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Brexit and Employment Law - just business as usual?
November 24 2016 - Since the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, uncertainty surrounding the legal implications have been widespread; particularly within the UK employment law landscape.

Uncovering Potential Leaders with Recruitment Assessment
November 24 2016 - Recruitment assessment is a detailed and highly analytical process carried out by experts in the fields of business psychology and HR.

Extra Workload a Challenge for Work-life Balance
October 28 2016 - A recent survey suggests that office workloads in major European economies have gone up significantly over the last year.

Uberisation: how agile working works for lawyers
October 27 2016 - Agile working has become a paramount concern for many employers, high on their agenda because they recognise that it can help to create a more efficient and effective organization.

Recruiting For Diversity
September 5 2016 - Disability and inclusion policies, including blind CVs, often fail in practice because they are seldom supported by an understanding of true inclusion problems.

Working for your Workers
September 1 2016 - To put it simply: our relationship to work has changed.

Business skills are more important than ever post-Brexit
September 1 2016 - If the people who are supposed to hold the reigns of the business world are unsure of their ground, how on earth must young people feel when faced with the prospect of getting on the corporate job ladder?

How Will Accounting Make You a Better HR Manager?
August 29 2016 - There are a lot of ways knowledge in accounting can help you perform better as an HR manager.

Time to take on the diversity dilemma
August 16 2016 - Facebook is the latest in a long line of organisations to have a spotlight shone on its diversity performance.

Brexit and Change Management
August 11 2016 - The certainty of change coming down the line makes this the perfect time to take a look at the challenges inherent in introducing any change within an organisation.

5 Essential Elements for Optimal Performance Management
July 29 2016 - The importance of an efficient performance management system is fairly universally accepted in HR circles.

The secret behind successful flexi-working? Culture
July 4 2016 - When done well, flexi-working can be a game changer and productivity enhancer. The question is, how do you adopt flexi-working in a way that enhances productivity?

A new study: what career success looks like between men and women
June 23 2016 - A new study with 2000 workers in the UK on gender equality in the workplace, conducted by REED, has revealed some interesting results.

European Commission Announces Initiative Package
June 23 2016 - The European Commission is in the process of implementing a wide-ranging strategy to create a genuine ‘Digital Single Market’ across the EU.

UK Employment Statistics
April 20 2016 - The unemployment rate stands at 5.1% - little changed on the quarter and 0.5% down over the year.

UK immigration - what employers can expect in 2016
April 4 2016 - 2016 is already looking like it may be an annus horribilis for UK immigration.

Implementing an effective social media policy
March 23 2016 - Social media's presence in the workplace grows more prolific by the day, and as such is impacting the way in which managers, employees and even job applicants communicate.

Period Leave: What Does It Mean For Your Company?
March 16 2016 - How do you continue to promote equality in the workplace while simultaneously meeting the needs of those who suffer from clear gender based ailments?

Tinnitus: What employers need to Know
March 1 2016 - Tinnitus is a debilitating condition, and can be caused by exposure to loud or prolonged noise in the workplace, or a head or neck injury.

Workplace Drinking - Where (And How) To Draw The Line
March 1 2016 - You may be able to stop a problem before it starts by issuing clear guidelines about when and where drinking is acceptable.

Bid Writing: 5 Tips to Increase the Quality of Your Bid
February 25 2016 - Bid writing is difficult, but writing an effective bid that really stands out is your best bet of getting the job you want, especially if you're a freelancer.

Duvet Days - What Are They, And Should You Offer Them?
February 5 2016 - Let's be honest, plenty of us pull 'sickies' in order to have a Duvet Day. Which is why some companies are cutting right to the chase and making Duvet Days a legitimate thing.

UK vs US = Who's Winning the Social Recruitment Battle?
January 25 2016 - In the UK as many as 60% of recruiters have not used social media in the recruitment process compared to just 6% in the US.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
January 12 2016 - Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a condition which is a mystery to many simply due to the fact that is not easily identified, is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed, and is also not very well publicised.

Jonas Gutierrez Case: Understanding discrimination in the workplace and how to avoid it
December 8 2015 - Zee Hussain, employment partner at Simpson Millar explains what constitutes discrimination in the workplace whilst providing practical guidance on how to avoid it.

Global recruiting trends of 2016
December 8 2015 - What does 2016 have in store for the future of recruitment?

5 Ways to Cope with Financial and Work Related Stress and Anxiety
December 8 2015 - If you are continually under stress because of workplace issues or financial worries, it will soon begin to impact on your health in a serious way.

A manager's guide to promoting positive mental health
December 4 2015 - With around one quarter of the UK population expected to encounter a mental health issue within their lifetime, it is clear that managing this societal challenge will require a team effort.

6 Ways to Retooling your Recruitment Process
December 3 2015 - For financial services recruiters, hiring new staff and replacing existing ones can be an expensive process.

