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Understanding Criminal Record Checks

Posted in: HR Updates on 18/08/2021 Access NI is the system used in Northern Ireland to carry out criminal record checks. The system is complex and includes three different levels of checks: Basic, Standard and Enhanced. It is a criminal offense to require candidates and staff to undergo a criminal record check in which they are not ...
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Policies and Procedures Recruitment and Selection
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Is Hybrid Working All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Posted in: HR Updates on 09/08/2021 The global pandemic has shone the spotlight on remote working and made it a reality in many organisations including those previously averse to such. Suddenly, many organisations were forced into new ways of working with little choice, but many have since realised the benefit. As the pandemic ebbs a...
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A-Typical Working
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Mergers And Acquisitions On The Rebound - The Role of HR in all Things TUPE

Posted in: HR Updates on 20/07/2021 For the latter half of 2021, experts across the M&A disciplines are predicting a continued-up turn in confidence levels as a result of the following conditions: a more stabilised global political status; the vaccine roll out; and improvement in capital markets. These are all underlying factors...
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Transfer of Undertaking (TUPE)
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Mental Health First Aid: Spotting The Signs And What To Do About Them

Posted in: HR Updates on 29/06/2021 Last week I completed day 1 of a 2-day Mental Health at Work First Aid course. With rates of suicide among men in Northern Ireland, particularly young men being the highest in the UK, as well as the anticipated post-pandemic rise in PTSD, employers need to be vigilant to the signs and symptoms of c...
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Health and Safety Wellbeing
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When Coffee isn’t Enough… Combatting Work Place Fatigue In Remote Workers

Posted in: HR Updates on 24/06/2021 ‘I’ll get round to it soon – I’m just too tired.’ ‘I just don’t have the energy. The tank is empty.’ ‘I don’t have time to stop and rest.’ How many of us have been feeling like this recently? Our self-imposed expectation of having to ‘keep it all together’ during the Covid pandemic and our fear o...
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Mental Health and Wellbeing - A Structured Approach

Posted in: HR Updates on 03/06/2021 MORE than £18 million was spent on anti-depressants in Northern Ireland last year, a £7 million increase on the previous year. Whilst health officials said price increases among some of the most commonly used anti-depressant drugs had led to a "significant impact" on costs, there is no doubt that p...
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Absence and Sickness Health and Safety Wellbeing
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Motivating Employees - Does Performance-Related Pay Work?

Posted in: HR Updates on 03/06/2021 The rationale behind performance-related pay (PRP) is that it gives employees an incentive to work harder in return for a financial reward and in doing so generates higher levels of productivity. Yet despite the common use of PRP, research indicates that it generally not effective in terms of promo...
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Working Time Pay Employee Engagement
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Keeping Up with the Changing Face of Learning and Developing

Posted in: HR Updates on 20/05/2021 Learning and Development practitioners were among the many whose profession was heavily impacted by the pandemic. Necessity meant training providers had their innovation skills tested and, with the assistance of technology, have been able to meet the challenge. While learning was put on hold for a...
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Employee Engagement
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Creating a Mental Health Strategy

Posted in: HR Updates on 07/05/2021 Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10 to 16 May 2021. This is a time when many employers will raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and run some initiatives to support and promote it. While this is an important campaign it is worth remembering that mental health support should exten...
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Absence and Sickness Leave Employee Engagement Wellbeing
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Redundancy Outplacement – A Sense of Hope and Direction

Posted in: HR Updates on 28/04/2021 Covid has had a significant impact on when, where and how we work. As the restrictions start to ease businesses are faced with making decisions regarding the transition back to the workplace and dealing with the longer term implications of the pandemic. Over the last year businesses have attempted...
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Redundancy