What do they really want?

I had a conversation with a client this week about the struggles they are having to improve performance. They are a recruitment agency, so like other recruitment agencies and estate agents who we look after, the staff are set targets and are paid on their performance. However, from our conversation, it appears that the incentive […]

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What is flexible working?

The term ‘flexible working’ means lots of different things depending on who you are speaking to. To some it is the ability to work part-time, to others the ability to work from home and to others the ability to work shifts or on a zero hours basis. The right to request flexible working has been […]

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Snow Days

  How to manage staff when the English weather turns is always a topic for discussion among employers. In this video (one from our #AskDOHR series) we give employers different elements which they need to consider when making decisions about their business and whether or not to pay staff who fail to come to work […]

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Is it a Duck?

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that two drivers are infact ‘workers’ under the definition in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and therefore are afforded protections not available to genuine freelancers. This case will be appealed by Uber, they can’t afford not to because of the implications for their global business model. Uber have also looked […]

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The Employment Legislation Outlook

Below is a summary of planned employment legislation changes. There are a couple of things to note: There was no statutory increase in rates in April of this year, except for Redundancy which increased by £4 per week There may be an alignment of the National Minimum Wage Increases and the National Living Wage increases […]

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Do I have to pay staff if they don’t come to work due to the snow?

On days like today, when the snow is falling steadily and settling rapidly, we are often asked about withholding pay for absent staff. Our first response is always “What does your contract say”?  As a general rule, if staff are absent from work and it is not for pre arranged holiday, then as an employer, […]

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I can’t afford to give pay increases!!

As I speak to my clients, I pick up on general trends. Sometimes it is based on stuff they have heard in the news, sometimes it is the fear of forthcoming legislation; but recently there is one trend which is repeated by almost all of my clients – pay increases! Staff are asking for them […]

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Total Reward

At a time when Companies are still struggling to provide pay increases for employees, what are the alternatives to ensure engagement and retention of talent within the business. For many people, choosing an employer, going to work and performing at the highest possible standards is not just about how much they get paid. Pay is […]

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