HR and the productivity challenge

20 June 2016

It will not have escaped your notice that improving productivity is one of the Government’s top priorities, says Dawn Nolan. As economists the world over crunch the latest data and debate the intricacies of the productivity challenge and so-called “puzzle”, we are left to ponder: why, when UK employment has increased, has workers’ output not improved at a similar rate? Despite trying to fathom out why productivity is so low, “there’s no single explanation or agreement on which explanations are more important than others”, confirms Mark Beatson, Chief Economist at the CIPD. In reality there is no simple solution, otherwise we would have solved it by now.

Do female employees have a duty to tell their employers if they suffer unduly from bad periods?

9 June 2016

The working population is showing more equality in the UK between the number of women working in comparison with the number of men — around 13 million women as opposed to 15 million men. There have also been moves towards equality in parental leave, pensionable age, pay, the hours worked and the type of work carried out, although it is accepted that progress has been slower in some areas than others. While we strive to achieve equality, we also have to remember that there are differences between men and women. Have we pushed practice and perception sufficiently towards a status of equality that we can be open about the differences that genuinely exist between men and women, asks Gudrun Limbrick?

How to write effective contracts of employment

7 June 2016

The contract of employment sets out the relationship between you and your employees. Get it wrong and you invite serious time-consuming legal and employee relations difficulties. However, take time to get it right and you will avoid many of the disputes encountered by managers, says Bob Patchett.

Mandatory gender pay gap reporting — an update

6 June 2016

According to the Government, the gender pay gap is currently at the lowest it has ever been, but statistics from ONS suggest that men are still paid around 20% more on average than women in the UK.

Understanding Workplace Pensions … from Start to Finish

31 May 2016

Small businesses (those with fewer than 30 individuals in a PAYE scheme on 1 April 2012) must, during 2016–17 automatically enrol their workers into a qualifying workplace pension scheme or the “default scheme”, the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). Paul Tew, small business consultant and freelance advisor explains the 10 steps that need to be followed to achieve compliance with all employer duties under pension auto enrolment.

Employee wellbeing and resilience

23 May 2016

“Resilience” continues to be the buzz word of the moment — its value hotly debated in the media, at conferences and, increasingly, in the boardroom, as organisations seek ways to maximise it, says Dawn Nolan. While the concept is not new, building a robust, mentally fit workforce to survive and thrive in the face of disruption, has come to the fore. You only have to scan a few job specs to see how resilience has become one of the most sought-after skills in today’s demanding, resource-stretched world, where unpredictability and change is the new norm.

Epilepsy in the workplace

19 May 2016

Do you know your duties, as an employer, to people with epilepsy in the workplace? As Dr Lisa Bushby explains, “reasonable adjustments” are often very straightforward depending on the job and an understanding of what might trigger seizures.