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Autumn Seminar Series

Posted on 29th August 2017

Autumn Seminar Series

Pennine Business Partners are hosting a series of 3 seminars in the coming months which focus on common challenges faced by business owners - and you are invited! 

 

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Posted on 26th July 2017

Employment Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Today, the Supreme Court ruled that fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful.
 
Tribunal fees were introduced by the Government in 2013 with the aim of reducing the number of weak or malicious claims being brought.  Fees ranged from £390 to £1,200 with discrimination claims costing more because of the complexity and time that hearings took.

That's It - I Quit!!

Posted on 19th July 2017

That's It - I Quit!!

We have all heard stories of people who have made snap decisions to leave their jobs without notice.  In fact, there are probably moments in any career where the urge to say, “I Quit” and walk out are strong.

BUT - As an employer, how best to respond to a heat of the moment resignation?

Free HR Surgeries and Seminars at KBC 2017

Posted on 6th March 2017

Free HR Surgeries and Seminars at KBC 2017

We are holding a day of Surgeries and Seminars at Kirklees Business Conference on Wednesday 15th March. There will be 2 x 45 minute Seminars starting at 11.45 and 13.45 that will focus on Managing Absence in the Workplace - these seminars are limited to maximum of 8 delegates. 

5 Steps to Make Your Recruitment Process a Success!

Posted on 25th January 2017

5 Steps to Make Your Recruitment Process a Success!

Business owners know that productivity and profitability depends on the quality and engagement of their workforce.  That’s why recruiting the right people for the job and the business are important to ongoing performance and success. 

Industry statistics show that the true cost of recruitment can be up to 2.5 times the salary of the role in question – so it pays to do it right!  Here are five tips to help you recruit the right person for your next vacancy.

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.

The Gig Economy - What is it and what does it mean for employers?

Posted on 4th January 2017

The Gig Economy - What is it and what does it mean for employers?

Rarely a day goes by without a news story about the “gig economy”.  We are coming to accept that more and more of us are moving away from the traditional model of full time employment and are taking on a variety of self-employed roles, short term assignments and “on demand” working.  This new take on working life is facilitated by the continual development of digital technology, enabling companies, workers and customers to be brought together more easily.

Party Time! ... or festive fisticuffs? How to avoid the HR pitfalls of the Company Christmas do

Posted on 12th December 2016

Party Time! ... or festive fisticuffs? How to avoid the HR pitfalls of the Company Christmas do

The tradition of the “Christmas party” is a chance for you to thank your staff for all their hard work and efforts during the year.  However with spirits running high, you may find yourselves managing Christmas Party HR issues, well into the New Year.

Whilst you should be encouraging staff to enjoy themselves, preparation is key to avoid any HR issues arising and knowing how to cope when they do.