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Return to Work Guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic Now the Government has laid out their plans to start the recovery of the economy. How do you get your workforce back to work safely and responsibly? Posted by Carla Cifaldi
14th May 2020
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Inducting staff during the Covid-19 pandemic With the Covid-19 crisis pushing more and more of us to work from home, many of our clients may have concerns about the induction and training of new staff when not being able to do this face to face. How do employers engage new staff when they may not meet any of their colleagues in person for some weeks? Posted by Carla Cifaldi
1st May 2020
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Redundancies during furlough Are you considering how your businesses will survive post Covid-19 and if you will be able to continue to employ the same number of staff as before the crisis? Redundancies should always be considered as a last resort, but should you wish to start the selection process, we have put together some guidance for you to assist you in making redundancies during furlough. Posted by Carla Cifaldi
27th April 2020
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Homeworking policies - do you have everything covered? The UK's homeworking force has increased exponentially over the last few weeks as everyone follows government guidance but does your business have a robust homeworking policy? Here we have put together some guidance for you when considering the key points that should be included in your homeworking policy, both for now and once this period of isolation/social distancing is over. Posted by Emma Wynne
24th April 2020
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Covid-10 Job Retention Scheme - update Our most current update relating to the Government's job retention scheme during the Covid-19 pandemic. Posted by Carla Cifaldi
20th April 2020
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Training and development for furloughed staff Guidance for employers who are considering asking their furloughed workers engage in job related training sessions and the points that should be considered. Posted by Emma Wynne
20th April 2020
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Covid-19 Job Retention Scheme - our furlough update Following the governments updated guidance on Wednesday 15th April 2020, we have put together our updated guidance on the Job Retention Scheme and the changes that have been announced. This is in addition to our earlier blog. Posted by Carla Cifaldi
16th April 2020
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The Good Work Plan The Good Work Plan came into force on 6th April 2020 and has been dubbed the “biggest overhaul of employment law in 20 years.” have you prepared for the changes? Posted by Emma Wynne
8th April 2020
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Points (updated 09/04/2020) On Saturday 4th April the UK government announced further guidelines in relation to the Job Retention Scheme, who is eligible and how to apply. We have updated our guidance to reflect the new guidelines and will continue to update you as and when new information is released. Posted by Emma Wynne
7th April 2020
The rise of flexible working On 16th July 2019, the BBC reported on conservative MP Helen Whately who introduced a flexible working bill in Parliament. I was a little surprised to read this as there is already the right to request flexible working within the UK. Currently employees with continuous 26 weeks service, who have not previously made a request in the preceding 12 months, have the right to request to work flexibly. Employers must consider the request but there is no statutory obligation to grant the request. Posted by Gwyneth Hodgkinson
2nd October 2019
The personalisation of HR again and stepping away from AI I’m going to jump in with both feet and just give a personal view in this blog, because it interests me but also because AI both amazes me and scares me at the same time! After a long winding road of thoughts about the subject I came to the conclusion that AI technology is slightly trying to steal our shine. AI is in fact described as the simulation of human intelligence, but ask yourself, if it’s based on human intelligence, it will only be as intelligent as the person/s feeding in information and teaching it. So how intelligent is it really? Basically, AI is trying to be the copycat of us amazing human beings but in my opinion it’s not quite there yet. Posted by Charlotte Batchelor
18th September 2019
Giving Feedback Effective communication is a fundamentally essential component of high performance. There are numerous benefits of giving and receiving feedback for personal development. It helps with the building and maintaining of good relationships, at the workplace or at home. And while it is accepted that the role of feedback is a major contributor to all of this, many people struggle with both giving and receiving feedback. Posted by Lindsay Baker
27th August 2019
The secret to how outsourcing can save your life! As business owners or managers, we excel in our field, some may even call us experts including ourselves! But one thing we all discover is you can’t be good at everything and this blog discusses the pros of using outsourced help. Posted by Maria Parsons
13th August 2019
The TUPE transfer: what does it actually mean? The process starts with a commercial decision to either sell part or all of the business or change the service provision or contract to another supplier. Once this has been confirmed, any employees that are currently employed by the outgoing company undertaking that specific element of the business, are identified as having the potential to transfer to the new company. Posted by Gwyneth Hodgkinson
17th July 2019
Are you supporting your employees with non-visible disabilities? I am currently sat outside the British Library in the sunshine using my time before my meeting to put this blog together for you.  The reason I mention my location (other than to ... Posted by Lindsay Baker
10th July 2019
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One of the directors of our company, Rob Buxton, suggested that we may benefit from an HR audit from a BNI member, Gateway HR. At first we were sceptical about this. Firstly, nothing in life is free – ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ and all that. Secondly, we’re a firm of accountants, dealing with businesses, staffing matters and so on all the time – what could Gateway possibly do for us? Firstly we can confirm that the HR audit was totally free. We were visited by one of their consultants, Lindsay Gibson, who was with us for about an hour. During this time we ran through the procedures and systems that we have in place for dealing with our staff. Shortly after the meeting we received a health check from Lindsay that clearly showed the areas in which we were good, and the areas where improvements were needed. It became apparent from the report that we didn’t know as much as we thought we did.

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