Age Discrimination – interviewee denied job because of his age
Nov13

Age Discrimination – interviewee denied job because of his age

Guest Blog by Rachel Ford-Evans, Employment lawyer, Darwin Gray LLP   When you are recruiting and interviewing applicants, make sure you don’t make their age a factor unless you want to fall foul of the law. In a recent judgment, the Cardiff Employment Tribunal has held that a job applicant had been unlawfully discriminated against when he did not get a job as a park keeper because of his age.   At the date of the interview the job...

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How to make sure your business survives the office Christmas party
Nov13

How to make sure your business survives the office Christmas party

Guest Blog from Lindsey Knowles, employment law solicitor at Kirwans law firm.   Employers are being reminded of their legal responsibilities when it comes to protecting their staff at Christmas parties after a Court of Appeal Judge held a company liable for the behaviour of its managing director at a festive get-together.   Lindsey Knowles, employment law solicitor at Kirwans law firm, is urging employers to set out strict...

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Recruit right: How to get the right people for the role
Nov13

Recruit right: How to get the right people for the role

Guest Blog by Nick Shaw, MD at 10xPsychology Recruitment is a constantly evolving process for any business. Whether it is growing the team, finding a replacement or just making sure the company has the right people in the right roles, it is not easy, and getting it right takes a good understanding of the business and the type of candidates needed to make it a success.     Knowing the challenges When HR teams are looking to recruit,...

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7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace
Nov12

7 practical ways to promote mental well-being in the workplace

Guest Blog by Keith Tully, partner at Real Business Rescue (part of Begbies Traynor Group plc).   Keith has more than 25 years’ experience advising company directors and shareholders on a range of business matters including cash flow concerns, raising finance, and HR issues.   Our ‘always on’ working culture and sometimes unrealistic expectations of employees, has led to mental well-being in the workplace becoming a significant issue...

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The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees
Nov09

The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   From 6 April 2017 employers in the UK with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish the following four types of figures annually on their own website and on a government website:     ·        Gender pay gap (mean and median averages) ·        Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages) ·        Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses ·        Proportion of men and women in each...

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The challenges of dealing with and managing multinational staff
Nov08

The challenges of dealing with and managing multinational staff

Guest Blog by Neil Gauld, Brightlines Translation Services   In a global workforce, it’s worthwhile maintaining a multinational staff. Having employees from different countries and cultures can mean different perspectives on everything to do with your business. Different approaches to challenges means your business can flourish and grow, as you consider original angles that might not have occurred to you if your workforce were...

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International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with over...

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Working wonders for employee wellbeing
Nov07

Working wonders for employee wellbeing

Guest Blog By Paul Avis, Marketing Director at Canada Life Group Insurance Employee wellbeing is high on many businesses’ agendas and is no longer merely an afterthought when addressing sickness absence. There is an obvious link between a happy, healthy workforce and improved productivity with “improvements in employees’ wellbeing also being conducive to economic growth.”[1]   But how can organisations effectively enhance employee...

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5 tips for employers to support their staff’s mental health
Nov05

5 tips for employers to support their staff’s mental health

Guest Blog by Jaan Madan, Workplace Lead at Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England.   As World Mental Health Day is celebrated globally on October 10th, this presents a great opportunity for employers to look inwards and assess whether they have the right support in place for their staff. With one in six people experiencing a mental health issue in a given week, supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace can no longer be ignored.  ...

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Should employers ban office romances in light of the Me Too movement?
Nov02

Should employers ban office romances in light of the Me Too movement?

Guest Blog by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advice at Peninsula   It is almost inevitable, with the number of hours that people spend at work and the growing social opportunities on offer, that romantic relationships will occur between colleagues. Because this can blur the lines on professionalism at work, some employers may be concerned about the effect that these relationships can have on the workplace in light of the Me Too...

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Artificial Intelligence:  Can it read a resume as well as a human?
Oct31

Artificial Intelligence: Can it read a resume as well as a human?

 The simple answer is no, but AI has definitely been making strides when analyzing resumes. In recent years, recruiters and hiring managers alike are putting the first line of major shortlisting in the hands of the robots.   Let’s get something very clear – AI has been around for some time, but as our expectations of what machines should be able to do grow, we grow skeptical of whether what we’ve been calling AI is really AI at...

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How businesses can support their employees kick unhealthy habits
Oct25

How businesses can support their employees kick unhealthy habits

Guest Blog by Juliet Hodges, Senior Behaviour Change Adviser at Bupa UK  We’ve just passed the halfway mark of Stoptober and Sober October – two important campaigns where people give up smoking or stop drinking for a month.   While the first week or two may feel challenging, now is when people can start to struggle.     We know that it’s hard to kick a habit alone and employers can play a supporting role for their workforce.  Here are...

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What does the Morrisons data breach mean for employers?
Oct24

What does the Morrisons data breach mean for employers?

 Guest Blog by Peninsula Associate Director of Advisory Kate Palmer   Yesterday, Morrisons lost its challenge to a High Court ruling that it is liable for a data breach that saw thousands of its employees’ details posted online.   The Court of Appeal upheld the original decision against the supermarket, issued in December 2017.     Workers brought a claim against the company after an employee stole data, including salary and...

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Companies need to track absences more closely to uncover mental health issues in their workforce
Oct19

Companies need to track absences more closely to uncover mental health issues in their workforce

Adrian Lewis, Director, Activ Absence discusses this issue on World Mental Health Day   It’s World Mental Health Day on today, 10 October.     Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence looks at how UK employers can use a range of solutions, including technology to overcome stigmas and better support staff suffering from mental health conditions. Research from health insurer BHSF found that a fifth (42%) of UK employees call in...

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Employers Face Additional Reporting on Ethnicity Pay Gap
Oct19

Employers Face Additional Reporting on Ethnicity Pay Gap

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   It has been revealed in the media today that the Prime Minister is launching a consultation regarding the possibility of forcing employers to report on the pay structures of ethnic employees compared to non-ethnic ones.     This follows much discussion by many politicians and government offices on the discrepancies in pay structures for ethnic groups who state that generally they have to submit...

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