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  • HR Newsletter for Small and Micro Businesses

    2019 HR News Brexit Statutory Rates Good Work Plan

    Welcome to my latest HR Newsletter for Small and Micro Businesses. The post Brexit effect on employment law is yet to be felt. In the meantime, here’s the latest round-up of current UK legislative changes and their likely impact on small and micro businesses. Check out my FREE Downloads at the bottom of the Homepage. National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage (1st Oct 2016) For 21-24 year olds the rate increases from £6.70 to…

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  • Employment Contracts (a case study)

    Employment contracts

    A new client had been trading successfully for over five years, relying heavily on informal systems and the ability to take on family and friends to help run the business.

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  • Returnships – How much do you know?

    You’ve heard of apprenticeships and graduate internships, but what about returnships? With the film release of Bridget Jones’s Baby, and maternity issues very much in the news, you may be interested to find out more about returnships. The term was first used by Goldman Sachs in 2008 to describe programmes to encourage ex-employees back into the workplace after an absence of several years. In the US and UK they have most commonly been used to…

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  • Team Development (a case study)

    People Development

    Read how Kay Heald HR helped a rapidly expanding Telford service provider with the design of a development programme to identify skills gaps and address low employee motivation

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  • Staffing Incidents (a case study)

    Staffing Problems

    Read how Kay Heald HR helped a local manufacturer manage a serious staffing incident, using their employment procedures

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  • Heartfulness vs Mindfulness

    heartfulness in the workplace

    Is heartfulness about to knock mindfulness off its pedestal as the latest weapon in the battle against workplace stress? In our fastrack, quick-fix lives, there is a tendency to look for shortcut solutions rather than explore, practice and study a technique or discipline in detail. Mindfulness is often used as a quick and easy, standalone concept (eg sitting still and focussing on breathing, using colouring in books, harnessing the present…

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  • Implications of Brexit for Small and Micro Employers

    Brexit Special - implications for small and micro employers

    Employment Help for the Very Busy – Summer Edition 2016 Implications of Brexit for Small and Micro Employers The implications of Brexit for small and micro employers will take a long time to emerge – years not months. It is important to emphasise that the UK’s move to initiate Article 50 and start its negotiation with the EU to draw up its Withdrawal Agreement will not take place before a new Prime Minister is in post and the…

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  • Sandwich Generation

    Sandwich Generation

    So who are the Sandwich Generation? They are employees and workers who are ‘sandwiched’ between caring for ageing parents and their own children. Carol Abaya, a recognised expert on eldercare, coined the term ‘Sandwich Generation‘ ten years ago and has since added a further category, ‘Club Sandwich’, referring to those who care for ageing parents, grandparents and their own young children, or those who care for…

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  • 10 Things Employers can do to help Employees with ASD (Part 2)

    How to help employees with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    Guest blog article written by Sam Warner of Get Your Message Across. This is Part 2 of Sam Warner’s blog on Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD (click here for part one) to help employers understand some things they could do to improve the working environment for someone with ASD and get the very best out of a happy, comfortable and productive employee. ASD isn’t a great label, but it does help to describe a differently-brained set of…

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  • 10 Things Employers can do to help Employees with ASD (Part 1)

    How to help employees with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    Guest blog article written by Sam Warner of Get Your Message Across. ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) isn’t a great label, but it does help to describe a differently-brained set of people that might need a little extra help to be their best at work. Only 15% of all diagnosed adults in UK are in work, and only 10% of those feel supported, respected and safe from ridicule at work. This is Part 1 of a two part blog and hopes to go someway to…

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