Human Resources

Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function

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If you’re business is growing, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about how to approach human resources to deal with the additional responsibilities that come with growth. If you don’t have the skills or funds to develop an in-house team, then outsourcing to an HR specialist or consultant, like HCHR, will give you access to skills, knowledge and support, and save you costs in the long run Read More

New Year HR Resolutions for Small Businesses

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The New Year means a new start for individuals and businesses alike and represents the ideal opportunity for you to check off some key HR Resolutions from your to do list.

To help you on your way, the team at HCHR has come up with some key resolutions that will help your business to grow and develop in 2019.

And don’t forget, if you don’t have your own in-house HR department, HCHR offers a bespoke consultancy service to businesses of any size, delivered by a team of qualified and professional team. Read More

Working 9 till 5 – A way to make a living?

By Employment Law, Human Resources

A recent survey undertaken by YouGov has revealed that only 6% of UK workers are working the traditional working hours of 9am – 5pm.

There are many reasons for the shift in this approach, including:

  • employment law allows any employee who has more than 26 weeks’ continuous service to make a flexible working request, which the employer then has a duty to consider and can only refuse it on specific grounds;
  • industries have become more accessible and functional outside of the traditional set working hours;
  • the advances in internet and technology means that business can be made and emails be sent in the touch or swipe of a button.

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New EU Settlement Toolkit for Employers

By Brexit, Human Resources

There is still much uncertainty surrounding the terms of the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU and in particular for EU citizens working in the UK. For some months now, the government has been urging employers to protect their EU citizens as there had been no clarity over residency rights before the final Brexit deal is signed. Read More

Getting employee suspension right

By Employee Rights, Human Resources

Following the news that Welsh councils have paid more than £9m to staff while they have suspended over the last four years (read more here), the issue of suspending employees has certainly been brought into question this weekend. When a business is considering suspending an employee pending investigation, it is imperative that they get it right. Read More

Is Sleeping Working?

By HR Advice, Human Resources

Last Friday, the Court of Appeal handed down their much-anticipated judgments on two cases: Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home). The cases dealt with whether employees who are in the workplace, but are sleeping, should be entitled to be paid in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW). Read More

Switch Off to Switch Back On

By Human Resources

Summer holidays and workIt always makes me laugh when you’re in the midst of an IT crisis and the first thing that you’re asked is “have you tried switching the device off and back on…” And, as if by magic, things reboot and start working.

If only there were life reboots and updates (I for one wouldn’t mind one). However, returning after a week’s holiday I do feel as if I’ve switched off and switched back on again.

I preach to my clients about time management and the importance of staff taking regularly spaced holiday throughout the year. But, let’s be honest, as a business owner or manager, it’s not always easy or straightforward.  Aha! There is my comfortable default excuse. I know I’m working hard but we need to make time for what is important.

My dad has always said to me, “don’t be a busy fool!” Although I don’t know if he would survive a day in my HR heels!

So writing on the runway, from a faraway land, what remains to be seen is if I am indeed more effective after my reboot!

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