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Never a Dull Moment

Posted on 29th March 2018

Never a Dull Moment

We love the varied nature of our job because every day is different and every situation is unique because it will refer to a particular business.  Even situations that look similar on paper will be different in practice because our guidance will help business owners manage in the way they want to and not in prescriptive, one size fits all manner.

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Posted on 3rd January 2018

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

As reported by the CIPD, the Government’s trial period for tribunal fee repayments has now ended, so individuals (employees and workers) and trades unions that have paid a fee can now apply online for reimbursement.

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

Posted on 3rd January 2018

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

January is one of the busiest months for people booking holidays – our TV screens are full of adverts tempting us to do so!  It’s also the time that managers start receiving holiday requests from their staff which can be a challenging time.

Examiner Business Awards 2017

Posted on 28th November 2017

Examiner Business Awards 2017

The Examiner Business Awards are an annual showcase for business excellence in our region.  They recognise new and established businesses, budding entrepreneurs and exporters.  This year, we were delighted to sponsor the award for Employee of the Year.  That award celebrates people nominated by their peers and employers who continually go above and beyond the call of duty.

5 Steps to Promote Positive Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted on 11th January 2017

5 Steps to Promote Positive Mental Health in the Workplace

In her speech at the Charity Commission the Prime Minister, Theresa May, outlined a range of mental health reforms.  Amongst the measures announced, Mrs May confirmed that employers and organisations would be given additional training in supporting staff who need to take time off.

While there was no word on timing or funding for either the training or any mental health related absences, our advice to employers is that prevention is better than cure.

6 Ways to Improve Your Performance Appraisals

Posted on 31st August 2016

6 Ways to Improve Your Performance Appraisals

Recent research suggests that companies that do away with appraisals experience a drop in productivity. Clearly there is value in the appraisal process, but how can we make it work better? Here are a few tips.