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Top HR queries from January

19 February 2019

February brings its fair share of notable dates including Valentine’s Day, Fairtrade Fortnight, Care Week and more. In addition to the daily operations of a business, these dates can present employers with further considerations than normal day-to-day activities entail. Find out more about the top five call topics below to our dedicated HR helpline, remembering that you can call our team of experts on 0844 561 8149 to speak with a qualified consultant.

Supply matters

18 February 2019

For new businesses finding the right suppliers at the right price is one of the most critical components of a new company to get right. Dave Howell reports.

Dismissal issues

13 February 2019

How often have unsatisfactory employees been dismissed, and then won compensation from their ex-employer? Unfortunately, too often, says Bob Patchett.

The perils of the workplace romance

13 February 2019

February is seen as the month of love; with Valentine’s Day ensuring everyone’s mind is focused on the romantic side of life. Workplace romances, however, may not be all hearts and flowers; here we look at the downsides to office romances.

How to expand your business

11 February 2019

Choosing the way to expand your business can be difficult. In this article, John Davison provides some pointers on how to expand a business and also highlights some of the problems or matters to watch for to ensure the business does not fail.

Vaping at work: e-cigarettes in the spotlight again

11 February 2019

Vaping has dramatically risen in popularity in recent years, and is increasingly seen as a viable aid to quitting cigarette smoking. Consequently, employers need to ensure they set out clear policies in order to deal with e-cigarettes in the workplace, particularly since official health advice now unequivocally states that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking. Vicky Powell examines the work-related health implications of these trends.

Employment status update

6 February 2019

Stuart Chamberlain, author and senior employment consultant at Croner-i, examines the tests used by courts and tribunals in the light of recent case law and discusses their implications for employers. He also considers the Government’s proposals for reform of the tests as set out in its December 2018 paper, Good Work Plan. The article concludes with some advice for employers.

Will microchipping employees become a reality?

6 February 2019

Towards the latter part of 2018, a story concerning the practice of microchipping staff cropped up in UK newspapers. Rather than being brushed off as a marketing strategy for the firms producing such technology, the chatter around the story grew so loud that both the CBI and the TUC released public statements highlighting their concerns. So rather than sounding like something more familiar with a science-fiction film, could employers be making use of microchipped staff in the future?

Time to Talk Day — 7 February 2019

30 January 2019

According to NHS Digital, one in six people have been reported to have experienced a common mental health problem in any given week in the UK. On 7 February 2019, the UK acknowledges Time to Talk Day (TTTD) — a campaign created by the UK mental health charity, Time to Change.

The wellbeing agenda

30 January 2019

Anyone who began their career before 2000 could be forgiven if they find it challenging to keep pace with the many current shifts in thinking about work, employment and organisations says Tricia Palmer.