Meet the Team – Louise Atkinson

David Ralph   
Nov 24

Louise Atkinson – HR Director

Each week, we profile a member of the Deminos team so you can learn a little more about who we are and what we do. This week, it’s HR Director Louise Atkinson.

 

Louise is our HR Director, and along with Neil founded Deminos back in 2007.

While Neil was running his previous mapping business, Louise was an HR manager with experience working in the food retail and construction sectors.

Any HR advice in regards to the business

The top 10 benefits of flexible working

David Ralph   
Nov 21

Employees have the right to request flexible working, with employers having a legal obligation to consider granting it. However, actively encouraging flexible working can bring many benefits to a business. Here, we look at the top ten reasons for creating a flexible culture in your workplace.

 

Reduced absenteeism

If an employee has a personal commitment that their employer cannot accommodate, there’s always the chance that they’ll “pull a sickie” so they don’t have to go into work. These are hours lost for the employer, and repeated incidents will harm productivity and staff morale. Letting employees alter their hours so

HR news round-up – Mon 20 Nov 2017

David Ralph   
Nov 20

Good afternoon everyone, here’s your round-up of HR and employment law news from today and over the weekend. Click on an article title to see the full story.

 

MPs publish draft Bill to close gig economy loopholes – HR Magazine

A new ‘worker by default’ status has been recommended by a joint draft Bill on ending gig economy exploitation from the Work and Pensions and Business Committees

If rolled out the onus would fall on companies to prove self-employed status, rather than forcing workers to via the courts. Otherwise the

Family-Friendly Policies Week at Deminos

David Ralph   
Nov 20

Introducing family-friendly policies can benefit both employers and employees. Employers should always be looking to recruit from the widest possible cross-section of people, so provisions should be made to accommodate parents and people with other responsibilities outside of work.

 

This week, we’ll be looking at the benefits of embracing family-friendly policies and how to implement them into your business.

 

Questions of the day

Deminos director Sam Corcoran will be answering the following common questions that often surround family-friendly policies:

  • Does an employee need to provide a reason when

Anti-Bullying Week round-up

David Ralph   
Nov 17

It’s been a busy week at Deminos, but the weekend is nearly upon us once again. Over the last few days on social media we’ve been sharing advice on how to prevent bullying and harassment in the workplace, tying-in with the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s Anti-Bullying Week.

 

Questions of the day

These articles should help you put an anti-bullying policy in place for your employees.

How do you spot the signs of workplace bullying?

Are bullying and harassment punishable by law?

Are employers liable for cases of bullying and

Meet the Team – Ron Smith

David Ralph   
Nov 17

Ron Smith – HR Advisor

Each week, we profile a member of the Deminos team so you can learn a little more about who we are and what we do. This week, we meet HR Advisor Ron Smith.

 

Ron’s experience in HR is second to none, with 35 years’ HR experience at a variety of levels in several sectors, such as health (North East Ambulance Service), education (Newcastle College), and housing (Your Homes Newcastle).

Ron’s many strengths include employee and trade union

HR news round-up – Thurs 16 Nov 17

David Ralph   
Nov 16

Afternoon everyone, here’s today’s employment law and HR news round-up. Click the titles for the full articles:

 

Poor productivity outside south-east England hurting UK economy – The Guardian

Britain’s economy would be more than £200bn bigger if all cities were as productive as those in London and the south-east, research from a thinktank has shown.

A report by the Centre for Cities revealed that the capital and its satellite cities were as productive as anywhere in Europe and that the UK’s recent weak productivity record was the result of a

How can employers tackle bullying and harassment in the workplace?

David Ralph   
Nov 16

How can employers tackle bullying and harassment in the workplace?

Bullying at work is a problem for many employers, so shouldn’t be ignored. The way to prevent it is to make it clear that bullying and harassment will not be tolerated both inside and outside of the workplace, and any such incidents will be dealt with fully.

 

The first thing to do is create an anti-bullying policy that’s integrated with your disciplinary guidelines. It will have to be communicated to staff through the employee handbook or contract, and can be made

HR news round-up – Weds 15 Nov 2017

David Ralph   
Nov 15

Hi all – here’s today’s round-up of the main news relating to HR and employment law. Click the titles to see the full stories.

 

Deliveroo claims victory in self-employment case – BBC News

Deliveroo riders have been ruled self-employed by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). The test case was brought against the delivery company by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB).

The IWGB said the ruling showed a majority of Deliveroo riders wanted workers’ rights and union recognition. But the CAC found they were self-employed

Are employers liable for bullying outside of work or on social media?

David Ralph   
Nov 15

Are employers liable for bullying outside of work or on social media?

Bullying via social media is a very modern-day problem that has grown considerably in the last few years. Cyber bullying by definition is any form of bullying, harassment or victimisation that occurs online.

 

It can involve the posting of inappropriate photographs, threatening or offensive comments, or revealing sensitive personal information about someone. As with any other form of bullying, it can be hugely damaging to individuals and organisations.

 

There is the possibility of an employer being responsible

HR news round-up – Tues 14 Nov 2017

David Ralph   
Nov 14

It’s time to see what’s in today’s news relating to HR and employment law. Click the titles to see the full articles.

 

First boss to be sentenced for failing to set up pension for staff – Moneywise

Bus company, Stotts Tours in Oldham and its managing director, Alan Stott have pleaded guilty of failing to provide a workplace pension to its staff.

Mr Stott and the company admitted 16 charges of wilfully failing to comply with the law on workplace pensions.

According to The Pensions Regulator (TPR), 36 members

Are bullying and harassment punishable by law?

David Ralph   
Nov 14

Are bullying and harassment punishable by law?

The short answer is that bullying is not a legal concept but may still have consequences for an employer, but harassment is punishable by law.