Physio Med Helps John Lewis Partnership Save 41,000 Working Days
November 24 2015 - Case Study - 96% of staff maintained at or returned to work.

Millionaire actress calls gender pay gap discussions "vulgar"
November 17 2015 - Kate Winslet has been heavily criticised for her unhelpful comments and outdated opinions as gender inequality is still a big issue.

How to Eliminate Accidents in the Office
October 30 2015 - Workplace safety policies can often be a source of annoyance or the butt of jokes, but we still understand that they're a vital part of any thriving work environment.

The Importance Of Offering Health Benefit Packages To Improve Employee Efficiency
October 30 2015 - Research has shown that not only does a good health benefits package both help to attract employees to a company, it also helps to retain existing staff.

10 Reasons Why You Should Always Listen To Your Customers
October 27 2015 - It is more important than ever to listen to your customers - and if you've ever checked TripAdvisor you'll realise why.

Now is the Time for Mobile Recruitment
October 3 2015 - Mobile Recruitment has Arrived. Are You Ready?.

Top five ambitious career paths for graduates
September 29 2015 - We've picked out five ambitious paths that show you can aim high and thrive as a graduate in the jobs market.

Avoid These Start Up HR Mistakes
September 11 2015 - So, you have a great business idea and you want to follow it through. You are smart, and you have a good team behind you. What could possibly go wrong?

Travel Incentives - Why HR must get them right
September 10 2015 - Money spent on incentivising staff is an investment and it's an investment in the most important aspect of any company, the people who work for it.

Retaining your talent through flexible working
September 3 2015 - The office has changed dramatically over the past decade. The days of employees adapting to suit the needs of the company are well and truly over.

Five weird but wonderful careers
September 1 2015 - Dream jobs are often unique, somewhat unconventional and can be a little wild and they make people wonder about how much fun it would be to do them compared to what they usually do on their daily grind.

Thought Provoking Leadership
August 20 2015 - Business owners and executives beware, if you are not constantly refining how you think and how well you think, you are probably falling behind.

The Luxury Of Open Innovation
August 19 2015 - Open innovation looks beyond internal ideas for innovation, exploring new and external routes to market and means of demarcating brands from competitors.

The Senior-Level Interview: the Pitfalls and Red Herrings
August 15 2015 - Recruiting a new employee is not always easy, and it's made even more difficult if the company is looking to fill senior roles such as finance jobs.

The Female Addiction Trap that is killing your career
August 4 2015 - Susie Heath argues that women have been holding themselves back with excuses whilst men 'grab the bull by the horns' and it's time for us to change.

How leaving the EU could affect British business' recruitment
July 11 2015 - Perhaps most controversial both at home and abroad, is Mr Cameron's ambition to renegotiate the terms of the UK's relationship with the European Union in anticipation of the promised in-out referendum by 2017.

The 1st July Rule Change on Holiday Pay Claims
June 30 2015 - The recent case of Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton has been responsible for two important developments in the law relating to holiday pay.

A new approach: Leadership IS relationship
June 30 2015 - In his new book, Nigel Purse talks about the critical need for leaders to build trusting relationships with employees of all levels, and reveals the key conversations they need to have to do this.

Handling Accusations of Discrimination in the Workplace
June 25 2015 - Important points for employers to consider if ever faced with a discrimination or harassment case within their organisation.

The Changing Nature of Human Resource Management
June 24 2015 - Here are some ways in which HR has changed in past years.

Employees Behaving Badly: UK Study Uncovers Office Habits
June 23 2015 - Surfing social media, printing CVs out at work and browsing the net are just some of the things that UK employees get up to during work hours, according to a study.

How to Find the Right Management Qualification for your Career
May 5 2015 - Here's how to find the course that best suits you and your career aspirations.

Looking to the future - are your feet on the ground or in the clouds?
March 20 2015 - In this article, Mark McKergow explores the various ways in which managers and leaders view the future including the dreamer, the realist, the business planner and the host.

National Minimum Wage Increases
March 17 2015 - The adult (aged 21 and over) minimum wage rate will increase from £6.50 to £6.70 an hour in October.

Recruitment - Is Retention the Real Minefield?
January 7 2015 - In the third of a series of articles, Tony Brookes, Sales Director, Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software argues that effective Performance and Talent Management systems should be in place so that the candidate, who has been carefully selected, can be nurtured throughout their career.

X'ploring the freelance factor: why your best workers may not always be your employees
January 7 2015 - The working environment has changed drastically in the last ten years as technological advances have increasingly empowered today's workers to become increasingly global, mobile and flexible.

"2015 must bring living standards boost as average wage fell £500 in 2014"
December 30 2014 - Full text of TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady's New Year message.

Women in Communications Top Jobs
December 22 2014 - Women in the communications sector fail to achieve boardroom positions because of differences in communications styles between men and women.

