Leadership – are we seeing any?

In just six weeks’ time, we go the polls for a rather unexpected general election. Some are saying it’s all about leadership – as in who will lead the country best through the turbulence ahead (i.e. Brexit) – and certainly the focus on the leaders of the various political parties is intense. As to the leadership qualities of those heading up the two main parties – that’s Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, in case you’re living in a cave without internet access – opinion is unsurprisingly divided although it’s fair to say that neither are receiving compliments from anyone except their own


Can your managers manage… absence?

It’s that time of year again. No, not the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, the annual CIPD absence management report. Admittedly, autumn sounds more fun but the way your business deals with staff off sick, is probably more relevant. New data this year After sixteen previous surveys, the CIPD has added a new wrinkle for 2016. For the first time, they asked HR professionals to name the three most effective approaches for managing absence in their organisation

Statutory time off

Everyone enjoys a little time off. But the questions is, how much should we get? To a certain extent, the answer is: whatever is negotiated and/or agreed in the contract of employment, but – as with most things in life – the government lays down some limits by way of legislation. So, without further preamble, here are the latest statutory entitlements for workers’ time off. The time off ‘baseline’ The official figure is that most workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid time off per year; although before anybody cites their “4 weeks”, don’t forget that

Parental leave – the basics

Time off work when a new baby arrives can be a divisive subject. Maybe you take a close-to-home view like Katie Hopkins, who a couple of years ago was up in arms about babies being luxury items that employers shouldn’t have to fund with paid time off (ignoring the reality that the government will refund up to 103% of statutory maternity pay to small

The UK Working Time Regulations – an introduction

There can be a lot of confusion about working time regulations. Not least because they derive from European law and for some that can be contentious. And also because it’s easy to blur the lines and start confusing these regulations with those governing rest breaks and even flexible working.But the bottom line is that there is UK legislation that lays out what is and isn’t legal in relation to the number of hours that people work, and it applies to almost all employees and therefore to their employers. So, let’s cut through any confusion and have some clarity.What