 2023

This month we have seen the usual increases to statutory payments for April, along with Jeremy Hunt – Chancellor -  announcing his Spring budget. Further details are outlined below.  The Bank of England has also increased its interest rates again in the aim to control...

Mothering Sunday 19th March 2023

Mothering Sunday 19th March 2023

This year Mother’s Day or “Mothering Sunday” as it was traditionally called, falls on Sunday19th March 2023. The date changes every year, as this day is related to Easter, therefore it always falls on the fourth Sunday during the period of Lent. Mother’s Day is for...

Green HR

Green HR

The UK government has made a commitment to ‘building back greener’ to transition to net zero emissions by 2050 with COP26 making decarbonisation a business imperative. What is Green HR Green HR is when HR focuses on expanding its roles and initiatives to support a...

Clover HR Horizon

Clover HR Horizon

February has come and gone in the blink of an eye - what a busy month it was! Lots happened in the world of HR, from nationwide strikes to testing shorter working weeks, we take a look at all things HR and what’s on the horizon for March. Strikes Update On the 24th...

We’re putting the love into HR

We’re putting the love into HR

Opening our doors in 2017 we have been on a mission to make HR simple, refreshing, incisive, timely and professional for our clients, partners and friends. Working with over 110 SMEs, across 48 sectors, delivering consultancy and advice daily to around 5,000 employees...

School Strikes – 2023

School Strikes – 2023

ARE THE SCHOOL STRIKES HAVING AN AFFECT ON YOUR EMPLOYEES' ABILITY TO WORK? Teachers within the National Education Union (NEU) are being encouraged to take industrial strike action across England and Wales on selected dates in February and March 2023. Schools have...

Supporting employees with diabetes in the workplace

Supporting employees with diabetes in the workplace

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease, which over time can lead to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves. Diabetes is characterised by elevated blood glucose levels. There are 2 main types of diabetes: Type 1...

Top 9 Workplace Benefits

Top 9 Workplace Benefits

What are Employee Benefits? Employee benefits are part of a compensation package for employees, they are usually taxed however they do not form part of a basic salary. They can help to attract the right people into a business. Employers are legally required to provide...

World Diabetes Day 14th November 2022

World Diabetes Day 14th November 2022

World diabetes day falls on the 14th of November every year. It was first created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Foundation. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2022 is ‘Education to protect tomorrow’, encouraging people to paint their nails blue for the day to...

World Mental Health Day 2022 10th October

World Mental Health Day 2022 10th October

‘Make Mental Health for all a global priority’ The World Health Organisation (The WHO) recognise World Mental Health Day every year on the 10th October. The first World Mental Health day was back in 1992. World Mental Health Day is a chance for people to talk and...

How To Conduct Investigations Well

How To Conduct Investigations Well

What are investigations and when are they needed? All Employers have situations where an employee misbehaves or becomes comfortable and complacent in their employment or the role that they do. On these occasions, things may occur that require addressing via the...

The True Cost of Recruitment

The True Cost of Recruitment

When recruiting a new employee to join a team, it is not just the salary the employee will be earning that will be the cost to the Company, there are many other costs associated with employee recruitment. The cost of replacing employees for smaller businesses can have...

Online Meeting Overload

Online Meeting Overload

Are your employees expected to attend too many meetings in their day to day job? Could this be demotivating your employees? Are we really addicted to meetings and is it a form of control? In a recent survey done with a pool of managers, they felt that 83% of the...

World Breastfeeding Week 2022

World Breastfeeding Week 2022

This month we are supporting #worldbreastfeedingweek2022 Did you know employers are required to provide suitable rest facilities for breastfeeding mothers. If an employer refuses to accommodate a breastfeeding employee, the employer may be considered guilty of sex...

Employing People from Ukraine

Employing People from Ukraine

Many employers are looking to offer jobs to Ukrainian refugees. If you as an employer would like to do the same, but are not sure if you can or how to go about it the vital information that you need is outlined below. The Government has set up several schemes to help...

How to write a killer job description

How to write a killer job description

A job description describes the general tasks, duties and responsibilities of a position.  It lists the vital functions of a job and the experience, knowledge, qualifications and skills required for the role. Job descriptions allow employees to understand what is...

National Equal Pay Day

National Equal Pay Day

12th April 2022 The National Equal Pay Day is a day to encourage people to fight for employment equality no matter what their gender or the colour of their skin is. This year it falls on Tuesday 12th April 2022. The date of National Equal Pay day changes year on year...

Competency interview questions for civil service behaviours

Competency interview questions for civil service behaviours

Competency Interview Questions for Civil Service Behaviours As part of their success profiles, the Civil Service has developed a set of defined behaviours that are associated with job success. Knowing and understanding what these nine civil service behaviours are, and...

International Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

International Transgender Day of Visibility 2022

The International Transgender Day of Visibility is a national event that happens on 31st March annually. This day is to raise awareness of discrimination that is faced by the transgender and gender non-conforming community and to also celebrate the achievements across...

Employers to award record pay rises?

Employers to award record pay rises?

According to the CIPD Labour Market Outlook, Winter 2021-2022, employers are set to award pay increases of 3%, this is the highest that has been reported since 2012-2013 winter. However, the cost of living is increasing daily, due to all the increases taking place,...

Living with Covid-19

Living with Covid-19

For almost two years now, we have seen many restrictions placed on our everyday life. Overnight employers and employees needed to quickly adapt to new ways of working and many businesses were forced to close under Government rules. At the start of the pandemic, there...

