COT3: What is it and what you need to know

There may be a dispute with an employee or you think the time has come for a long serving employee to move on for whatever reason. Often there are potential risks involved with removing that person from the business and you want to do everything you can to try and protect yourself and the employee. Weighing up the business decision  Employers can feel like they are […]

Human Resources, Issues at Work, Employment Legislation, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

I’ve got a problem: How do I raise an issue at work?

Do you have an issue at work?: An Employees Guide It’s always difficult to raise an issue at work but it’s important to remember that it’s better to talk about it sooner rather than later.  Difficult conversations are always hard to have but it’s best to try and discuss it informally first with your line […]

Whistleblowing, Confidential, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

Whistleblowing: What, When, Why?

Whistleblowing is the commonly used term to refer to the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. The Act protects anyone who makes disclosures in the interest of the public who are then consequently victimised or dismissed, so long as certain criteria are met. The Act makes provisions about the kinds of disclosure which may be protected […]

Employment Law, Legislation, PicassoHR Ltd, Newsletter, HR Outsourcing Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

New Hires: What documents do I need to check?

New Hires: An Employers Guide Some checks, whilst advisable, are optional, for example, checking a potential employee’s qualifications or references. Other checks are a legal requirement.  For example, you are required to ensure that all your workers are entitled to be in the UK and take up the job in question. Pre-employment checks are an […]

GSCE Grades, Education, PHR News, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Outsourcing Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

New GCSE Grading: What does it all mean?

GCSE grades have changed. For the last 30 years, employers have advertised positions and required candidates to have a certain number of GCSE’s at a certain level, e.g. 5 GCSE’s grade C or above. As an employer, you need to understand the GCSE reform: the 9 to 1 grading structure. This summer, students will have […]

Ryan Air, Employment Legislation, Working Time Directive, PIcassoHR Ltd, HR Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

Ryanair: What a mistake to make!

Since its establishment in 1984, Ryanair has grown from a small airline flying the short journey from Waterford to London into Europe’s largest carrier. Ryanair now has over 11,000 people working for the Company, carries 131m per annum on more than 1,800 daily flights from 86 bases, connecting over 200 destinations in 33 countries. Unfortunately, events over the past few weeks haven’t run so smoothly. The […]

Appraisals, Feeback, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Outsourcing Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

Appraisals: What’s in it for me?

Appraisal systems and processes are often misunderstood and mismanaged. The appraisal process is central to human resource management and performance management. Understanding roles, objectives, benefits and purpose is important to the employer and the employee. Careful preparation and understanding is required if the process is to be successful, worthwhile and relevant. Often, we focus on […]

Redundancy, Employment Legislation, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Outsourcing Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

Redundancy: An Employers Guide

Cost cutting exercises are never easy and there may be times when you are faced with a situation when redundancies may be the only possibility because fewer employees are needed to perform the Company’s work, the first steps are to: Reduce overtime to a workable minimum. Restrict recruitment. Investigate measures such as short-time working and/or […]

Mediation, PHRNews, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Outsourcing Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

Mediation: the benefits

Conflict is a natural element within the workplace and can be healthy, within moderation, in order to generate new ideas and move the business forwards. However, there can be too much conflict which becomes obstructive. Employees may refuse to work with a certain employee or refuse to attend work until a particular employee is ‘dealt […]

Peripatetic Workers, Employment Legislation, Home Working, Human Resources, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Outsourcing Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

Peripatetic Workers

The traditional 9-5, Monday-Friday employer/employee relationship is losing popularity in today’s world of work. With this change comes differing employment status’ which determine employee rights and employer responsibilities. What is a Peripatetic Worker?  Otherwise known as Mobile Workers, a peripatetic worker is someone who works in various locations, away from their work base, such as carers, engineers or sales representatives. Sometimes […]