Winter Weather Employer Guide

With the recent extreme weather conditions causing major disruptions across the UK, it is apparent that many employers are unclear on what their obligations are in terms of employee’s attendance and payment of wages. We have put together this handy winter weather employer guide.

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Benefits of being ISO 9001:2015 accredited

When HR Services Scotland talk about helping companies to obtain ISO 9001:2015 accreditation, people often ask these questions “Why does our company need to be ISO 9001 certified?” and “What do we need to do to become certified?” These are both good questions. ISO 9001 is a Quality Management Systems standard which is internationally recognised promoting quality management, consistency, best practice and customer focus.  A robust Quality management System offers numerous benefits for any organisation of any size including performance optimisation, sustainability and controlled growth.  So, why should your business obtain ISO 9001:2015 certification?  Compliance with this standard will also assist you in providing your company with opportunities from local, national and international companies securing your share of the market and the ability to to deliver quality products and services.

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Increase to Statutory Rates & National Minimum Wage – April 2018

As the festive season draws to an end and the New Year begins, it is the peak time for employers to familiarise themselves with, and prepare for, legislative changes that will be introduced this year. One of the main changes to note is the increase to the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay and sick pay, which will be introduced in April this year.

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‘Tis The Season….. Guidance For Businesses During The Festive Season

‘Tis the season to be jolly and merry. With everyone on the countdown to Christmas, we at HR Services Scotland Ltd thought we should outline as to what is and what is not acceptable behaviour from your employees, this will help avoid any mishaps dampening the Christmas spirit.

HR Services Scotland Ltd has put together a few tips that can help you through the festive season:
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October 8th – 14th Fire Prevention Week

What Is National Fire Safety Week and How Can It Help to Raise Fire Safety Awareness?

First, we need to look at the History:

Fire Prevention Week, was first established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The infamous blaze devastated a large part of Chicago and, in doing so, killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2000 acres of land. The fire started on October 8th but continued into, and did most of its damage on, October 9th.

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Increase In Vento Bands

In cases of discrimination, regardless of being direct or indirect, the Employment Tribunal may award the claimant payment for injury to feelings, in addition to any other compensation. An Injury to feelings award may be applied to all discrimination cases, with the exception of equal pay claims. The purpose of an injury to feelings award is to compensate the claimant for the personal upset caused by the accused’s conduct towards them. The award has no correlation with monetary loss and may be awarded irrespective of whether the claimant has been financially disadvantaged as a result of the discriminatory behaviour. In many instances the injury to feelings award will account for the majority of the compensation awarded to the claimant in discrimination cases (XpertHR, 2017).

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Recruitment Tips

An effective and efficient workforce is key to the success of any business and is reliant on having the right people with the necessary skills and experience to carry out the required tasks. Recruitment is the first step to determine if prospective candidates are suited to the organisational culture and have the correct aptitude for the role. The recruitment, selection and induction process is a significant investment for employers and the cost of replacing an employee is estimated to be around £30,000, with a considerable amount of this being due to the loss of productivity (ACAS, 2017). One of the key goals of any business should be to attract and retain the best employees and having a strong recruitment process in place will facilitate this. The following areas should be taken into consideration during the recruitment process:

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