Why employ diabetics?

There are four million diabetics in the UK, over half are of working age – but should you employ any of them? Theresa May is, of course diabetic, as are Sir Steve Redgrave and Tom Hanks to name just three high achievers. Words and phrases such as “blighted by diabetes”, debilitating, “exhausting and stressful” (as […]

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Cambridge Analytica – lessons for employers?

At the heart of the dispute that has been going on recently lies a principle pertinent to data protection and, of course the GDPR. Based on press reports it seems a researcher gained permission from Facebook to harvest personal data (i.e. information) for a research project. That appears to have been regarded as legitimate. I […]

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Employers named and shamed for paying below national living wage

179 employers have been caught this time round and, with the National Living Wage rates rising by up to 5.7% in April we will all need to pay attention. It is easy to get caught. One of those named, Wagamama, protested: “This was an inadvertent misunderstanding of how the minimum wage regulations apply to uniforms […]

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What is bullying in the workplace?

Whether it is workplace banter, macho-management, foul language, good humour, “a rough time” or humiliation, bullying in the workplace is gaining a worryingly high profile. Various journalists, Janet Street Porter and Polly Toynbee spring to mind, seem not to recognise that it exists, while Matthew Parris writing in the Times this week draws the line […]

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How to encourage cycling to work

The payback for employers is unequivocal but how do employers encourage cycling to work. Malcolm Martin, provides some hints and tips. Are showers, tax breaks for expensive bikes and bike lockers really necessary? I think not. Here are some of my thoughts: Ethos The increasing trend to cycling owes much to the Wiggins factor. But […]

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Mindfulness for employers – is it win-win?

Business in the Community, an employers’ organisation, advises that mindfulness or rest “could boost productivity by improving performance and customer service”. What is mindfulness? Interest in it has grown in recent years but the term has its origin in 1979 and the principles on which it is founded, Buddhist meditation, go back to a pre-Christian […]

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How employers can comply with GDPR

GDPR affects personal data wherever it is held and whatever employers may or may not do with it. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can demand to see a record of your data processing at any time. Here we suggest the steps employers need to take: Identify the personal data that you hold Catalogue where the […]

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Workers’ holiday and sick pay – rights to be tightened

Law-abiding employers should welcome the moves here is why: In many low margin businesses it is not a level playing field. Those honouring employment rights are competing with those that turn a blind eye. While the latter take a serious risk – challenges in an Employment Tribunal can sink an employer – they push down […]

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The return of the annual pay rise?

Employers need to be prepared to increase employee earnings in 2018 according to the Bank of England. What might it mean for you? For much of my career pay rises have outstripped inflation but in recent years the trend has been quite the opposite. Pay freezes, unknown at one time, have been common in the […]

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