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HR BLOG: How to handle diabetes in the workplace

HR BLOG: How to handle diabetes in the workplace

With 3.8 million people now diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, businesses are increasingly likely to have to face the challenge of managing employees with the condition. As well as wanting to help and support all employees it is wise to be aware that, in most...

HR BLOG: Does monitoring staff comms count as illegal spying?

HR BLOG: Does monitoring staff comms count as illegal spying?

You would think that it is entirely reasonable to check on your staff to see if they are spending their time at work doing company work – and not using the company IT systems for personal use. However, a recent ruling from the European Court of Human Rights disagrees...

HR  BLOG: Four benefits of having a diverse workforce in your business

HR BLOG: Four benefits of having a diverse workforce in your business

A diverse workforce has the potential to not only benefit you and your staff, but your customers too! An inclusive team can harness new ideas and strengthen networks and communities. A team with a diverse range of work and life experiences can enrich your company...

HR BLOG: Sexual Harassment: Don’t Shake It Off

HR BLOG: Sexual Harassment: Don’t Shake It Off

Popstar Taylor Swift recently won a lawsuit after a radio DJ groped her during a photo opportunity. The court heard that David Mueller, 54, groped Taylor’s bum in 2013 while she was on tour. Swift told Mueller’s boss, and the DJ was fired from his $150k (£116k) job....

HR BLOG: Keeping your best staff

HR BLOG: Keeping your best staff

Five tips to help keep your best staff It’s been another turbulent few weeks for the White House staff. The latest communications director lasted merely ten days, Trump’s chief of staff 189 days, his press secretary 182 days, and his national security adviser only 24...

HR BLOG: Why the ‘Worker’ status should be abolished

HR BLOG: Why the ‘Worker’ status should be abolished

The revolution that has been happening over the last ten years has transformed the way we live. Mobile phones have gone from merely calling and texting devices to windows on the whole world. We can check emails, grab an Uber and post a picture of a fancy breakfast...

HR BLOG: Getting you through the longest night

HR BLOG: Getting you through the longest night

We’re not blessed by the sun in this country. And at no other time does this sting quite so much as the Winter Solstice. On the 21st December, you’ll have a meagre eight hours of dim daylight to enjoy: your team should be preparing to avoid the Winter blues! That...

HR BLOG: Prepared for a pay freeze?

HR BLOG: Prepared for a pay freeze?

It’s December, the shortest month of the year. Not in terms of days, but in terms of bunce in the pocket! That space under the Christmas tree needs filling, and doing so is certain to squeeze the bank accounts of your staff. Many firms pay staff early in December to...

HR BLOG: How’s my driving?

HR BLOG: How’s my driving?

Ever waited in all day for a delivery to arrive? Watching the clock and spamming the website to check the status of your parcel? It can be stressful. But not half as stressful apparently as it is for the drivers. Some shocking practices were uncovered this week by BBC...

HR BLOG: A date with new HR data laws

HR BLOG: A date with new HR data laws

Responsible for the HR administration in your business? You’ve got a lot on your shoulders. Keeping track of data and ensuring its usable is a big challenge. Believe us, it only gets bigger the more your business grows! But forget how you use the data you hold for a...

HR BLOG: How to handle flexible working requests

HR BLOG: How to handle flexible working requests

Flexible working: everyone has the right to request it (with 26 weeks’ service), and all employees have the right to take their employer to tribunal if they suspect they’ve been discriminated against. It’s a minefield… Though overall tribunal numbers are falling (due...

HR BLOG: Moving offices?

HR BLOG: Moving offices?

Whether by choice or necessity, moving location can be an exciting time… and a bit of a nightmare! Whether it’s your first office and you plan on employing your first staff, or you’ve outgrown your current space and need an upgrade, or even if you’re downsizing to a...

HR BLOG: Life begins at 65!

HR BLOG: Life begins at 65!

