Ramadam: Supporting your Employees

Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims across the globe. It is marked by a period of fasting and religious focus, and this year it begins on 26th or 27th May 2017 – the start date is determined by the sighting of the new moon (Loulla-Mae Eleftherious-Smith, 2017). The date is dictated by the […]

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

Keep Politics out of the Office?

With yet another election just around the corner, politics is bound to be a hot topic in the office. Whilst we should be well practised in dealing with this familiar situation, it won’t hurt to brush up on how to prevent potential political problems! We all have the freedom of thought, conscience and religion and […]

Recruitment, Client Services, PicassoHR Ltd, HR Outsourcing Consultancy, Ipswich, Suffolk

What not to Wear?

Dress codes at work can often be an emotive subject for employers and employees alike. There has been a lot in the press recently about women being told they are required to wear high heels for work, encouraged to wear more revealing outfits or apply more make up. The Guardian recently reported about a 27 […]

Stop the ‘Office Cake’ Culture

The Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) has stated that increasing levels of cakes, biscuits and sugary treats are having a direct impact on the nation’s oral health and obesity levels. Staff may have over indulged over the festive period and are likely to be thinking about eating more wisely anyway, so it seems like a […]

Busting Bank Holiday Myths

Most of the UK has 8 bank holidays each calendar year: New Year’s Day Good Friday Easter Monday May Day Spring Bank Holiday Late Summer Christmas Day Boxing Day You need to have a good understanding of employment law when it comes to bank holidays as calculating and managing staff holiday can be somewhat confusing. […]

Marriage and Civil Partnership Discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 protects employees and prospective employees from discrimination due to marriage or civil partnership. However, it appears to be the most misunderstood protected characteristic. There are legal requirements so it is important you understand and follow best practice to minimise any discrimination claims. Who does the legislation cover? People who are married in […]

The Childcare Voucher Scheme (CVS)

Did you know that the CVS is to be replaced in 2017/18 with a new Tax-Free Childcare Scheme (TFCS)? The Government is putting in place new Legislation that will change the way you pay for childcare. It is hard to say for definite when the current scheme will actually close. The new TFCS is due […]

Are Tattoos Still Taboo?

What is your policy on your employees having tattoos on show at work? Do you have a total ban or are you more relaxed? To be clear, we are not talking about medical or cosmetic tattoos, we are talking about body art which sometimes attracts negative attitudes. ACAS has recently released a press release saying […]

Worker/Employee Classifications: What you need to know

A number of different working arrangements have developed over the years in order to allow more flexibility to workers and to businesses. Recently, we have seen companies such as Uber and Diliveroo with new business structures hit the media due to questions over the classification of ‘self-employed’ vs ‘employees’. It is critical to understand what […]

Shared Parental Leave and Pay

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) has been a statutory provision since 1 December 2015. SPL is where both parents are entitled to share childcare responsibilities for children due on or after 5 April 2015. This provision also extends to adoptive parents and parents in a same sex relationship. In a recent case a male employee was awarded […]