The Stress of Commuting

Ah, commuting… The joys of standing on a freezing cold railway platform, where everyone looks really miserable for some reason, waiting for your train to arrive. Usually late. Usually with not enough carriages for the number of people wanting to squeeze on. Usually with those carriages already full anyway after calling at stations along the Read more about The Stress of Commuting[…]

Mental Health at Work

  Mental health issues cost UK employers £30 billion per year through recruitment, lost production and absence. A study by the charity Business in the Community highlights a change in attitudes to mental health in the workplace and shows that more and more employers are recognising they have a responsibility towards their employees’ mental wellbeing. Read more about Mental Health at Work[…]

Guidance for employers to support working parents with premature or sick babies

ACAS has reported that over 95,000 premature or sick babies are born each year in the UK. As a result, it has issued new guidance for employers in supported affected parents they employ.   What is the law?   All new mothers are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave, either ordinary or additional. Maternity Read more about Guidance for employers to support working parents with premature or sick babies[…]

How the Bradford Factor system works – Managing Absence

The Bradford Factor system is a way of measuring levels of sickness absence within organisations. An employee’s score is calculated by taking the number of absence incidents and multiplying this by itself, then multiplying by the total number of days’ absence within a 12-month rolling period.   Why use the system?   The Bradford Factor Read more about How the Bradford Factor system works – Managing Absence[…]

Notice entitlement and long-term sick leave

Employers terminating an employee’s contract of employment who is on long-term sick leave, have exhausted all statutory and employer sick pay and have no prospect of returning to work based on medical evidence can be perfectly within their rights to do so provided that they follow a fair process. When terminating any employment contract, whether Read more about Notice entitlement and long-term sick leave[…]

Attend this webinar – How to manage disciplinary meetings

Do you have questions about managing a disciplinary process? Suzie Bogle, MD of Breathing Space HR and creator of up&up will be delivering a webinar on managing disciplinary meetings  and the disciplinary process.  Suzie will talk and take questions for an hour. On the 21st February at 10am. Register here   Do you have employees Read more about Attend this webinar – How to manage disciplinary meetings[…]

Merry seasonal greetings of the end of the year celebrations!

Bah humbug! The seasonal HR warning: The office Christmas party season is here… Are you prepared? As an employer, you have a duty of care towards your employees even when they are having fun at your office Christmas party, whether it is on your site or at another location like a hotel. Even at the most Read more about Merry seasonal greetings of the end of the year celebrations![…]

Termination Payments – Changes to PILON status

A recent government proposal is likely to make all pay in lieu of notice (PILON) payments taxable and NI deductible from April 2018. This change will make termination payments costlier for businesses if the proposal is accepted as legislation. Currently non-contractual termination payments up to £30,000.00 are paid tax and NI free to leavers. This Read more about Termination Payments – Changes to PILON status[…]

Measuring absence, as fairly as possible

Absence from work. It can be a nightmare for companies small and large, who depend on their workforce to get the job done. When it comes to assessing absences, I really like the Bradford Factor. It enables companies to fairly measure absence and helps to capture those one off days here and there, which are Read more about Measuring absence, as fairly as possible[…]