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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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Free Occupational Health Assessments coming soon

Fit for Work offers free occupational health assessments for your employees who reach four weeks of sickness absence to help them return to work sooner. You and your employees can also benefit from free work related health advice through a telephone advice service and website. This Government funded referral service commenced in Sheffield and Betsi […]

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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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Working Time Directive – have your say

The European Commission has launched its consultation on the review of the Working Time Directive – the consultation will run until 15th March 2015.  This is to reflect on how best to meet the needs of workers, businesses, public services and consumers.  The Working Time Directive aims at providing minimum standards common to all EU […]

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Investigate before taking action

If an employee comes to work and you suspect he or she is under the influence of drugs then this could be a conduct issue if it is illegal drugs, but if the drugs are related to a medical condition then it could also be a capability issue.  It could be argued for example that […]

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Shared Parental Leave

If you are a business with mostly male workers then you will face family leave issues for the very first time. From 1st December 2014, the new shared parental leave regulations came into force.    The regulations apply to employees who are due to become parents on or after 5th April 2015 and this also includes […]

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