Guest Blog: Acas Early Conciliation and Amendments to ET Claims
Mar16

Guest Blog: Acas Early Conciliation and Amendments to ET Claims

  Hannah Dahill, Head of Employment at Red Kite Law, discusses ACAS Early Conciliation and Employment Tribunals In recent years, the settlement of disputes of various kinds by voluntary dispute resolution has grown considerably in the UK. That is certainly so in employment cases where, since May 2014, it has been a requirement under the Employment Tribunals Act 1996, unless an exemption applies, for a potential claimant to first...

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International Women’s Day – Editor’s Blog
Mar08

International Women’s Day – Editor’s Blog

Lisa Baker, Editor of HR News writes: I hope all my female friends and colleagues have a fantastic International Women’s Day no matter where they are. I have many female friends who are strong, independent and inspiring and I love that social media has enabled me to make new contacts and new work friends, some are in the UK, some are further afield. Throughout my career, I’ve enjoyed the freedom to set up and run my own...

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Answering Facebook’s “killer” question
Mar02

Answering Facebook’s “killer” question

Robey Jenkins, HR Manager for Age UK Gloucestershire, shares his weekly blog ‘Faith, HR and Charity’ with us – This week, he shares a story about Answering Facebook’s “killer” question.   So, according to the Guardian, Facebook’s own global head of recruiting, Miranda Kalinowski, thinks that the most important question they ask candidates is: “On your very best day at work – the day you come home and think you...

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Robey’s Blog: Faith, HR & Charity – What a Performance!
Jan06

Robey’s Blog: Faith, HR & Charity – What a Performance!

Robey Jenkins, HR Manager for Age UK Gloucestershire, shares his weekly blog with us – this week, the issue of handling performance appraisals in the charity sector: There are times – not many, but a few – when I envy my colleagues in the commercial and even public sectors. One of those is when I have to get to grips with the slippery concept of “job performance” in a charity. The issue of how to rate performance is fairly...

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Robey’s Blog – Faith, HR & Charity: All I Want for Christmas!
Dec23

Robey’s Blog – Faith, HR & Charity: All I Want for Christmas!

Robey Jenkins, HR Manager for Age UK Gloucestershire, shares his weekly blog with us:   Dear Father Christmas, I have been a very good boy this year.  I have complied with the Code of Conduct (that I wrote) and tried very hard to exemplify the Values of Age UK Gloucestershire (ditto, with some help from the Chief Exec).  I have (mostly) kept up to date with my professional development record.  I have written a blog every week...

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Five Ways Employers Can Help Staff Beat the New Year Blues
Dec16

Five Ways Employers Can Help Staff Beat the New Year Blues

When Christmas and New Year is over, employee productivity, motivation and engagement levels can plummet. How can employers help their workforce beat the January blues? Ian Bird, Business Development Director at Foster Denovo and Founder of Mybenefitsatwork says, “Low bank balances, holiday weight gain, job envy, miserable weather and an empty social schedule can all be catalysts for change. People reflect on their lives and careers...

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What the new EU rules on travelling mean in practice
Dec16

What the new EU rules on travelling mean in practice

Freelance Health and Safety Consultant Charles Willis discusses how a recent ECJ decision on travelling time to work affects UK employers in practice: In September, the European Court of Justice made a controversial and at the same time welcomed ruling that the time spent by tradesmen driving to their first job of the day counts toward their working week. The ruling came about due to a case brought to the ECJ by a Spanish trade union...

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Robey’s Blog: Faith, HR and Charity – Responding to an Aging Workforce
Dec16

Robey’s Blog: Faith, HR and Charity – Responding to an Aging Workforce

Robey Jenkins, HR Manager for Age UK Gloucestershire shares his weekly blog. I recently blogged on the subject of the importance of paying attention to the Big Picture trends, even for HR operators in SMEs, but sometimes SMEs find themselves right at the cutting edge of evolving HR practice – uniquely exposed to risk in a way that larger organizations aren’t. Just such an example dropped into my In Box this morning, courtesy of the...

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5 Performance Management Trends that Will Positively Impact HR
Dec09

5 Performance Management Trends that Will Positively Impact HR

Performance management expert Stuart Hearn shares his experience: Performance management has been a hot topic in HR since a handful of top companies including Microsoft, Adobe, Deloitte and Accenture have reevaluated their performance management processes. Outdated performance management processes are being abandoned — in particular, the dreaded annual performance review that has been criticised for doing more harm than good. We...

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How to keep staff on board in times of change
Dec01

How to keep staff on board in times of change

Stephen Archer, Director of Spring Partnerships www.spring-partnerships.com Most businesses have to change at some point to survive, and when a company decides to make significant changes, one of its biggest challenges can be getting employees to accept and adapt to those changes. This is often harder than many companies anticipate and requires careful management. Here are few practical tips for successfully managing employees through...

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Is your HR expecting a ‘nightmare before Christmas?’
Nov19

Is your HR expecting a ‘nightmare before Christmas?’

Guest post by Adrian Lewis, Activ Absence For many HR departments, December and managing the Christmas holidays period can turn into a nightmare. The first dread for many is the end of annual leave year.  For those HR Managers still using spreadsheets or paper forms, this will mean a laborious end of year process that often takes days to calculate. The inevitable reporting ensues focusing on who did and didn’t take all their...

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The secret to successful charity fundraising
Nov19

The secret to successful charity fundraising

Guest blog post from Eve Tyler Fundraising actually takes more than shaking a donation jar, although that’s a good place to start. If you’re looking to plan a large-scale charity event, read through these simple secrets to make sure you make the most of it.  Get the right people in the right place at the right time  Launching a serious fundraising campaign for charity is no small feat, though with the right people involved, you’ll...

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Standing up for workers
Nov18

Standing up for workers

Guest post from Carrie Schmitz, Ergonomics and Research Manager, Ergotron With more people than ever working in sedentary “knowledge worker” jobs, most of us are familiar with the obvious downside of sitting at our desks for too long.  This sitting time adds up quickly when you factor in commuting before work and any sedentary activity after work like watching television, playing video games and surfing the web. It’s obvious that work...

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HR at the Sharp End with James Devine: Acknowledge ME, not the wheelchair!
Oct30

HR at the Sharp End with James Devine: Acknowledge ME, not the wheelchair!

I was furious, I felt patronised, but then when my anger began to subside I was left deep in contemplation. Having snapped my Achilles’ tendon a few weeks ago and now not being able to walk for the next 6 weeks or so – my primary methods of getting about are on crutches or a wheelchair. It’s the responses that I have received from others due to my wheelchair use that left me feeling the way I have described at the...

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Holidays are coming, time to review your alcohol policies?
Oct28

Holidays are coming, time to review your alcohol policies?

Guest post by  Matt Taylor, The Drug and Alcohol Consultancy With the festive period rapidly approaching, we are sure to see government campaigns to educate society about “drink driving” and perhaps “drug driving” (with the introduction of new legislation this year around roadside drug testing). It is also a sensible time to look at what you and your business are doing to tackle the issues surrounding Drugs and Alcohol in the...

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