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GDPR

GDPR Well, obviously, I couldn’t let the opportunity go by without a few words on this topic. We are bombarded by emails reminding us of the impending enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulations on Friday 25 May.  I wanted to offer some thoughts based on my personal experience. EvolutionHR held a seminar on GDPR back in September.  Here we heard from Graeme Fearon, a lawyer with an expertise in data protection, amongst other things.  He very ably and clearly talked u...

April 15, 2018

Latest Updates

Latest Updates: Changes to payments in lieu of notice on termination From 6 April, there has been a change in the way that payments in lieu of notice (PILONs) made to employees on termination of their employment should be made.   It used to be possible to categorise PILON or rely on its contractual status in such a way that it need not be taxed.  However, from now on, if notice is not worked, that part of the termination payment which reflects the basic pay for that notice period ...

April 15, 2018

Public (Bank) Holidays

Public (Bank) Holidays. A brief comment on Bank Holidays.  A friend pointed out to me that because of the way the dates fell, if your employer’s holiday year is from 1 April to 31 March, this meant that there were only 7 bank holidays in the year 2017/2018 and consequently 9 bank holidays in 2018/2019.  So what, you may say…. This is perhaps of no major concern if your usual holiday allowance is 21 days or more per year and the public holidays are paid in addition to that.&nbs...

April 15, 2018

Adverse Weather

Adverse weather How was it for you? I don’t think there are any of us who completely escaped the Beast from the East, the Pest from the West and then the other one……  Anyway, we soldiered on and were variously affected by the vagaries of the weather. Almost all companies will have experienced cases where certain individuals were unable to make it into the office or were horribly late because of their dependence on public transport or because driving conditions were too treac...

April 15, 2018

A personal story for International Women's Day

When you’re on a 13-hour flight with the prospect of a further 7-hour flight to look forward to, you need to find a variety of things to occupy yourself.  Even I can’t read solidly for 20+ hours. I peruse the inflight magazine for available entertainment and find a ‘documentary’ called What Women Want At Work.  Its description is: ‘visit the companies and public administrations where women find more egalitarian and happier work environments.’ For about an hour I was engross...

March 8, 2018

Handling Workplace Harassment

Harassment is in the spotlight again. This time in relation to the conduct of MPs. There has been speculation over improper handling of claims which has highlighted the issue of how bullying and harassment should be handled in the workplace. If harassment or bullying is reported to the employer, or if the employer suspects that harassment or bullying is taking place, it is important that it is treated seriously, not only because of potential Employment Tribunal claims, but because employers have...

November 29, 2017

The Childcare Vouchers System is Changing

In March 2016, the Government confirmed their plans for a Tax-Free Childcare scheme (TFC) to be rolled out gradually from early 2017. Tax-Free Childcare will provide working parents and now self-employed workers with another option for tax savings on their childcare direct through the Government. Until 2017, however, employer Childcare Voucher schemes remain the best way for working parents to reduce the rising cost of childcare. Many parents will not be able to claim under the new Government sc...

November 29, 2017

When Friendly Advice Becomes a Liability

The case of Burgess and another v Lejonvarn [2017] highlights the fact that a duty of care may apply even when providing advice or services for free from one friend to another and where no professional or contractual relationship exists.   Ms Lejonvarn worked as a professional consultant. Her friends, the Burgesses, were seeking to remodel their garden. Ms Lejonvarn began providing design and project management services, however no formal agreements were made and the position was ad ho...

November 29, 2017

What will be the key changes in Employment Law in 2018?

Employment law – Kay Changes in 2018 April 2018 – Gender Pay Gap: First Reports Private and voluntary sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland with at least 250 employees will be required to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women in their workforce, based on a pay bill ‘snapshot’ date of 5 April 2017, under the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017. The first reports must be published by 4 April 2018. Similar reporting requ...

September 10, 2017

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace Almost every decision we make each day is based on our emotions. Our emotions are all to do with our perception of a certain situation. We have all had different experiences, and we all have different strengths and weaknesses and it’s these that shape how we perceive things. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand, express and manage own emotions and the emotions of others. It is also the ability to control emotions and apply them to everyda...

September 10, 2017

New Year - in September?

New Year, new start… What do you mean New Year, I hear you say.   It’s not January! Whilst many of us use the Christmas break to make plans to make significant changes in our lives via New Year’s resolutions, there is also an argument that the summer break and September is a similarly key time for important decisions – if not more so. Many of us will take time over the summer (school) holidays to have some time away with our family – perhaps more time with each other th...

September 7, 2017

General Data Protection Regulation Seminar

As of 25 May 2018, employers must be in full compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This legislation is set to have a major impact on businesses and, in particular, the way in which HR handles and processes data. It’s important that we fully understand the changes and how we must prepare for them, since the penalties for noncompliance are potentially very severe – up to 20 million Euros or 4 percent of worldwide turnover. But, good data protection is a question of...

