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Isn’t paying them enough?

When it comes to motivating your workforce, it’s not all about the carrot and the stick mentality. In order for your employees to be engaged with your company, it has to be about more than the money. OK, so nobody goes to work for free. Firstly, there’s the NMW to think about; secondly, there are Read more about Isn’t paying them enough?[…]

Are you feeling any better today?

Many of us will have started the New Year with positive resolutions: lose weight; stop smoking; start exercising more and… find a new job! All too soon it gets round to THAT day again – Blue Monday. The most depressing day of the year, apparently – and, in case you missed it by any chance, Read more about Are you feeling any better today?[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

How to dismiss employees on long-term sick leave

Dealing with employees, or unfortunately dismissing employees, who are on long-term sick leave can be a challenge for a lot of employers. Although the underlying reasons for being off sick can be completely genuine, having an employee on long-term sick leave can mean and emotional as well as a financial challenge to the employer. It Read more about How to dismiss employees on long-term sick leave[…]

A new way of pricing HR Services and HR Consultancy

Game changer for pricing SME HR – A new pricing quote builder for HR Services and HR Consultancy Breathing Space HR Ltd, responsible for the delivery of up&up HR strategy programme has introduced the first quote builder in HR Consultancy in their new website: www.breathingspacehr.co.uk The quote builder gives businesses true transparency on pricing for external Read more about A new way of pricing HR Services and HR Consultancy[…]

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?[…]

How to keep your workforce motivated during the ‘Winter blues’

With the fun festivities long behind us, and a cold Winter in full swing; thoughts turn to the regret of that Christmas spending splurge, the miserable weather and the holiday weight gain. Along with and return of ‘blue Monday’ (the most depressing Monday of the year), it’s hard not to get a little down, however, Read more about How to keep your workforce motivated during the ‘Winter blues’[…]