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People Manager or Bully?

People Manager or Bully?

Posted on 12th June 2019

Performance Management or Workplace Bullying?

It’s surprising how often we see managers being accused of bullying when trying to manage employee performance.  There really should be no confusion between the two activities:

The Hidden Cost of Employment Tribunals

The Hidden Cost of Employment Tribunals

Posted on 5th April 2019

No one wants an employment issue to escalate into a dispute that leads to a tribunal claim.  They are often a result of a catastrophic break down in trust, communication and understanding between employer and employee – and they are very stressful for all concerned.

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.

"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”. 

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.

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Employers Eligible for Tribunal Fee Refunds

Posted on 3rd January 2018

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?

Will Your Business Have a Holiday Headache in 2018?

Posted on 3rd January 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.