The Gender Pay Gap in Britain
Last month we were invited by Emily Harbottle, Editor at Catena (Nottingham) Limited to comment on her article published in Catena’s Network Magazine July/August. They have kindly allowed us to share the following article with you. In the last 100 years, women have come a long way in terms of equality. We are now able to vote, own our...
Are audits all that?
All too often, in the rush to fix problems and move on to the next one, we don’t fully assess the issue and end up with a short-term patch rather than a long-term solution. For employment matters it can be a good investment of time to undertake a full HR audit
Employment rights in the ‘gig economy’
The employment status of workers in the gig economy has come into question recently, with some companies insisting that their workers are self-employed contractors; a status which offers their workers little or none of the employment protections that are enjoyed by employees. The gig economy is a phrase used to describe the growing employment...
Mind the gap
Equal pay considerations for SMEs
Short-term additions to the workforce can ease the staffing burden on SMEs but what rights do temporary workers have? Should they be treated the same as permanent employees? Should those in interim positions be offered a contract of employment? Here we take a look at the benefits and implications of hiring short-term workers. Why...
Don’t dis the comfort
Recent heatwaves saw UK temperatures rise to over 30oC resulting in sweltering conditions in buildings. For some it seemed far too hot to work. How can anyone possibly be expected to function when internal temperatures reach 30+? So what are the laws regarding temperatures in the workplace? Is there a point at which employees are...
Prevention is better than a cure
Much of our time providing HR Consultancy for small businesses could be described as fire-fighting. And we really enjoy the fight! Something has happened – like an employee underperforming or the need to recruit quickly and we work with a client to resolve the issue and get the workforce back up to full productivity promptly....
What is outsourced HR for SMEs?
We provide HR for small businesses that cannot justify the need for permanent or full time in-house HR. It’s all about the experience Outsourced HR is a cost-effective way of engaging HR expertise. HR theory can be learned relatively quickly from books and workshops, but it needs to go hand in hand with experience to...
Ask Us: Zero hours worker claiming set hours
Hi, I run a pub and it is the industry norm to employ part time staff on zero hours contracts. We do this but an employee that has been with us for the last 2½ years is now claiming she has a right to contracted hours of 16 hours per week. Over the last couple...
We recently offered advice on formal employment meetings (eg disciplinary and grievance) and their legal and good practice requirements, but these should only generally happen after informal stage has been tried. The rules on informal meetings are less clear. By their very nature, they are intended to be low key with no major decisions being...