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Statutory Sick Pay Repayments

Statutory Sick Pay Repayments

Statutory Sick Pay Repayments Employers may be able to use the Coronavirus Statutory Rebate Scheme to claim back employee’s coronavirus related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This rebate scheme will repay employers SSP that has been paid to current or former employees. Who...

Furlough Facts

Furlough Facts

Please find the latest furlough update below for you. A summary of the main points: 10 June 2020 will be the last day that employers can place employees on furlough. from 1 July, 'flexible furlough' is being introduced, meaning employees will be able to work part-time...

COVID-19 Homeworking and the Legal Considerations

COVID-19 Homeworking and the Legal Considerations

With homeworking likely to continue for many people over the coming months, what are the implications for businesses with employees working from home over a sustained period of time? Outlined below are some contractual and legal considerations; Review homeworking...

COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Industry

COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Industry

The coronavirus outbreak is having a devastating impact on the construction industry. Most businesses in the industry are doing their best to keep sites operational wherever it is practical and safe to do so. The construction industry has played a key role during...

Contact Tracing App

Contact Tracing App

To help limit the spread of the coronavirus within the UK, and as part of easing lockdown measures, millions of people will soon be asked to track their movements via an app on their smartphone. What is contact tracing? Contact Tracing aims to identify and alert...

Conducting Effective Online Meetings

Conducting Effective Online Meetings

With the UK still in lockdown due to COVID-19, many businesses and employees are settling into a routine of working from home. To keep in touch with employees, customers and suppliers, many businesses and individuals have moved to online video platforms to engage,...

Emergency Leave

Emergency Leave

Emergency Leave Employees are allowed to take time off work to deal with an emergency involving a dependant. A dependant could be a spouse, partner, child, grandchild, parent, or someone who depends on you for care. Employers should grant a reasonable amount of time...

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

Everyone chooses to celebrate Mother's Day in their own way, from son’s or daughter’s preparing their mum a much-deserved breakfast in bed, to older children treating their mum to special gift or event. The origins of this event are stooped in different historical...

Short-time Working

Short-time Working

Short-time Working The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is placing businesses of all sizes under unprecedented strain and pressure. The rapid and drastic reduction in demand or lost business is forcing employers to consider drastic action to reduce...

Flooding – Advice for Employers

Flooding – Advice for Employers

Wettest ever February and more flood warnings remain – Advice for Employers The Stats A total of 75 flood warnings are still in place for England and Wales. The Met Office confirmed last month was the wettest February on record. The UK averaged 209.1mm of rain last...

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Coronavirus is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The government advise the risk to individuals in the UK remains low. To date (18th February), nine patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Worldwide the coronavirus has infected...

Managing Remote Employees

Managing Remote Employees

There is no doubt that flexible working is on the rise, and therefore it is increasingly important for line managers to be comfortable in managing employees in various locations. With advances in technology making remote working more accessible, and Gallup reporting...

Managing Change In The Workplace

Managing Change In The Workplace

Employees are often reluctant to changes within the workplace, especially those with considerable service where they only see one way of doing a job and no variation will ever be good enough to the original method of operation. However, to be a business that can...

The Power of the Employer Brand

The Power of the Employer Brand

Whether it something you realise or not, all companies have an employer brand – it’s essentially the company’s reputation and what people think of you as an employer. The CIPD define employer brand as; ‘a set of attributes and qualities, often intangible, that makes...

Goal Setting

Goal Setting

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting…provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. (source: Mind Tools) Setting goals for employees Setting goals helps employees to stay...

Top Tips for Interviewing

Top Tips for Interviewing

New to interviewing? Need a refresher? Here are some tips that just might help……. The purpose of an interview is to find the most suitable candidate for a particular job vacancy. In preparing the job advertisement, the job description/role profile will have been...

Festive Fun – How To Avoid Potential Pitfalls

Festive Fun – How To Avoid Potential Pitfalls

With the festive season fast approaching and Christmas parties already planned as a celebration to reward the hard work of your employees, now is a good time for employers to think about the problems that might arise at these events and the provisions that should be...

Raising Productivity Through Employee Engagement

Raising Productivity Through Employee Engagement

Raising productivity through employee engagement Employee engagement looks at the way organisations interact with employees to improve employee happiness in the workplace. This can include things such as; how employees work with others; their behaviour in the...

Probationary Periods – What You Need To Know.

Probationary Periods – What You Need To Know.

What is a probationary period? A probationary period is a contractual period of time at the start of an employment contract between a new employee and an organisation.  During the probationary period the employee can be exempt from some contractual rights, e.g....

Neurodiversity In The Workplace

Neurodiversity In The Workplace

Neurodiversity In The Workplace Neurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information.  It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent; they function, learn and process information differently to the way society...

How will Brexit affect employment now and in the future?

How will Brexit affect employment now and in the future?

How will Brexit affect employment now and in the future? It is not now clear if the UK will leave the European Union on 31st October 2019 or what will follow thereafter. This is an uncertain time for us all, including employers in UK, their EU National employees and...

Gig Workers – A Case Law Update

Gig Workers – A Case Law Update

Gig Workers – a case law update We recently had another instalment in the 8 year legal drama of Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and Another v Smith. This case began in 2011 and the arguments brought were over whether Gary Smith, a “self employed” plumber, was entitled to the...

DISABILITY IN THE WORKPLACE

DISABILITY IN THE WORKPLACE

DISABILITY IN THE WORKPLACE Under the Equalities Act 2010 the definition of a disability in relation to employment law is defined as:   “a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily...

LGBT – Creating an Inclusive Workplace

LGBT – Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Many organisations have made huge strides in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and creating an inclusive workplace. However, many LGBT people in the UK still choose not to disclose their sexuality at work. The fear of homophobia,...

