Company Fined for Insurance Breach

A motor vehicle repair and maintenance company has been fined for not having employers’ liability insurance. Birmingham Magistrates’ court heard how A E Motors Birmingham Ltd Florence Street, Birmingham were unable to produce a certificate of insurance during an inspection. The inspection, being part of an initiative with West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council,…

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The Right of Access

Back in October 2017, we wrote a blog on subject access and how employees and other parties have the right to access the data you hold about them. Since then we have had two new pieces of legislation come into play, the big one being the General Data Protection Regulation on 25th May 2018, subsequently…

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National Stress Awareness Day 2018

In support of National Stress Awareness Day 7th November we wanted to share some useful tips to help identify and minimise stress within the workplace. According to the CIPD*, stress is the second most common cause of short-term sickness absence. 48% of the public sector have reported a significant increase in 2018*. Employers have a…

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Double, double, TOIL and trouble

Time off in Lieu (TOIL) allows organisations some flexibility and may be an incentive to offer employees for working on a particular event or project.  However, employers need to manage the offer carefully so that you don’t end up paying double for staffing resources to cover TOIL and to avoid trouble further down the line.…

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How can Mindfulness be used in schools and academies

To reinforce World Mental Health Day that was celebrated this month, we wanted to share with you some useful Mindfulness techniques and how they can be used in schools. The Team recently had the pleasure of joining one of our sessions on Mindfulness. We discussd useful situations where Mindfulness can help reduce work-related stress, bring focus…

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Staffing and employment advice for schools

Departmental advice for school leaders, governing bodies, academy trusts and local authorities was issued this week by the Department for Education (October 2018) Staffing and Employment Advice for Schools, October 2018, provides consistency in the information available to all schools in support of their handling of staffing and employment matters, the departments statutory Guidance on…

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