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Collated by the Sagegreen HR team

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

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

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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Swearing at Work

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?

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

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

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

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

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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