Sexual harassment – where does it end?

As a young technician in the 1960s I was aware of significant levels of sexual harassment; from supervisors’ “privileges” to managers whose wives and girlfriends helped them to achieve promotion. Harvey Weinstein, Michael Fallon and others are not alone. If there is an afterlife there must be many men quaking in their graves today. Others […]

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Employment Tribunal Visit – last spaces left!

Our next Employment Tribunal Visit will be held on Tuesday 5th December in Manchester, 9am – 4pm (approx). Led by Malcolm, the visit includes a pre-briefing, information pack, case progress reviews and lunch. Hailed as the “best day’s training in years” delegates gain understanding and confidence in managing their employees without conflict. With the recent […]

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How much of an HR risk is your business prepared to take?

A recent article claims that the cost not hiring an HR specialist is far greater than an HR Managers salary. Why? The article highlights the fact that a huge number of companies in the UK don’t have any HR in place and they miss out on opportunities to grow and prosper in consequence. Most businesses […]

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Lancaster economic development cannot be led by retail

Lancaster City Council is going to progress with new plans to transform the Canal Corridor North site in Lancaster according to this Bay radio article. I suggest their ideas are deeply flawed and will not assist employment and hence economic development in the City. What Lancaster needs most, if it is to be economically successful […]

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Are you ready for Storm Brian?

Storm Brian is forecast to arrive on Saturday. As an employer, how should you prepare? It is also worth giving thought in advance to any alternative sites of work, and where home working might be appropriate. If your employees work in the community you might want to give some forethought as to how employees might […]

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Sleep is better than a pay rise!

Researchers at Oxford Economics have found that a good night’s sleep is worth more than quadrupling an employees disposable income. Of course there are other ways of motivating employees, or resisting the pay rise! It is an illusion, beyond a threshold level, that money is a strong motivator. It is certainly a mistake to offer […]

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Tourism is rising – are you ready?

Tourist promotion agency VisitBritain forecasts overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% with spending up 14% this year. Britons are also holidaying at home in record numbers. With tourism featuring high in the Lancashire and Cumbria economy there are implications for employment. Facts Lancaster is one of 11 heritage cities in the UK featuring […]

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Do you employ black people?

October is Black History Month bringing to mind such greats as Martin Luther King, Mohammed Ali and Louis Armstrong, to name but a few. But do African-Caribbean and other ethnic groups represent talent for your business? “They never apply” is an excuse I’ve heard too often. Fear of not fitting in discourages ethnic groups from […]

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Business Question Time at North Lancs Expo

This will be your opportunity to put questions to business leaders in North Lancashire. Chaired by Malcolm Martin of Employer Solutions. The panel will include Alistair Eagles, CEO of Seatruck Ferries Ltd; Ruth Wilkinson, Head of Internal Sales at the Daisy Group; Michael Gibson, Chair of Digital Lancashire, owner and MD of Miralis Data, Wendy […]

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