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Avoiding an HR hangover after the Christmas party

Avoiding an HR hangover after the Christmas party

Posted on 4th December 2018

Most staff look forward to the office party all year and why not!! 

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.

Examiner Business Awards 2018

Examiner Business Awards 2018

Posted on 29th November 2018

We were proud to sponsor the Employee of the Year category at the recent Examiner Business Awards event. 

GCSE Grades - A Guide for Employers

GCSE Grades - A Guide for Employers

Posted on 10th September 2018

The numerically based 1 to 9 grading system for GCSE’s was introduced in 2017.   In a recent survey commissioned by OFQUAL it was reported that 23% of employers thought the top band was 1 and not 9 which it actually is.

"Knob Head" dismissal appeal ruling sets new precedent

"Knob Head" dismissal appeal ruling sets new precedent

Posted on 22nd August 2018

Having worked for her employer for 20 years, Mrs Smith was dismissed for gross misconduct after sending a series of emails to a trading partner company in which she referred to a colleague as a “knob” and a “knob head”. 

Workers unfairly dismissed for using company vehicles for private purposes

Workers unfairly dismissed for using company vehicles for private purposes

Posted on 15th August 2018

Fortem Solutions provide property repairs for Birmingham City Council, their repairmen were provided with vans to support their work.  The company’s vehicle and driver policy stated that vans were only provided for work duties and must not “under any circumstances be used for private purposes other than for ordinary commuting. Unauthorised use of a company vehicle is deemed to be gross misconduct and may result in dismissal.”

What does HR support cost?

What does HR support cost?

Posted on 9th August 2018

Understandably, one of the key questions prospective customers want the answer to, is how much will it cost me to get external HR support?

School run teacher wins discrimination appeal over punctuality

School run teacher wins discrimination appeal over punctuality

Posted on 12th July 2018

Freelance teacher Paula Bradley (no relation) worked for the London School of English.  The school required all employees to be at work 15 minutes before class start time, which was typically 9.00am.  Ms Bradley was unable to make the 8.45am start time because she had to take her own child to school.