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Kids are back in school, but what does that mean for working parents?

Finding appropriate childcare can be a huge burden for your employees who are working full-time hours. With fees mounting to anything around £1000 per month and the number of providers and places dropping every year, is it any wonder that it can have a serious impact on their ability to do their job? In an […]

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Smoke without Fire: Should you Allow E-Cigarettes in the Workplace?

E-Cigarettes have become increasingly popular following the smoking ban in 2007, when it became illegal to smoke traditional cigarettes in all enclosed public spaces. The first electronic cigarette was developed in 2003, but failed to catch on as an alternative to the real deal. Nowadays, E-Cigarettes have caught on as a trend, with some people […]

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Steps to Take when Faced with Social Media Misconduct.

A digital footprint, as defined by Wikipedia, is an amalgamation of all the data that is generated about you when you use a digital service. This can come from your web browsing activities, social media profiles and even the GPS tracker on your iPhone. Every part of our daily lives is added to our digital […]

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Can you force your employees to take their holiday?

The summer holiday season has arrived and I am sure many employers are now trying to accommodate employees’ requests for time off work – but what about those employees who refuse to take time off?  What can you do… The law Under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) a worker is entitled to 28 days’ […]

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Does your management style match the situation presented?

Managing staff is not easy.  After all, they are human beings and all have different personalities.  Some are more enthusiastic but lack confidence and others have confidence but are not motivated.  If you want to get the best out of your staff it is important to manage them in different ways according to the situation that […]

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I am not a human resource I am a human being

Employee Engagement requires a need for your staff not just to be engaged in their job but to be engaged in the organisation itself sharing its values and objectives so that there is a sense of oneness.  For employees, feeling good about yourself is one thing but knowing and understanding how you and your job […]

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Vaping – do you need a policy? YES

The Health Act 2006 introduced a statutory prohibition on smoking in public places, including all offices and work spaces. E-cigarettes do not technically fall within the scope of this legislation and there is no legal requirement to ban them at work. However, many employers do wish to ban e-cigarettes at work and that being the […]

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Auto Enrolment – employer duties

Do you know your employer duties? As most employers know all too well, the Government has introduced auto enrolment to help more people save for their future.  This means that you, as employers will need to automatically enrol some workers into a workplace pension plan and give other workers the option to join. Employer duties […]

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Tweeting offensive and non-work related remarks

Is this a gross misconduct dismissal? Yes says the EAT in its latest judgement as reported by CIPD. The reason being that, in this latest case, these tweets were sufficiently public to justify dismissal for gross misconduct, as the claimant concerned knew they could be viewed by his employer’s store managers and potentially by members […]

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Can an employee be dismissed on long-term sick leave?

Yes it is possible to dismiss an employee while they are on long-term sick leave but in order to avoid claims such as unfair dismissal and disability discrimination employers need to follow a fair and proper procedure. Consultation with the employee This involves keeping in touch, usually by phone, on a regular basis. The employer […]

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