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The 3 Things Not to Do When an Employee Raises A Grievance

1. Don’t assume or draw conclusions It’s important to remember that there are two sides to every story and it is vital you don’t make assumptions or draw conclusions without hearing both sides. Facts are key in resolving workplace disputes, without trying to establish all the facts first you are putting yourself at risk of allegations of unfairness. It is rare these situations are clear-cut; the key is to act reasonably and investigate what you can. 2. Don’t avoid the proper procedures When an employee raises a formal grievance, a structured procedure must be followed. If you have a process set out in your Employee Handbook you should refer to... Read More

Are employers clear on the appropriate use of social media?

Social media has a wealth of benefits for businesses and their employees with approximately 3.484 billion active social media users worldwide. But in an age of digitalisation and the social media ‘frenzy’, how do we ensure that employers and employees are clear on appropriate use of social media and what can be done if things go wrong? We have put together some top tips on how to ensure appropriate use of social media within the workplace for employers and employees! Top tips for employers: Create a policy on the use of social media or include this as part of your employee handbook stating how employees can use social media at... Read More

Confused about Brexit and what this means for current/future EU employees?

Whilst we wait for a full and final position on Brexit and the negotiated exit terms between the UK and the EU and a date of when change will take place, there will nevertheless be an impact on EU nationals working in the UK. To help understand what employers need to do, our article sets out key information you need to know and provides certainty as to the impact on EU citizens currently living and working in the UK and how you can best support them. ‘50% of respondents to our recent survey stated that they did not fully understand the application process for EU nationals applying for settled or... Read More

Useful Questions on Flexibility During the School Holidays

With the school holidays fast approaching You HR are often asked about flexibility for parents during the summer break.  ACAS have recently published a newsletter containing some of the most frequently asked questions about annual leave during school holidays and we thought we would share them with you.     Can an employee take three weeks holiday during the school summer break? As long as the employer agrees to the request then yes, the employer will look at the levels of staff off at any one time and they may agree to someone taking three weeks leave. However, they can also refuse this request if too many people are off.... Read More

LGBT Pride Month 2018

Known as the “Mother of Pride”, it was Brenda Howard who coordinated the first LGBT Pride march. As well as sparking the idea for a week of events around Pride Day. These events then developed into the annual LGBT celebrations held every June. Every year the LGBT community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBT people have had around the world. LGBT or Gay Pride is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people it is a way of protesting about discrimination and violence. It... Read More

Have you got a World Cup Workplace?

In football it’s all about the people too!   With the world cup fully kicked off, we wanted to share a few tips to help you think about what adjustments you might want to make to best support your employees during major sporting events (it’s not all about football… It’s all about the people!). According to London Loves Business, 46% of workers confessed they would call in sick if England win the tournament with a further 16.4% saying that although they would come into work, they wouldn’t get much done! Office Suppliers, Viking, are estimating the world cup will cost (based on the average UK wage) businesses a staggering £2.4bn!... Read More

Dying Matters

  This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week and in 2018 the focus is on “What Can You Do… in your workplace?”. This gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national stage. Dying Matters is the biggest campaign in the UK that encourages people to talk about death. It lets us think about these topics and to put plans in place: your will, funeral plans, future care and organ donation. Death affects us all, and we can only help each other if we are comfortable talking about it.   Grief Everyone is affected by loss and grief at some... Read More

Are You Switched On For GDPR?

With less than 4 weeks to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, You HR Consultancy Limited are busy supporting their ‘retained’ clients with what they need to do in order to be compliant from an HR perspective. Most of you reading this article will know that ‘G-Day’, as the You HR Team call it, is the 25th May 2018 but many organisations are still not recognising the impact of what the regulations mean for them as an Employer. According to a recent survey undertaken by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), a staggering 47% of the UK’s office workers do not know whether their employer... Read More

GDPR and HR – do you know what you need to do?

  By now most organisation’s will be aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force on the 25th May this year, are you really ready?   According to Spiceworks (an IT platform company), only 61% of UK organisations are already compliant with GDPR, or expect to be by the 25th May, with only 46% of businesses in the rest of Europe, and a mere 25% in the USA feeling confident they will be ready! Whilst a small percentage of organisations believe they will be fined for not complying with the GDPR, the bigger concern lies with staff feeling that their jobs will become more complex and difficult... Read More

Kairan’s Black History Month Hero 2017

My Black History Month Hero is Barack Obama due to my admiration of his leadership during his presidency. I truly believe that everybody has a responsibility to lead by example and understand that it’s not about one single person being accountable for all change but it is about one person inspiring and leading to achieve. We need to internalise this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over Senator John McCain of Arizona. Obama became the 44th president, and the first African American to be elected to that... Read More


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