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4 key things to remember when changing terms and conditions

Posted in: HR Updates on 23/06/2016 "Can my employer change my contract?" It is unsurprising that this question appears as an auto-suggestion in Google search. It is one of the most commonly asked questions by employees and when they hear that their employer intends to make changes, Google is probably the first place they’ll go for a...
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Contracts of Employment Collective and Trade Union Issues
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Drug Testing Dismissals

Posted in: HR Updates on 22/06/2016 An employer was recently found to have fairly dismissed an employee for refusing to take a drugs test. Here, we take a look at why the employer was successful. What were the facts of the case? The employer, in this case, Asda Stores, dismissed an employee for refusing to take a drugs test. The even...
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How to manage work related stress absences

Posted in: HR Updates on 21/06/2016 I am sure we all could cite experiences of employees who, faced with legitimate disciplinary action, go ‘on the sick’ with work-related stress as an attempt to frustrate or prolong the process. However, it is clear that the majority of work-related stress absences are genuine and should be managed ...
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Sickness and Absence Policies and Procedures
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Tanya's Talks: Surveys don’t work

Posted in: HR Updates on 15/06/2016 My experience is that many companies invest considerable time and effort developing well-intended, well thought through approaches to employee engagement and high performance. Yet, one major barrier prevails and that is a focus on measuring engagement without a clear move towards improving engageme...
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Pay and Conditions of Employment HR Matters NI
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Modern Slavery Act 2015: You need to take note

Posted in: HR Updates on 30/05/2016 The concept of modern slavery seems completely alien to most of us. The images of slaves, enforced to provide their labour, shackled and whipped come to mind and seem preposterous to consider in the context of modern business. It appears then that because of the idea seeming so remote, the new Mode...
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Human Rights Pay and Conditions of Employment
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How to Conduct Exit Interviews

Posted in: HR Updates on 26/05/2016 Carrying out well structured and well conducted exit interviews with every employee who leaves may well help you to increase the effectiveness of your organisation. Before you carry out exit interviews, you need to think about who is best suited to conduct them. The line manager knows the outgoing ...
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Policies and Procedures
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‘Earn less to benefit more’ – what’s not to like?

Posted in: HR Updates on 19/05/2016 Salary sacrifice schemes are often seen as popular benefits, and understandably so. In a time when we all appear to be more aware of our budgets and with shops closing as a result of our decreased spending (visit any NI town centre to experience this!) – the temptation to avail of free dental care ...
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Pay and Conditions of Employment
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HR Insights - National Living Wage

Posted in: HR Updates on 04/05/2016 In July 2015, when the Chancellor of the Exchequer (‘Curious George’ as I like to call him ) announced that the UK Government will introduce a compulsory minimum wage premium for all staff over 25 years of age, and referred to it as the ‘National Living Wage’, the Living Wage Foundation were report...
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Pay and Conditions of Employment
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HR – How and why we should develop our business acumen

Posted in: HR Updates on 04/05/2016 I think we would all agree that HR is vital to the success of an organisation. We are key to resourcing the business with the right people, developing and motivating those people as well as dealing with employee problems (and sometimes problem employees!). But how can we develop to be more than jus...
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Online Recruitment Methods

Posted in: HR Updates on 20/04/2016 More and more people are going online to look for jobs and background information on companies before job interviews, which means that companies need to have the right social media infrastructure in place in order to meet those needs. Forms of Online Promotion for Recruitment An email/message list ...
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Recruitment and Selection