Continuous conversations or annual appraisals?

What are continuous conversations? Continuous conversations are a more fluid, in the moment approach to handling performance reviews where feedback takes place throughout the year on an ongoing basis.  Continuous conversations allow managers and employees to provide real time, up to date feedback. Managers can offer observations from recent......

Post-Brexit pro-discrimination - Managing Equality and Diversity in the workplace

Three years after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, we continue to see a split in society and the profound feelings of some areas in opposition to immigration and the future rights of foreign citizens to live and hold employment in the UK. Since the 2016 Brexit referendum, hate crime based upon race, religion and sexual orientation has increased.......

Has your business embraced flexible working?

All employees that have been employed for 26 weeks or more have the right to request flexible working patterns, without having to give any reason. However, research released today by pollster GQR for the Trades Union Congress has found that flexible working is unavailable to 58% of the UK workforce, rising to 64% of those in working class occupati......

Does reward for positive employee attendance work?

Many organisations use rewards and recognition to show employees they appreciate and respect their positive attendance. In some cases, cash-based incentives or rewards work well to encourage attendance and discourage unnecessary absence.  However, while this seems to be a positive approach to managing employee attendance, and while attendance......

Change to May Day Bank Holiday in 2020

Due to the 75th anniversary of VE day in 2020, the Government have announced a nationwide change to Bank Holidays next year.May Day is usually the first Monday in May, but in 2020, it will be replaced by a public holiday on Friday 8 May to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.The change to the Bank Holidays may have implications for your busine......

Mental health is currently a priority for East Anglian businesses

A straw poll of over 100 Human Resources (HR) professionals, taken at a conference in the region this week, revealed that 94% are now taking positive steps within their businesses to support their staff’s mental health.  The Conference - hosted jointly by Ashtons HR Consulting, law firm Ashtons Legal and recruitment specialists HAYS - had ment......

Shared Parental Pay can be lower than Maternity Pay

The Court of Appeal has given its judgment in the much anticipated combined appeals of Ali v Capita Customer Management Ltd and Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextail. The question before the court was whether it was discriminatory to pay men taking Shared Parental Leave less than any enhanced Maternity Pay given to women on Maternity Leave.......

A reminder for employers to take care with long term disability benefit offerings

It is a relatively common practice for employers to offer some form of long term disability benefit to their employees, usually covered by an insurance policy. However, recent developments have demonstrated that care must be taken when implementing such policies in terms of how they can impact employees and how relevant documents should be drafted.......

BBC Analysis Suggests That Gender Pay Gap Is Growing

The BBC has completed analysis on the private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap figures and notes that 4 in 10 companies are reporting wider gaps than they did last year, including firms such as Kwik Fit, which grew from a negative pay gap of -15.2% to a positive one of 14%, and Virgin Atlantic which widened from 28.4% t......

Veganism to become a Protected Characteristic?

In the news this week is the case of Jordi Casamitjana, who says his former employers, The League Against Cruel Sports sacked him because of his ethical #veganism. His lawyers are presenting his case to tribunal as one of #discrimination on the grounds of religious or philosophical belief. Religious or political belief is one of the Protected Chara......

Maternity leave – your rights

Maternity leave is an important period for all working mums. It gives women an opportunity to prepare for the birth, then bond with and care for the child during the first days, weeks, and months of its life. Here, we take a look at what rights you have when it comes to organising and taking maternity leave. Who is eligible for maternity leave?......

The Pimlico Plumbers case – making it harder for employers to justify ‘self-employed’ status

The Supreme Court today found in favour of plumber Gary Smith in his claim that he was entitled to sick pay and holiday pay, despite his employer Pimlico Plumbers claiming he was self–employed. Although he provided his own tools and could choose when he worked, Mr Smith worked solely for Pimlico, was required to wear their uniform and to work a min......

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