• Changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. DBS is responsible for: processing requests for criminal records checks deciding whether it is appropriate for a person to be placed on or removed from a barred list placing or removing people…

  • Want to know what goes on in an Employment Tribunal?
  • BBC Radio 4′s Afternoon Drama yesterday was a dramatisation of an Employment Tribunal.   If you want to know what it’s really like listen here.   It’s only available for the next six days (until Wednesday 19th June 2013).  

  • 5 Things that every SME should know about employing staff
  • This month we wrote an article for Talk Business Magazine:  5 Things that every SME should know about employing staff. If you cannot provide evidence that your staff is eligible to work in the UK, the Home Office may fine you up to £10,000. You are legally required to demonstrate that your employees are eligible…

  • Two new testimonials
  • It’s not even midday and already I’ve received two new testimonials from happy clients. The first was a text message from Capital One Ventures which read: “I woke up to think of how else to say thank you to you. You are so amazing Karen. On behalf of Capital One we say a big thank…

  • Obtaining Work Permits: A Case Study
  • The end of May saw the successful outcome of a project that I was working on with a client:  A relatively new management consultancy was looking to recruit their first employee and needed to obtain a UK work permit for the successful candidate.  Overwhelmed by the documentation required by the UK Border Agency, Karen Wise…

  • Expiry of Fixed Term Contracts
  • With effect from 6th April 2013, the Government have decided to exclude the expiry of fixed-term contracts, which have reached the end of their natural life, from obligations for collective redundancies consultation under the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act. In other words, any fixed-term contracts expiring will not count as dismissals…

  • Changes to Redundancy Consultation Periods
  • At present, where an organisation proposes to dismiss as redundant 20 or more employees in one establishment within a 90 day period, under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, consultation with representatives of the affected employees must occur in line with the following guidelines: -          Between 20 employees and 99 employees, the…

  • Changes to Parental Leave
  • Parental Leave is the right for parents (including adoptive parents) to take time off work in order to look after, or make arrangements for, the welfare of their children and strike a better balance between their work and family commitments. Employees may wish to take parental leave to: • Stay with a child who is…

  • H is for the HR Healthcheck
  • Our HR Health Check ensures your HR practice supports your business goals whilst complying with employment legislation and adhering to best practice. Flexible enough to act as a standalone service or a catalyst for change, the HR Health Check covers: •    Recruitment Procedures and Practice: including pre-employment checks and contracts of employment. •    Sickness Absence:…

  • G is for Grievances
  • All managers will encounter disciplinary and grievance issues in their day-to-day running of their organisation or enterprise. Grievances can vary from staff requests to work flexibly around childcare needs to complaints about treatment and workplace behaviours. Disciplinary procedures need to reflect the gravity of the issue and to be underwritten by sound management practice. We…