Are they over yet?

Are they over yet? Being a full-time business owner and mum is great.  But it takes its toll in the summer. I had a plan to write something about the whole ‘back to school’ period, but then I came across something written by a friend of mine, Sara Southey, which is beautifully put, so rather

Sickness absence with a silver lining

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has just released its sickness figures for 2021. And they aren’t as bad as you might think. In 2021 approximately 149.3 million working days were lost due to sickness or injury. Which sounds a lot but is the same as just 4.6 days per worker per year. The most

Optional auto enrolment?

I was talking to a club the other week who’d got themselves in a sticky situation, pension wise. An employee had left them back in February and had come back to them to let them know that his pensions was now “set up” and ready for them to make payments. Got the foggiest?  No, we

Sickness absence – too much?!

In the past few months we have been asked by 6 separate clients (different industries and locations) to help them deal with sickness absence. Before that, we hadn’t had to do any GP reports for almost a year. What is going on out there??!! The situation could be long-term sickness absences (are they ever coming

How to turn raving fans into vocal critics

Cast your mind back to July last year. We’d just come out of Lockdown 3, and although life in the UK was returning to normality, it was still super difficult to get on a plane, or travel to other countries. And there I was looking at holidays for the simpler times I hoped would arrive,

Modernism lessons from the Guides

By September, both of my children will have flown the nest (at least for a while). Which means that for the first time in about 20 years, I’ll have ALL of my waking hours free of commitments. It sounds fantastic, but I’m under no illusions that I could get a bit bored, so I’ve been

Statutory entitlements

The beginning of April is one of the most significant times in the annual HR calendar. Because that is when all the statutory employment entitlements change. There is no legal requirement to inform your staff of the changes to the statutory payments other than the minimum wage. Statutory payments (per hour) From 1 April 2022

Bet you can’t get 10

Disciplinaries. Every employer’s heard of them, maybe some have even used them as part of their “process”. But do you actually know how to conduct a disciplinary in a way that moves you closer to your desired outcome, without falling foul of the long arm of the law? The truth is, most employers don’t. To

Let sleeping dogs lie

Let sleeping dogs lie I ended up with a broken toe the other day, and it was all my dog’s fault; that’s what you get for saving a canine from drowning! I woke up at 1am, needed a “comfort” break and hotfooted it to the bathroom. As it turned out, Comet was sleeping halfway across

Pick a protected characteristic, any one…

Pick a protected characteristic, any one… One of the golf clubs we look after received a grievance letter from a staff member recently. It started off with the claim that he was being “harassed, bullied and victimised” under the Equality Act 2010 (Which is always fun!). Wow, all of those things at the same time?!