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  • Small Businesses HR News: GDPR, Childcare Vouchers, Wellbeing Event and IR35

    Small businesses HR News Summer 2018

    General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is unlikely to impose its biggest fines on small businesses. However, a reported data breach could cause reputational damage to a company’s brand and the ICO has regulatory authority to suspend or shut down data processing activities, if deemed particularly dangerous or unsafe, causing potential operational problems. Kay’s comment:  It is most…

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  • World Cup 2018 Employee Engagement

    Employee engagement and World Cup 2018

    For small businesses, World Cup 2018 can either be an opportunity for employee engagement and motivation or a scheduling headache creating tension and bad feeling. For a positive experience, avoid introducing lots of new rules and overly prescriptive absence management policies for your die-hard football fans. Instead, invest some time in a bit of forward planning and good communications, to help avoid a lot of problems and make the most of…

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  • IR35 Consultation

    IR35 Lessons to be Learnt from the Public Sector Just over a year since the government introduced its controversial changes to off-payroll rules, known as IR35, within the public sector, it has opened its consultation on similar reforms planned for the private sector. These off-payroll rules apply to contractors working through their own personal service companies (PSCs), who would otherwise be considered employees if directly engaged. In April…

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  • Hormonal Health

    Hormonal Health at work

    Hormonal Health – the last Workplace Taboo? Hormonal health has traditionally been seen as a private matter and so is rarely discussed. Not surprisingly many managers will have no awareness of the scope and nature of the issues involved. This means employees spend a lot of time and energy hiding their symptoms. In a survey by Nuffield Health, two thirds of women revealed they were suffering from hormonal issues that were having a detrimental…

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  • Small Business HR News: GDPR and Statutory Rates

    Employment news for busy managers

    General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (25th May 2018) In preparation for GDPR, all businesses should have carried out an Information Audit and be working through a plan of action to ensure the personal data they process and store is kept secure at all times. Here are 8 practical steps you can take to ensure you are looking after the personal data of your employees and workers: Introduce GDPR to your staff and let them know how you are using…

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  • Neurodiversity at Work

    Neurodiversity at Work #Lightitupblue

    Neurodiversity is a collective term that refers to people who have neurological conditions such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD or dyspraxia. These are known as spectrum conditions, with a wide range of characteristics, but which nevertheless share some common features in terms of how people learn and process information. Some of these conditions are referred to as Specific Learning Difficulties. However, Neurodiversity is a broader term used to…

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  • Tackling Gender Issues

    Tackling Gender Issues

    2018 is proving to be a busy year for gender issues: the escalation of the #MeToo movement (started back in 2006), the 100th anniversary of women over 30 and all men over 21 winning the right to vote (6th February) and the first deadline for gender pay reporting for larger businesses in the UK (4th April). However, a worrying recent study from LeanIn.Org, Sheryl Sandberg’s non-profit women’s empowerment organisation, and Survey Monkey, has…

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  • 7 New Management Principles for Small Businesses

    Management Principles for Small Businesses

    Why do small businesses need new Management Principles? In an increasingly globalised and competitive business world, how can small businesses not only stand out from the crowd, but adapt, survive and prosper? Relying on outmoded traditional bureaucratic and hierarchical management styles favouring control, conformity and discipline, are no longer viable options. So what are the new management principles small businesses need, to respond to…

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  • 2018 Employment Law Changes

    2019 HR News Brexit Statutory Rates Good Work Plan

    For busy managers of small businesses, there’s always lots to navigate, interpret and filter around employment law. This short digest will help you focus on some of the most relevant areas likely to affect your business over the first few months of 2018. National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage Increases (April 2018) The National Living Wage will increase to £7.83 per hour and the National Minimum Wage for 21-24 year olds will…

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  • 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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