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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.

Phew it's Scorcher!! Can we go home now??

Phew it's Scorcher!! Can we go home now??

Posted on 25th June 2018

That capricious thing the British Summer looks set to shine on us and send temperatures soaring in the coming days.  We often hear it said that there’s no better place to live and work than the UK when the weather is nice.  But, that doesn’t stop many of us asking – is it too hot for work? Or, Can we knock off early?  As a business owner, you may have the answers because you can decide how to proceed. 

Drunk in charge of a Jumbo?

Drunk in charge of a Jumbo?

Posted on 14th June 2018

Would your policies and procedures stand up to scrutiny if a worker turned up incapable due to drink or drugs?

Never a Dull Moment

Never a Dull Moment

Posted on 29th March 2018

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.