The Good Work Plan – What You Need To Know

February 14th, 2019No Comments

The good work plan is a document published by the UK Government in December 2018 which seeks to set out the future of the work market in the UK including some significant changes that are on the horizon. In the coming weeks, we will focus on this document and...

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Seminar Update; Breathe HR

February 8th, 2019No Comments

Last week we held one of our regular seminars. The feedback has been overwhelmingly brilliant and we are looking forward to running more this year. In the seminar, we covered a number of hot topics and over the coming weeks, we will recap the key topics we covered including...

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Why is HR Important?

January 11th, 2019No Comments

Happy New Year! We hope you have had a lovely break (if you managed to get one) and are ready for an amazing 2019. We will continue to bring you a regular blog post in 2019 and we thought we would start by looking at why HR is important....

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Workplace Bullying

December 19th, 2018No Comments

A recent survey has shown that over half of employees have encountered workplace bullying, this is quite an alarming statistic and raises a question for every organisation .. Are you doing enough to promote wellbeing at work? It has been well proven that a happy workforce will perform better so there...

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Getting the Right Skills for 2019

December 10th, 2018No Comments

With only 2 weeks until Christmas (can you believe it?), we are continuing our focus on planning for 2019. December is the perfect month for this, so you can come back into work in January with clarity on what you need to achieve. In our previous blogs this month...

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Reflecting on 2018 and Preparing for 2019

November 30th, 2018No Comments

Can you believe that tomorrow is December and we are on the countdown to Christmas and therefore to the end of the year? December is always a great month to do some planning, building on our last blog post we are bringing you a range of tools and ideas on...

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Planning for 2019

November 26th, 2018No Comments

As December appears on the horizon (we can hardly believe it either) now is the time to start thinking about 2019 and what you want to achieve. As we discussed in our last blog there are some big changes on the horizon thanks to Brexit and we will start...

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Brexit Withdrawl Agreement; What does it mean for Employers?

November 16th, 2018No Comments

This week the government published a draft 585 page Brexit withdrawal agreement. You would struggle to find a newspaper or news channel which isn’t discussing this document and the fallout. With many opposed to the agreement, feeling it weakens the UK’s position, we thought we would provide a summary of...

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Improving Business Performance Through People

November 9th, 2018No Comments

It’s commonly agreed that the most valuable asset of any business is its people. Without them, you would be unable to make your product, delivery your service or give your customers a great service. Have you thought about how they feel at work? Do they love your brand and...

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Managing Change

November 1st, 2018No Comments

There are not many things in business that are certain but one of them is change! One of the key skills today’s leaders need is the ability to lead their businesses and teams through change. If you are the business owner or a senior leader then the reality is a...

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Settlement or Gagging Agreements; are they legal and ethical?

October 26th, 2018No Comments

The recent flurry of press activity focused on NDA or Non-Disclosure Agreements has brought up the question of legality and whether they are an ethical way to manage the business. If you were listening to the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 yesterday you would have heard the...

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Mental Health

October 18th, 2018No Comments

Much like our physical health, we all have mental health and part of your duty of care is to support the wellbeing of your people. Mental Health has become more prevalent in recent years with many high profile people speaking out about their own challenges and encouraging others to...

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Vicarious Liability; What Does It Mean?

October 12th, 2018No Comments

Vicarious Liability can be a scary concept for employers as it means that you can be liable and held responsible for the actions or omissions of one of your employees when they take place in a workplace context (and beyond). This could relate to a number of different scenarios...

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Recruitment; How to find a superstar!

October 5th, 2018No Comments

Recruiting a new team member can be a time consuming and costly exercise with no guarantee of success. In this week’s blog, we give our top tips on recruiting a superstar.   The first step in any recruitment post is to spend time thinking about the role you are...

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What Would You Do If A Customer Harasses Your Staff?

September 27th, 2018No Comments

It used to be the case that if an employee was harassed by a third party, you as the employer could be held responsible. It was deemed that this was too hard to manage and prove which led to this being dropped from the legislation in 2013. However, the...

