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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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Recruitment Nightmares by Business Owners

When it comes to HR Professionals, we always have a huge series of nightmare scenarios that we often share with our clients so that they can avoid falling into some of these human resources traps. These horror stories can range from tales of losing tribunals because the correct procedures weren’t adhered to; through to examples when an employer is sued …

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Human Resources – We Kiss the frogs so you don’t have to!

Most managers have a tough job and a full plate. They’re responsible for their department’s planning, organising, leading, and controlling; they’re also responsible for hiring. But managers themselves are often hired and promoted for their technical expertise, not their ability to recruit and manage others. This means that organisations need to consider their recruitment strategy and how to recruit effectively. …

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Three New Year Resolutions for Business Owners

As a new year begins, the majority of us make at least one or two personal New Year’s resolutions, but have you ever considered making some at work too? Usually our resolutions involve joining a gym, going on a diet or even making exciting travel plans.  At HCHR now is the time that we start thinking about how we can …

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Employee Behaviour on Black Friday

This week sees the media reporting on how emergency services are preparing Black Friday (22 December) and the anticipated numbers of ‘binge’ drinkers.  Believe it or not but this time of year can be particularly stressful for business owners who understand that they are vicariously liable for the conduct of their employees at Christmas parties organised by employers. To help …

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Why Employers Should Hold an Office Christmas Party

We’ve all heard about some of the disasters that result from the annual office Christmas party, particularly when alcohol is involved.  As a result, many employers are often reluctant to even hold a festive event for their staff at all.  However, if you put aside some of the negative perceptions, there are many good reasons why you should put on …

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Managing the Office Christmas Party Condundrum

The office Christmas party is a long-standing tradition and, these days, is not just limited to office staff. For business owners, the festive season and what to do to thank their staff has become a bit of a conundrum. Do you put on an event at a festive venue or do you encourage staff to bring in some food and …

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