Calculating Holiday Pay

By |October 15th, 2016|Blog|

There have been several rulings earlier this year so we thought it would be a useful time to just remind ourselves of the current position with regard to calculating holiday pay. The following payments / elements must be taken into account so that staff who usually earn such payments are not disadvantaged by taking annual leave: 'commission'; 'Guaranteed' and [...]

E-Cigarettes in the Workplace

By |September 17th, 2016|Blog|

Section 1 of the Health Act 2006 defines "smoking" as "smoking tobacco or anything which contains tobacco, or smoking any other substance", and states that "smoking includes being in possession of lit tobacco or of anything lit which contains tobacco, or being in possession of any other lit substance in a form in which it [...]

Effective Employee Recognition Schemes

By |July 31st, 2016|Blog|

An effective employee recognition scheme is simple, immediate, and must be equally powerful for both the organisation and its employees. As such there are some important aspects to consider when creating any employee recognition scheme: Ensure all employees are eligible for the recognition; Communicate specific information about what behaviours or actions are being rewarded and [...]

What does Brexit mean for Employment Law in the UK?

By |July 5th, 2016|Blog|

Many people are concerned as to what extend the decision to leave the EU will impact on employment law.  The simple truth of the matter is that at this point we simply don’t know, all that we do know is that we are faced with a period of considerable uncertainty. Until the UK actually leaves [...]

Create Effective Job Description to help increase Productivity and Reduce

By |July 4th, 2016|Blog|

They may only be a small piece in a much larger HR jigsaw but having an effective Job Description (JD) in place is of the key elements of productive working.  By effective we mean that it is not simply a piece of paper that exists to tick a box, it is something that helps the employee [...]

Is Flexible Working good for Business?

By |July 4th, 2016|Blog|

Many people think of flexible working as simply being able to choose your own working hours. However, flexible working can take many forms including flexitime, homeworking, term-time working, structured time off in lieu, compressed hours, part-time working and job-sharing amongst others. The core principle of flexible working is that everyone is subject to demands outside [...]

Is Outsourcing my HR Requirements a Good Idea?

By |May 2nd, 2016|Blog|

Many employers consider outsourcing their HR requirements as a way of saving money compared to the cost of employing internal staff. Outsourcing your HR can save money, but there can also be a number of other benefits including. Allows your staff to focus on the more essential tasks e.g. conducting employee inductions. No downtime because of [...]

Key HR Elements to Reduce Risk

By |May 2nd, 2016|Blog|

According to a recent survey of 400 solicitors around the country (*), Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s) seeking legal advice state the following as the top two HR issues they face: Terminating the employment of under -performing staff (63%); Making redundancies when restructuring (45%). The main reason for SME’s finding these HR issues challenging, [...]

When does a Contract of Employment Start?

By |May 2nd, 2016|Blog|

We have been asked on many occasions to provide HR advice around recruitment and contracts of employment. On one such occasion, a company had withdrawn a job offer they had made but was being threatened with a breach of contract by the individual. The situation had arisen where the company was looking to increase its [...]

Increase Employee Engagement to Improve Your Business

By |April 1st, 2016|Blog|

Effective Human Resources (HR) practice can make significant improvements to your business.  One aspect where HR can help make such improvements is in the areas of ‘employee engagement’.  No matter what size of business you have, having engaged employees are a key element of your success.  So how do you get engaged employees?  Here are [...]