Wind back five years and employment law looked quite different from now! No National Living Wage, no SPL, and a Default Retirement Age that allowed firms to retire employees at 65 - so long as they’d followed the Statutory Retirement Procedures. This though is no...

HR BLOG: Self employed? Worker? It’s Uber confusing!

HR BLOG: Self employed? Worker? It’s Uber confusing!

It’s a can of worms being opened by more and more working in ‘on demand’ industries which host the likes of Uber, Deliveroo and the odd-job app ‘Handy’. Uber as an example call their drivers ‘Partners’, they’re described as self-employed independent contractors...

HR BLOG: The mind works in mysterious ways…

HR BLOG: The mind works in mysterious ways…

..that much has always been true to those tasked with understanding its secrets, including those with an interest in HR. HR is a profession that is closely linked to the study of the mind: as practitioners and scientists alike have tried new ways to motivate staff and...

HR BLOG: Is it me or is it hot in here?

HR BLOG: Is it me or is it hot in here?

Jenni Murray, on Women’s Week first coined the phrase ‘Is it me or is it hot in here?’ to bring the topic of the menopause out of the closet and to the forefront of people’s minds. However, more recently it seems that it has slipped back into the closet. Approximately...

HR BLOG: EU Referendum etiquette in the workplace

HR BLOG: EU Referendum etiquette in the workplace

The EU referendum question has inevitably raised debate about the impact on the economy, business and the future of employment, whether the UK remains in or votes out on Thursday. Brexiters and Bremainers have made their cases with equal gusto, using sensitive topics...

HR BLOG: Managing your team through the Euros

HR BLOG: Managing your team through the Euros

Roy Hodgson is working out how to accommodate his star players. Joachim Löw is trying to motivate his German World Champions to continued success. And you will have your own challenges managing your team during the Euros. With England, Wales and Northern Ireland in...

HR BLOG: Are SME’s finding it difficult to work flexibly?

HR BLOG: Are SME’s finding it difficult to work flexibly?

Whether flexible working is something you’re for or against, at some point you will probably have to accept it. There’s parental leave, the re-introduction of employees back to the workplace after sickness, and just managing individual employee circumstances when they...

HR BLOG: Why your business should consider a cycle to work scheme

HR BLOG: Why your business should consider a cycle to work scheme

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Some, in fact, might not have touched a bike since their school days. But the wheels of change are in motion! Cycling, either as a way to commute, or even to network, is going from strength to strength. And it’s not just Boris Bikes...

HR BLOG: Handling compassionate Leave

HR BLOG: Handling compassionate Leave

As SMEs owners and managers work so closely with their staff, it's hard not to show compassion when they're faced with a personal problem. However, we do have businesses to run. And absences, whatever the reason, can cause disruption. This is particularly true with...

HR BLOG: Put your foot down on dodgy dress codes

HR BLOG: Put your foot down on dodgy dress codes

A builder must wear a hard hat and kitchen staff need to wear hair nets in the name of health and safety. Carers, cabin crew and waitresses usually have to wear a uniform for identification; but for what logical reason should women be required to wear high heels? This...

HR BLOG: Time to re-write the rulebook!

HR BLOG: Time to re-write the rulebook!

Some say ‘rules are made to be broken’. We’d disagree, but clearly some of the odd and quirky workplace rules below are just asking for it. In the following cases, the desire for simple solutions to workplace issues has created bizarre rules that ensnare staff and may...

HR BLOG: Team Building

HR BLOG: Team Building

You’ve got a team; you want them to work better together and improve results. Apart from first calling The HR Dept, you may have gone onto Google and searched for some local team building activities; thinking a day out on the Brecons or tackling one of Britain’s...

HR BLOG: Paid to travel

HR BLOG: Paid to travel

SOUNDS great right? Being paid to travel does sound fantastic, but in this instance it’s not quite as it seems (unless you’re a travel blogger!). No, instead we’re talking about a European Court of Justice ruling on travel time. It means that the time travelling to...

