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GDPR – Action Plan for Employers

No death by PowerPoint but a practical discussion over a cup of coffee on what is GDPR and what do you as an Employer needs to do to comply. By 25 May 2018, organisations need to carry out an audit to identify any data protection risk areas and take the first steps towards creating a data protection by design and …

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Change won’t happen until people do…

Organizations decide they’re going to change all the time. Especially during times like we’re experiencing today, when recruiting is tough, engagement is a challenge, and retention is a top priority. Organizational change doesn’t just because an acknowledgement was made that change needs to happen. Human nature can mean that people both want and resist change in equal measures.  Fear of the …

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Are Unpaid Trial Shifts Fair?

It was widely reported in the press last week that job-seekers desperate for work are being asked by multiple employers to do unpaid shifts without any guarantee of employment at the end of it. In some cases, unpaid shifts with some employers added up to more than 40 hours. As a result of this practice, a group of MPs have …

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Spotlight on Sexual Harassment

Recent events as reported widely in the media, along with support for equality and diversity at high profile events like the Oscars, it has become clear that more and more organisations are having to put in place measures to combat sexual harassment in the workplace in order to create an open and trusting organisational structure. On this note, just last …

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International Women’s Day and Gender Equality

As International Women’s Day is celebrated across the Globe, the issue of gender equality is at the forefront of our minds more than ever. We read with interest this article from Business Insider magazine published today (8 March 2018) which highlights the worst countries for women around the world and focusses on the Global Gap Index created by the World …

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Snow Days and Your Rights

With the ‘Beast from the East’ expected to bring  heavy snowfall across South Wales over the next couple of days, we can all expect some sort of disruption to our lives.  Trains are likely to be cancelled, driving conditions will be hazardous resulting in most schools being closed. So how are you affected if your travel, workplace or children’s school …

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More Equality Trouble for Tesco

The press has widely reported that Tesco is facing a demand for up to £4bn in back pay to female workers in what is set to be the UK’s largest equal pay claim. Now the giant supermarket chain is in even more trouble having been accused of ‘gender apartheid’ as the safety instructions on their trolleys feature symbols of women …

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Managing employee absenteeism during the flu season

The flu season is well and truly upon us with predictions for the rest of this winter at all-time high. According to the Guardian: “Although flu cases are higher than at any point since 2010/11,  health officials say it is still not an epidemic.” Unfortunately, even though there are many genuine cases of employees suffering from flu and needing necessary …

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Holiday and sick pay break through for gig workers

The BBC has reported today that the UK Government is looking at making changes to employment rights and to improving the conditions of millions of workers, including people working in the so-called ‘gig’ economy. The BBC online news channel states that: “the changes include stricter enforcement of holiday and sick pay rights, and higher fines for firms that breach contracts …

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HR Support for the Self-Employed

More and more people in the UK are opting for self-employment than ever before.  According a recent report published by the CIPD, one in seven UK workers are now self employed. The report states that : “Climbing since 2001, self-employed workers now make up almost 15% of the UK labour force, close to the European average. This trend has been …

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