Ashtons HR Consulting supports National Apprenticeship Week

Jane Hamshaw, of Ashtons HR Consulting, talks about the how Ashtons have utilised Apprenticeships across the business. In February 2014 Ashtons Legal embarked on an initiative of utilising Apprenticeships in a number of roles in various departments across the business.   The first successful Apprentice, who completed a Business......

The Rooney Rule – football leads the way in “positive action” under the Equality Act

English Football league clubs have agreed to introduce a UK version of the “Rooney Rule” starting on 1 January 2018.  The rule was originally named after Dan (not Wayne) Rooney who set up a policy in American football that required teams to interview minority candidates for coaching roles.  English Football League (EFL) clubs are now fr......

Immigration and its effect on Care Homes

The government introduced the new immigration skills charge on the 6 April 2017 to incentivise the recruitment and training of British workers. The Immigration Skills Charge will be levied on employers that employ non EEA migrants in various scenarios, but notably for the care sector, under a Certificate of Sponsorship for a Tier 2 visa. The charge......

Good intentions not enough in wage calculations

Accurate calculations of the National Minimum Wage continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging the complexity, saying there is no single key to unlock every case. Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have affected major retailers like John Lewis and Tesco, while others have been waitin......

Case Study - Recruitment and Interim Management

We recently had a client whose HR Manager announced that she had decided to move to a new company after 15 years’ service with our client. As it had been such a long time since they’d needed to recruit in this area, the client was understandably nervous about knowing what modern trends and skills they should be looking for during recruitment. Havi......

Unconscious Bias: The Hidden Enemy of Recruitment and People Management

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester defines unconscious bias as: “Our implicit people preferences, formed by our socialisation, our experiences, and by our exposure to others’ views about other groups of people”. Unconscious bias occurs when individuals give preferential treatment to others who look like them and......

Kathryn Pratt from Ashtons HR Consulting looks at the issue of presenteeism: https://t.co/cN8nmPrpQ2 #presenteeismhttps://t.co/SszzwKeR4Q
RT @LucyPakes: It was indeed a lovely evening with colleagues and clients https://t.co/8AAF4ypwMf