The Twelve Pitfalls of Christmas: an employer’s guide to the festive season

During the Christmas period employers face a minefield of HR challenges.  Workplace Christmas parties bring up issues of conduct and discrimination. For example, employees may misbehave, or fail to turn up the next day. Holiday and overtime issues also commonly arise at this time. Annual leave requests can be concentrated around the same days, while …

What can Employers learn from Ashers Bakery and the “Gay Cake” scandal?

In October, the Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery have won their appeal in the so-called “gay cake” discrimination case.  The Supreme Court ruled that Ashers Bakery’s refusal to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage was not discriminatory. The background to this high-profile dispute began in 2014 when the bakery refused …

The Pilot who used Jabba the Hutt as his referee: How to spot and deal with fake references

How to spot and deal with fake references

According to research by the Risk Advisory Group, more than half of CVs submitted by job applicants contain lies or inaccuracies. These range from gaps in employment history to false claims regarding qualifications and failure to mention fraud committed against previous employers.  One of the areas most fraught with difficulty for potential employers is the …

Valuing the Mature Workforce: Why UK Businesses Need To Get Age-Smart

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Over the next decade, the changing age profile of the workforce will be the most significant development in the UK labour market, as a third of workers will be over 50 by 2020.  It is anticipated that within 15 years, nearly a quarter of the UK population will be aged 65 or over. Against a …

The Gig Economy: Modern Working Practice or Old Fashioned Exploitation?

The Gig Economy: Courier On Bicycle Delivering Food In City

Few aspects of the world of work have been subject to greater debate in recent months than that status of those working in the gig economy. Try to even find a definition for this term and you will be quickly plunged into the controversy which surrounds it. It is a term which describes a labour …