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How to calculate holiday entitlement for your employees

How to calculate holiday entitlement for your employees

By | Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Holiday entitlement, Holiday Pro-Rata | No Comments

Calculating holiday entitlement for your employees shouldn’t require a PhD in Advanced Mathematics; that’s why we’ve put together this simple guide that shows you how to calculate annual leave for your full and part time employees, along with new starters, leavers and shift workers. According to legislation from the UK Government, (almost) all workers who work a 5-day week are entitled to at least 28 days of paid annual leave per year. Equivalent to 5.6 weeks of holiday, employers can choose to opt for a leave year or accrual system when calculating the holiday entitlement of their employees. What does…

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thomas cook demise

What can HR learn from the demise of Thomas Cook?

By | Employee Relations, Employee Wellbeing, Employment Law, Human Resources | No Comments

This week has seen the collapse of one of the longest standing businesses in the UK: Thomas Cook. Established in 1841, the company that was once the face of the UK high street announced it had entered liquidation with immediate effect shortly after 2am on Monday 23rd September, leaving 9,000 people in the UK without a job. But what can HR professionals learn from the demise of such an historic organisation? Communication is key When times of difficulty arise, the worst thing you can do is keep it under your hat and pretend it isn’t happening. Thomas Cook staff were…

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What Constitutes Bullying in the Workplace?

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It is estimated that workplace bullying costs almost £18 billion a year in the UK. It’s morally wrong and in some cases illegal. It impacts lives as well as productivity. But what constitutes bullying in the workplace? Bullying and harassment are broadly dealt with by the same legislation in the UK: the Equality Act 2010. Broadly speaking, bullying and harassment are defined as certain behaviours and actions which cause someone to feel either intimidated or offended. They are umbrella terms which cover a wide range of behaviours such as spreading rumours, isolating someone, or making derogatory remarks. It can happen…

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How to break down divides between departments and eradicate silos in the workplace

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A business is a team. No matter how large or small the organisation, in order for it to be productive, profitable and capable of providing customers with the best possible experience, every single individual and department needs to work as one. It’s much like a football team. If one player isn’t pulling their weight, or if the defenders have lost all respect for the attacking line, they’ll never win another game and will, eventually, sink without trace. The thought of ‘tribes’ and silos existing within the four walls of a business is unpalatable for any business owner or HR team….

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I was unfairly fired for calling my boss a ****

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In Australia, the Fair Work Commission has ruled in favour of an employee who went on an offensive 4-letter-word tirade against his boss. In this rather unique case of employee relations, the recycling worker was fired via text message by the company executive who he referred to as an “old ****”. The dispute was concerning the employee being asked to work overtime when he had not been paid for previous overtime worked. This conversation happened over the phone and quickly went from a debate to a very heated, aggressive argument. The Fair Work Commission have found that although the worker…

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