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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?

UK Employment Statistics
March 19 2014 - The unemployment rate stands at 7.2% - down 0.2% on the quarter and 0.7% down over the year.

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.

Further Changes to Employment Law - October 2013
November 8 2013 - 2013 has been a significant year where changes to employment law and tribunal rules are concerned; but the change is still on-going. October brought further amendments to the law regarding executive pay, national minimum wage, third party harassment provisions and pension protection from TUPE.

How Culture Impacts Teamwork and What You Can Do About it
October 24 2013 - A lack of attention to cross-cultural communication in a team setting can bury your organisation in strife, muted conflict, poor motivation and worse.

B Lab Awards 79 Companies for Positive Impact on Workforce
October 9 2013 - Study after study shows that being ‘best for workers’ means being best for shareholders because the name of the game is winning the war for talent

Religious Clothing and the Rights of Employees - What Should an Employer do if an employee wishes to wear a veil/ other religious clothing?
October 2 2013 - Following the recent ruling that a Muslim woman must remove her face veil while giving evidence in her trial, and the investigation by the Daily Telegraph which revealed that the wearing of a full face veil has been banned for staff dealing with patients in 17 NHS hospitals, there has been much discussion about the wearing of face veils in public and particularly in the workplace.

Summer changes to employment law and tribunal rules
October 2 2013 - 2013 has been an important year for business owners, HR specialists and employment law practitioners. This is because we all have witnessed staged implementation of various changes to employment law and tribunal rules.

Engineering & IT Fuel August Rise in Permanent UK Jobs
September 19 2013 - A new job survey suggests that the labour market in the UK continues to strengthen as the total number of job vacancies increased at the sharpest rate in over six years.

Government proposals to overhaul the civil penalty regime for employers & top ten tips for right to work checks
August 19 2013 - Employers' duty to prevent illegal working is underpinned by a civil penalty regime which is now being reviewed with a raft of Government proposals aimed at strengthening and simplifying the system. The proposals are part of the forthcoming Immigration Bill designed to make it more difficult for illegal migrants to live and work in the UK.

Government declares that "Firms have a duty to hire Britons" but what are the implications for employers?
August 14 2013 - Surely such an approach amounts to discrimination, and downplays the merits of a flexible labour market? Or is it time for UK businesses that rely on migrant workers to rethink their recruitment culture?

What employers need to know about stress at work
August 14 2013 - Stress at work is a costly affair and hits businesses financially, but also has a negative influence on staff relationships, poor performance, staff turnover and leads to more management time being spent on resolving the issues arising from stress.

Get the Right People: 9 Questions for Getting the Best Hires
August 12 2013 - Free download: When it comes to hiring, it's all about quality, not quantity. Are you getting the best?

Laying the foundations for a sustainable future: How to start a successful internship programme
August 8 2013 - A strategic internship programme can give you the satisfaction of training future employees for a successful, enjoyable career.

Six Pitfalls of Workforce Planning
August 6 2013 - Free download: Know the pitfalls that companies can fall into when doing strategic workforce planning.

Leaders Drive Productivity: Building a High-Performance Environment?
August 3 2013 - Free download: Do your leaders have what it takes to generate employee performance? Find out now!

Internships & HR - What You Need in Place
July 30 2013 - When managed with transparency and care, business internships create a win-win situation. Properly managed interns gain confidence and priceless work experience, and the advantages of taking on a good intern are innumerable.

Unnecessary Redundancy Payouts in the NHS
July 21 2013 - According to a report by the Government spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, large sums of money have seemingly been wasted on unnecessary redundancy pay-outs in the NHS.

Case Study: Home Group
May 27 2013 - MidlandHR and Home Group: 'Working Together to Deliver a Financially Stronger Home'

Collaboration at Work: If You Have a Message, Say it with Social Media
May 26 2013 - The recent announcement that Skype Video will be integrated into Outlook Email for instance shows how video, as a social tool, is becoming ever more engrained in modern day communications.

