Holding welfare meetings with staff can often highlight concerns before they become an issue. Managers can often spot when an employee is struggling, but sometimes they end up waiting for something to happen in order to invoke a formal process (whether that be formal absence monitoring, grievance process or a disciplinary). When asked the question “have you had a discussion with the member of staff to see if they need support” managers will respond with “I didn’t know that I could do that”. This is where a welfare meeting comes in to play. Read how to utilise welfare meetings.
We wanted to share a couple of our pearls of wisdom that may help you effectively manage HR in your organisation.
Do all your employees get on? Do they have grievances with each other? Are you aware of these issues before they become a big problem? Conflict between colleagues can take on many different forms and at times this can lead to sickness absence. Are you aware how mediation can help to resolve these conflicts? Read our top tips on how to use mediation to manage conflict and avoid issues.
There has been a marked increase in the number of flexible working requests. Are you aware of your responsibilities and the legal consequences of mishandling the requests? Read our article on how you should approach managing flexible working requests based on recent case guidance.
As specified in The Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful to treat someone unfairly because they are married or in a civil partnership. ACAS has just issued new guidance in relation to key points for the workplace to consider around discrimination, direct or indirect and victimisation. Here’s our summary of points to consider.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) determines which criteria defines whether a teacher should be prohibited from working in schools on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education. Read about what constitutes the recommendation for imposing a prohibition order and understand the difference between referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service and the Prohibition of Teachers.
Have you seen an increase in your absence rates this winter? Did you find it hard to get up and out of bed today? Did your employees just want to stay at home today? Are we all suffering with the “Winter Blues”? Read our key tips for preventing the winter blues and reducing sickness absence from work.
Are you meeting the statutory minimum requirements, where contracts of employment for new starters are concerned? Of course employers have the option of whether to include additional clauses such as the process to be followed in relation to sickness absence, discipline and grievances and other organisational processes, but there are some main statutory clauses for a new starter contract that must be included.
The landmark case of Snell v Network Rail has made history awarding £30,000 to a father for sex discrimination in relation to shared parental leave. The case was based around parents who worked at the same organisation and therefore argued that they should have been subject to the same conditions. Read the details of the case.
The Court of Appeal confirmed on 7th October the long-waited verdict in the case of Lock v British Gas. It concluded, as expected, that all employers will be required to pay commission as part of holiday pay where applicable. Read what this means to employers.