Discrimination

  Well written policies and procedures which are communicated and applied consistently are the key to ensuring that the risk  of discrimination is reduced as much as possible. Employees (as well as workers and job applicants) could bring claims for discrimination on the basis of Age, Gender, Race, Beliefs, Marital Status, Disability and Sexual Orientation. […]

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UK Employment Law is no longer fit for purpose!!!

I’ve been in Human Resources (HR) for over 20 years. When I was first introduced to the discipline, it was known as Personnel and today when I am speaking with clients, I refer to it as ‘managing employees’ or ‘staff management’. Why give a fancy name to what business owners just need to be able […]

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Special Needs

People don’t need to be employees to take an employment tribunal claim against you (although they usually are, or have been). Job applicants who feel they have missed out on a job due to discrimination can also lodge an employment tribunal claim and therefore taking any special needs into consideration at the recruitment and interview […]

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We Do HR – Making the Workplace a Better Place to be

I am on a mission….. Our strapline is “Making the workplace a better place to be” – but what does that mean? Over the years, the management of people within a business has had many different names; the most familiar used today are “personnel” and “Human Resources (HR)”.  Whatever you choose to call it, staff […]

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Are you guilty of bribery and corruption? Are you sure?

It’s everywhere …… every newspaper, every news bulletin, every conversation down the pub. How could they not have known? Who knew what? Are they telling the truth? Will Cameron go next? Have you taken a step back and looked at your own business? When you ask someone experienced, someone you have known for 5+ years, someone […]

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Mediation – like ‘the cloud’ it’s an unstoppable new way of doing things

It’s being ‘pushed’ hard by the government and seems to be growing in popularity anyway. So, why is this? Take a moment to think how your business or organisation could benefit from mediation in the workplace, from boardroom to shop floor. What’s the problem with disciplinary, grievance and tribunal procedures etc?It’s the time they take […]

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Employers should give employees access to Social Media while at work – shouldn’t they?

I am a technological immigrant and proud to consider myself almost fluent in the language. My children on the other hand are technological natives and for them a world without mobile phones and laptops is as alien as a world without cars is to me. I listened with interest yesterday to digital social media guru […]

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Does your sick pay policy have a purpose?

Do employers pay sick pay because: a) They have tob) They feel it is the right thing to doc) They want staff to feel supported and valuedd) They want employees back to work quickly The answer is that each employer will make sick pay payments for different reasons depending on the culture of the business, […]

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