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6th December 2016

The Office Christmas party

Well it’s that time of year again and the Company has invited you all to join in the festivities with them at their  Christmas ‘do’! For some this is a real opportunity to bond as a team and get to know their colleagues better in a relaxed environment. Managers can formally thank everyone and perhaps […]

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23rd October 2016

Working from home

There aren’t many of us left who haven’t worked from home at some point. For a growing number of us, like independent consultants, working from home at times is the only option. For others it can be part of a flexible working package or a one off arrangement due to personal commitments or travel disruption, […]

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11th October 2016

You’re Fired!!

The build up is complete and the decision is made. Some poor unsuspecting soul is about to be ejected from the programme on what appears to be a minor misunderstanding or a behavioural faux pas. Putting to one side the board room and workplace behaviours, programme producers are, of course, quite entitled to portray it […]

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14th September 2016

Religious wear – What’s the limits in the workplace?

There’s been a lot of press recently about religious wear with some French Mayors causing controversy by banning ‘burkinis’ on the beaches and some countries going as far as banning face covering such as depicted above. Other ‘interested’ parties are seeking action against Islamic clothing in general. Have you considered the impact on your workplace […]

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11th July 2016

Disciplinary Investigations – do I need 100% proof?

Many people are of the belief that to uphold a disciplinary allegation and give any sort of formal sanction (including dismissal), they need to prove ‘beyond all reasonable doubt’ that the offence was committed. This really is NOT the case.  Internal investigations for disciplinary matters are not the same as criminal proceedings. Employers need to […]

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4th July 2016

Social Media Policies – Are they really necessary?

The use of social media as a recruitment tool is well known, but does everyone realise it’s also great for ‘interviewing’ and ‘reviewing’? I know many a recruiting manager who will check an individual’s Facebook or Linkedin profile as part of the screening process. Why wouldn’t they? After all it will tell us an awful […]

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27th June 2016

Recruiting? Which contract is best? Probation, Trial Period or Fixed Term.

You’ve made the decision to advertise a job, but you know that a critical issue in the appointment of whoever you choose is that they deliver the goods, otherwise their appointment may well be a waste of time and money. What’s the Right Option for You? Whichever the option, make sure your employment contract reflects […]

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13th June 2016

In or out? It will shake it all about. HR implications of Brexit

You won’t find anything official on Brexit from the major parties as their policy is to remain. You will, however, find plenty of speculation and scaremongering! There is no doubt that leaving the EU will impact on national employment law. Whether it’s for better or worse might just depend on whether you are an employer […]

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7th June 2016

Time off for 2016 Euros

Fantastic news! 3 of the 4 home nations have qualified for this great competition and hopes and expectations are high. Employees are getting excited and rooting for their team, patriotism comes to the fore. But will they get time off to watch the games? Employers are eager to keep the workforce happy and then they read […]

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5th May 2016

One Scrum Too Many

So yet again, it’s Monday morning and one of your team has called to say that they were playing rugby over the weekend and they’ve twisted their ankle. Their absence may last for a few days. It’s the fourth time this has happened this year, and for you as a manager, it’s now having a […]

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