Time off in lieu

Time off in lieu

Often shortened to TOIL, which is an unfortunate acronym for something related to overtime, time off in lieu is an alternative to overtime payment. Instead of paying employees for the extra hours that they’ve put in to get things done, an employer can offer those hours as paid holiday further down the line. Essentially, they’re […]

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How to manage difficult employees

How to manage difficult employees

No recruitment strategy, however robust, is absolutely foolproof. There is always a risk that a member of staff could become very difficult to manage. Perhaps what seemed to be an impressive trait during the interview stage has proven to be negative as the months have gone by? Maybe an experience in your employee’s personal life […]

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Do employees have the right to time off for doctors and dentists?

Do employees have the right to time off for doctors and dentists?

We all know that it can be hard to find time to visit the GP or the dentist. How many times have you heard something like “We’ve got a Monday morning appointment available. 9 o’clock? Two weeks from now.”  So, if the only available appointments are during scheduled working hours, does your employer have to […]

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Accruing holiday

Accruing holiday

Holidays might be exciting for employees, but they can be a headache for HR. How do you make sure that each employee is using their holiday allowance? How do you stop people from taking too much paid time off? What about new employees that haven’t yet done a full year in the business? How is […]

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First aid at work regulations

First aid at work regulations

All employers are required, by the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, to be equipped for first aid at work. This means that it is essential to have the right: equipment people space and facilities Employers should be prepared for emergency first aid at work, which could potentially be life-saving if someone is injured or […]

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The benefits of Employee Self Service

The benefits of Employee Self Service

If you were asked about Employee Self Service, you might answer by saying that it’s simply common sense. Why wouldn’t you give your employees access to the data that you hold about them Or, you might say that it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Maybe some things should be kept private, to avoid confidentiality breaches? […]

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Why employee engagement surveys can be helpful

Why employee engagement surveys can be helpful

With the right wording, employee engagement surveys become an unbelievably valuable tool. These surveys can ensure that your employees are motivated. They can help you to maximise efficiency (and profit!). They can reduce the risk of people handing in their notice and going to work elsewhere. They’ll save you money that would otherwise be spent […]

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Health and Safety in the workplace

Health and Safety in the workplace

Health and safety at work is one of any employer’s biggest responsibilities. In fact, it can be the most important consideration of all. Nobody wants to risk life and limb for their job. But if an employer doesn’t take health and safety seriously, that’s exactly what employees might be doing. Health and safety regulations are […]

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Apprenticeship wage 2017

Apprenticeship wage 2017

Who is the apprenticeship wage for? The minimum apprenticeship wage in 2017 is £3.50 per hour. The new minimum wage will apply from April 2017 and is 10p higher than 2016’s wage for apprentices. This wage is for all apprentices under 19 years old, or over the age of 19 and in the first year […]

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A guide to zero hour contracts for small businesses

A guide to zero hour contracts for small businesses

Employing on zero hours contracts might benefit your business if you require a lot of flexibility. These kinds of contracts aren’t always suitable, but are popular in industries where customer numbers can vary a lot from week to week The benefits of zero hour contracts for employers Putting staff on a zero hours contract means […]

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