Recruitment - Now Less of a Minefield?
December 9 2014 - In this, the second article, Tony Brookes, Sales Director, Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software examines the vital next steps and takes a look at additional ways to ensure a recruitment strategy really delivers

Eight tips to making your company Christmas video stand out
December 2 2014 - As the Christmas season draws closer, company Christmas videos start to circulate to employees, customers, partners and associates.

Recruitment - Still a Minefield?
November 12 2014 - In the first of a series of articles, Tony Brookes, Sales Director, Vacancy Filler Recruitment Software looks at implementing an HR Strategy that Delivers Optimum Results.

Dealing With An Ageing Workforce
October 29 2014 - Managing age-diversity in the workplace

A modern business needs a mobile workforce
October 24 2014 - The modern employee is no longer tied to an office desktop. Whether it is on a smartphone, a laptop or a tablet, employees are increasingly taking their work with them wherever they go.

It's time to focus on Candidate care
September 12 2014 - Unfortunately the negative feeling and publicity surrounding recruitment agencies is largely self inflicted. Like any industry there are great practitioners and there are cowboys operating in the space.

ACAS Early Conciliation - Is it Working?
September 9 2014 - Ian Abel of Michael Lewin Solicitors comments on ACAS statistics regarding the first quarter of Early Conciliation

Changes to the UK's prevention of illegal working and civil penalty system
July 21 2014 - On 16 May 2014, a number of important changes to the UK's prevention of illegal working requirements and associated civil penalty scheme took force.

Managing an Expanding Retail Workforce
June 30 2014 - For the first time in years, the news for retailers is looking positive. As a result, employment levels are increasing, with both full time and temporary contracts rising.

Substance Abuse in the Workplace
May 10 2014 - Nearly one third of UK employers (32%) admit to not having enough knowledge or training to identify workers under the influence of recreational drugs.

What Does the Next-generation Worker Expect from the Modern Employer?
March 21 2014 - This is a question that gets asked a lot but the answer is simple: the next-generation worker expects use of state-of-the-art technology, mobile working and the adoption of social media within the enterprise.

Paperless HR?
March 20 2014 - Isn't it time that HR managers took a serious look at eliminating - or at least reducing - paper?

Stress Factors
March 12 2014 - Review of some of the factors linked to stress

Flexibility and resilience can boost the bottom line
March 10 2014 - Resilient managers who can choose when and how they work perform significantly better than 9-5 colleagues.

Top tips for new management consultants
March 4 2014 - Whether you're a beginner or an expert in your field, there are always new elements that can be added to your role to improve your outlook on your business.

Big Work Survey Reveals UK is Nation of Stressed Staff
February 18 2014 - According to new research, we are a nation of stressed staff.

TUPE Regulations changes 31st January 2014
February 17 2014 - The reforms which come into force on January 31 2014 are intended to reduce bureaucracy and increase flexibility surrounding the regulations. For many employers though, particularly small businesses, the new TUPE rules still do not go nearly far enough.

Coaching to improve youth employability
January 17 2014 - When young people have a positive outlook, self-belief and skills for the workplace they are happier, sleep better and are more well-behaved.

Employment law - what to expect in 2014
January 15 2014 - Happy New Employment Year! 2014 promises to be another year of substantial change in UK employment law.

Settlement Agreements - a guide for employers
December 18 2013 - A Settlement Agreement (previously known as a compromise agreement) is a legally binding confidential agreement between you and your employee.

The New Parental Leave rules - what they mean for the workplace
December 18 2013 - New statutory rules first trailed last year, have now been announced as coming into force in April 2015, which allow working mothers to effectively share their statutory maternity leave and pay entitlement with their partners.

HR app asks workers "how d'you feel right now?"
December 16 2013 - John Telfer, managing director at IBP looks at alternative methods for obtaining employee feedback and explains why a healthy dose of gaming theory can bring surprising results.

Big Data - Turning the Data Deluge into Strategic Value
December 3 2013 - While the focus in many companies is on long term projects to improve customer understanding, there are other areas of the business, most notably employee recruitment and development, where big data should be making a real difference.

Rise in UK Living Wage good news for low paid workers
November 27 2013 - Over 30,000 low paid workers stand to benefit from a rise in the 'UK Living Wage' rate worth up to £400 a year recently announced during Living Wage Week at the start of November

Multicultural Business Meetings: How to Avoid Getting Lost in Translation
November 11 2013 - Culture impacts everything you do. This follows on into areas of business such as the meeting - how cultures approach, run and conclude meetings differ.

Implications for business following the findings of the Government's consultation on the prevention of illegal working regime
November 11 2013 - Nearly 500 individuals, employers and representative organisations responded to the Government's consultation indicating broad support for the Government's aims to get tough on rogue employers whilst supporting compliant employers.


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