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Employing someone for the first time? Do you understand your legal obligations as an employer?

23rd July 2018 HR and H&S
Employing someone for the first time? Do you understand your legal obligations as an employer? Taking the decision to employ your first employee is a big step and for many new business owners it can be a daunting time.  Employment law is not easy to understand or navigate without specialist... Read More

Job Descriptions: Optional Vs Necessity

20th April 2018 HR and H&S
The question comes up time and time again regarding the role of the job description during the employment relationship and whether it is a nice to have or an essential piece of documentation. A job description is described as an internal document that sets out clearly the requirements and scope of... Read More

The Rise Of The Statutory Payment And The Fall Of The Employment Tribunal Fee

28th March 2018 HR and H&S
With the new tax year fast approaching employers need to make sure they maintain compliance with obligations relating to statutory employment rights and paying staff correctly. Each year the government reviews the statutory payment rates bringing with it an inflationary increase. For the April... Read More

Do I Have To Pay Employees That Are Absent Because Of Bad Weather?

6th March 2018 HR and H&S
The recent weather that has hit the UK has led to many of employers asking the question “Do I have to pay employees when they are absent because of bad weather?”   We would always advise that this is considered on case by case basis by the employer.  There are always going to be some... Read More

HR Update: Key Areas To Consider for 2018

15th January 2018 HR and H&S
It’s looking like 2018 is going to be a very interesting year ahead for HR. Here is a brief look at some key events which are coming up this year, as well as key areas to carefully consider. GDPR On the 25th of May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulations will come into effect across... Read More

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

4th December 2017 HR and H&S
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into effect in the UK on 25th May 2018. With new rights for individuals and some changes to the current rights that already exist under the Data Protection Act (DPA). Below summarises the key changes:  1: Personal Data The GDPR... Read More

Signs of Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

23rd October 2017 HR and H&S
Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today. 'In 2015/16 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.' - Health & Safety Executive (2016) Mental health covers everything from the most commonly... Read More

Employment Tribunal: To Claim or Not to Claim?

18th September 2017 HR and H&S
Few will have escaped the landmark judgement from the Supreme Court to overturn the current employment tribunal fees regime on 26th July 2017, following a long-running challenge that has been brought by Unison on the back of fees being introduced in 2013. Why did this happen? The key arguments... Read More

Recruitment: Tortoise vs Hare | Who’s Winning in the Race for Talent?

7th July 2017 HR and H&S
When it comes to recruiting it can be a difficult balance to get right, between making sure your recruitment process assesses the candidate fully enough to be sure the successful applicant is the right person for the role and the organisation. A seamless and speedy recruitment process is critical... Read More

Stress in the Workplace: Genuine Vs Diversion

28th April 2017 HR and H&S
Employers have a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees which under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 means that they should assess and take measures to control risks from work-related stress. If an employee suffers from stress related ill-health and the court... Read More

Employee Engagement Surveys – Are They Worth It?

3rd April 2017 HR and H&S
Employee engagement is defined by HR Zone as the emotional attachment employees feel towards their place of work, job role, position within the company, colleagues and culture and the affect this attachment has on wellbeing and productivity. From an employer's point-of-view, employee engagement is... Read More

Managing Stress and Conflict in the Workplace

15th March 2017 HR and H&S
“Some signs of conflict may be visible such as a heated exchange between colleagues or a meeting between management and employee representatives that turns into a stand-off.” - ACAS Employers have duties under health and safety law to assess and take measures to control risks from work-related... Read More

Working From Home and Flexible Working

6th March 2017 HR and H&S
Technology has never made it easier to work remotely and yet Yahoo has banned employees from working from home, why is it that? Although there has been an increase in employees working remotely from home, it is still not the “norm”? Flexible working is not just about changing the hours and... Read More

Love Is In The Air But What Happens When It Is Also In The Workplace?

7th February 2017 HR and H&S
Whilst it is inevitable that employees will develop relationships and many couples work harmoniously within the same organisation, sometimes romances can cause difficulties. As an employer you may end up being held vicariously liable for allegations of sex discrimination or sexual harassment if a... Read More

Employment Law Updates for 2017

13th January 2017 HR and H&S
As always April will see some significant changes to employment law National Minimum wage including the National Living Wage will increase from 1st April 2017 as follows: £7.50 per hour - 25 years old and over £7.05 per hour - 21-24 years old £5.60 per hour - 18-20 years old... Read More

SVC Group Lunch & Learn | Bi-monthly Learning Sessions

12th January 2017 HR and H&S
We're over the moon to launch our exciting new programme - SVC Group Lunch & Learn. The learning sessions will be held between 12.15pm and 2.15pm. We are working with fantastic experts that will be presenting on a number of different topics. There will be six sessions in total. The... Read More

Statutory Sick Pay Vs Enhanced Sick Pay

6th January 2017 HR and H&S
We are often asked the question from clients, typically when they are reviewing their contracts of employment as to whether they should operate a statutory sick pay scheme for absence, or whether they should operate an enhanced sick pay scheme. Statutory sick pay is payable to all employees who... Read More

The Office Christmas Party | Are You Ready?

29th November 2016 HR and H&S
December has arrived again and we are all busy planning and getting into the Christmas spirit and that much anticipated work get together is just around the corner. Although most employers are aware that they can be held responsible for the conduct of their employees during working hours,... Read More

Holiday Pay Commission – Latest Ruling

26th October 2016 HR and H&S
The Court of Appeal has now made a decision in the Lock V British Gas case. This is an important ruling regarding the calculation of holiday pay and whether or not commission should be included in annual leave payments. The case is in relation to the level of pay in respect of annual leave... Read More

Health and Safety Audits | Providing a Clear Picture

20th September 2016 HR and H&S
In-depth Health and Safety Audits can be very useful when establishing whether your current H&S Management System is actually working. Observing the following areas, we can provide you with a clear picture of your businesses performance in terms of H&S Management and legal compliance.... Read More

Employee Engagement: What Does it Mean for Your Organisation?

9th September 2016 HR and H&S
How an employee performs in their role has a direct impact on organisational performance which can in turn be linked to a company’s growth and profitability. But does it run deeper than just the effective management of their performance? How an individual performs in their role is associated... Read More

Sitting Comfortably? How Do You Know Your Staff Are?

15th August 2016 HR and H&S
As an employer you have a legal responsibility to protect your staff and the Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 applies to all staff who ‘habitually use display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work’. This includes multi-site and mobile workers,... Read More

Your HR Business Partner – Why Choose us?

5th August 2016 HR and H&S
Our HR team works as your business partner to ensure that you always make the best decision for your business - which is appropriate in the circumstances and with the aim of mitigating the risk of any Employment Tribunal claims. 18 Benefits of Outsourcing your HR to us 1: We provide a first... Read More

Employee Well-being – Added Value or a Waste of Time?

8th March 2016 HR and H&S
The concept of employee well-being has increasingly become a focus for many organisations and is a concept that has grown in popularity over the past few years. In recent months the topic of employee well-being has been hitting the headlines and would appear to be firmly at the forefront of the... Read More

Appraisals: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

8th January 2016 HR and H&S
To ensure that an organisation’s strategic goals and objectives are achieved, it is now time to start preparing for the annual appraisal process with all employees. Research has shown organisations will thrive, develop, achieve their strategic objectives and overall succeed as a business, if... Read More

Specialist Skills and Cost Reduction – Lean on us

30th September 2015 HR and H&S
According to a survey conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, the top three reasons why companies decide to outsource HR are; access to specialist skills and knowledge, quality of work and cost reduction. As a company develops and grows we often find a company has less time... Read More