Top 5 HR Questions from 2022

Here’s our round up of the most frequently answered questions from our clients in 2022 and our responses. 1.Can unused statutory annual holiday be carried forward to the next holiday year? Workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ statutory holiday each year = 28 days; 20 days holiday and 8 days of Bank Holidays. The 28 days of statutory entitlement cannot be carried forward into the next holiday year in normal circumstances, although the Government has amended reg.13 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 to allow workers to carry over up…

How Stay Interviews could help you keep hold of your best employees

I want to talk about the importance of listening to your employees. In HR, we conduct exit interviews when people leave the business to find out the real reasons for people leaving, as this may help us to identify and resolve any key issues in the business. But, in my opinion, the exit interview is often too late! In the current economy, we know how tough it is to find good people, therefore you need to know that your employees are here to stay, so I would like to introduce…

Top 5 HR Questions for November

1.Is an employee who has exhausted their sick pay entitled to notice pay if dismissed on grounds of ill health? Where an employee has exhausted their sick pay, whether they are entitled to payment during their notice period is a complicated question. It depends on the amount of contractual notice compared to statutory minimum notice. An employee who is going to be dismissed on the grounds of ill health is always entitled to receive notice, and the notice you have to give, will be the greater figure of the contractual…

How to onboard your new employees to optimise Employee Retention

You know that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when one of your newer employees tells you they’re leaving? You thought everything was going well and now you’re asking yourself: What went wrong? Should I have seen this coming? Why is this happening (again)? It’s quite possible the die was cast in those early days, shortly after you uttered the words, “welcome to our company” on their first day and handed them a bunch of forms to fill out/documents to read or video’s to watch! How…

Top 5 HR Questions for October

Here’s the Top 5 HR questions you have asked us this month and our answers.  1.With the cost-of-living crisis – should we be giving people a salary increase? Many clients have contacted us with this question in the last month, and there really is no right or wrong answer to this question, it really depends on whether your business can afford to or not! If you have the cashflow to do so, you may want to consider a “one off” payment as a lump sum, or an uplift in salary…

Your very own HR expert for just £99 a month!

We are so confident of the service and support that our clients receive from our HR Oxygen Retainer service, that we are giving you the first three or four months of service for just £99 per month if you sign up in September/October. This is the last opportunity to try our service at this price. After the last few years of turmoil, we have been seeing a growing trend from our clients, wanting an HR Retainer Service, which is why we introduced our retainer service; HR Oxygen. What is a…

6 ways to embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion into your business

Having a diverse and inclusive workplace is important not only ethically but also for improving employee morale, boosting innovation and enhancing business success. It’s not enough for employers to express their commitment to diversity and inclusion in their mission statements and policies. Employers must ensure the concept is embedded in their organisations and that their equality, diversity and inclusion policies are implemented fully and reviewed regularly. 1.Train people managers in diversity and inclusion A working knowledge of discrimination law is crucial to the successful functioning of any organisation. It is…

Top 5 HR Questions – September

Here’s the Top 5 HR questions you have asked us this month and our answers.  1.An employee has told me that I can accept a fit note from their pharmacist – is this right? In order to reduce pressure on doctors, particularly GPs, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have proposed that nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists should be able to certify and issue fit notes. For anyone who has been off work with illness for more than seven…

Weetabix’s approach to EDI is Inclusion Without Exception

Employee inclusion is an important part of any workplace. Enabling employees to bring their whole selves to work and encouraging and empowering individuality is key. A CIPD blog post explained that inclusion at work occurs “when people feel valued and accepted in their team and in the wider organisation, without having to conform.” The post went on to explain that “inclusive organisations support employees, regardless of their background or circumstance, to thrive at work.” Being able to thrive in an inclusive organisation that celebrates individuality is something that today’s candidate-led…

What are you doing in your business to support Equality, Diversity & Inclusion?

What do we really understand about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)? Interest in EDI has boomed in recent years – both in the wider political spheres of the Western world and in a more focused way in the workplace. The intense focus on EDI has facilitated open conversations around sensitive subjects – but often with little discussion about how to practically implement EDI policies and practices, as well as training for all your staff to ensure they are aware of their obligations too. With identity politics in the news recently…