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National Minimum Wage changes – are you ready for the Living Wage?

The National Living Wage comes into effect next April (2016). This significant change applies to over 25’s only and it is important that you are aware and ready to implement and accommodate the change. A useful article we wrote can be found on The Telegraph web site here  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/volvo-business/focus-on/11921609/how-will-national-minimum-wage-changes-affect-smes.html

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Apprenticeships – A Great Opportunity & A Note of Caution

  There has been considerable publicity surrounding apprentices recently and the number of businesses recruiting apprentices has increased enormously. My understanding is that the Prime Minister wants there to be 3 million apprentices in the UK. Apprentices can undoubtedly provide considerable benefit to many organisations and give employers a chance to train, grow and develop… Read more »

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Scotland Scraps Employment Tribunal Fees

Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon announced that employment tribunal fees in Scotland would be ended, as she unveiled her government’s forthcoming legislative programme. You may be aware that Unison recently lost its legal challenge to tribunal charges in England. Whilst many people feel that charging in England is here to stay, Unison intend to challenge that ruling and… Read more »

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Disciplinary meetings – how to avoid an Employment Tribunal

We regularly face situations where businesses have got themselves into a mess regarding disciplinary matters at work and recently published an article to help employers on the Volvo sponsored SME Business site for The Telegraph – the link is here. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/volvo-business/focus-on/11727656/work-disciplinary-matters.htm For specific advice and guidance on dealing with disciplinary matters it is always wise… Read more »

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Obesity, Discrimination and Business

You may recall towards the end of last year that there was considerable reaction within the business world to the case of an overweight Danish childminder and the possibility that obesity could be considered a protected characteristic under discrimination law. A useful summary written by our own Anthony Sutton for the Daily Telegraph SME business page,… Read more »

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How to choose, develop and retain staff

When considering investment in your business, the selection, development and retention of staff is amongst the most significant. Cream HR were asked to write some simple guidance on such matters for the Daily Telegraph web site providing advice and guidance to SME’s, sponsored by Volvo UK.  The article can be found here –  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/volvo-business/small-business-advice-ideas/11562502/best-way-to-choose-develop-retain-staff.html  … Read more »

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ECJ Decision in on “collective” redundancy consultation – the Woolworths Case

The long awaited decision from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) regarding what has become known as the “Woolworths” case regarding collective redundancies, has been given. The decision supports Woolworths approach that an establishment for the purposes of collective redundancy consultation referred to individual workplaces of the affected employees and not the number of employees… Read more »

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Shared Parental Leave

Significant changes were introduced late last year regarding Shared Parental Leave. Our Managing Director, Anthony Sutton has been asked to contribute to the Daily Telegraph web site providing support and advice to SME’s. His summary can be found here –  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/volvo-business/small-business-advice-ideas/11423098/shared-parental-leave-advice.html The application of Shared Parental Leave can be quite complex and we advise that… Read more »

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No More People Problems

Whether you like it or not people are the lifeblood of your organisation. The greatest challenge in managing people effectively is that we all need to be treated differently. People may not be the single most expensive investment in your business but they are the most important. It doesn’t matter how shiny or glamorous your… Read more »

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