HR support for SMEs

  1. Back in 2020, we saw the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act to come into force. Before this there was no specific provision for a parent to receive time off or pay if their child dies. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Act provides a right to two weeks of time away from work for […]

  2. Whilst many businesses close for Christmas allowing employees to spend time with friends and family, there are many that remain open and careful Christmas rota planning is essential to avoid a potential staffing headache. Some sectors of the UK, like the hospitality industry, experience their busiest time of the year at Christmas. For others, such […]

  3. In the majority of cases, Secret Santa gift exchanges in the workplace are a harmless and fun activity which encourages team bonding. However, there is also a chance that the gifts may cause offence either through the giver’s ignorance or with the intention to offend. We review secret santa HR issues and provide practical guidance […]

  4. The festive time of year is fast approaching and the same Christmas related employment issues arise time after time in many businesses. We review the effects that Christmas shopping has on employee productivity, conduct and morale and what Christmas shopping HR policies you can put in place now, to ensure you have effective working practices. […]

  5. It has been announced that there will be an extra bank holiday in May 2023, in honour of the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. The bank holiday will fall on Monday 8th May 2023, following the coronation on Saturday 6th May 2023. Many employers will be questioning if an employee is entitled to […]

  6. Black Friday 2022 is set to be bigger than ever this year with retailers getting ready to offer a range of deals from tech to toys. But what are the HR issues affecting UK businesses on Black Friday? We review 3 key HR challenges facing employers and provide practical guidance to help you manage your […]

  7. Cyber Monday is the first Monday after Black Friday, this year it falls on Monday 28th November. The term ‘Black Friday’ originated in America, its a day when retailers slash their prices resulting in increased sales and profits. Cyber Monday is traditionally when online retailers slash their prices. However most retailers taking part in Black […]

  8. If you are an employer facing the need to reduce staff for reason of redundancy, then depending on the numbers involved you need to comply with a defined statutory redundancy procedure covering consultation and timescales or you could face a heavy tribunal award against you. This applies no matter how genuine and inevitable the redundancy […]