Performance Management: Creating an Effective Process and Dialogue
May 16 2013 - Developing an effective performance management process is crucial for a number of reasons; namely the direct financial gain from ensuring employees are successfully meeting expectations, for generating motivation and engagement amongst the workforce and for aligning employees to strategic objectives.

To Give An Executive Garden Leave?
April 25 2013 - When it comes to an executive leaving the job, it is pretty common that the companies put the executive on garden leave.

National Minimum Wage Increases
April 15 2013 - The adult (aged 21 and over) minimum wage rate will increase from £6.19 to £6.31 an hour.

How Video Technology Enhances the Remote Worker's Experience
March 14 2013 - If you provide the right technology - which is definitely available - it is possible for employers to support remote workers and make sure they are productive, involved and in touch.

Religious discrimination
January 16 2013 - HR experts Croner have advised employers to have robust, justifiable reasons for restricting the wearing of displays of religious faith such as crosses.

How can employment lawyers help headhunters place candidates more swiftly?
December 21 2012 - Picture the scenario: an ideal candidate for a role is found, the candidate can't wait to start and your client is eager to announce his joining. Then the candidate mentions in passing that he has a 12 month garden leave clause and post-termination restrictive covenant in his contract which prevent him from working for a competitor. Sound familiar?

One, two, three, four? How many women are on your board?
November 9 2012 - Greater transparency of board make-up analysed by gender is intended to put pressure on companies to increase the number of women occupying senior roles. Clearly this will have a consequential impact on recruitment.

How to fire for poor performance
November 2 2012 - Much has been said recently by the Government about how its current package of intended employment law reforms will help create a climate in which it will be easier for employers to dismiss under-performing staff.

TUPE - What businesses need to know about the retention of employment model
November 1 2012 - In essence the underlying purpose of TUPE is to protect employee rights in the event of a transfer or service provision change.

Why the work-life balance is now more important than ever
October 23 2012 - The business case for job satisfaction is clear: satisfied employees make for a more engaged workforce that will be committed and advocate the business. What's more it'll make for a more productive and profitable business.

The Hidden Cost of Sick Leave
October 17 2012 - Although the holiday season has ended the holiday pain has not for those employing individuals on long term sick leave.

Absence Levels
October 9 2012 - The latest CIPD Absence Survey shows a drop from an average of 7.7 to 6.8 days per employee.

Motivating staff and the changing workplace culture
October 8 2012 - The pressure to cut costs and reduce expenditure has led to a fall in innovation and has also made it harder to motivate and engage employees on an on-going basis.

The Future is Bright for Employers - the Future is Blue and Gold!
October 3 2012 - The annual statistics for claims in employment tribunals (ETs) for 2011/2012 have just been published. The statistics show a 15% reduction in ET claims being presented and an increase in costs awards by ETs, where over 80% have been made against claimants. Despite this, the Government is intent on its employment law reform programme under the auspices of promoting growth - especially for small businesses.

LLP departure lounge - getting ready to board the exit flight
September 20 2012 - Your role as a member of an LLP in a professional or financial services firm has been identified as at risk. What should you do as a prudent member who has been asked to pack their bag before heading for the departure gate?

Why choose video to communicate?
August 30 2012 - Whilst the idea of using video is by no means a new concept, corporations have only recently started to embrace it and taken note of internal and external stakeholder's need to engage with businesses through this channel.

How we isolate talent
August 1 2012 - Organizations seek the best talent. We target individuals that stand out and assume they bring with them the talent shown in previous posts. If they fail to perform at the level we anticipate, HR managers and the board are left wondering what went wrong.

Employees and Employers: corporate scandals eroding trust
July 23 2012 - A survey of more than 2000 UK employees commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that only 36 per cent of employees trust senior managers.

Employability and Student Choice
July 21 2012 - As students we are not only studying for a degree - we are also developing our own personal brands and turning ourselves into marketable products.


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