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Author Archives: Kate Fenton

Prime minister vows to fight EU red tape

David Cameron has vowed to take the fight on red tape surrounding employment law to the EU, reports the BBC. His actions come as a result of a report compiled by some the country’s most high-profile business leaders, which found that red tape is costing UK firms billions of pounds. The report outlines arguments on […]

Unison to challenge tribunal fees

The Telegraph reports that Unison is bringing a legal challenge to the High Court today over the introduction of fees for employment tribunals. The new tribunal fees, which were introduced in July, have been the subject of widespread criticism. Unison, who are being supported by the Human Rights Commission, argue that the fees are contrary […]

Are restrictive covenants enforceable?

The issue of a restrictive covenant that resulted in a claim for damages by a former employer, which was then challenged by the ex-employee in question, is the subject of a recent case summarised in Daniel Barnett’s Employment Law Bulletin. The restrictive covenant stipulated that the ex-employee was prohibited from approaching his former employer’s customers […]

9 email mistakes to avoid

  Email. Love it or hate it, it’s an essential – and often time consuming – part of a working day. Research carried out by the Respected McKinsey Global Institute concluded that the average worker spends two-and-a-half hours every day writing emails, adding up to a whopping 81 days a year. In a bid to […]

HR Challenges

  New research by ORC International has revealed that leadership development, employee engagement and attracting the best talent are the three main HR challenges both in the UK and worldwide, reports Workplace Law. The study also found that HR professionals in the UK are feeling more optimistic about their organisation’s performance and future than they […]

Unfair dismissal during workplace reorganisation

Employment Law Bulletin reports on a recent case of unfair dismissal during a period of reorganisation and redundancy, in which the EAT found in favour of the Claimant. When four senior management posts were reduced to two, which included a new Business Development Manager position, the Claimant took the decision to apply as she considered […]

Getting the best from your staff

Raconteur Media explores the idea of empowering and inspiring your workforce in order to help them excel in an article published this week. Award winning journalist Tim Smedley reports on how getting the best from your staff can mean the difference between the success and failure of a business. The key to improving employee engagement […]

FitzgeraldHR joins Expert’s Panel

Lucy Fitzgerald, Director of FitzgeraldHR, has been invited to share her skills and expertise on North Devon networking group Joined Up’s HR Panel. Joined Up, a membership organisation for business owners and decision makers, provides networking opportunities to share knowledge and access informative talks and events. The addition of new ‘Ask the Experts Panel’ events […]

Negotiating salary

Employment Crossing offers useful tips on negotiating salary for potential employees in a new article. Advising that there are certain issues you need to be sure about from the outset, the article recommends that you know the value of the job role to your company and are aware of the competition or availability of persons […]

TED talk – The puzzle of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink explores the idea that what we think we know about motivating people is fundamentally flawed: