HR News

Collated by the Sagegreen HR team

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

Love in the workplace – what can go wrong

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

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?

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

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

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

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!

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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Fit for work

Fit for work

Fit for work GPs and employers throughout England and Wales can refer their employed patients and employees who have been, or are likely to be, off sick from work for four weeks or more for a voluntary occupational health assessment. Further details of the...

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E is for Equality

E is for Equality

What is equality and why should we care The term ‘equality’ is bounded around Boardroom and HR departments across the country usually when an employer is talking about how far and wide ranging their employee population is. More often than not, equality is...

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Dismissals – are you burying your head in the sand?

Dismissals – are you burying your head in the sand?

It took few years of working in HR to stop being an ostrich and get comfortable, well as comfortable as one can get, to deal with dismissals. I think the turning point was when I saw, on many occasions, how employees who were given another chance used it...

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Cigarettes – I’m having a fag

Cigarettes – I’m having a fag

Smoking in the workplace - love it or hate it... Everyone has an opinion but just read below how this small, 10cm piece of tobacco has caused big problems in recent years... When I first started work in an office, the lady opposite me smoked 30 cigarettes...

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Have you thought about staffing levels?

Have you thought about staffing levels?

The tax year-end often coincides with financial year-ends. You may be thinking 'that is still a while away,' but actually, now is the time to start planning. There are a number of factors that could impact your staffing costs, which are quite often the...

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Age – It’s all about respect

Age – It’s all about respect

Age is the one thing that affects all of us, whether we are young, middle-aged, or older we all have perceptions about people of other ages. I remember as a young child thinking that people in their 40’s were old.  As I am turning 50 this year, I clearly...

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Christmas Party HR Hangover

Christmas Party HR Hangover

Pre-Christmas Hangover? Our Prescription It is the season to be jolly but, being an employer at this time of year can, quite frankly, be a bit of a headache. We haven’t even got to the BIG DAY yet, but some employers are already reporting hangovers from...

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Non-Verbal Discrimination is in the spotlight

Non-Verbal Discrimination is in the spotlight

It is not just what you say that can have implications?  A recent case in the news has brought this type of discrimination into the spotlight.  A man from Southend recently won damages of £7,500 against a locksmith shop where the claimant had suffered...

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Changes To Shared (Grand) Parental Leave

Changes To Shared (Grand) Parental Leave

It is all happening in the press… you may have seen in recent headlines that the Government is planning to extend shared parental leave to include grandparents. How will this impact your workplace? With statistics showing an aging workforce this may be an...

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The National Minimum Wage rise is imminent…

The National Minimum Wage rise is imminent…

Increase to the National Minimum wage The National Minimum Wage is set to increase on the 1 October 2015.  It is the usual annual affair but an important one to note in your diary.  The hourly rate for over 21s will go up by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour. The...

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Don’t panic – It’s only an appraisal!

Don’t panic – It’s only an appraisal!

Appraisal time soon comes around Appraisals often conjure up an air of formality, a tick box exercise or a time-consuming bureaucratic process.  Managers and staff alike are filled with dread and fear when ‘appraisal time’ is looming and they receive...

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