Aggravated Breaches

Aggravated Breaches

Aggravated Breach Compensation Rises to a Maximum of £20,000 from £5,000 section 16 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, introducing section 12A into the Employment Tribunals Act 1996. What is an Aggravated Breach? An Aggravated breach is a legal term...

Art Competition for local school

Art Competition for local school

Last week our HR Director Sara Hope had the pleasure of judging an 'art competition' that was kindly sponsored by Heartbeat Manufacturing Ltd in Redditch for a local school. The children were asked to produce a World War II portrait and Katie Butler (P.A to the MD)...

Gender Pay Gap – 2 Years In

Gender Pay Gap – 2 Years In

Since 2017, any business with over 250 employees must report on the difference in average earnings between men and women. The reporting deadline for this year was 4th April 2019 and we now have data to allow a comparison on last years’ figures. The news is not what...

Office Relocation

Office Relocation

The success of an office move requires good planning, co-ordination and a strong project team to drive it through. Never underestimate the amount of time you need to plan and execute the relocation. The first step is to engage with your stakeholders and form your...

5 Ways to Make Your HR Team More Resilient

5 Ways to Make Your HR Team More Resilient

Resilience is a word frequently used in the workplace today. But what does it really mean and how can it be effectively harnessed? Resilience means to be robust and to be able to recover from difficult situations. How can HR teams better equip themselves to be more...

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Father’s Day is celebrated internationally to recognise fathers’ and father figures’ contributions to their children’s lives.  It provides an opportunity to honour our fathers and it also allows us a moment to reflect on the role of today’s working fathers and their...

GDPR – One Year On

GDPR – One Year On

The end of May 2019 marks a year since the EU General Data Protection Regulations came into force. This legislation was due to have a significant impact on businesses that process data.  When talking about ‘processing data’, and ‘collecting’ data – this is something...

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

It goes without saying that being a mum is one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs. Not a day goes by where we are not grateful for all the hard work and sacrifices that mums across the world make for their families. As a mum you are constantly keeping the house...

Employee Empowerment

Employee Empowerment

Employee empowerment gives your employees the trust and accountability to carry out their roles to their upmost ability, leaving the responsibility for daily decision making to them. In simple terms this is the opposite to micro-management. By removing the need to...

Less Stressful Workplaces: What We Can All Do

Less Stressful Workplaces: What We Can All Do

By Saty Sandhu Many of us spend the majority of our time at work, so it is important that our workplaces are mentally healthy. We know that for many of us, work is a primary cause of stress. We can all relate to feeling stressed at work due to a deadline looming, too...

Employment through Brexit

Employment through Brexit

The quantity of commentary on Brexit is overwhelming – the outcome depends if any deal is reached and who will subsequently lead our government. Businesses must amongst uncertainty understand the likely future employment landscape and how to engage with their...

Party Time!

Party Time!

Employers often want to express their appreciation to all their employees for their hard work and the annual works Christmas “do” is a favourite event to promote good working relationships. However it is always advisable to take certain steps in advance to ensure that...

Tis the Season for Gift Giving

Tis the Season for Gift Giving

The end of the year is a time for celebration. However, it can also be when questions arise in the workplace about the appropriateness of gifts from suppliers and clients. No matter how well-meaning a gift is, the potential exists for impropriety or the appearance of...

Working Whilst Being a Carer

Working Whilst Being a Carer

Nearly one in nine workers in the UK are carers. By 2030 it is estimated that the number of carers in the UK will increase by 3.4 million to 9 million. This will no doubt bring a significant increase in the number of carers in employment. The difficulties and stress...

Holiday Blues

Holiday Blues

As the end of the summer holidays approaches, September often means fresh starts and new beginnings for many. As pencils are sharpened and bags packed, people are returning to work relaxed and refreshed, ready to hopefully face work challenges with renewed vigour. It...

Keeping Your Employees On Side

Keeping Your Employees On Side

  Avoid having to red card your employees for unreasonable behaviour or demands during the World Cup period. If you want to hear about our previous experience of  helping manage employees around such sporting events get in touch. World Cup fever will take over...

To Give or Not to Give?

To Give or Not to Give?

Charitable giving can provide important benefits to your business, both internally and externally. There are opportunities for employee engagement and motivation through charitable giving by both the company and the employees; how can we make sure we reap the benefits...

Expanding the team…

Expanding the team…

Recruiting staff and expanding your team can be both time consuming and costly. Get is wrong and the fallout can have significant consequences. Get it right and the new recruit will pay dividends. Back in September 2017, we discussed in depth the recruitment process....

Summarising 2017…

Summarising 2017…

It seems apt to take the opportunity this week to summarise 2017... For myself and my new company Clover HR, 2017 has most definitely been a very successful and positive year indeed! After much planning, Spring 2017 saw the launch of Clover HR. My lifetime goal to run...

Ever joined a webinar?

Ever joined a webinar?

This Friday I will be the guest speaker at the Business Pod monthly webinar, where I will be offering general advice about how to better both performance and results within your business. We are all too aware of how precious our time is. Learning and sharing our...

You’re Fired!

You’re Fired!

How many times do we hear those famous words  'You're Fired!' from Lord Alan Sugar's mouth? Eleven to be precise! 12 candidates are chosen at the beginning of the selection process to appear on The Apprentice and along the way, each week at least one is destined to...

To employ or not to employ… that is the question?

To employ or not to employ… that is the question?

The job advert received a great response, you've shortlisted a number of CV's and you're in the process of interviewing the candidates... How do you ensure that you pick the right person for the role? After all, employing the wrong candidate can be a costly exercise,...

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