Managing a return to work following long-term absence

There are a number of reasons employees may be away from the workplace for long periods of time, such as:- Maternity leave Parental leave Long-term illness Here is some advice on how to manage an employee’s return to work following such periods of absence. Maternity Leave As an employer you should have written to an Read more about Managing a return to work following long-term absence[…]

The Working Environment – How it affects your employees’ mood

When it comes to the workplace, there are a number of things to consider in relation to ensuring your organisation is a great place to work – temperature, lighting, noise etc, but what makes a good working environment? Is there a way of getting employees to concentrate more and increase productivity without resorting to ping-pong Read more about The Working Environment – How it affects your employees’ mood[…]

What is the future of retail?

  It’s a sorry sight looking around some of the UK’s towns and cities. ‘To Let’ signs everywhere following the collapse of not only independent shops, but also some of the biggest names in retail. This year has seen high street chains including House of Fraser, Homebase and Poundworld go into administration, as well as Read more about What is the future of retail?[…]

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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?[…]

Tax-free Childcare scheme? Guidance for Employees and Employers.

The new scheme enables eligible parents to receive a contribution from the Government of 20% of their childcare costs, up to an annual limit of £2,000 per child or in the case of a disabled child up to £4,000. The scheme operates between Parents and the Government, technically employers need to do nothing. Parents can Read more about Tax-free Childcare scheme? Guidance for Employees and Employers.[…]

employment law update – March 2017

Here is the employment law update – March 2017 – Holiday pay and statutory rate changes for 6 April 2017 Changes in Compensation Limits from April 2017 The Government has set out the new rates for compensation payments in the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order. The following changes will come into force effective from Read more about employment law update – March 2017[…]

Managing Disciplinaries – Great Webinar on YouTube

This week – I presented a webinar on Managing Disciplinaries and uploaded to our up&up YouTube channel. It was my first webinar and apart from the coughing fit near the end it went well.  The feedback from attendees was that it was clear and informative. The webinar is  for non-HR and small business owners with few Read more about Managing Disciplinaries – Great Webinar on YouTube[…]

Using HR Consultants and Disclosure – What some employment solicitors are saying

Recently, I have had clients come back to me stating that during seminars with employment solicitors they have been told NOT TO USE HR CONSULTANTS. I was quite taken aback (particularly as I had been hired by that Firm in the past) and sought to understand the reasons why a solicitor might say this. It Read more about Using HR Consultants and Disclosure – What some employment solicitors are saying[…]

Employment Tribunal Decisions have been made public online

The UK Government has launched its online database of Employment Tribunal decisions. This database open to the public free of charge and you can subscribe to review email updates of all new Employment Tribunal judgements. Particularly the reasons for a judgement – which can be quite amusing and enlightening! You can search by Tribunal date, Read more about Employment Tribunal Decisions have been made public online[…]

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[…]