Redundancy and other kinds of dismissal

17 February 2016

In broad terms, for the recipient at least, there is something very final about redundancy. While it in no way should reflect on the stage of life or stage of career of the individual, it can feel like it could be the end of the working life. For the company carrying out redundancies because of reducing economic viability, it can seem like a mark of failure. Dismissal, on the other hand, should place the burden of responsibility far more on the shoulders of the employee concerned, the blame may indeed lie firmly with them. In practice, however, are the lines between redundancy and dismissal increasingly blurred asks Gudrun Limbrick.

Getting to grips with modern workplace learning

17 February 2016

Much has been said about modern workplace learning of late, and how important it is for all Learning and Development (L&D) functions to embrace it and to put it at the very top of their learning strategies. However, like so many things, this may be easier said than done. So here, Judith Christian-Carter takes a look at what modern workplace learning is about and why it is so important.

Giving references — some problems considered

2 February 2016

A good reference from a former or current employer can mean the difference between getting a new job or not getting it. It can be worth its weight in gold. For some, the pursuit of a good reference can mean taking up voluntary work simply to clock up the hours and the experience so that the employer can be cited as a referee. However, more and more, employers are declining to give references for fear of claims of falsehood being made against them. Gudrun Limbrick considers if fears of potential reference givers are justified and where this leaves job hunters who have no one to vouch for them.

Is there any genuine protection for whistle-blowers?

1 February 2016

It seems like common sense that someone who witnesses a wrongdoing should be able to report that wrongdoing without fear of reprisal. It is, in fact, becoming more and more common that, when a company is doing something wrong, it is an employee who has blown the whistle. In this article, Gudrun Limbrick looks at what is in place to protect those individuals when they call time on the inappropriate activities being carried out by the very company that provides them with their livelihood.

How to manage a project

20 January 2016

How many projects did you manage last year? Probably more than you at first thought. A project may be something enormous, such as laying on the Olympics or creating a high-speed railway, passing through more modest operations, such as relocating your office or launching a new product, right down to producing a presentation for a client or reorganising the data retrieval system. Each of these, large or small, is a project that requires skilful management if it is to be achieved satisfactorily says Bob Patchett.

Getting the mix right: Safeguarding yourself against inequality claims

16 December 2015

What is the right mix? And what is that about a claim? Let’s look at the last question first. An inequality claim would be made by an employee who asserts that you, the employer, did something that was in breach of the Equality Act, an important piece of legislation that protects individuals or groups of people who may be discriminated against or treated worse than others in similar circumstances, says Bob Patchett.