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Health and Safety – The Basics

By Payroll-help

Are you frightened by the constraints of health and safety legislation? Well, don’t be. The law requires every employer and its employees to do no more than safeguard the health and safety of everyone who comes into contact with the organisation, just as you would want to keep your children and their friends safe if […]


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Dealing with Disruptive Employees

By Payroll-help

When do you take disciplinary action against an employee? The answer probably is “when he or she does something wrong”, and the situation is clear cut. But sometimes the situation is not clear cut, and your response to the question is “when his or her behaviour has got so bad that I need to do […]


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Personal Career Development, Accident Prone Employees, Eastern European Workers, Employers Postal Address and Monthly Brain Teaser

By janetl

Wow, HR people are likely to be in great demand this year because of all the changes in employment law that are in the government’s pipeline, and indeed because of the stuff that is already on the statute book but is giving employers headaches. The Employment Tribunals have a long waiting list of cases, most […]


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Personal Career Development

By janetl

Do you manage your own career? If not, does anyone? Perhaps you feel that career development is for other people, those who want to become chief executives. But this really is not so because everyone needs to be aware of where their job is going. In this rapidly changing world one thing is certain – […]


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Accident Prone Employees

By janetl

We had an interesting query from a client on one of our courses who said that they had an accident-prone employee, and what should they do about him. Surprisingly, a few other people in the room said they had a similar problem, so we thought we had better explain how to handle the situation. Have […]


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HR Questions & Answers

By janetl

East European workers I understand that we will shortly be overwhelmed by Romanian workers coming into this country, taking the jobs of British workers and sponging off our welfare state. Can I refuse to employ them? Reply Certainly you cannot reject them just because they are Romanian. You could reject someone for a telephone sales […]


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Monthly Brain Teaser and Januarys Answer

By janetl

Last month you were left with this little problem: I have two cubes of mahogany that I want to have on my desk to show the number of the day of the month. What numbers should I paint on the surfaces? I want always to use two cubes, for example the 3rd of the month […]


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HR Questions and Answers

By janetl

Seeking promotion My boss retires at the end of the year and I believe I am the best person to succeed him, but I don’t want to seem too pushy. What do you advise? Reply Two points. First for reasons you may not understand or accept, you may not be suitable. Second, if you want […]


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HR Problems Page

By janetl

Companion at informal warning I recently called an employee into my office to give her an informal warning, but she insisted on being accompanied by a colleague. Was she within her rights? I allowed it on this occasion. Reply The right exists only if the employee is called to a formal meeting, which this apparently […]


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Latest HR News

By janetl

Do you employ agency temps and understand their new rights? Do your Christmas presents to customers and from suppliers bring you into conflict with the new Bribery Act? Do you know how to deal lawfully with employees who reach the age of 65? If you are in any way responsible for other employees and have […]


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Getting Ready for the Olympics

By janetl

If you are competing, our advice is simple – just keep practising, and don’t bother with the rest of this article. But otherwise read on because although there should be a good deal to enjoy and hopefully much to celebrate, nevertheless these Olympics are likely to bring unusual problems for employers. A bit of thought […]


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Dealing with Employees who Push their Luck

By janetl

Advice about dealing with bad behaviour usually addresses clear issues such as lateness, absenteeism, theft or other topics that are reasonably clear and definable. However some employees are not quite that bad, are barely over the line, are not all that bad – or whatever phrase we choose to justify our not taking action against […]


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Monthly Brain Teaser and Januarys Answer

By janetl

Last month you were left with this problem: The managing director rang the payroll department and told the trainee who answered the phone that he needed by lunchtime without fail the average salary of the ten people who made up the management group. He rang off before she was able to tell him that the […]


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Latest HR News

By janetl

Another new year. The same old thing for the next twelve months? How do you feel about last year? Was it good? Do you feel satisfied? Well, this is a time for resolutions, so why not make some positive ones? Actually January is a month when resolutions are made and then fade away, but why […]


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Counselling – The Listening Skill

By janetl

If an employee fails in some way to perform to a required standard you need to take prompt corrective action, and you will have a disciplinary process for doing so fairly and consistently. What you do depends upon whether you find the problem is one of the employee’s conduct or capability. In other words is […]


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HR Problems Page

By janetl

Searching employees Are we entitled to search employees as they leave our premises? Reply If you wish to do this you must give prior warning to all employees and give a reason. Make clear that either you will search people at random and explain how they will be selected, or that you will search only […]


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Managing Health and Safety

By janetl

Health and safety really has got a bad name. We seem so tied up with its strictures, some of which seem so ridiculous, that it is becoming a favourite topic of conversation, replacing the weather. Whose fault is this? Is it the Government or the European Union who pass the laws? Or is it the […]


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Monthly Brain Teaser and Decembers Answer

By janetl

For Christmas you were given this problem: A baron builds a castle on a square island and surrounds the island with a moat that in turn forms a square. The moat is 10 metres wide. An enemy decides to attack the castle by crossing the moat on long strengthened planks. Unfortunately when they arrive they […]


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Dealing with the Spectre of Redundancy

By Payroll-help

Christmas is not a time for being miserable and we can be excused for putting aside negative issues until we are well into the New Year. But employers need to be realistic, and however anxious we are to shower our employees with goodwill over the festive season, nevertheless we need to recognise that we are […]


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Christmas Problems

By Payroll-help

Christmas may well be a season of great joy and bonhomie for employees, but for the employer it can be a time of great peril. Standards tend to drop the closer one gets to the last working day. Managers may be inclined to turn a blind eye to this situation, fearing unpopularity, but in so […]


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Payroll Update 2013