Avoiding Workplace Christmas Pitfalls

It’s that time of year again when people are gearing up towards a well-earned break. What with outstanding holidays that have to be used up before the end of the year and the Christmas party to organise, how do you make sure everything goes smoothly?   Annual Leave Due to work commitments employees didn’t have Read more about Avoiding Workplace Christmas Pitfalls[…]

Suspending an Employee

Why suspend an employee?   As an employer, you may decide to suspend an employee in order to minimise the risk to your business during a disciplinary investigation. Suspension will normally be on full pay, although an employee can be suspended without pay as long as this is stated in their employment contract, and you, Read more about Suspending an Employee[…]

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[…]

Employment Status – Guidelines from ACAS and Tool from HMRC

With the changing nature of work, employment status is not as clearly defined as it was in the past when more traditional working arrangements were dominant. There have been quite a few tribunal cases in recent months that investigated the employment status of claimants. From these cases, it was evident that employment status can be Read more about Employment Status – Guidelines from ACAS and Tool from HMRC[…]

Dress code and expression of religious beliefs in the workplace

What employers can and can’t do in terms of dress code and expression of religious beliefs in the workplace can be a grey area. Two recent European rulings provide a bit more clarity when it comes to this area. Based on current case law, applying a dress code policy that imposes a restriction on wearing Read more about Dress code and expression of religious beliefs in the workplace[…]

What's the difference – Employed or self-employed?

Employees, workers or self-employed contractors – Employers, be aware of the difference. This blog will be very useful for maintenance, facilities and all Trade companies. If the business has any arrangements by which they invoice the company and you know that they are a “one-man band” READ THIS CAREFULLY and review your position with them. Read more about What's the difference – Employed or self-employed?[…]

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[…]

The Apprenticeship Levy is coming – What you need to know

The new Apprenticeship Levy is to be introduced by the Government in the UK effective from April 2017. What does this mean for your business and apprenticeship plans? Small employers with a pay bill less than £3 million: You will receive a credit of £15,000 from the Government to your apprenticeship account which can be Read more about The Apprenticeship Levy is coming – What you need to know[…]

Diversity in the Workplace – a Quaker Business Prospective

Diversity is a key factor in our multi-cultural workplace in the 21st century. The Quakers and Business Group met in October 2016 to discuss Diversity and the outcome is described here. Here is an excerpt about equality and embracing diversity: “It is through feelings, awareness and understanding that we can recognise and overcome the barriers Read more about Diversity in the Workplace – a Quaker Business Prospective[…]