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New Legislation on the Horizon

September 20th, 2018No Comments

When a proposed bill is heard before parliment and receives royal assent it becomes legislation. On the 13th September 2019 The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill received this royal assent and became Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act 2018. In this blog, we will share with you what...

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Focus on: Return to Work Interviews

September 14th, 2018No Comments

When an employee is off sick it is important to conduct a good return to work interview. Although these can be a bit of an inconvenience to a busy day, it is very important that they are carried out and today we focus on why we do them and...

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New Guidance on Employee References

September 7th, 2018No Comments

    Giving a reference for a previous employee can be a bit of a minefield and recently ACAS has published some guidelines on the provision of references which we discuss in our blog today. Firstly, (with the exception of some specific regulated industries, there is no legal obligation...

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Avoiding a Dress Code Disaster

August 16th, 2018No Comments

You may recall there have been a number of stories in the press concerning dress code such as the one in which PwC sent a receptionist home without pay for wearing flat shoes. On the back of this and other examples, the Government Equalities Office has issued guidance which sets...

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Probationary Clauses

April 6th, 2018No Comments

Recruitment is never an exact science, someone can look great on paper but then in practice not live up to your expectations. When making an offer of employment it is best practice to include a probationary clause, this serves as a way of seeing how the new employee is...

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GDPR: Are You Ready?

March 29th, 2018No Comments

If you are a client or a subscriber to our newsletter you will have received an email this morning inviting you to resubscribe to our newsletter. Along with all businesses in the UK we are completing an internal audit to ensure we are data protection compliant under the new...

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Workers Rights: Knowing when they apply and how to handle them.

March 25th, 2018No Comments

You may have heard in the press recently discussion around workers’ rights following some high profile court case in which the debate around when a self-employed contractor becomes a ‘worker’ therefore gaining associated rights. There have been a number of recent cases which have challenged this and in all...

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Are you ready for the increase in National Living Wage?

March 4th, 2018No Comments

From the 1st April National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage are set to increase. This means you have a legal obligation to review your payroll and ensure that everyone is being paid correctly. We are in the process of working proactively with our clients to ensure that any...

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Making Changes to Terms & Conditions of Employment

February 22nd, 2018No Comments

The contract of employment sets out for both you and your employees the terms and conditions of employment, during the course of employment however you may need to vary the terms of employment and it is important that you do this correctly. It can seem very straight forward to vary...

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Medical Retirement; How to Handle it

February 12th, 2018No Comments

  This week we are focusing on the topic of medical retirement; as an employer you may find yourself in a situation whereby someone is unable to continue in their role due to a medical condition which opens up the conversation about medical retirement. Remember for the employee medical...

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Breaking Taboos; Menopause

January 25th, 2018No Comments

If  you were tuned into Radio 2 last week you would have heard a discussion about the impact of Menopause on women and how this in turn affects their work. The BBC has conducted research that shows that 70% of women do not tell their employer that they are...

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Snow Days; How to handle them

January 18th, 2018No Comments

This morning when we opened our curtains we were once again greeted with the beautiful sight of fresh snow. Whilst there is no doubt the outside world looks very pretty today, travelling to work is a different story. For many of you most of your time is spent balancing...

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Ben Stokes and the 10 Christmas party rules your organisation should follow

October 27th, 2017No Comments

Everybody likes to party. Right? But no-one wants to enter the nightmare of: a) not remembering what you did the night before, and  b) discovering that what you did was pretty shocking. It’s a position many of us may be familiar with. It would be a safe bet to say...

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Recruitment mistakes, avoid spending too much.

August 8th, 2017No Comments

You may have recruited the wrong person one too many times and your company productivity and sales may have taken the brunt of this. The average cost of filling up a vacancy is between 3,000 and 4,000 and for small business this can affect them a lot, so it’s...

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Bullying in the workplace, it’s on the rise.

July 8th, 2017No Comments

Bullying is a subject that we all hate hearing about, no one likes a bully, but bullying isn’t always on the swings in the school playground or in the science classroom, it filters in to a working environment, some people think that at an adult age, people would mature,...

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