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Holiday pay: When to include overtime in calculations?

Holiday pay: When to include overtime in calculations?

New holiday pay ruling around overtime indicates that when voluntary overtime has been carried out with a degree of regularity, it should be included in the holiday pay calculation. But what does a regular pattern look like? In this post, we’ll explore what the recent...

Managing HR in a manufacturing firm

Managing HR in a manufacturing firm

Sophie Gollop is Co-founder and Compliance Director at FACTORYLUX, an employee co-owned UK lighting manufacturer. In 2018, Sophie took over the day-to-day management of the company. High on her agenda was centralising employee documents, reviewing contracts and...

What is the Bradford Factor?

What is the Bradford Factor?

The Bradford Factor is designed to flag up a pattern of problematic absence by scoring employee’s absence based on both the length and frequency of absence. The research behind the system (conducted in 1980 by The Bradford University School of Management – hence...

Unauthorised absence: How to manage it

Unauthorised absence: How to manage it

It's 10am and you’ve still not seen or heard anything from your employee. What should you do? Your initial response will likely be one of concern, and you’ll be eager to check in with them to make sure they’re okay. But what if you still can’t get hold of them? What...

How to handle an employee off with work-related stress

How to handle an employee off with work-related stress

Work-related stress, anxiety and depression now account for more than half of work absences in Great Britain. With two-fifths of organisations reporting that stress-related absence has increased in the last year, it's becoming a pressing issue for today's employers....

Managing sickness absence

Managing sickness absence

Periods of employee absence are inevitable, but they can be disruptive and expensive, especially for small businesses where each individual makes up a significant proportion of the entire workforce. But making sure you have a clear plan when you are faced with a...

How to employ someone

How to employ someone

To employ someone successfully, you need to start off with a clear idea of your requirements for the new hire. What will they be doing day-to-day, and what skills do they need to be successful? Next, you must carefully follow the employment laws relating to...

What should be included in a contract of employment?

What should be included in a contract of employment?

There are four different terms to be aware of when it comes to employment contracts: express terms, statutory terms, implied terms and incorporated terms. While only express terms, such as pay and working hours, must be documented in writing via a written statement,...

How to dismiss an employee

How to dismiss an employee

To dismiss an employee legally in the UK, you must ensure you have a valid reason for doing so. You must also take care to follow a fair procedure. No employer wants to find themselves needing to dismiss someone, and if it's your first time doing so, the process can...

How to support a bereaved employee

How to support a bereaved employee

Adapting to life after losing a loved one can be extremely challenging. Bereaved employees are prone to increased stress, difficulty concentrating and reduced productivity. Calm and compassionate communication, a sensitivity to the impact a bereavement can have, and a...

Compassionate leave for bereavement: what the law says

Compassionate leave for bereavement: what the law says

According to the Employment Rights Act 1996, employees are entitled to emergency time off. And this includes compassionate leave for bereavement. In the case of bereavement, emergency time off would be a ‘reasonable’ period of unpaid time off in order to take...

What is a performance review or staff appraisal?

What is a performance review or staff appraisal?

A performance review – sometimes known as a staff appraisal – is a valuable opportunity to review the performance of employees, identify areas where they can continue to develop, and help to motivate them. There are numerous different ways to appraise employees, but...

When does a contractor become an employee?

When does a contractor become an employee?

If you're defining their working hours, or there's no clear sense of when they'll stop working for you, there's a chance your contractor might now be an employee. Working with contractors has its advantages – they’re often highly skilled, flexible and take up less HR...

When a key employee resigns, what should you do?

When a key employee resigns, what should you do?

A key employee resigns, giving you their notice and telling you when their last day will be. What a nightmare right! What should you do? Who do you need to tell? As a business owner, you’ll likely be faced with a fair amount of decision making, it can be hard to keep...

Brexit: HR implications and advice for employers

Brexit: HR implications and advice for employers

With Brexit negotiations coming increasingly close to the wire, you’re possibly feeling left in the lurch over what actions you should be taking to best prepare your business. Is there anything you can start doing now? If there is good news in all this, it’s that it’s...

How to manage flexible working requests

How to manage flexible working requests

Are you “Happy to Talk Flexible Working”? That’s the strapline the Flexible Working Task Force is urging employers to use when advertising jobs as part of their campaign to increase the availability of flexible working. And while managing flexible working arrangements...

Managing maternity leave: A guide for employers

Managing maternity leave: A guide for employers

As an employer, you’ll no doubt find yourself faced with managing maternity leave within your business at some stage. The law in this area can be confusing, so it’s important to get to grips with the regulations in order to prevent discrimination claims. Not only...

Redundancy: what employers need to know

Redundancy: what employers need to know

Going through a redundancy process can be stressful, and doing so without following the law could lead to expensive penalties. Thorough consultation with all those at risk, and continuing to look for alternative options to redundancy throughout, are essential steps to...

Health and Safety for small businesses

Health and Safety for small businesses

With so many other demands, especially if you’re juggling the many responsibilities of a small business owner, managing health and safety can quickly fall to the bottom of the priority list. But accidents can occur at any time, even in low-risk environments, and...

Zero hours contracts: Advantages and disadvantages

Zero hours contracts: Advantages and disadvantages

Think of zero hours contracts and the 2016 Sports Direct scandal may well spring to mind. Big brand names like Uber and Deliveroo have also come under scrutiny recently for the exploitation of casual labourers, and zero hours contracts were a key topic of discussion...