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Employee attendance over the Winter season

Winter time is upon us once again, harsh winds, ice, cold weather and the possibility of snow. Last year we saw heavy snowfall and the country come to a halt, the chances of that happening again this winter are increasing daily. So make sure your employee handbooks have the correct policies in place to cope…

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Bring your own device: what it means for your workplace

Tablets have become the latest craze in portable devices so it is no wonder that employees are eager to use them in their own workplace as well as at home. Having your own B.Y.O.D. policy is essential to preventing any temptations to overuse, or misuse, these portable devices during work hours. Even more crucial is…

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Are you a workplace bully?

A recent survey of Unison members revealed that one in three female workers aged 18-30 said they were regularly bullied, with black employees twice as likely to be on the receiving end as white colleagues. Workplace bullies can be damaging not just to workers’ moral, but also to workplace productivity and communication. The CIPD has estimated that…

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Increase to the qualifying period of unfair dismissal

At the beginning of October 2011, the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced that the unfair dismissal qualifying period will increase to 2 years as of 6 April 2012. To read the full article and find out more information please click here

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Changes to agency regulations

The new Agency Regulations will come into force on 1st October 2011 and the new regulations will change the way in which agency staff are engaged and treated. The Regulations will give agency workers a right to the same basic working and employment conditions as would have applied had they been hired direct. This will…

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National Minimum Wage to Increase

With the guidelines for the national minimum wage changing we think that this should be announced to all employers to make sure they are meeting the correct standards and are not liable for employee’s who are not being put onto the correct wage to take any action against the company. Minimum wage for a lot…

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Working Time – holiday accrual whilst on long-term absence

Case Law  NHS Leeds v Larner deals with the question of whether an employee on long – term sick should lose her paid annual leave if she has not requested to take it. According to the EAT the answer is ‘no’. A worker who is absent for the whole of a leave year through sickness…

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Investing in Health & Safety is Good for Business

Work accidents and ill health can be expensive. Stopping them from happening will save you time and money. The smaller your business, the bigger the impact will be if a member of your staff has a serious accident or is off sick for an extended period of time. It could even put you out of…

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How to support Line Managers in dealing with mental health

According to the Annual Absence Survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel that was published in October 2010, one-third of employers have reported an increase in mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. The survey reported there was a particularly marked rise in reported mental health problems where employers were planning to make redundancies….

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