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8th March 2022. This is a global day to celebrate the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women, to raise awareness of bias and discrimination that can occur and for everyone to take action...

Popular teamwork competency questions to prepare for

Popular teamwork competency questions to prepare for

Competency-based questions are asked during an interview to find out how you can demonstrate a specific skill required for the role in which you are applying. They are amongst some of the most common types of questions asked, and therefore it’s really important to...

Common Values based interview questions and how to answer them

Common Values based interview questions and how to answer them

Common Values-based interview questions and how to answer them The values of an individual can be really personal and will largely be based on experiences and influences that have occurred during their lifetime, and the principles in which they have lived by. Although...

Employment Law Changes 2022

Employment Law Changes 2022

In 2022 there are several Employment Law Changes that will take place. It is crucial all employers are aware of these. The changes include: Social Care Levy This is a new tax which is to provide funding for social care in the future. From April 2022 there is to be a...

Great Answers to the Question; What can you bring to the role?

Great Answers to the Question; What can you bring to the role?

When preparing for an interview, it's always worth assuming that you will be asked a question that centres around what you could bring to the role. The aim of this question is usually to gain an understanding of whether or not you have some of the key essential skills...

World Cancer Day 4th February 2022

World Cancer Day 4th February 2022

How Employers Can Support Employees with Cancer World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4th February every year around the world. The purpose of this day is to help prevent deaths from Cancer, the purpose of the day is to be able to unite people and countries affected by...

Equality and Inclusion during the Recruitment Process

Equality and Inclusion during the Recruitment Process

During the recruitment process, companies must ensure that they abide by The Equality Act 2010, to ensure that they do not discriminate against any applicants. Discrimination is the unfair treatment of an individual due to a protected characteristic. There are three...

New Year 2022

New Year 2022

The new year can mean a new start for many – whether that be new year resolutions, a new hobby, perhaps a new house or a new job! For some, it can be an exciting time, and for others, it’s a time where they need extra support to look to the year ahead. Following an...

4 day working weeks – Are they as effective as people say

4 day working weeks – Are they as effective as people say

4 day working weeks – Are they as effective as people say In recent times, there have been many factors contributing to the conversation of the 4-day working week coming to the UK. There is becoming a wider acceptance that frequent, long hour days doesn’t necessarily...

Maternity Discrimination

Maternity Discrimination

Maternity Discrimination This is one all Employers should be wary of! When an employee is pregnant there are numerous rules and regulations to follow. If someone is seen to be treated unfairly because they are pregnant, breastfeeding or have recently given birth, they...

The Importance of the Candidate Experience

The Importance of the Candidate Experience

The Importance of the Candidate Experience When an organisation embarks on a recruitment programme, they are often looking for more than one outcome.  The most obvious, and pressing, is to fill a specific vacancy, which has been identified either as a result of...

Protected Conversations

Protected Conversations

Protected Conversations Since July 2013, employers have legally been able to have an off the record discussion with an employee to discuss the idea of terminating their contract of employment. These are able to be done as a protected conversation. A protection...

Ways to become a better leader

Ways to become a better leader

As a leader, your most important role is to provide clear direction to your employees. A leader must ensure that their team members understand what their individual goal and the team goal is and how to work towards achieving them. To develop yourself to become a...

Developing In-House Talent

Developing In-House Talent

Developing in-house talent is critical to an organisation’s future, with businesses often finding it difficult to fill key roles with external candidates, recognising in-house potential and nurturing it, massively supports organisations in having the most effective...

How to conduct HR investigations

How to conduct HR investigations

What is an HR investigation and when is it needed? Sometimes employees in the workplace can make accusations against fellow colleagues or an employee’s conduct may be deemed inappropriate by managers; in these instances,  as part of the process to resolve conduct...

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on the 10th of September, it started in 2003 and is held annually on the same day every year.  This day is recognised for businesses, government agencies, the media and others to be...

What Not to Wear to an Interview

What Not to Wear to an Interview

Dressing to make a great impression at an interview is essential, as we tend to hold onto our first impressions of people, which can be hard to change later. What you wear to an interview can demonstrate to interviewers how you may present yourself and the company. ...

Lifting of Restrictions – 19th July 2021

Lifting of Restrictions – 19th July 2021

Boris Johnson has announced from Monday 19th July 2021 England will be moving to the fourth and final stage of the roadmap on lifting lockdown restrictions that we have be adhering to over the last 16 months. The Government have said that the pandemic is not over and...

What to Wear to an Informal Interview

What to Wear to an Informal Interview

What is an informal interview? An informal interview usually takes place in a more relaxed or casual setting – such as over coffee or lunch. They have less structure than a formal interview would and often, are more focused on getting to know you as a person, whether...

What is Hybrid Recruitment? Benefits & Models

What is Hybrid Recruitment? Benefits & Models

Amid a global pandemic, we have seen change after change to the way we live and work, we find ourselves in a constant state of flux within “the new normal” looking to an uncertain future. However, COVID-19 has shown us the importance of flexibility, reactivity and...

Interview Body Language and How to Succeed

Interview Body Language and How to Succeed

It is vital candidates know and understand how to flourish and succeed during an interview and understand the important role body language can play in obtaining a new role. Researchers have established a rule that spoken communication is only 7% of what people take...

Supporting Menopausal Employees

Supporting Menopausal Employees

The menopause is a natural occurrence for women which happens usually in a woman’s late forties or early fifties, however for some it can occur earlier or later.  The first stage is what is known as the perimenopause which sometimes can be mistaken for early...