The Minimum Wage has a Nasty Bite

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True Cause or Excuse The minimum wage is well known but there are still some employers, across many sectors, who choose to skate on thin ice.   Those organisations fail to pay the correct amount because of: Insufficient funds; Failure to take into account all the operational hours expected of staff; Ignorance; An “I’ll chance it” attitude. The latter is more prevalent than I thought judging by conversations with employees and managers.  HMRC has the power to deal with miscreant senior […]

Balancing the Need for Operational Flexibility and Staffing Flexibility unlike Sports Direct

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Unfortunately, Sports Direct hit the headlines for the wrong reasons but their underlying aims may not be so different to many organisations in the private and public sectors.  Managers at Sports Direct went about it in the wrong way. Statistics from ONS indicate that employment on zero hours contracts has risen by 21% year on year and 903,000 individuals have such contracts. This may raise a cry that such contracts should be halted in the light of the inquiry into […]

Sports Direct – the Dilemma of Organisational Flexibility

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[Text amended August 2018] Many organisations need flexibility in staffing to accommodate seasonal and other variations in workload, product launches, staff holidays and illness etc. To meet such needs, senior managers should be able to introduce a range of contracts such as variable hours, zero hours, temporary and/or fixed term contracts and/or use agency workers. The issue is not whether such contracts should exist but whether they are used in a responsible manner. This is not a new dilemma nor […]

ACAS Disciplinary Code Diluted

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This article was first published in our temporary blog When the unfair dismissal legislation was introduced in 1974, the onus was on the employer to demonstrate that the reason for dismissal was fair in all the circumstances and that a fair procedure had been adopted when deciding whether or not to dismiss an individual. The effectiveness of the Code and the safeguards it contained are being diluted by recent decisions of the Courts and it is likely that some employers […]

Brexit – An Opportunity to Reinforce Your Organisation’s Values

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The uncertainty about what Brexit means in practice does cause concern to employees which is not helped by knee jerk reactions and making off the cuff pronouncements as those usually have no real substance.   Many comments have appeared that we shall have to revisit our employment laws and amend those. I suggest that you read the following article on the Facebook company page of HR Management Dimensions. From discussions with employees etc, I have sensed and heard that many employees, […]

Effective Decisions and Implementation

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As CEO or Head Teacher, do you occasionally feel frustrated by the failure of your senior managers to implement decisions effectively or their blaming of others for the ineffective outcome? Occasionally, the cause may be the incompetence of a manager. Usually, the cause is ambiguity in the decision processes within the school, company etc. That can lead to a leader thinking, “it’s time to reorganize”. That is an expensive route which seldom addresses the real problem but will drain the […]

HR Management – Adding or Subtracting Value?

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[Text amended August 2018] Talking to a group of hr managers recently revealed that many were concerned that they would lose credibility if they could not answer an employment law issue raised by a senior manager.  That may explain why employment law events attract the highest attendance among hr professionals.  It also became clear that many of those hr managers: Did not really understand the principles behind the legislation and case law; Were more concerned to apply a fixed procedure […]

Postponing a Tribunal Hearing – 3rd Time You May Be Out

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Occasionally postponements are used to unsettle the other party. The main drawback of postponements is the lost time, the need to rearrange appointments and the waste of tribunal time and accommodation if a new case can not be slotted into the gap. Three Strikes and Out The number of times an employer or claimant can postpone a hearing is being subject to stricter control from 6th April 2016. In future, an application for a third postponement may only be approved […]

How Effective are your Data Protection Arrangements?

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HR Management Dimensions blogIf you have not reviewed the arrangements you have in place for data protection, you may find the following article of interest.  Although focused on schools, most of the points apply to any organisation.   Read the article Protecting Data and Confidentiality. (sorry the link needs to be revised) Please note that the offer of a template for a data protection audit is intended for schools. However, a few templates may be issued to non school organisations, if […]