Its just Banter – By Eluned Ward

How many times have you heard the expression ‘its just banter’?  The expression makes whatever has happened seem a bit of harmless fun but because humour is subjective organisations what one person sees as a bit of fun and everyone is getting on, another person can have a very different view of the situation. Banter… Continue reading

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Employers need to respond carefully to ‘blackmail’ from departing employees

Threats during settlement negotiations should be challenged to prevent further damage Settlement agreements are designed to settle actual or potential claims or the terms on which an individual’s employment comes to an end. Negotiating them can be highly sensitive. In difficult situations, especially those involving claims of unlawful discrimination or whistleblowing, the allegations an employee… Continue reading

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Lack of diversity in the creative industries limiting organisations’ growth

Lack of diversity in the creative industries is limiting organisations’ growth, according to a report by the Creative Industries Federation in partnership with MOBO “This study not only exposes social inequalities in the creative industries’ workforces but also shows that there are hard-headed economic reasons for tackling them,” said John Kampfner, CEO of the Creative… Continue reading

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Employers may need to access recruits’ medical records after Glasgow bin lorry case

What to do when employees fail to disclose health issues prior to employment The driver of the Glasgow bin lorry who crashed after blacking out at the wheel last December in the city centre killing six people has been arrested following allegations of a driving offence, according to reports. A fatal accident inquiry has heard… Continue reading

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Sports Direct CEO to face criminal charges over warehouse staff redundancies

Dave Forsey thought to be first FTSE100 chief to be charged under Trade Union Act The chief executive of Sports Direct, Dave Forsey, has reportedly stepped down from his post just days before he was due to face criminal charges over the mishandling of staff redundancies. On Friday 9th October, the Insolvency Service announced that… Continue reading

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One in five staff fails to take full holiday entitlement

More than one-fifth (22%) of the UK workforce did not use all their paid holiday entitlement in 2014, suggesting employees are being prevented from taking or feel unable to take the time off they are entitled to. The proportion of employees not taking their full holiday allowance, according to the annual research from Canada Life… Continue reading

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How employers can legitimately avoid being caught out by Tupe

Companies often ask their legal advisers how they can avoid the impact of Tupe on their commercial arrangements. A parallel with that sort of discussion is the distinction drawn between legitimate tax avoidance and unlawful tax evasion. The real question is the extent to which it is legitimate and possible for employers to manage their… Continue reading

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Skills shortage as just 9% of engineers are female

Employers are having trouble recruiting engineers with the right skills, according to a recent report. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has found that new engineers are not meeting employers’ expectations and it could be down to what they learn in the classroom. According to the Express & Star, experts believe children should take… Continue reading

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Stuck in Traffic? Start the Clock – By HPC’s Ruth McCann

How many times do your colleagues/employees complain that they have been stuck in traffic on their way into and from work? In fact for some such workers, the journey time can feel like it is longer than the time they spend doing their actual job. Whereas in the past the time employees spent commuting wasn’t… Continue reading

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Introducing returnship programmes – By HPC’s Ruth McCann

Returnships originated in the USA with companies like PwC, Credit Sussie and Morgan Stanley now taking the lead in the introduction of such programmes like ‘Back to Business’ lasting 10- 12 weeks. Whilst these programmes are accessible for those who have decided to return to work, they are particularly aimed at women who may have… Continue reading

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