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Are you aware of the latest changes to employment law for 2016?

Friday, 11 March 2016
 

Many of the updates this year are to confirm that current limits and regulations will remain as they are. For example the amount paid for statutory sick pay is the same as last year. However it is important to know what the changes are and what the minimum requirements are, even if you already pay over and above the statutory minimum rates. Our summary below highlights the key points to be aware of.


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New Regulations confirm that ALL school Governors in maintained schools are required to have a DBS check

Friday, 11 March 2016
 

The DfE has introduced an amendment to legislation which means that in future, and with effect from April or September 2016, ALL governors will be required to have a DBS check. Although the revised legislation refers to these as criminal record checks, it is therefore possible that we will be going back to calling them CRBs, or maybe CRCs, but for now they are DBS checks.


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                                                                                                              • Managing Bereavement Leave

                                                                                                                Thursday, 9 February 2017
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                Death is a sensitive issue and one which we all deal with differently. As an employer, we need to deal with all bereavements sensitively but what works for one person may not work for another. By law, all employees are entitled to a reasonable amount of time off work to deal with bereavement. But what is reasonable? It can be very different for each individual, depending on the circumstances. As an employer, do you know how you would support your employees through a difficult time? Here are the key facts you should be aware of when dealing with Bereavement leave.


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                                                                                                                Top ten most common causes of absence and how to combat them

                                                                                                                Thursday, 9 February 2017
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                Just a quarter of organisations achieved their 2014 target to reduce staff absence, so what more could they have done? The top ten most common causes of short-term absence, according to the CIPD Absence Management Survey 2016, are listed with our top tips next to them for how to reduce this type of absence.


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                                                                                                                Wellbeing – what does this mean for your team?

                                                                                                                Friday, 13 January 2017
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                As we continue to plough through the dark cold days, staff wellbeing is at the forefront of our minds to ensure we keep staff engaged and motivated. If staff wellbeing is a priority, it is important to understand what this really means for your team.


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                                                                                                                New case guidance on protected conversations

                                                                                                                Friday, 13 January 2017
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                Protected conversations are often a useful way of diffusing an issue quickly for the benefit of the colleague and the employer. However, the employer must be careful in relation to what is discussed in these conversations and how it is interpreted. Normally any pre-termination discussions are not admissible as part of dismissal claims but there is an exception which has been highlighted recently in the case of Lenlyn UK Ltd v Kular.


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                                                                                                                Does your employees’ daily commute to work form part of your staff wellbeing strategy?

                                                                                                                Friday, 13 January 2017
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                After the festive holidays, staff may struggle with motivation for the New Year return to work, particularly if they have a long commute. The daily commute is something which staff put up with rather than enjoy, especially during the winter months when adverse weather can make this journey more onerous. How staff get to work and how long it takes has an impact on how they feel and perform. As an employer, this should be a consideration when forming your staff wellbeing strategy. 


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                                                                                                                How can you reduce stress-related absences?

                                                                                                                Friday, 13 January 2017
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                9.9 million days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2014/15 according to the HSE and in the latest Absence Management Survey 40% reported that stress-related absence in their organisation had increased over the past year. It's your responsibility as an organisation to address stress and take steps to reduce related absences. Here's a few things you can do to reduce stress-related absences.


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                                                                                                                Nurseries and Safeguarding

                                                                                                                Tuesday, 13 December 2016
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                Following a recent report on Good Morning Britain there has been a lot of discussion about Safeguarding within Nurseries. The report was based around one particular nursery and was widely criticised by the industry as painting an unfair picture; however it has raised awareness and concerns about how nurseries are inspected, leading to a call for Ofsted to review their inspection system. We discuss the Safeguarding requirements nurseries must meet.


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                                                                                                                Top tips on how to use coaching to benefit your organisation

                                                                                                                Tuesday, 13 December 2016
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                All too often management band around the word 'coaching' and expect that it means the same to everyone. But what is coaching and what does it mean to the organisation and the individuals involved? Here are our key facts when discussing and delivering coaching:


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                                                                                                                Essential skills for people managers – Our pearls of wisdom!

                                                                                                                Friday, 9 December 2016
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                We wanted to share a couple of our pearls of wisdom that may help you effectively manage HR in your organisation.


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                                                                                                                Restructuring – How to Get it Right!

                                                                                                                Friday, 9 December 2016
                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                The Housing Sector, like other sectors is constantly changing and company restructuring can be driven by a need for change in the organisational structure or by the necessity to make financial adjustments. Frequently, it involves both and companies restructure for a variety of reasons. Read our advice on how to manage restructuring effectively, how it can benefit a company and what your options are.


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