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What can HR learn from the demise of Thomas Cook?

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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 is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?

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The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, often referred to as the HASAWA, or HSW is the main piece of UK legislation detailing the duties of employers regarding health and safety in the workplace. Its general principle is that employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees. It also covers other people visiting the workplace premises such as temporary workers, casual workers, self-employed workers, clients, visitors and the general public. The primary context of each of the provisions within the HSW is that each duty is qualified by the…

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Shared Parental Leave – The Top 10 FAQS on Shared Parental Leave and Pay

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Shared Parental Leave is still relatively a new concept, one you don’t often hear about unless you are in HR circles, but it has been in place for a good couple of years now, so what exactly is it and why is it still relatively unheard of? In April 2015, the UK brought in new rules for parents taking leave after the birth or adoption of their child.  A flexible and equal approach to allow both parents to assist (and enjoy) childcare with a legal right to return to work policy providing families with a new way to manage ‘maternity leave’….

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting – 10 Facts You Need to Know

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The BBC’s newly published Gender Pay Gap Report reveals a shocking inequality in salaries paid to men and women causing media attention worldwide, and quite rightly so. Fifty years ago, the Equal Pay Act was introduced. It’s therefore rather disheartening to learn that many experts believe it could take as long as another fifty years to fully close the gap between male and female pay in the workplace. Without effectively tackling the key issues surrounding flexible working, supporting women aged over 40 back into the workforce and sharing unpaid caring responsibilities, the gender pay gap stands little chance of being eliminated. Indeed,…

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What is the difference between Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance?

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An employee tells you they’re pregnant, but you’re unsure whether they qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance. What is the difference between Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance? The difference between Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance is primarily down to employee eligibility and what benefits they get whilst on maternity leave (and whether as an employer you have to pay!) If you do have to pay Statutory Maternity Pay – you can normally reclaim just over 90% of that back. Is your employee eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance? In a nutshell: 1)      If your…

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