Category Archives: Human Resources Advice

How to be the best employer: Tip 6

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Consistency and fairness  We all know what it feels like to think that you have been treated differently or unfairly to someone else, and there is nothing more likely to irritate your staff than the perception that they are being treated to their detriment in comparison to colleagues. Consistency in how you treat staff will prevent problems […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 5

be the best employer

Communication Communication, or the lack of it, is the number 1 cause of disputes between employers and employees. When advising clients about situations that have reached the Employment Tribunal stage I can, in 9 out of 10 cases, identify when things first started to go wrong, and that it could have been resolved if communication […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 4

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Hold regular appraisals, one to one’s and pay attention to staff development I can guarantee that an employee who is in dispute with their employer will say, “I didn’t even have an appraisal”. Although it is not a legal requirement, it is certainly a factor in employee’s minds when considering what constitutes a good quality […]

How to be the best employer: Tip 3

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Ensure that all employees have contracts and that you have procedures in place Obviously, I am going to mention the legal element of your relationship with your staff, but aside from the legal requirement, giving your staff a contract makes them feel more stable and settled in their employment relationship with you. There is a […]

How to deal with a complaint of sexual harassment by an employee

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Sexual harassment at work What is sexual harassment? Sexual Harassment is one of the most difficult situations a worker can face. The legal definition of Sexual Harassment is any ‘unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a worker, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating […]

How to be the best employer: Tip number 2

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Ensure that all employees know why rules and procedures are in place If you create rules and procedures, ensure that you tell your employees why and wherever possible try to discuss and consult with them before making the decision. We all know how frustrating it is to be told to do something or not to […]

How to be the best employer: Tip Number 1

be the best employer

Ensure that all employees know where they fit in the organisation In order to have effective and engaged employees, regardless of what your business or organisation does, you should ensure that all employees understand what role they play in contributing to the success of the business and how their role, no matter how insignificant they […]

How to reduce Employee stress

Stress at work Employers are required by Health and Safety law to protect their employees mental and physical health and two out of every five workers say that stress at work has affected their health. The causes of stress vary from long working hours, difficult bosses or colleagues, to poor working conditions. Although it is […]

5 Questions to ask candidates to get a measure of their commitment to the job

Recruitment: Getting the right people For seasonal businesses the annual recruitment exercise will be beginning shortly and here on the Isle of Wight there are a large number of businesses and organisation’s that rely on large numbers of seasonal staff to help them through the busiest times of year. Many of our clients are concerned […]

Can covert recordings be used as evidence?

Evidence in the Employment Tribunal With the prevalence of mobile phones and the audio capabilities that they have, as an employer you may wonder whether a covert recording of a meeting, made by an employee, could potentially be used against you as evidence in an Employment Tribunal. The answer is not always simple, however past […]

Government Announce Employment Law Reforms

The Good Work Plan: What do you need to know about proposed employment law reform? You may have heard on the news this week about the announced reforms to employment law. Some reporters have heralded the changes as a major overhaul and reported that it will provide additional rights for millions of workers, however if […]

Is an employer liable for the actions of an employee at an unplanned staff party?

Possibly, held the Court of Appeal, based on the facts in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd. The Law In certain situations, an employer can be held responsible for the acts, or omissions, of its employees, if they took place in the course of their employment. This is known as Vicarious Liability. Vicarious […]

How can you increase your chances of attracting the best job applicants?

Recruiting the right staff is not as easy as you may think! Most of the big decisions we make today begin with an online search whether we’re booking a holiday, buying a house or looking for a date. Each, of these industries have their own specific search engines, which are  used over generic search engines […]

Beware of Ambiguous Resignations

When is a resignation actually an effective resignation? In the recent case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy, an employer was found to have unfairly dismissed an employee for refusing to allow an employee to retract an ambiguous resignation letter. The Law For an employer or employee to lawfully terminate a […]

Disability Discrimination and Ill Health Procedures

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Was the poor handling of ill-health retirement discrimination? In a recent case decided by the Court of Appeal an employer’s handling of the ill-health retirement process was scrutinised and reviewed when the employee in question alleged disability discrimination. The case is Dunn v Secretary of State for Justice and Anor. The Law In accordance with […]

IOW Business Expo – 2018

  Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2018 We are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting, once again, at the next Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Expo next month at the Lakeside Park Hotel in Wooton. The event is now in it’s fourth year and this year takes place […]

Does your workforce reflect the workforce you want?

Recruiting the Right Workforce for your Business I have recently been talking to a number of business clients who are struggling to find good quality staff to fulfil roles within their business. When they are able to find someone to fill the role they are experiencing difficulties in retaining staff and with staff reliability, especially […]

Do you have to pay the National Minimum Wage for workers who sleep in?

‘Sleep-in’ carers are not entitled to the minimum wage when sleeping In In a reversal of previous decisions made in so called “sleep-in” cases, the Court of Appeal has held in Royal Mencap Society v Blake [2018] EWCA Civ 1641 that workers who sleep on their employer’s premises whilst on call are not entitled to […]

HR & Employment Law Training

HR & Employment Law Training Day for Managers, HR Managers & Business Owners Cowes, Isle of Wight 28th June 2018 Real Employment Law Advice will be holding two training sessions on the Isle of Wight dedicated to providing managers with the skills they need to better manage their people. There are two sessions to choose […]

Changing Employee Terms and Conditions: A Quick Guide

Changes to Employment Contract Terms There may be times that arise where you need to make a change to employee terms and conditions, such as hours, place of work, job description etc. On most occasions the changes are easy as they will be agreed, for example increases to wages or salary. Other times the changes […]

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