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Author Archives: Lucy Fitzgerald

Employee Benefits

Pay and benefits: Which are the most popular?

Why do companies need to offer employee benefits? It’s an employee’s market. Unemployment is at a low and job seekers are able to search through thousands of jobs on their phone in an instant. They quite literally hold the power in their hands. And whilst employee benefits will never outweigh a fair and competitive salary, […]

New year, new outlook: five HR resolutions to reduce staff turnover

Pursuing a career ambition was the sixth most popular New Year’s resolution amongst Brits in 2018, so it’s no surprise that January often brings a current of change at workplaces up and down the country. People look to make more money, climb the career ladder or switch environments – meaning you could be in for […]

How would a Brexit impact the UK’s employment laws?

The UK will hit the polling stations on 23rd June to decide whether the UK should remain in or leave the European Union (EU). With this date fast approaching, the question begs of HR and employment professionals, what will happen to our employment laws in the event of a ‘Brexit’ (Britain’s Exit)? Background The European […]

HR Advice at the BlueFrog Business Group Show

We’ll be exhibiting at BlueFrog Business Group’s Business Show at The Cedars Inn, Barnstaple on Friday, October 23rd between 10am and 4pm. The show is for organisations in North Devon to find out more about the variety of services that local businesses can provide. We’ll be there all day, offering advice and guidance on any […]

The National Living Wage from April 2016

In the Summer Budget, the Government announced that a new compulsory ‘National Living Wage’ will be introduced in April 2016 for workers aged 25 and over. Both part time and full time workers will be entitled to the National Living Wage. What is the National Living Wage? The National Living Wage is the hourly rate […]

Social cohesion leads to great results at work

In this recent TED Talk business leader Margaret Heffernan looks at what drives high-achieving teams, arguing that ‘the superchicken model’, in which the value is placed on star employees who outperform others, doesn’t work but social cohesion does.

Zero Hours Contracts: Exclusivity Clause Ban

New legislation in the form of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (at section 27A) has, as of 26 May 2015, banned employers from using exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts. This means that any terms in contracts of employment that seek to prohibit workers on zero hours terms from carrying out work […]

Fit for Work – further information

With Fit for Work currently being rolled out across the country, we’ve prepared some detailed information that you may find useful to help understand the new service. Fit for Work is a government service that aims to help employees get back in to work sooner and reduce the chance of them falling out of work […]

Holiday pay and commission

Holiday pay and commission – should holiday pay include commission? A recent case between Lock and British Gas is helping to define new regulations on holiday pay in relation to commission. Understanding commission Commission is defined as an amount of money an employee receives as a result of making sales, which can make up some […]

Case study: How to recruit effectively

How to recruit effectively? We keep hiring people who leave us in the first year, either of their own accord or we have to let them go as they’re not quite right for the job or company. What measures can we put in place to make sure we get it right from now on? Research […]