HR BLOG: Five steps to clean your HR

HR BLOG: Five steps to clean your HR

THROW open the doors, slide up the windows and take a deep breath. Spring’s here; refreshing isn’t it? Farewell seasonal affective disorder, goodbye to commuting in the dark… but it’s hello to the spring clean! Usually spring cleans are reserved for the house, where...

HR BLOG: National Living Wage

HR BLOG: National Living Wage

SURELY, only those living with their heads in the sand don’t know about the National Living Wage! If that’s you, all the information you need is here. You’d better check it out quickly, the new rules come into force on April 1st and no, that’s not an April Fools’ Day...

HR BLOG: No Smoking Day

HR BLOG: No Smoking Day

DON'T think you need a Smoking Policy? Think again. For No Smoking Day, our blog dispels the smoke and mirrors around cigarettes in the workplace, and informs you of your responsibilities in keeping a smoke-free working environment. First, some good news: smoking...

HR BLOG: International Women’s Day

HR BLOG: International Women’s Day

MARCH 8th will see nations across the globe celebrate International Women’s Day. A day devoted to recognising the achievements of women, highlighting gender disparity and aiming to accelerate gender equality. What a great time to blog about the employment issues that...

HR BLOG: What is included in maternity leave?

HR BLOG: What is included in maternity leave?

UPON having a baby, eligible parents are entitled to paid leave. The first two weeks must be taken by the mother (four weeks if she works in a factory), the remainder may be shared with her partner. This essential period allows them to look after the new arrival, bond...

HR BLOG: Preventing cupid problems

HR BLOG: Preventing cupid problems

STATISTICALLY, one in five people marries a co-worker. Perhaps unsurprising given how long colleagues spend in each other’s company. For employers, it’s hard to know which side of the fence to be on when two of your team make their working relationship more personal....

HR BLOG: New Year’s Revolutions

HR BLOG: New Year’s Revolutions

OVER 63% of New Year’s resolutions weren’t kept last year, with about half of them going out of the window before January had even finished. We Brits sure are great at making resolutions, but sticking to them… not so much! Did you make any of your own resolutions this...

HR BLOG: National Living Wage

HR BLOG: National Living Wage

IT'S 2016! We have the Rio Olympics to look forward to. It’s the Chinese Year of the Monkey and, oh, the year that the UK gets a National Living Wage of £7.20. How will small businesses in County Durham cope with this major change? We are about to see a considerable...

HR BLOG: Fueling the covert workplace war?

HR BLOG: Fueling the covert workplace war?

WERE you aware that each year a covert workplace war around holiday bookings could be happening right under your very nose? The arrival of 2016 has granted all parties in this conflict a level playing field to kick it all off again thus forcing some to keep their...

HR BLOG: Ruling on Employee Privacy & Internet Use

HR BLOG: Ruling on Employee Privacy & Internet Use

EUROPEAN Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled last week that employers can read workers' private messages sent via chat software and webmail accounts during working hours. An engineer, Mr Barbulescu, was utilising his business messenger account to send communications to...

HR BLOG: How will you cope with the National Living Wage?

HR BLOG: How will you cope with the National Living Wage?

HIGH on the Chancellor’s agenda: to transform our high tax, high welfare and low wage economy, to a low welfare, low tax and high wage one. A critical step forward was taken in last summer’s budget speech, where intentions were outlined to make the currently optional...

HR BLOG: The ultimate Human Resources checklist

HR BLOG: The ultimate Human Resources checklist

THINKING about employing people to help your business grow? Don’t know what being an employer requires? Wondering how you’ll keep up with ever-changing employment law?  As a new business, taking the step of employing people can be daunting. Alison Schreiber, Director...

HR BLOG: The stories that shook the HR world in 2015

HR BLOG: The stories that shook the HR world in 2015

IN THE first of a series of HR blogs from Alison Schreiber, Director of The HR Dept for Durham & Darlington, talks about some of the highs and lows of HR in 2015. It’s been the year that Polio was eradicated from Africa, and Rubella from the Americas. SpaceX...