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Archive: 2017

  • Adverse Weather and Work

    Adverse weather and travel disruption

    As another winter storm approaches our shores, it is wise to think ahead about adverse weather and work. It’s worth remembering that in most situations there is no legal right for an employee to have paid time off if they are unable to get to work or are late for work due to travel disruptions and or bad weather. Advance planning will not only help avoid last minute uncertainties regarding the management of absences, but resolve pay and…

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  • Are you Disability Confident?

    Disability Confident

    According to government figures, almost a fifth of the working age population is disabled and the vast majority of these people develop their conditions or impairments during their working lives. This means there is a huge pool of talent that is often being overlooked, due to misinformation, misunderstanding and a lack of support. What is the Disability Confident scheme? Disability Confident is a voluntary government scheme designed to support…

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  • Mental Health – Are Your Employees Thriving at Work?

    Mental Health - are your employees thriving at work?

    Thriving at Work Review The October 2017 government-backed Stevenson-Farmer review ‘Thriving at Work’ reveals that poor mental health is costing employers up to £42 billion a year. Yet, for every £1 a business invests in supporting mental health at work, it can reap a £9 return. The report highlights the stigma that is still attached to mental health in the workplace, despite around 15% of people at work having symptoms of an existing…

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  • Employment News, GDPR, IR35 and Tribunal Fees

    Employment News for small businesses GDPR, IR35 and Tribunal Fees

    Employment News – Autumn Edition 2017 This is a one page Employment News summary covers the latest legislative changes that are likely to affect small businesses and the way they employ and manage their people. TAX-FREE CHILDCARE AND 30 HOURS FREE CHILDCARE   Tax-Free Childcare and 30 hrs free childcare are two separate government schemes, to help parents with the cost of childcare. Parents can apply for both through one online…

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  • Enabling Exchange

    the circle, Clare Downes, Enabling Exchange

    Guest Article written by Clare Downes, from the circle What is the Enabling Exchange? I believe that the best way forward in business is an open exchange of experience to enable development and progression. The Enabling Exchange is about encouraging a positive exchange across start-ups, SMEs and family businesses with corporate organisations, to help businesses develop and evolve. Within family businesses there are complex networks of…

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  • Are you Ready for GDPR?

    Are you ready for GDPR?

    What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? It is a new piece of legislation which is due to come into effect on 25th May 2018. It aims to provide consistent data protection legislation across Europe regarding the collection, storage and security of personal data. GDPR applies to data processing carried out by organisations within the EU and organisations outside the EU that offer goods or services to individuals in the EU. The UK has…

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  • Criminal Finances Act

    Criminal Finances Act

    Criminal Finances Act – Guidance for Small Businesses What is the Criminal Finances Act? The Criminal Finances Act became law in April 2017 and it is expected that the regulations will take effect from 30th September 2017. The new rules cover both UK and overseas taxes (where there is a UK element). The Criminal Finances Act 2017 will make companies and partnerships criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by either a…

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  • Anthropology in Small Businesses

    small business anthropology

    Anthropology and Business Isn’t anthropology something you study in the deep recesses of a university college, along the corridor from archaeology? Anthropology is a field of research which draws on social and biological sciences to understand human behaviour, interactions and cultures. Yet, it is also a growing area of study in business circles too! Big brand, large global corporations have been busy recruiting anthropologists and cultural…

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  • Employment News, Post-Brexit, Apprenticeships and GDPR

    Small businesses HR News Summer 2018

    Employment News – Summer Edition 2017 It is a challenging time for UK’s small employers – employment measures post General Election and Brexit still lack detail, but here is a round-up of recent employment news and likely developments! POST BREXIT & POST ELECTION IMPLICATIONS UK employment laws will continue to reflect EU legislation, although, within the next five years, there may be some modification to more controversial laws…

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  • Workplace Bias

    Workplace Bias - unconscious bias

    This may come as a shock, but did you know all workplaces are biased? Within any group of people, there will be different degrees of concealed or unconscious bias, even if there is no immediate outward signs of prejudice or unfairness, which contribute to workplace bias. Our brains have a habit of making incredibly quick assessments and judgements about people or situations, without us realising it. Human brains are hardwired to make…

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