Staff accuse B&Q of using national living wage as ‘excuse’ to cut pay and benefits

Employers are warned to avoid ‘kneejerk moves’ when introducing measures to offset increased wage costs A petition drafted by a B&Q manager, accusing the DIY retailer of slashing employee benefits in an effort to offset the costs of the national living wage (NLW), has so far attracted more than 120,000 signatures – and has led… Continue reading

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The death of the appraisal

The recent headlines could lead you to believe that appraisal systems are dead, and there are no reasons for managers to complete reviews with staff.  However before managers put out the bunting to celebrate no longer needing to complete a yearly appraisal with all their staff, when you look behind the headlines it would suggest… Continue reading

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National living wage: three practical scenarios for employers

The national living wage comes into effect on 1 April 2016. How well prepared is your organisation for applying rate changes when a worker moves from one rate to a higher rate band of the national minimum wage? Ashok Kanani looks at three practical scenarios. The national minimum wage is set as an hourly rate.… Continue reading

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Leaveism: the new workplace wellbeing threat

Research into leaveism is in its earliest stages, says Professor Sir Cary Cooper, but organisations need to be aware of its causes and impact on employee wellbeing We’ve long been concerned about the impact of absenteeism and presenteeism on workers and workplaces. But a recent study I carried out with my colleague, Dr Ian Hesketh,… Continue reading

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Civil service turns to HR metrics to solve social mobility issues

Candidates could be asked to disclose their parents’ jobs; greater emphasis on regional recruitment The civil service has pledged to take action, including asking for background information on candidates during the recruitment process, to address ongoing concerns over a lack of socioeconomic diversity in Whitehall. Unveiling the latest stage of a ‘Talent Action Plan’ to… Continue reading

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