New research reveals post-Summer blues set to cause HR headache
Aug24

New research reveals post-Summer blues set to cause HR headache

Kronos, the leading workforce management solution, has released new research today that reveals more than three quarters (78%) of full time workers in the UK reconsider their job prospects at least once a year. However, because summer holidays is the most likely time that employees will consider jumping ship and looking for a new job, employers can do something about it. For British workers it seems that distance does not make the...

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Overtime and holiday pay – new rules employers need to know
Aug10

Overtime and holiday pay – new rules employers need to know

Luke Green, Employment Partner at Hill Dickinson explains the impact of a new ruling on holiday pay. Regular voluntary overtime must be included in holiday pay Many workers will have just received an unexpected boost to their holiday pay, as a result of a recent ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that regular voluntary overtime must be included in the first four week’s holiday pay (Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v...

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Brits not taking their full holiday entitlement due to ‘time and money’, finds survey
Aug09

Brits not taking their full holiday entitlement due to ‘time and money’, finds survey

A new survey by Monarch Airlines has found that while many Brits are currently enjoying time off, more than 1 in 10 UK workers don’t use their full holiday allowance, and some off us don’t stop working even when we do! Those who don’t take their annual leave.. The airline spoke to 2000 British workers, and found 14.5% didn’t use their full allowance last year, losing an average of 4.6 days each.  Almost a fifth...

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US officially worst country in the world for paid annual leave
Aug07

US officially worst country in the world for paid annual leave

If you are enjoying annual leave right now, spare a thought for your colleagues across the pond.   The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where employees have no right to statutory holiday pay – vacation time is strictly a matter for discussion and contract negotiation between employer and employee.   Different leave allowances for different employees Paid holidays can be a thorny issue when companies operate in...

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Union warns summer flight schedule leading to dangerous fatigue & burnout for airline pilots
Aug02

Union warns summer flight schedule leading to dangerous fatigue & burnout for airline pilots

As HR Managers in most UK industries battle their annual summer challenges, like staff leave clashes, talent shortages and absenteeism as staff enjoy traditional summer holidays, HR managers in the travel industry are facing their own, specific set of challenges. Pilot’s union British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) has warned that as the UK is setting new records for air traffic, the risks to both pilot wellbeing and...

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Absenteeism is hitting UK SMEs where it hurts
Jul26

Absenteeism is hitting UK SMEs where it hurts

 7 in 10 SMEs say high absenteeism rates are impacting profitability almost three-quarters believe a more proactive approach to directly address staff absence could reduce it by more than 15% Absenteeism is having a big impact on profitability say UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This is according to 71% of firms questioned in a survey commissioned by HR and payroll specialist Moorepay. The research found that many UK SMEs are...

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So after all the court cases, where do employers stand on holiday pay?
Jul17

So after all the court cases, where do employers stand on holiday pay?

Clare Gilroy-Scott is a Partner in the employment team at Goodman Derrick LLP, the claimant’s legal team in the recent King v The Sash Window Workshop Ltd ECJ case.  She explains what recent case law decisions mean for employers in terms of holiday pay. Employment tribunals continue to consider a number of cases concerning the inclusion of overtime, commission and other variable payments in holiday pay, as well as the...

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New survey finds Brits just won’t stop working!
Jun29

New survey finds Brits just won’t stop working!

Brits just won’t stop working; a whopping 163 million annual leave days went to waste in 2016! Survey reveals UK workers waste on average five days of annual leave each year We’re spending less than half our holiday allowance on relaxing One in six of us had more than a full working week of holiday leftover in 2016 Thanks to us Brits being workaholics, it’s been revealed that in 2016, UK workers grafted an extra £17 billion of free...

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The importance of handover before staff holiday
Jun29

The importance of handover before staff holiday

Jason Downes, MD of www.powwownow.co.uk discusses how HR Managers can handover prior to taking leave The last thing you do before a holiday (apart from setting your automatic replies to ‘Out of Office’) is your handover. And because it’s what your colleagues work off of when you’re away, it’s important to organise a smooth handover for a smooth return to work. Before the holiday To create a successful handover, the first thing to...

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Why sunny days can be a productivity killer – and increase unauthorised absence
Jun27

Why sunny days can be a productivity killer – and increase unauthorised absence

Absence management is usually something managers talk about in Winter rather than in the height of summer. At the first hint of sun, everyone perks up and happy staff regale tales of weekend outings and share the aftersun lotion first thing on Monday. Unfortunately, after a day or two, however, everyone gets hot and sticky and a longer period of warm weather can increase unauthorised sickness absence – whether it’s down to...

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Relax workplace dress codes during this week’s heatwave, says TUC
Jun19

Relax workplace dress codes during this week’s heatwave, says TUC

With temperatures set to hit over 30 degrees centigrade in parts of the UK this week, the TUC is calling on employers to temporarily relax their workplace dress codes so staff can work through the heatwave as comfortably as possible. Where people are working outdoors, employers should consider reviewing working times so that, where possible, work is done in the morning and afternoon, rather than around midday when temperatures are...

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Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather
May26

Keeping staff motivated and at work in hot weather

Hot sunny weather can hit productivity and sickness absence. We asked absence management expert Adrian Lewis from welsh HR software firm Activ Absence for his tips on keeping staff engaged when the temperature goes up. Adrian  says: “The good weather can impact on productivity and sickness absence – but it doesn’t have to. “Effective planning, good preparation and the ability to ‘go with the flow’ a bit...

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Job Hunting now treated like booking a holiday, new research finds
May25

Job Hunting now treated like booking a holiday, new research finds

The trend for checking reviews before making significant purchases is filtering into the world of work, according to new research released today by global resourcing specialists  BPS World.  The research found that job seekers are increasingly reliant on researching their potential employers online and keen to have a number of job offers on the table before making their decision. The online reviewing culture, pioneered by sites like...

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CIPD:  A third of UK employees say remote access to work means they can’t switch off
Apr27

CIPD: A third of UK employees say remote access to work means they can’t switch off

Almost a third of UK workers (32%) feel that having remote access to the workplace means they can’t switch off in their personal time, according to the latest CIPD/Halogen Employee Outlook report. The survey of over 2,000 UK employees found that workers are divided on whether remote access to the workplace is a positive or negative development. Two-fifths of UK workers (40%) admit to actively checking their work mobile or emails at...

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Why managing absence is particularly critical for Third Sector employers
Apr19

Why managing absence is particularly critical for Third Sector employers

Guest blog by Absence management specialist Adrian Lewis of Activ Absence The ‘miracle workers’ HR Managers working in the third sector are often referred to as ‘the miracle workers’. That’s because charities face all the same challenges and responsibilities as other employers, and are subject to the same frequent rule changes and laws – and HR is expected to function exactly as it would in any...

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