World Cup 2022 – What do employers need to consider?

The World Cup takes place in Qatar from 20th November – 18th December 2022 and given the time difference some of these games will most likely fall during working hours. So, let’s get prepared for an (potential) influx of annual leave requests, absences and employees asking to watch the footy at work! Annual Leave You…

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Holiday Changes – Harpur Trust V Brazel

A recent Supreme Court judgement in Harpur Trust V Brazel has made us change the way in we calculate holiday entitlement and pay. The judgement affects part-time staff, with irregular hours, that work part of the year and also employees on zero hour contracts. It does not affect part-time staff that work regularly each week.…

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What do HR really do?

More often, when we propose our retained HR support packages to potential new clients we get a response along the lines of “well, we don’t have many employee problems”. So let’s explore what HR actually do because there is a common misconception that a business only needs HR when there are employee relation issues. Human…

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Have you considered outsourcing your HR?

Human Resources, a core support mechanism that all employers should have. The HR department is one of the core cogs of a business and ensures they remain compliant with employment legislation along with aligning the people agenda and business goals. However, some employers particularly SME’s put their HR needs to the side and one of…

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What to expect in 2022 and beyond

As normality slowly starts to creep back, let’s take a look at some employment law changes that will be coming our way during the course of 2022 and 2023. Aspects of the long-awaited Employment Bill continue to be consulted on in Parliament, some of which originated from the Good Work Plan, this includes but is…

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Additional Bank Holiday – The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The UK will celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch with an extended weekend of celebrations in 2022. The May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Changes…

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COVID-19 & the workplace – what can my business do?

Whilst we slowly try to return to normality, the pandemic continues to provide its challenges. Business owners and managers need to remain ‘on-guard’ to keep the workplace safe, productive and harmonious. So, what are the biggest remaining challenges for SMEs? 1. Safety  Even as infection rates continue to decrease, the virus is still out there,…

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Workplace equality: supporting LGBTQ+ employees at work

Ensuring your business is inclusive of LGBTQ+ employees is not only the right thing to do but it makes a great deal of business sense too. Having a diverse workforce attracts top talent and helps to create an environment where everyone is comfortable regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.  Although businesses have made…

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Fire and rehire – what does it mean?

British Gas is just one of a number of high-profile companies who have come under fire recently after 500 engineers who wouldn’t accept new terms and conditions that would have left them with longer hours and lower pay, a practice known as fire and rehire. After the recent spotlight in the media, many expected to…

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Monitoring staff wellbeing when working remotely

When the Prime Minister announced lockdown in March 2020 it was hard to imagine a world where remote working would become the norm. Now, according to research by the BBC, almost all of the UK’s 50 largest employers intend to implement permanent flexible working after lockdown, and many other employers are following suit. Although staff…

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