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Complying with heatlh and safety

Workplace health and safety – to comply or not to comply?

Complying with health and safety To take the hit or to comply that is the safety question! Top tips below. Companies are still willing to take the risk of not complying with health and safety legislation and those caught out are being hit massively! Is this true? What do you mean? Anecdotal evidence from a client has surfaced regarding a recent minor incident where a managing director intimated by saying…

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HR's role

What is HR’s role?

HR’s role is more than just peace of mind Many people would be forgiven for thinking that HR’s role was only concerned with ensuring administrative processes work smoothly and employee relation issues are managed appropriately.  All in accordance with complex and continually changing employment legislative requirements. HR’s role however, is ultimately focussed upon the on-going development of the organisation to support the delivery of the business plan. The most successful…

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Theme Park Tragedy

All the staff at Qdos Consulting want to send their thoughts to the friends, family and members of the school of the poor young girl who lost her life at Drayton Manor on Tuesday. Many thoughts of ‘…how could this happen…?’ I’m sure be resonating for many people, but we know that things can happen that are out of our control, which unfortunately lead to events of this week. It…

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eligibility to work in the UK

Calls from the advice line – Eligibility to work in the UK

Proof of eligibility to work in the UK and Immigration Act 2016 Eligibility to work in the UK became a hot topic back in the late 2000s when the laws on illegal working were considerably bumped up. The Asylum and Immigration Act 2006 introduced civil penalties for employers who take on employees who do not have the right to work in the UK.  These penalties were increased again in 2016…

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brexit

How will Brexit take shape following the general election?

Regretting your vote ‘for’ or ‘against’ Brexit? Well hold on to your seats folks because a general election scheduled for 8 June 2017 could totally change the direction Britain will now go once Britain exits the European Union. Last year Britain voted to leave to the European Union.   However the Prime Minister, Theresa May has now announced that a ‘snap general election’ will be held  which could put one…

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hearing protection

Noise at Work and Hearing Protection

Hearing protection at work Hearing protection for your workers is extremely important. There is anecdotal evidence that noise induced hearing loss is fast becoming the new claim of the ambulance chasers. So how can we ensure that our workers are protected? Simply put, we must first control the level of noise in the workplace.  Secondly, where we cannot reduce the level we must provide suitable protection that reduces the noise…

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fastest growing companies in europe

Qdos in FT’s 1000 Fastest Growing Companies in Europe

Qdos – one of the fastest growing companies in Europe Ranking at number 760 in the FT’s 1000 Fastest Growing Companies in Europe is Qdos Holdings.  Consequently, all at Qdos are delighted, especially as we also ranked at 147th out of those fastest growing businesses identified in the UK. The Financial Times worked in partnership with Statista, to identify the 1,000 European companies that had the strongest growth and the…

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resigning during period of absense

Calls from the advice line – Resigning during a period of absence

What is the entitlement to pay when resigning during a period of absence? Resigning during a period of absence can cause confusion when determining what the employee’s entitlements are relating to pay. The reason for the absence could range from maternity leave to sickness but could fall under any other statutory leave provision, (adoption/paternity/shared parental leave and lay off). In this case the client had an employee who had been…

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apprenticeship levy

Apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy

Is the Apprenticeship the future? Is the government pushing on an open door with its Apprenticeship Policy?  With 871,800 funded apprentices participating in an apprenticeship in 2014 to 2015, it would appear so. There is a noticeable change in attitude with clients of ours tending to receive more value from more vocational training than the more traditional graduate recruitment approach. We often hear from clients that they feel Apprentices learn…

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compensation culture

Is there a compensation culture in the UK?

Or could it be a ‘mythical compensation culture’? The compensation culture is another way that people use to make a quick pound or two.  This is by suing someone or something!  Hold on, mythical compensation culture? Well apparently, in 2011 just before Lofstedt’s report into streamlining health and safety, his committee team wanted to gather as much information as possible.  They wanted to know about health and safety legislation and…

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