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Does your business pass the Stress test?

14 May 2018

6 Steps to Managing Stress in the Workplace This week sees Mental Health Awareness Week take place, and in light of this we would like to give you some tips when it comes to managing stress in the workplace. Managing work related stress is very important, primarily for the employee’s wellbeing but…

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Term Time Workers – Holiday Pay

03 May 2018 | Ruth Frank

Calculating holiday / holiday pay can be a daunting task for employers. Throw ‘term time only’ employees in to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster!

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Employment Contracts and Restrictive Covenants

23 April 2018 | Ruth Frank

Employers who have legitimate proprietary business interests that require protection can do so by ensuring that their employment contracts contain restrictive covenants for a specific period post termination period.

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Excessive Time off Work?

16 April 2018 | Arti Patel

You may find that you have employees who are on long-term or short-term sickness where they are taking numerous days off work which is having a significant impact on the team and business.

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Hazards in the Workplace - COSHH Assessments

10 April 2018 | Andy Hooke

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, employers need to either prevent or reduce their workers' exposure to substances that are hazardous to their health.

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Subject Access Requests

20 March 2018 | Ruth Frank

What are Subject Access Requests? The Data Protection Act (DPA) was implemented into UK law in 1998 following a directive from Europe by way of the Data Protection Directive.  It was designed to regulate the way personal data is used and stored.  Section 1(1) of the DPA describes “personal data” be…

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Zero Hours Contracts – The Taylor Report

20 February 2018 | Ruth Frank

Commissioned by the government, Matthew Taylor, the head of the Royal Society of Arts began his inquiry into ‘controversial employment practices’. That was ten months ago and the report was published on 11 July 2017.

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Fit for Work Scheme Scrapped

08 February 2018

In September 2015, the government introduced the ‘Fit for Work’ scheme in a bid assist employers with sickness absence.

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5 Tips to Transform a Performance Management Process

29 January 2018

Performance management is not a one-off occurrence but instead an all year-round process – managers need to reconsider their methods of appraising their team members and ensuring that this is an ongoing process rather than an annual ‘tick box’ activity.

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Compliance in 2018

25 January 2018

Each year, changes to employment law, challenge businesses more and more. Non-compliance can lead to heavy fines putting additional pressure on the SME to remain in business.

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Increase in Employment Tribunal Fees

09 January 2018 | Kerry Bell

In July, the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees were unlawful. Following this decision, the number of claims has already increased threefold. The July ruling found that the fees – which were set up to £1,200 - were “discriminatory” against women

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Employment Legislation 2018

27 December 2017 | Hema Mistry

What employment legislation changes are in store for 2018? As the end of the year 2017 beckons, HR professionals will no doubt be thinking ahead to 2018 and what is to come from an employment legislation perspective.

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Do you Know the 7 Points to Consider for a Work Christmas Party?

14 December 2017

Guidance for employers at a work Christmas party. As the festive spirit kicks in at this time of the year, employers may wish to share some rules with their employees to avoid any legal implications from a work Christmas party.

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Holiday Pay

04 December 2017

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) looks set to have huge financial ramifications for UK businesses with regards to holiday pay.

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Workplace Investigations - Disciplinary and Grievance

23 November 2017

Comprehensive employee workplace investigations are an effective risk management tool and are potentially critical to any defence by an employer in the event of potentially litigious proceedings.

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Employment Status and Statutory Rights

16 November 2017

Employment status has a big effect on companies especially when it comes to statutory rights. Considering the gig economy, which is growing rapidly, two companies have dominated the news in recent weeks for this reason

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The Finance Bill 2017 and Termination Payments

01 November 2017 | Ruth Frank

The government announced in 2016 that changes would be made to the rules relating to tax and national insurance contributions (NIC) on termination payments that will take effect from 6 April 2018.

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Bereavement Leave

25 October 2017

The right to take up to two weeks’ paid leave (bereavement leave) after the death of a child is expected to become law in 2020 – this will be one of the most generous in the world.

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Positive Mental Health Promotion

19 October 2017 | Kerry Bell

Modern life is a stressful place and it is estimated that one in four of the population will encounter a mental health issue within their lifetime. Therefore, there is greater onus on employers to understand and adapt to this increasing epidemic

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Health and Safety Audits

11 October 2017

What are health and safety audits and why should I do them? Health and safety audits define compliance with health and safety legislation as well as determining if your work activities relate to your planned arrangements (such as how you manage hazardous substances) and whether they are being imple…

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Meet the Qdos Experts

Hema Mistry

Solutions Delivery Team Leader

Over her 20+ years in HR, Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries including retail, consumer goods, leisure and customer service.

Kerry Bell

Senior HR & Training Business Partner

Kerry has over 20 years experience in HR and training. She graduated with a degree in Politics and has a Masters in HR Management and Staff Development – she is a full Chartered Member of the CIPD.

Arti Patel

HR Business Partner

Arti has a strong background in HR and is a fully qualified CIPD member. She has worked with challenging casework and has a good understanding of how to deal with workplace matters as they arise.

Ruth Frank

Employment Law Consultant

Ruth graduated in 1999 with a Degree in Law with honours and is a highly-experienced HR and employment law advisor. Prior to joining Qdos, in 2010, Ruth worked in various roles where she has advised on employment law; worked for a national consultancy business as HR/employment law advisor and worked as a claimant representative for seven years which involved managing cases from the start through to representation at Employment Tribunal. In total she has 18 years employment law experience.

Jatinder Tara

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Jatinder has a LLB Honours Law Degree and is a qualified Solicitor. With over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law and HR matters, which include Employment Tribunal litigation, he has a sound understanding of issues arising in the workplace environment and aims to deliver clear and concise client focussed advice.

Andy Hooke

Health, Safety & Training Business Partner

Andy is NEBOSH trained and a technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH). With a passion for health and safety and with experience in a range of environments Andy is well placed to answer your questions.

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