Taking the Opportunity to Network with Neighbours

If you’re following us on Twitter or connected to our LinkedIn, you will know that we take every opportunity possible to attend networking events. To us it’s a valuable opportunity to not only expand on our knowledge within our specialist areas, but also learn from the successes of others and share experiences with professionals and… Read more »

Are you putting your employees health and wellbeing at risk?

According to a recent report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developments (CIPD), lack of heath and wellbeing policies are putting employee and business health at risk. The ‘Growing the health and wellbeing agenda: From fist steps to full potential’ report found that fewer than one in ten organisations have implemented a standalone wellbeing… Read more »

New European Court Ruling – Not Green Light for Snooping

Following a decision on Tuesday from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), employers are being warned about the dangers of unregulated snooping on staff. A Romanian engineer, Bogdan Barbulescu, claimed that his employer had breached his right to respect for private and family life after he was dismissed from work due to what his… Read more »

National Living Wage: Majority of Employers not Prepared

With just four months to go, a recent Government report has revealed that the majority of employers across the UK are not ready for the introduction of the national living wage (NLW). In July, Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Emergency Budget 2015 that “Britain deserves a pay rise” and introduced the new NLW. Come… Read more »

Mother Dismissed for Absenteeism Wins Tribunal Claims

A call-centre worker who was dismissed for gross misconduct after she was absent from work when her baby daughter was in hospital has won her claims of sex discrimination and unfair dismissal (Van Heeswyk v One Call Insurance Services Limited). Annie Van Heeswyk worked for One Call Insurance Services Limited. After her return from maternity… Read more »

Your Christmas Party

Christmas parties are a great opportunity for staff to relax and socialise together ahead of the festive season, as well as showing you appreciate their hard work over the year. As it is a work event, however, employers do need to be mindful of the responsibilities they have towards staff. Employees should also be reminded… Read more »

Top Tips for HR Professionals

With the correct HR practices in place your organisation can build the best team of working professionals to help make your business a success. As Sir Richard Branson, the famous British businessman and investor famously said- learn to look after you staff first and the rest will follow. This week, our HR Partner Angela Richards… Read more »

Relationships at Work

35% of your total waking hours is spent at work, based on the average working week of 39.2 hours and over a 50-year period. That’s without taking any additional hours into consideration, so that 35% could in fact be higher for some. The statistics are quite alarming, and maybe not the sort of thing you… Read more »

Zero-hours contracts under the spotlight again

You may have read our blog on zero-hours contracts back in August where we discussed how this kind of employment contract was offered to almost a quarter of all unemployed people. These findings came from a survey conducted by Glassdoor, a global vacancy and recruitment company, who also found that overall, 40% of unemployed adults… Read more »

Volkswagen Scandal: Effects on VW Employees

By now we are sure you’ve heard of the Volkswagen emission scandal affecting the motoring industry, with nearly 1.2 million UK vehicles affected, it’s a global news story. The scandal first broke when US regulators discovered that certain VW vehicles were fitted with software that would make their diesel engines operate differently when they sensed… Read more »