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When should a Settlement Agreement be used?

When should a Settlement Agreement be used?

Settlement agreements are voluntary and once signed, legally binding and essentially a method for an employer and employee to part on mutually agreed terms. Under a settlement agreement, the employee waives certain rights with regards to bringing any form of unfair...

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How To Easily Support And Protect Your Survivors

How To Easily Support And Protect Your Survivors

As you work through your restructuring plans and start to come out the other side, it’s time to think about what your remaining team structure is and how they have been impacted. We often forget that they may need support over and above the norm, mental and physical...

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Advice for EU citizens moving to the UK after Brexit

Advice for EU citizens moving to the UK after Brexit

With the imminent Brexit date getting ever closer, currently scheduled for this Friday (31st January) there is still a great deal of confusion and ambiguity surrounding what will happen to EU citizens coming to the UK to live and work after we leave the EU.   Here,...

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Key Employment Law Changes in 2020

Key Employment Law Changes in 2020

A variety of employment law reforms are scheduled to come into effect in April 2020. Here is a summary of the key changes that might affect your business in the coming months. Holiday pay From April 2020, the holiday pay reference period will be lengthened from 12 to...

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Latest Updates on IR35 Legislation

Latest Updates on IR35 Legislation

IR35, which was introduced in 2000, is an anti-tax avoidance rule that applies to all contractors and freelancers who do not fall under HM Revenue & Customs’ definition of being self-employed. From April 2020, every medium and large private sector business in the...

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The Benefits of Hanging Out With Your Colleagues

The Benefits of Hanging Out With Your Colleagues

Being at work is no longer seen as a separate life for employees these days. Socialising with your team outside of the office is fast becoming a desirable part of the job, with work being seen to millennials and Generation Z as a key part of who they are and that...

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Why You Need HR in 2020

Why You Need HR in 2020

It's the start of a brand new year and a brand new decade but if you want your business to succeed in 2020 you need to look after your employees, as they really are your greatest asset.  By getting the best out of your employees, by treating them fairly and providing...

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Five New Year Work Resolutions

Five New Year Work Resolutions

A new year can signal a new beginning with new goals and resolutions, new plans and new directions. Lots of people find New Year’s resolutions intimidating and daunting, but you can take some small actions to achieve your goals as you head into a new year at work. If...

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CAN POLITICS BE AN ISSUE IN THE WORKPLACE?

CAN POLITICS BE AN ISSUE IN THE WORKPLACE?

With the UK going to the polls on 12th December, for the first time since 1923, it’s not just the Christmas party that colleagues might be discussing in the office over the coming weeks. Politics can be an emotive issue for some employees, and this can affect employee...

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Your Christmas HR Questions Answered

Your Christmas HR Questions Answered

As the Christmas party season draws ever closer, it provides an opportunity to reflect on the successes of the past year and of course to relax and have some fun with colleagues.  It is a season of fun festivities and for many, it really is the most wonderful time of...

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How a Little Kindness Can Go a Long Way

How a Little Kindness Can Go a Long Way

Is the old adage ‘nice people finish last’ always true? Small acts of kindness in the workplace benefit not just the receiver, but also the giver and the whole organisation, thereby creating a positive workplace culture.  It is important for employers to create an...

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Bullied by your boss? What should you do?

Bullied by your boss? What should you do?

Unfortunately these days, bullying does not get left in the school playground and for some it continues well into adulthood, making their lives miserable. Bullying is becoming more common within the workplace and while peer to peer bullying is bad enough, being...

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How do I manage stress in the workplace?

How do I manage stress in the workplace?

We live in a world where stress is almost unavoidable, it is part of our everyday lives and although it can be beneficial; allowing us to stay focused and motivated. However, it can become a problem and have a negative impact on a person’s mental wellbeing,...

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Applying for a DBS Check – Simplifying the maze of levels

Applying for a DBS Check – Simplifying the maze of levels

Here, our Talent Manager, Paul Steed outlines the steps to complete when applying for a DBS check. A DBS check is carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and is for the purpose of helping employers make safer recruitment decisions each year. They do...

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Don’t Make Halloween a Workplace Horror!

Don’t Make Halloween a Workplace Horror!

This Thursday is Halloween and here in the UK, celebrations to mark the date are a growing trend, with many workplaces now getting into the fiendish fun!  But gone are the days when we used to bob for apples and perhaps make a poorly crafted costume out of a discarded...

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The Growth of Flexible Working – What are the Benefits?

The Growth of Flexible Working – What are the Benefits?

Recently announced research from insurance provider Aviva has identified the regions in the UK with the highest and lowest proportion of workers who are primarily based at home.  Powys in Wales tops the table, with 25.7% of workers based at home.  This was then...

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Should we introduce a menopause policy?

Should we introduce a menopause policy?

In an ever-aging workforce the 'MakeMenopauseMatter' Campaign was launched in 2018 to highlight the lack of menopause awareness in society. One of the campaign’s key concerns is that too many women experiencing the menopause feel unsupported at work and currently 1 in...

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In-House vs Agency Recruitment – Which is best for SME’s?

In-House vs Agency Recruitment – Which is best for SME’s?

When recruiting as an SME, should you utilise your internal team or engage with an agency? This is an age-old question with no definitive, or even correct, answer. Choosing the right option can be an arduous and often thankless task, so knowing the advantages that...

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Leave & Pay Entitlement for those Adopting Children

Leave & Pay Entitlement for those Adopting Children

This week is National Adoption Week, which aims to raise awareness of the adoption process, and the importance of finding loving permanent families for vulnerable children. Going through the complex process of adoption can be an emotional and challenging path, but for...

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