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  • Hormonal Health

    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

    Small Business News: Brexit | IR35 | Maternity | Mental Health

    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

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    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

    International Women's Day 8th March 2016

    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

    HR Newsletter for Small and Micro Businesses

    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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  • 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?

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    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

    What’s in Store for Small Businesses under the New Government?

    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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