Termination of Employment Agreements – simplification

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Rather than simplify the process for holding discussions about a termination situation, the law has become more complicated. From 29th July, compromise agreements will be renamed as settlement agreements and a new process for holding pre-termination discussions will be introduced. The latter is to enable discussions to take place about a potential termination situation but […]

Do Your HR Professionals Add Value to or Detract from the Senior Management Team?

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Posted on 31/05/2013 by HR Professional Organisations are living entities and need to adapt constantly to their changing environment.  However, many human resources managers seem to confine themselves to becoming processors of hr systems rather than enable senior managers to tackle the issues they face in surviving and growing their companies/services. In any profession, getting […]

Develop Young People for their Working Life

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Are young people ill equipped for life at work?   We blame schools for not giving youngsters the skills to be effective when entering the workforce. However, it is not just school leavers, graduates also lack the necessary skills.  So is it just our education system or is it a failure by managers to work with […]

Performance Appraisal – A Time Expired Process

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Why Do You Appraise Staff?  Do you experience tangible benefits for the time invested?  Appraisal is one of the practices that we seem afraid to terminate in case we are branded as backward managers.   We could rename our process as performance management which may sound more effective but that will not solve the underlying tiredness […]

Industrial Action – plan your responses in case you are caught up or caught out

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When the economic climate is troubled, industrial action tends to increase due to several factors – differing political views, general uncertainty, frustration and accentuated problems within organisations.  You can be caught up by such action even though your organisation is not a target.  For example, delivery drivers and service engineers may encounter picket lines when […]

Simplifying Employment Rights and Law

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The law relating to unfair dismissal was the starting point – the emphasis being on the right not to be unfairly dismissed. Employers and employees realized that dismissals would be deemed fair but not if substantive or procedural points were ignored. However, today we have ended up with a complex maze of law in which […]

Senior Management Pay – Equitable Differentials *

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The basic pay gap continues to widen between top management and the lowest paid employees. The total remuneration gap is much wider when share packages, pension and other benefits are considered. The size of the gap attracts controversy but at times becomes confused with adversity against wealth creation. The latter is needed to enable the […]