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20 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Health & Social Care, Opinion

New regulations in Wales on use of zero hours contracts

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Zero hours contracts

New regulations and statutory guidance which came into force in Wales on 2 April 2018 are set to impact on providers of domiciliary care by introducing new requirements to ensure fair treatment of their workers.

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19 April 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

How shared parental leave could help reduce the gender pay gap

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Demographic

Gender pay, equality and fairness in the workplace are all hot topics, and a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case – Capita Customer Management Ltd v Ali – sought to challenge the pay difference between maternity pay and shared parental pay (for shared parental leave).

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16 March 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

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workplace wellbeing

With the statistic that 1 in 6 British workers are affected by mental health issues each year and estimated to cost the UK £35 billion annually, what can you do as an employer to actively support and promote workplace wellbeing?

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9 February 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Events

Managing mental health in the workplace with Wiltshire Mind

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Managing mental health in the workplace 29 March 2018

Employment relationships are ever changing. Stress at work claims are on the rise. Employers have a legal duty to protect employees’ health, safety and wellbeing. But supporting those with mental health conditions that you cannot see or do not fully understand can be difficult.

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7 November 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Sexual harassment – stamping out the problem in the workplace

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Sexual harassment at work

Following the recent revelations in the celebrity and political world we have seen more attention on this problem. A BBC Radio 5 survey found that 52% of the participants experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, showing how widespread this issue is.

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2 October 2017 0 Comments Posted in News

Royds Withy King is ‘Doing it for Dan’

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Staff at the Swindon and Marlborough offices of UK Top 100 law firm Royds Withy King have chosen a local charity, founded in memory of a colleague’s son, as the main beneficiary of their fundraising activities over the next two years. …

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1 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Six top tips to help you manage disciplinary and grievance procedures

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Best practice guidance is readily available in the form of ‘Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures’ which sets a benchmark for employers to deal fairly and consistently with employee misconduct and complaints.

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16 May 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

When to performance manage employees – and the cost of leaving it too late

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It’s an all too familiar situation which many employers find themselves in. There’s an employee who hasn’t been performing for some time, they haven’t done anything drastically wrong, but they just aren’t up to scratch. The employer feels too uncomfortable to say anything – perhaps they are a long standing employee, a good friend or a difficult character. Or, the employer simply doesn’t find the time to address the situation and keeps putting it off. This goes on for a while until the employer decides enough is enough and dismisses the employee for poor performance.

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18 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Three things to think about before firing an employee

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Dismissing an employee can be a daunting prospect. There are numerous horror stories about aggrieved employees successfully clawing large compensation pay-outs from their ex-employers, with the employer left wondering what they did wrong. Our previous article on disciplinary and grievance will help you know what process to follow in such circumstances. But what if you want to avoid the process altogether? Or, your reason for dismissal isn’t as watertight as you first thought?

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29 September 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment & HR, Opinion

Sick of sick days? Get to grips with absence

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Employee sickness absence is an inevitable reality that all employers face. It can often be disruptive to the business and put undue stress on other employees to pick up additional work.

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24 March 2016 0 Comments Posted in News

Demand for Shared Parental Leave to rise in 2016

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Shared parental leave

The number of staff applying for Shared Parental Leave is expected to rise over the next 12 months, according to a survey of 200 HR professionals and employers conducted in the run up to the first anniversary since the new …

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5 February 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Blowing the whistle at work – a change in the law

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Following the Employment Tribunal decisions in two recent cases, solicitor Helen Lucas examines the law around protection of whistleblowing employees and implications for employers dealing with contractual disputes.

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