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Has The Taylor Review Failed Workers In The Gig Economy?

The Taylor Review was hotly anticipated, and the findings were finally published last month. Commissioned by the Prime Minister back in October, the intention of the report was to take a look at how employment practices need to change in order to keep up with modern business models. It intended to address, amongst other things, employment rights in the gig economy, which is something that hasn’t been far from newspaper headlines over the past few years. Since its publication, the review has come under some pretty heavy criticism. Jason Moyer-Lee,… Continue Reading
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Should You Be Paying Your Staff £10 An Hour?

What will happen to the national living wage in coming years is a little uncertain.  Theresa May has pledged to increase the rate to around £8.75 per hour by 2020, and the Labour Party and the Green Party have taken things a step further by saying that under their control, it would be increased to ‘at least’ £10 an hour and this will cover all workers aged 18 and over, and not just those aged 25 and over, as is currently the case. So where does this leave your business?… Continue Reading
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What If You Refuse Annual Leave, And The Employee Takes Time Off Anyway?

You don’t need me to tell you that the summer period is peak season for staff members wanting to take some time out of the office. The kids are off school, people are thinking about a few weeks in the sun, and the holiday requests start rolling in. All business owners know that it’s essential to have a robust policy in place to manage leave requests and ensure that they’re handled fairly and efficiently, so you can fulfill your duties as a responsible and fair employer, and also make sure… Continue Reading
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Brexit Update – Repeal Bill Confirms No Immediate Changes To Workers’ Rights

Turning another page on the lengthy Brexit saga, The Repeal Bill, otherwise known as the pithy ‘European Union (Withdrawal) Bill’, was published in July. This weighty 66-page tome, confirmed that EU-derived legislation including the Working Time Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and TUPE will continue to apply once the UK leaves the EU. Until now, there has been confusion particularly around the GDPR. Though it was already expected that existing pieces of legislation would continue to apply, the GDPR is a work in progress and won’t commence until… Continue Reading
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Thinking about offering flexible working policies for your staff, but not quite sure how to get started?

If August is a quiet month for you, it might be a good time to spend reflecting on your working patterns and practices, and how to make them work harder for the business. Flexible working can be a really efficient way of doing business for your company. Giving your employees more freedom about where and how they work can directly lead to reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and greatly enhanced employee engagement and loyalty. The facts bear it out; a study by Regus found that 70% of managers saw an increase… Continue Reading
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Should You Send Your Staff Home If It’s Too Hot?

Recent rains aside, with record temperatures in June and the forecast for July hotter still, we appear to be right in the middle of a heat wave here in the UK, and there’s no telling how long it’s likely to last. In fact, you often can’t even rely on the weathermen to give you an accurate outlook, so it’s just a case of enjoying it while you can, or if you’re very typically British, hoping and praying that it ends soon. But there are a couple of things that you… Continue Reading
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Should You Have A Summer Dress Code For Your Employees?

Despite the recent rainy spell, the UK  has seen its highest temperature for June for four decades. And with temperatures set to soar to record heights throughout July, the question everybody is asking is, what exactly you’re supposed to wear for work when the mercury is hitting 30 degrees? The TUC have recently waded into the debate, urging firms to temporarily relax their dress codes, and are lobbying for a complete change in the law regards worker rights in extreme temperatures – news which will be music to the ears… Continue Reading
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What Every Business Owner Needs To Know For The Third Quarter

We’re almost exactly slap bang in the middle of the year, and now’s a great time to take a step back from the day-to-day running of your business and consider the bigger picture. It’s easy to get caught up with the issues going on right now on your shop floor, but good leaders know that regular strategic planning is essential. Here, we’re going to tell you exactly what you need to know from an HR and people management perspective, so you can thrive and hit your annual goals.   You… Continue Reading
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Is HR The Missing Piece Of Your Business Puzzle?

When entrepreneurs are looking to increase their bottom line, or attract more of the best customers and clients, then they often look for outside solutions. They may look towards social media platforms, or advanced sales tactics, or an external provider to solve their problems and create new automated processes. Of course, bringing in a regular stream of new business is absolutely essential, and it’s never going to be too far from your mind if you’re looking to step up to the next level. But what about HR? It might have… Continue Reading
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Should you be Facebook friends with your employees?

There are a ton of challenges that come hand-in-hand with employing a team of staff; Ensuring that productivity is high and that you’re getting a good return on your staffing investment. Keeping up to date with performance reviews. Staying on the right side of employment legislation. And the tricky question of whether you should accept that friend request that you just received on Facebook from your team member? Granted, in the grand scheme of things, this is hardly the kind of challenge that should keep you awake at night. But… Continue Reading
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