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Equal Pay

tesco equal pay claim

Tesco has recently hit the headlines facing a multimillion-pound equal pay claim from over 8000 shop floor workers who are claiming that they are paid significantly less than their warehouse based colleagues.
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Abolishment of Employment Tribunal Fees

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Tribunal fees abolished? A major change in legislation was announced yesterday with the Supreme Court ruling that Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful. The result being that employees will no longer be required to pay a fee to take their claim to an employment tribunal, leading to an obligation for the government to repay an estimated £32m to claimants who were unlawfully charged.

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Converting Sickness Absence To Holiday Pay

taking holiday instead of sick leave

A common situation employers are put in is when an employee is off sick and asks about taking holiday instead of sick leave. The main reason employees would request this is from a financial perspective as generally, holiday pay will equate to more than Statutory Sick Pay or alternatively if the employee is still under the self-cert period they will not yet be entitled to SSP so will not be receiving any form of payment as with most organisations sick leave is unpaid until a sick note has been provided.

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The Importance of Work-Life Balance

 

benefits of work life balance

What is Work-Life Balance? Work-Life balance can be defined as dividing your time between work and family or leisure activities. It is not realistic or rewarding trying to arrange your time so that you spend an equal number of hours working as you do relaxing and so work-life balance does not necessarily mean an equal balance.

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Retaining Your Best Employees

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A talent retention solution is critical to the long term success of any business. Benefits of a talent retention solution include; product sales, customer satisfaction and high levels of organisational knowledge. Ultimately, retaining the best employees saves money from the bottom line on recruitment, selection and training.

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Tips for Team Building

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In any workplace, the entire workforce help to contribute to the overall success of the organisation. There are a number of benefits an employer can reap from having a strong team such as increased efficiency, a culture of creativity and innovation can be created, positive working relationships enable employees to build on their skills and abilities from each other, trust is built upon and increased, conflicts are less likely to occur and if they do arise they can be resolved quickly and it encourages employees to work harder and take responsibility for their contribution to achieving goals and objectives.

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The Importance Of Training

benefits of employee development and training

Training is an important part of an individual employees’ development which consequently is a key factor in an organisation’s development and success. Training employees has a number of benefits; however, many organisations consider training and development a time-consuming, costly process which they do not have time for. The benefits, however, outweigh the costs and training employees is a worthwhile investment. This post identifies those benefits of employee development and training.

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A Guide to Employee Relations in SME

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Within Small to Medium sized Enterprises an employee relations strategy can be harmonious or exploitive, or anything in between, or even change continuously depending on the various challenges SME’s react to. A positive employee relations strategy is directly linked to higher levels of employee engagement and equally relate to productivity levels, enabling the business to increase its potential to achieve enhanced business outcomes.

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Handling Difficult Conversations

key features of constructive feedback

Difficult conversations are a fact of life in any workplace, whether they involve a manager delivering difficult feedback, communicating change or discussing behavioural issues, or more everyday problems such as disagreeing with a superior, responding to bad behaviour or dealing with those coming into work late.

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