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How to Prevent Office Tensions When the Heat Soars

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The sight of people wilting under fans and going about their daily lives in shorts and sandals is a rarity in Britain – we are more used to being buffeted by the wind and rain during our daily commute. But as temperatures soar into the 30Cs, we are...

Are We Discriminating Against Potential Employees Without Even Realising?

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Clare Bowen is a Director & Head of HR Services at JCP Solicitors. Clare and her team provide outsourced HR support and ongoing advice and guidance to the firm's business clients. When it comes to body modifications, such as tattoos or piercings, in...

Substance Abuse at Work - A Legal Headache for Employers

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Clare Bowen, Head of HR Services at JCP Solicitors manages a team who provide outsourced HR services to businesses in a range of sectors. Clare's expertise and experience is welcomed by her diverse client base; from manufacturing companies, to healthcare...

Farming Employers Duties to Staff in a Fluctuating Market

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Employers’ circumstances change and, by its nature, farming work is subject to all kinds of fluctuations that farm owners need to accommodate. So it is common that farming employers need to alter their employees’ terms and hours from time to...

Are you affected by the apprenticeship levy?

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The apprenticeship levy is a levy (charge) on UK employers to help fund the costs of apprenticeships training and assessment. The levy will be set at 0.5% of an employers pay bill, (a pay bill is the employer’s total employee earnings subject to Class...

Tax-free childcare scheme

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A scheme will be introduced in early 2017 where the Government will pay 20% of families’ yearly childcare costs for children under 12 years old, (capped at £2,000 per child), or under 17 years old if the child is disabled (capped at...

National minimum wage increases (for some age bands)

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April saw the introduction of the new living wage of £7.20 per hour. Following on from this on 1st October 2016, the national minimum wage for some age bands has increased: A rise to £6.95 per hour for workers aged under...

HR Expert Warns Employers to Avoid Christmas Party Headaches

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A South Wales HR specialist is cautioning employers to be aware of potential issues around office Christmas parties which might land them in hot water. Clare Davies, who is the Head of HR Services at JCP Solicitors, is reminding employers to be aware of the...

Are we discriminating against potential employees without even realising?

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Tattoos...piercings....body modifications....In certain industries questions are often raised regarding body modifications such as ‘can I ask an employee to remove a nose stud?’ Although tattoos, piercings and other body modifications are not...

Ask The Legal Expert - Common HR Questions

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Head of HR Services Clare Davies answers three common questions often asked by business owners and those working in HR roles. 1. Can an employer recover training costs from an employee after they have left? Companies will often want to invest in their...

Ask The Legal Expert - Altering Employees Hours in a Farm Business

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This month Head of HR Services at JCP Solicitors, Clare Davies, advises a farm owner on changing employees’ working hours. I run a small farm and I need to alter some of my employees’ hours. Am I on a shaky legal footing if there is no...

A brief Employment Update from 2016

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Here is a quick rundown on the biggest changes of 2016 in the world of Employment Law......... April saw the introduction of the new national living wage. Workers over the age of 25 are now entitled to the national living wage rate...

What impact will BREXIT have on employers?

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A very common question amongst employers and employees right now. There will be no immediate changes to UK employment law; withdrawal negotiations need to take place starting when the UK triggers art.50 of the Treaty on European Union; it is not yet known...

Substance Misuse in the Workplace

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We are pleased to announce an HR workshop being run in December 2016 that will focus on substance misuse in the workplace. Clare Davies, Head of HR Services aims to help businesses understand some of the policies and procedures that are needed to look...

Calculating Holiday Entitlement

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Sounds simple right? But take into account part time workers, shift workers and bank holidays and it all gets very complicated. Getting it wrong is more common than you may think and could even potentially give rise to a financial lost within your...

Human Resources Five Minute Top Tips

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If you have five minutes to spare, grab a coffee and have a look at the below quick top tips I have put together for local businesses. H – HR Policies R – Recognition T...

Employment Law And Mums-To-Be: A Blog For Mothers Day

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With Mothering Sunday fast approaching on 30th March 2014, we thought it timely to blog about working mums and expecting mums-to-be! There are many rules and regulations surrounding new and expectant mums within the workforce, for example, the right...

Do You Have An Adverse Weather Policy?

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With the recent extreme weather conditions and the continuing storms many businesses and their employees have been affected by substantial flooding and wind damage. In these situations it is important that you provide information to your employees...

The Importance Of Human Resources When Expanding Or Relocating A Business Overseas

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The importance of your HR department when expanding a business overseas is paramount; it would be the role of HR to ensure that all employees in the overseas office are following the Organisational Strategy of your founding UK company. When expanding your...

Your Office Christmas Party...

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Towards the end of summer companies tend to start putting those finishing touches to the Staff Christmas Party Plans! But beware the Employment Law pitfalls. It is important that all employees regardless of their age, sex, religion and...