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Recruiting – how will you tackle it?

Monetary and time costs can be high when recruiting The expense of recruiting can make quite a dent in the budget when trying to recruit the right person for a vacancy, as Suffolk county council recently found out to their cost.  It is reported* that not only did they spend £32,000 looking for a new chief executive but as no-one met the exceptionally high standards that the council had, they…

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Sickness Absence

Sickness absence due to ‘morning sickness” In light of the news that the Duchess of Cambridge had to cancel a recent appointment due to suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), or as more commonly known, extreme morning sickness, I wondered just how this affects the average employer; and just what support can be offered to both employee and employer. It is reported that over *30% of women in paid employment will…

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Fire safety

Fire Safety Fines

Is there a difference in a health and safety fine compared to a fire safety fine? A question that I have been wondering about for some time. You would you’re a health and safety person! Well, yes I suppose I am and proud of it! Back to my quandary. It would appear that two companies were co-handed a record fine for inadequate fire safety (May 2017) after a fire broke…

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Probation Periods

Why do we have probation periods? Although there is no statutory requirement to include probationary periods in an employment contract, this process is recommended to monitor a new or newly promoted employee’s performance. There is no set period that a probation should be for and therefore it should be based on the seniority, skill set and performance required for the role. For example, a junior role may require a shorter…

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Stacking Safely

Pallet stacking safely is paramount Accidents can happen if stacking safely is not adhered to.  Earlier this year a company was fined £2 million when two stacked plastic bales fell and crushed a man to death. What happened? The bales were stacked three high and around eight or nine deep, however the method of stacking was poor and they were unstable. It was found that there wasn’t any interleaving, the…

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machine safety

Machine Safety in the Workplace

Tips for machine safety when operating machines in the workplace With a couple of recent fatalities in the waste and recycling industry associated to machinery, I want to remind everyone about their duties for machine safety. What happened? The basic principle of these tragedies was contact with the moving parts of the machine. But they were preventable and by implementing simple physical and non-physical measures it would be an easy…

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Drive safely

Drive Safely

Isn’t it time you had a drive safely policy? Does your business have a drive safely policy, or are you one of the 21% of businesses in the UK that lacks one? The HSE estimate that “more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve someone who is driving as part of their work at the time.” Driving safely? Are you mad, are businesses employing people without licences…

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Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful

Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful Tribunal fees were introduced on 29 July 2013 as a measure to deal with the high volume of Tribunal claims.  As a result of the implementation of this policy tribunal applications were reduced by more than 70% in 3 years! Trade body, Unison sought to challenge the government on this policy immediately and four years and several court hearings later, the Supreme Court (the highest court…

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Shared Parental Leave (SPL)

Shared Parental Leave causing waves in the courts! The Shared Parental Leave Regulations came into force in December 2014 allowing parents to share the care of the child over the 52 week leave period following the birth/adoption.  SPL also saw the end of additional paternity leave. Almost three years in and the SPL regulations are causing waves in the courts!  The reason behind this is enhanced payments during maternity leave…

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Apprenticeship Contracts

Do your apprenticeship contracts fall within the scope of the new rules on apprentices? With the apprenticeship levy in full swing it is important to note that apprenticeship contracts need to be such that they fall within the scope of the new rules on apprentices, rather than the old common-law rules which could land you in hot water! Why, you might ask? Well, a recent tribunal ruling ended with the…

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