Obesity in the workplace

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Katherine Maxwell explains how HR professionals can encourage employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle without creating a ‘size-ist’ culture With reports suggesting long-term sickness and absence may be fuelled by Britain’s obesity crisis, organisations are finding themselves under pressure to foster a culture of healthy eating and living within the workplace. But they are likely […]

20/03/2017 by MrFinch

Businesses ‘must be transparent’ on use of workplace technology

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Transparency is “vital” in balancing new data-gathering workplace technology with employee rights, according to a North West human resources expert. According to Lee Jefcott, employment partner at Brabners, companies are increasingly seeking advice on the use of innovations which monitor staff performance and use of facilities and locations within office buildings. Speaking to Move Commercial, […]

20/03/2017 by MrFinch

Job applicants with spurious intentions: what should employers do?

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Police in Scotland have been informed about a serial job applicant who threatens to launch legal action if he is not invited to interview. Gerald Freedman, a self-proclaimed business consultant, has applied for roles with hundreds of charities, colleges and universities in the past 10 years, claiming he is so severely disabled that he requires […]

20/03/2017 by MrFinch

Neil Gorsuch: Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick said ’employers should ask women if they want children’

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‘It concerned me that a man educating female lawyers would be discounting their worth publicly,’ says Jennifer Sisk Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee once said that women “manipulate” companies to access maternity leave and should be questioned about their plans to have children before they were hired, it has been claimed. Judge Neil Gorsuch allegedly […]

20/03/2017 by MrFinch

Half of UK employers are introducing wellbeing schemes

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Two thirds of UK employees admit they feel stressed in their jobs, prompting businesses to introduce employee wellbeing schemes. More than three in five UK employees experience stress in the workplace. Nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of UK employees experience stress in their jobs, according to research into workplace happiness by Happiness Works on […]

20/03/2017 by MrFinch

Pret A Manger’s HRD: Why so few UK jobseekers?

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With the offical date of Article 50’s triggering now revealed, 29 March, many issues are jumping to the fore. One of these is what Brexit will mean for jobs in the retail and hospitality industries. Andrea Wareham, HR Director at food franchise chain Pret A Manger, recently penned a blog post for the company in […]

20/03/2017 by MrFinch

Southport and Burscough stores offering ‘pet-ernity’ leave to staff

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Employees will be allowed one paid day off per year to welcome a new dog, cat or horse into the family. Stores in Southport and Burscough are offering employees ‘peternity leave’ – a day off when they buy a new dog, cat or horse to help the animal settle into their new home. Perhaps unsurprisingly, […]

20/03/2017 by MrFinch

Pros and Cons of Franchising

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Many of the best known business names in the world started out as (or still are) franchises. Two of the most valuable brand names in the world (McDonald’s and Coca-Cola) have expanded rapidly using franchised restaurants and bottling and distribution rights respectively. Leading names in the car hire, food and many other industries are those […]

11/01/2017 by MrFinch

Working at Height and Failing to Comply

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Working at height requires special training and protective measures. In a cautionary tale for employers who may be tempted to use unqualified staff to carry out roof repairs or other precarious tasks, a company that did just that was hit hard in the pocket after being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. The company […]

05/01/2017 by MrFinch

Unfair Dismissal Can Blight Your Lifetime Earnings

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Unfair dismissal can blight your career indefinitely but, with the right legal advice, you can be compensated for every penny you lose in earnings. One case that proved the point concerned a finance director who was persecuted for whistleblowing and found herself out of a job in middle age. The woman blew the whistle on […]

30/12/2016 by MrFinch