Ski Season

As we enter the colder season, many people are letting their thoughts wander to the crisp, white snow of the Alps.  Whilst the season provides idyllic scenery, employers are faced with the possibility of ‘self-inflicted’ injuries. So where do you stand? If an employee does sustain a serious injury are you able to withhold occupational/contractual […]

Job Advertising and Flexible Working

According to research only 6% of job adverts actively state that the Company offers flexible working.  Those jobs within the £20,000 – £29,000 salary bracket were the most likely to mention the possibility of flexible working with only 2% of the jobs in the £100,000 – £199,999 bracket stating this possibility. What does this mean […]

Investigations – Why are they so important?

Many people don’t like conducting investigations, and find the whole process long winded and challenging, many people ask us, why are investigations so important? Investigations form the focal point for many different types of HR situation including grievances, disciplinary action, capability issues and dismissals. Having a solid investigation process can help to ensure that any […]

Beating ‘The January Blues’

The festive season can bring a lot of happiness and a great deal of over indulgence, so it’s not surprising that once January comes and we all return to our normal routines we can feel a touch of ‘The January Blues’. One way to help employees combat the feelings of ‘The January Blues’ is to […]

Are you looking for a new challenge?

We are expanding! Do you fancy becoming part of the PicassoHR Team? We are looking for enthusiastic and pro-active CIPD qualified individuals interested in joining our growing business.  Please send your CV with a covering letter to or call us and speak to Toby for more information.  

Christmas Parties

The festive season is upon us once again and whilst we have all been amused by the stories from the works Christmas party, employers are ultimately responsible for their employees behaviour at these events. Although most employees know how to behave at a works Christmas party, some will take the ‘festive spirit’ a bit too […]

Managing Holidays

Employees are entitled to 28 days holiday entitlement (5.6 weeks) regardless of whether they work a 5 or 6 day week. It is calculated on a pro rata basis for part time employees (hours or days) and although there is no general right to take Bank or public holidays off, they can be included within […]

School Closures

As the days turn colder and the nights draw in, our thoughts turn to winter. At the first sign of snow children will be waiting expectantly to hear the message that their school is closed and they get a snow day. However, if schools are closed or parents are unable to sort alternative arrangements, what […]

Weather Report

From time to time, various travel disruption can affect an employee’s ability to get into work on time, or at all. These disruptions can range from public transport cancellations to severe weather and all employers should consider how this could impact their workforce. Below are some ‘top tips’ on how to manage any disruptions: Employees […]

The Living Wage

Lidl is to become the first supermarket to pay the higher living wage, as recommended by The Living Wage Foundation, from October 2015. This move will mean an average pay increase of £1,200 a year for 53 per cent of its UK workforce.  Lidl will be the first British supermarket chain to embrace the campaign […]