Uber fires staff for harassment – a good idea?

Yes, undoubtedly. Uber will have weighed up the risk of Tribunal claims for unfair dismissal against the risk of harassment claims arising from doing nothing. Nonetheless they are trying to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.  The allegations against Uber have gone to the core, with the Chief Executive now resigning. Claims […]

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Stop bullying at work

Bullying and harassment is a major source of dysfunctionality in organisations and it puts employers at risk of claims of discrimination and constructive dismissal. Poor attendance levels and high staff turnover can often be traced to bullying. How can it be stopped? There are no absolute answers. Bullying may arise for lack of management skills, […]

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Look beyond the law to understand HR

As a professional, it is disturbing to see HR and Employment law in one sentence. It is a bit like seeing “Relate” and divorce courts lumped together. In every case the aim is to improve situations but HR and lawyers each have very different approaches as do “Relate” and the courts. At its heart HR […]

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Employing school leavers

Recent legal changes affect anyone who was born on or after 1 September 1997 and therefore who is not yet 18 years old. In England they are required to stay in some form of education or training until their18th birthday. This means that in order to work for you: either they must engage in part-time […]

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Lancashire manufacturing sees an upturn

With an upturn comes the risk of skills shortages. There are few truly unskilled jobs in current manufacturing and the process of learning takes time. Good supervisory and management skills are often in short supply. Therefore we suggest this upturn represents a good time to be thinking about future needs. With one in five young […]

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World class without costing the earth

Traditionally, training is regarded as a luxury and the first budget to be cut when recession strikes. But as Team GB’s performance in the Olympics shows it is training that puts you into world class. There are many ways in which training can be effective without a specific budget. Judicious use of internal resources is […]

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