Human Resources

With the nature of work and employment rapidly evolving this creates new business challenges. It is important that your HR policies and procedures remain compliant and your people management practices stay up to date. Read more for practical advice on how to manage your employees effectively, as well as hot topics such as Gender Pay Gap Reporting, GDPR, and holiday pay. Along with a range of other HR matters affecting your business such as succession and workforce planning and other challenges that face your business from an HR perspective.

Mental Health Awareness – connecting with nature to improve mental health

27 May 2021

Mental health is often misunderstood and many still find it difficult to talk about. Mental health is not the same as mental illness, and it is important to know the difference. How can you help as an employer?

Permanent Hybrid working – Where are we now?

30 April 2021

Is it reasonable for employers to require employees to have the coronavirus vaccine? How would this affect employment contracts, policies, and data protection?

Return to the office – the role of coronavirus testing

24 March 2021

As many organisations start to plan for the return to offices, we look at the role testing might play. Will you need to put a policy in place? How will you get employee buy-in?

Can an employer require its employees to be vaccinated against coronavirus?

25 February 2021

Is it reasonable for employers to require employees to have the coronavirus vaccine? How would this affect employment contracts, policies, and data protection?

How should employers tackle the coronavirus vaccinations

29 January 2021

With all employees potentially will be given the chance to have the vaccination in 2021. Employers should now be considering whether to issue a policy covering vaccinations and return to the workplace.

The Year of Remote Working: What more can you do to help staff work from home?

27 November 2020

We look at how organisations support most of their workforce still working remotely and ensure teams remain productive during this time.

Merry virtual Christmas – alternatives to the annual Christmas party

30 October 2020

Whether you love or loath the annual knees up, it’s time to think what businesses can offer as an alternative to try and maintain some Christmas spirit.

Homeworking and GDPR recommendations for HR

25 September 2020

As the discussions regarding the benefits of homeworking continue and the option of this becoming a more permanent, longer term arrangement, HR data security must be a key consideration.

Learning from lockdown – securing employee engagement

28 August 2020

As lockdown eases, employees and employers alike are keen to find a ‘better normal’. How can you ensure you have got the right balance of home and office working practices to keep employees engaged?

How do you combat inequality in the workplace?

31 July 2020

In our strive for nurturing equality, it is important to understand the gap between where we are now and where we need to be. So how do you start those important conversations.

Why gender pay gap should still be a priority despite the reporting suspension

26 June 2020

The gender pay gap reporting deadline for April 2020 has been suspended by government due to coronavirus. Find out why employers must keep this important issue on their agenda despite the suspension.

Mental Health Awareness Week – A focus on kindness

19 May 2020

The theme for the 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. Now that we seek to take our first small steps out of lockdown, how do we ensure that the principles of kindness are not forgotten in the workplace?

New working world post-coronavirus: Coming through the crisis

17 April 2020

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has undoubtedly brought significant ramifications to companies. With every industry impacted, the situation continues to change and requires organisations to become agile and adapt accordingly.

Coronavirus – adapting to the new ways of working

27 March 2020

Organisations are re-arranging how they work and consider how best to restructure their businesses to survive the impacts of the coronavirus. Here we give some HR guidance on adapting to new ways of working.

Time to talk – how can we manage employee wellbeing?

28 February 2020

As the feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, it’s become essential for businesses to understand more about this area. What is your organisation doing?

Bereavement: beyond the legislation

27 January 2020

Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Act 2018 (also known as Jack's Law) will be effective from April 2020. This article looks at how employers can go beyond the legislation and support their employees holistically.

Your employees have a voice. What are they saying and why does it matter?

16 December 2019

Employees can rate their employer just as easily as their latest purchase. Employee voice will become more important in 2020, especially with the recommendations in Matthew Taylor’s review. How are you supporting your employees?

Does an employer have a say in their employees’ private lives?

29 November 2019

Each employer will encourage good professional relationships in the work place. When a relationship moves from a working relationship to a personal relationship to what extent do you, as an employer, have a say?

Flexible working – does a stigma still exist?

25 October 2019

Flexibility in the workplace is high on the agenda due to the recommendations in the Taylor Review and the Government’s Good Work Plan. What should your organisation consider doing to attract and retain talent?

Bereavement leave: does this cover time off after losing a pet?

27 September 2019

Bereavement policies – Many people see their pets as their family, but if a pet passes away, does your bereavement policy recognise this loss?

Measuring and building engagement effectively

30 August 2019

The government has recognised that employee engagement is a valuable commodity for an organisation to harness. Good employee engagement helps to increase an organisation’s productivity. But how do you measure and build engagement effectively?

Gender Pay Gap reporting - stronger enforcement

22 August 2019

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is starting to focus on organisations posting ‘implausible’ data. Would your gender pay gap data stand if it came under scrutiny?

Holiday season – questions frequently asked by employers

30 July 2019

Each holiday season HR professionals are asked common questions. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked to help employers to get through the season without getting burnt.