September 1, 2017

Support for Mental Health

As a kick-off to this year's Mental Health Awareness week, Niki and I were delighted to be invited to attend the Mental Health Support Launch event at the RIBA on Monday evening. A wonderful and most timely initiative by the RIBA and the Architects Benevolent Society to provide support for those in the profession and associated careers in times of stress, anxiety and depression – or indeed any kind of mental health issue. We were also quietly proud that we seemed a little ahead of the curve ...

May 10, 2017

Save the Date! Thursday 27 April - Emotional Health and Wellbeing in Creative Companies

Following the success of our breakfast seminar towards the end of last year, we will be revisiting this important topic at our lunchtime workshop on Thursday 27 April 2017. It was clear from our last seminar that this is a topic about which companies and individuals feel strongly. Whilst its profile is increasing and there is more open discussion, there remain some taboos and assumptions which are hindering a greater understanding of how we can identify and support those who may need help. We...

March 30, 2017

A true eye-opener for us

On Tuesday, we were thrilled to have been invited to one of our client's events. Orbis are a charity and they help to restore and save sight in deprived countries. They have the world's only flying eye hospital which they fly to remote areas, perform eye surgery and teach local surgeons as they are doing it, so that the surgeons can perform the same operations on their own thereafter. The work that they do is really quite incredible. We were lucky enough to be invited to see the flying eye ho...

March 18, 2017

The New Year

2016: What a year we had! – so many notable deaths, Brexit, Donald Trump, beaten by Iceland in the football……. But in amongst it all, there were some positives: Murray winning at Wimbledon and the Olympics, GB coming 2nd in the Olympics medal table, tiger numbers are up, giant pandas are no longer endangered, and 'HR for Creative Companies' was born in February!! So from our perspective here are some highlights of our past year: The Book: HR for Creative Companies After a gestation p...

January 15, 2017

First of our related Events: Facing up to mental health in the workplace

On Thursday morning last week, Niki and I hosted a breakfast seminar focussing on the subject of mental health in the workplace. We were very pleased that our attendees were from a broad range of companies, mostly from the design and construction sectors, along with representatives from HR and employee wellbeing. Using reference material from the CIPD, HSE and various organisations such as MIND and Access to Work, we began by discussing some of the current statistics regarding the impact of...

November 22, 2016

Breakfast Seminar - Thursday 17 Nov: Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health is becoming increasingly prevalent, as we have all seen by its heightened profile. As part of this trend, we are seeing an increase in workplace stress and related mental health issues. Although much has been done recently to help highlight this matter, many of those suffering still feel unable to be open and honest about their experiences. This seminar will clarify how to create a working environment which does not thrive on stress, how to identify signs of workplace stress, and...

November 1, 2016

HR Workshop - Performance; Practice, Problems and Prescriptions

Davenport Solicitors and EvolutionHR are joining forces to present you with a knowledge packed morning HR workshop. This is a unique opportunity to learn from Vandana Dass, head of employment law at Davenport Solicitors, Kate Marks and Niki Winsor, HR consultants from EvolutionHR. You will rarely have the chance to gain knowledge from three such experts in one place at one time. The workshop focuses on the specific challenges and needs facing small businesses where every person that you employ ...

October 18, 2016

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August 30, 2016

We had lift off!

So pleased to see so many people at the official launch of the book, HR for Creative Companies, this week. Thank you to everyone who attended. It was great to hear the President of the RIBA, Jane Duncan's, clearly articulated plea to support equality, diversity and inclusion within the architecture profession. Something which we as HR professionals can fully encourage and endorse. Jane's presence helped to support our book and highlight its importance in the development of the architectur...

June 30, 2016

Training session - HR For Directors of SMEs

Vandana Dass of Davenport Solicitors and Kate Marks of EvolutionHR have come together to provide a series of seminars for SMEs, to help enhance your internal HR and employment law skills. Our focus is on a combination of sound employment law and practical HR advice. Employment Law: The HR Essentials Are you an SME Director? Do you find HR and employment law complex and a burden? Do you lack time? Do employee issues "bog" you down? If the answer is yes to any of the abov...

June 15, 2016

How to deal with Sickness in the Workplace

Join us for a complimentary informative seminar on the tricky issue of what to do when an employee falls ill. We clarify your responsibilities, what approaches you can take and the policies and procedures that you should have in place. We will be discussing: Serious illness – what are your responsibilities if an employee falls seriously ill? Malingering – what to do if you suspect your employee is not ill? Medical reports – in what circumstances can you request them and what is their...

May 24, 2016

A pleasurable tool

When I was asked to write this book, we agreed that HR had moved beyond the old negative clichés and it was broadly recognised that HR is a true support and valuable asset for companies in the increasingly competitive marketplace. The trick with this book was to show how creative companies – who need space to be creative – can be properly supported by and have their work enhanced by HR – who are notoriously focussed on policies, procedures, legal compliance and documentation. I set out ...

April 20, 2016

Right to Work in the UK: Essential to get it right!

Employers must ensure that everyone they employ has the right to work in the UK and keep a record of these checks, regardless of an employee's nationality. If the checks are not carried out or are carried out incorrectly, and it transpires that an employee does not have the right to work, the employer could be fined up to £20,000 per illegal worker by UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI). So what checks must we carry out and how do we do it? The checks must be carried out BEFORE the employee ...

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