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HR News

Collated by the Sagegreen HR team

We cover all the issues around employment law that could affect UK Employers

Employment offer withdrawn due to job reference

Withdrawing a job offer due to a poor reference This is a situation that we are asked about on a routine basis and a report of a recent case sets out some key steps to consider if you find yourself faced with a similar decision. The case relates to South Warwickshire...

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Mental Health – Taking Care of your Staff

Mental health in the workplace is a very topical area in today’s workplaces but, organisational attitudes towards mental ill health still raise questions.  Despite  the strong evidence demonstrating the case for organisations to adopt a positive attitude towards those...

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Managing an ageing workforce

What is the best practice? As the UK workforce ages, (the  forecast is that more than 30% of the working population will be over 50 years of age  by 2020) employers will require good age management practices to meet the expectations of employees from all generational...

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting

8 Key questions you need to ask yourself 1           Can I ignore it or do I need to do something about it ? If you have more than 250 employees / workers  / self employed then No do not ignore and yes do something about it. 2          What do I have to do...

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Unpaid Leave: To Pay or not to Pay

Unpaid Leave? Many employers not only struggle with the vast scope of employment law, but when it comes to the family friendly legislation and time away from work for public duties etc.  there is often a confusion as to what is paid and what is unpaid leave. Plus, you...

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Swearing at Work

Swearing at work can help to reduce stress According to research by the University of East Anglia. The Norwich-based research team found that use of “taboo language” could also boost team spirit in the workplace, while attempts to restrain language could...

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ARE YOU A QUITTER?

Definition of Quit: To stop, to cease, to discontinue There are a few things that it is acceptable to quit – smoking, excessive drinking, swearing, etc. but these really aren’t the focus of my article. With the start of Rio Olympics, it seems an...

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P is for Productivity

noun: productivity efficiency, production, productiveness, work rate, output, yield, capacity, According to recent research, in terms of productivity the UK is “at the bottom of the G7 league table, 20 percent lower than average, and falls behind many...

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Negativity

Having a moan How often have you been in a group having a moan about something ? Suddenly the whole conversation becomes negative, and even if you entered the conversation happy and upbeat, you leave feeling negative and miserable.   Quite often the people...

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Mentoring and Motorbikes

So now you are wondering what on earth mentoring and motorbikes have to do with one another. Let me give you some context.  When I take off my business suit, I put on my protective gear and get on my 650 Kawasaki Vulcan S and whenever possible together...

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Love in the workplace – what can go wrong

Ahh, Monday morning; that annoying time to get up early, head to the office and get back to the weekly routines of the job. Who looks forward to that? Well for some, an office romance may make Monday mornings a whole lot easier and decidedly more fun! But,...

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K is for Kindness

“Don't mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me.”― Al Capone. What has kindness got to do with business and HR? Are you familiar with this quote, and if...

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Specsavers didn’t see it coming – would you?

When depression is classed as a disability? We are often asked by Clients whether or not an employee’s medical condition is classed as a disability and if so, what action they should take in order to ensure that they meet their obligations as a responsible...

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J is for Job Descriptions

When I hear these two words, “Job description”, (or as we in HR call them “JD” or as some people like to call them “Job Specs”) banded about in a conversation about roles and responsibilities my heart sinks. I want to shout, “Noooooo, there is a difference...

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I is for Indecision

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room - indecision Our latest blog, I hope, becomes a bit of a reflection point for you when you’re having your morning coffee or in that couple of precious moments when you can look at what’s happening in your world at...

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HR – Personnel Police or Business Partner

When I started working in 1984, I joined the Personnel department.  In those days, Personnel was seen as largely administrative, the ‘police’ of the workplace, and a costly function that the operational and finance departments didn’t particularly like or...

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MIND THE – gender pay – GAP!

New regulations New Government Regulations that come in to force on 1st October 2016 will impose a duty on employers to report information on the difference in pay between male and female employees. This is intended to show a ‘snapshot’ of what employees...

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