Articles in the category Ending Employment

Are audits all that?

September 5 2017

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

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What is outsourced HR for SMEs?

May 26 2017

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...

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Ask Us: Zero hours worker claiming set hours

May 22 2017

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...

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Informal insight

May 15 2017

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...

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April Newsletter

April 5 2017

This month we look at workplace disputes and remind employers of the essential steps in dealing with disciplinary and grievance matters: April Newsletter – Workplace Problems  

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Workplace Discipline and Grievance 101

March 22 2017

The reason Disciplinary and Grievance matters have such importance is the impact when they are not handled correctly.  In broad terms, unfair dismissal claims are based on a good procedure not being followed or an unreasonable decision being made during the process.  Constructive dismissal claims (where an employee feels conditions at work give them no...

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Handling problems at work

March 20 2017

Something not quite right? A recent study by Warwick University’s Centre for Competitive Advantage has shown that a happy work environment is a more productive one, where the relationship between employer, management and workers is finely balanced and managed with reciprocal respect and discipline. When that relationship, or the necessary communication, breaks down, grievances can...

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Worker’s right to be accompanied

October 24 2016

Under the Employment Relations Act 1999, an employee who attends a disciplinary or grievance hearing which could result in a formal sanction, warning or disciplinary action has the right to be accompanied by a colleague or trade union official. Provided a request for accompaniment falls within certain guidelines an employer cannot refuse the request. Bring...

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Positive Mental Health at Work

August 22 2016

The provision of equal employment opportunities is a legal requirement of all businesses. It’s against the law for employers to discriminate on the basis of a disability. The Equality Act which became law in October 2010 protects employees from discrimination and includes legislation to cover all aspects of employment; from recruitment and selection right through...

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Why outsourcing HR makes sense

June 24 2016

The reasons for using the services of an HR professional are many and varied. They generally revolve around seeking, selecting, retaining or removing employees. The conditions when HR support should be sought, and some of the challenges faced by SMEs, are considered below. Business growth could trigger the need for HR services. A business owner...

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Management Training this way?

Managers are often promoted into the role due to their technical knowledge or long...

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Can your business benefit from external HR support?

The legal challenges which surround typical HR issues can be daunting for SME owners,...

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Useful tips on how to lose the holiday blues

Ready GO! It can be a challenge to regain a work-positive mind-set after a...

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What’s in it for (S)ME?

What’s in it for (S)ME? Working for a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) can...

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