How does the change to May Day 2020 affect employers?

28 June 2019

In May 2020, the May Day Bank Holiday will be changing to Friday 8 May. Read more to find out how this will affect your part time employees’ holiday entitlement.

Flexibility – what are the benefits and challenges for your organisation

31 May 2019

Flexible working can play a vital role in boosting UK output, yet not all businesses offer this. This article explores the benefits of flexible working for both organisations and their employees’ wellbeing.

Is your policy control process putting your organisation at risk?

24 April 2019

All businesses have internal policies and procedures in some form. But how can employers ensure their employees understand and abide by them, in order to minimise their risk of vicarious liability?

HR: not just an administrative burden

08 March 2019

HR is often seen by start-ups and SMEs as an unavoidable administrative burden, which detracts from the exciting part of their business growth. Yet, the link between HR, employee productivity and engagement can no longer be ignored.

Calculating holiday entitlement – back to basics

22 February 2019

Calculating holiday entitlement for part-time workers can be a challenge. Here, we take three individuals who each work 30 hours per week, but have different work patterns and therefore different holiday calculations. Read more to find out why.

Getting ready for ethnicity pay reporting

25 January 2019

The consultation for ethnicity pay reporting ended earlier this month. Whilst we wait for the outcome of the consultation, here are some steps your organisation should consider in a future planning exercise.

Good Work Plan: What should your HR priorities be

25 January 2019

The Good Work Plan points towards employee engagement, employee development and employee wellbeing as a measure of ‘fair and decent work’.

Ethnicity pay gap reporting – why the data matters?

14 December 2018

There could soon be a requirement for ethnicity pay reporting. Here we show how your organisation might benefit from looking at its data.

Christmas parties - Jingle bells not (HR) alarm bells!

30 November 2018

With three in five people experiencing work related mental health issues, training managers to foster a mental health friendly culture is crucial for better performance.

Wellbeing at work requires openness and leadership

31 October 2018

With three in five people experiencing work-related mental health issues, training managers to foster a mental health friendly culture is crucial for better performance.

Employment references – do they still have value?

31 October 2018

References have become brief and factual and their usefulness has become questioned. Read more to see how references can still be a useful tool.

Should we voluntarily report our gender pay gap figures?

28 September 2018

Although your business may not legally be required to publish your gender pay gap figures. Find out how voluntarily publishing your results can benefit your organisation.

What is a returnship?

24 July 2018

It is becoming more common for experienced professionals to take extended career breaks. What are the benefits of offering a returnship programme?

Dress codes in the workplace – what does the newly released government guidance advise?

22 June 2018

There have been several high-profile news reports which have questioned the appropriateness of dress code policies in the workplace. Read more to find out how your organisation can avoid making mistakes?

GDPR – it’s the final countdown!

18 May 2018

With less than a week until GDPR is upon us, here are some key steps that HR needs to take now towards its GDPR compliance in relation to workforce data.

GDPR and Morrisons – what can other organisations learn from this?

18 April 2018

In 2014 Morrisons supermarket suffered a serious data breach, when the payroll data of nearly 100,000 employees were posted online. In this article we look at some of the practical ways an organisation can protect themselves from an HR perspective with GDPR in mind.

Termination payments rules are changing - what does this mean for HR?

22 March 2018

Here are some practical considerations your HR team should think about with regards to employment contracts and termination payments.

HR audits create more effective and efficient working practices

16 February 2018

Work and employment law is an ever changing area, therefore it is important that policies and procedures keep up with new legislation and regulations. Read more to find out how HR audits can help create more effective working practices.

Managing staff holidays at Christmas

12 December 2017

The festive period can bring a range of HR challenges for any sized organisation. One of the main challenges is how to effectively manage annual leave. Here we look at how to ensure an organisation has sufficient cover and staff engagement is maintained.

Putting a stop to sexual harassment in the workplace

30 November 2017

Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a topic of discussion this month following a number of high profile names being subject to some intense media speculation. Read more for advice on what you, as an employer, can do to protect your workers and your reputation.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – employee record keeping and beyond

10 October 2017

Here we explore how the General Data Protect Regulation (GDPR) will affect employers from a HR perspective; to ensure employers are ready for the new requirements in respect of their employee data and beyond.

Cultural change - are your employees ready?

11 September 2017

Organisations often get caught up in the process of change, rather than considering the impact on their employees. Here are ways of how you can

Zero hours contracts: unfair and uncertain or great for flexibility?

17 August 2017

The use of zero hours contracts has certainly attracted press coverage recently, with high profile organisations being named as prolific users and a call within the Labour manifesto for them to be banned. We look at some recent cases involving zero hours’ and how the Government are taking steps to reduce the ambiguity surrounding the use of these contracts.

Gender pay gap reporting – the practicalities

18 May 2017

A lot of employers will be well underway with their gender pay gap reporting by now but very few have actually released their figures online. At the last count only seven of the about 9000 companies that need to comply have actually published their results.