Sack someone on the spot? Can you?

It is always interesting when we read of a high profile person, such as Danny Baker on Radio 5 Live, getting the sack on the day, but can an employer really sack someone instantly? Usually best not to sack someone instantly. If Danny Baker was an employee I venture to suggest it was not a […]

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2 years’ service makes such a difference

Most employers recognise that 2 years’ service is something of a milestone, but exactly why is it so important? Sometimes the difference matters and sometimes it doesn’t. When I consider this question I cannot help being reminded of Gallipoli! In the First World war it was decided that Gallipoli was crucial military target so as […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Absenteeism from mental health conditions increases year on year costing employers on average £1200 per employee per year! This year’s Mental Health Awareness week is focusing on body image. How we see ourselves can greatly affect our self-esteem, confidence and cause social anxiety and other more serious issues. On the flip side of the coin, […]

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Breaks at work – are you in a hurry?

Studies in the US have shown that impatience and a desperate sense of urgency increases the risk of heart disease. Japanese men living in America and adopting the practice of hurried meals were five times more likely to suffer heart disease than their counterparts in Japan who were eating the same foods (Bee Wilson ‘The […]

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Contract of Employment, Employee Handbook, or terms and conditions?

All these are essential parts of the employment relationship, but what are they and what are the differences between a Contract of Employment, Employee Handbook or terms and conditions? The contract of employment The contract starts whenever an offer is made by an employer and the employee accepts the offer. Neither needs to be in […]

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Employing EU citizens when (or if) we leave the European Union.

ACAS has issued some guidance that is relevant for anyone employing EU citizens post Brexit. We summarise some key points here: EU citizens currently working in the UK need to address their rights by seeking settled status (if they have been here 5 years or more) or pre settled status if not. Both, effectively, give […]

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What does it mean to be a good employer?

A good working environment and good pay is more important to employees in the UK than working for a well known brand, YouGov verifies. That may be partly why over 90% of UK employees work in small organisations. So what do you do about these factors in order to be a good employer? Let’s start […]

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Your company TV licence can be a nightmare

The terms under which live TV (or iPlayer) can be viewed on your premises are very limited and the TV licencing authority is quick to launch criminal investigations. We offer some tips to keep you safe with regards a company TV licence. 1. Buy a licence The default position of the licencing authority appears to […]

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Paying employees – why pay more?

Recent research suggests getting richer doesn’t make us happier. And in my experience it is the unhappy employees who are most likely to ask for a pay rise. Here are some thoughts to make your workforce happier without paying employees any more!! Provide rewarding work Seeing others benefit from their contribution makes for happiness in […]

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