 

Bullying and the law

Acas defines workplace bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, and abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the person being bullied”.

 

According to the Health and Safety Executive, this is a pattern of behaviour rather than isolated instances, and states that it “involves negative behaviour being

HR news round-up – Mon 13 Nov 2017

David Ralph   
Nov 13

Good afternoon everyone, here’s your round-up of HR and employment law news from today and over the weekend. Click on an article title to see the full story.

 

Squeeze on UK wages set to continue until 2022, thinktank warns – The Guardian

The average pay packet in Britain in five years’ time will still be more than £20 lower than it was before the start of the financial crisis as the biggest squeeze on wages since the end of the Napoleonic Wars extends well into a second decade, a leading

How do you spot the signs of workplace bullying?

David Ralph   
Nov 13

If an employee is being bullied at work, it is likely to be a highly stressful time for them. Naturally, this makes bullying totally unacceptable in the workplace and employers have a duty of care to make their business a safe and fair working environment for all.

 

However, because bullying can take on many forms, it can sometimes be difficult to identify. This is especially the case if the victim feels they cannot speak up. As an employer, you should look out for certain signs that could signify when bullying is

It’s Anti-Bullying Week at Deminos

David Ralph   
Nov 13

The 13th to 17th of November marks Anti-Bullying Week, co-ordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Bullying isn’t just something that takes place at school – it can be a problem prevalent in workplaces too.

Any example of bullying is unacceptable, so employers have a responsibility to promote a safe, healthy and fair working environment for all.

This week at Deminos, we’ll be looking at how cases of bullying and harassment at work can be spotted, dealt with and prevented for happier and more productive employees.

 

Questions of the day

We’ll

eLearning Week round-up

David Ralph   
Nov 10

Hi everyone, it’s Friday afternoon, so here’s a quick round-up of what we’ve been sharing this week.

 

HR advice

This week’s HR advice came in the form of blog posts on sexual harassment, eLearning, fire safety and the GDPR. The advice given is complemented by our eLearning courses, which will give you the full information needed to put an effective workplace policy in place for these topics.

Preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

The benefits of eLearning for a business

Fire safety: What employers need to

Meet the Team – Rosie Kennedy

David Ralph   
Nov 10

Rosie Kennedy – HR Advisor

Each week, we profile a member of the Deminos team so you can learn a little more about who we are and what we do. This week, we meet our HR Advisor Rosie Kennedy.

 

Rosie joined the Deminos team in 2014 following a previous role in recruitment, and holds the CIPD Certificate in HR Practice.

Her strengths include creating and developing bespoke employment contracts, staff handbooks, and implementing HR policies by working with

HR news round-up – Thurs 9 Nov 2017

David Ralph   
Nov 09

Hi everyone, here are the main HR and employment law stories making the news today. Just click on the titles to see the full article.

 

Businesses ‘must stop window dressing’ and promote more senior women – CIPD

Some of Britain’s largest companies will need to recruit or promote 40 per cent more women into senior positions if firms are to meet new targets and help make the UK a global leader in gender diversity.

Figures out today from the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review, an independent study into the number

GDPR: What employers need to do

David Ralph   
Nov 09

As an employer, you should be aware that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on Friday 25th May 2018. The GDPR is designed to standardise data protection laws across the European Union, and will introduce significant changes in how businesses must manage personal data.

 

Why is the GDPR being introduced?

Data protection laws across Europe have become outdated over the last two decades due to the rise of globalisation and the rapid advances in technology. Individuals’ data is potentially vulnerable when being transferred between EU member states with differing levels of security in

HR news round-up – Weds 8 Nov 2017

David Ralph   
Nov 08

Good afternoon – here are the main news headlines relating to HR and employment law today. Click the titles to see the full articles.

 

Best UK city to live and work in revealed – HR Grapevine

A report has found the fastest improving city in the UK, following a ranking from Demos-PwC’s ‘Good Growth for Cities’ index for 2017.

City AM reports that northern cities are now catching up with their southern relatives, with Birmingham topping the list as the best city to live and work in. By looking

Fire Safety: What employers need to do

David Ralph   
Nov 08

Fire Safety: What employers need to do

Fire safety one of the most important areas of safety management, and being an employer makes you responsible for fire safety in your place of work.

Legally, it is up to you to ensure the right procedures and behaviours are in place to protect everyone in your premises from fire hazards. Here, we’ll look at what you need to do to make sure that takes place.

Fire regulations

The Regulatory Reform (Fire

HR news round-up – Tues 7 Nov 2017

David Ralph   
Nov 07

Here are the latest HR and employment law news stories from today. Click the titles to see the full articles:

 

Processes must improve if harassment is to end, May tells business leaders – CIPD

Theresa May has pledged to increase the amount of HR support available to employees at Westminster and promised to promote a ‘culture of respect’, as attention focuses on potential solutions to the wave of sexual harassment allegations that have engulfed political parties in recent days.

Speaking at the CBI conference in London, the prime minister

The benefits of eLearning for a business

David Ralph   
Nov 07

eLearning has become a hugely popular method of training over the last few years. In 2015, the CIPD’s Learning and Development Study showed that 74% of companies reported using eLearning, with 91% saying it was very useful when combined with other training methods.

 

These figures are no surprise however, as eLearning is an ideal way of teaching busy employees new skills. Here are just a few of the benefits that eLearning can bring to a business.

 

Convenient and flexible

eLearning courses can be accessed wherever there is an internet connection. A learner will simply have to log into

HR news round-up – Mon 6 Nov 2017

David Ralph   
Nov 06

Hello everyone, it’s the start of a new week so here’s your round-up of HR and employment law news from today and over the weekend. Click the article titles to see the full stories.

 

UK living wage rises to £8.75 per hour – The Guardian

More than 150,000 workers will get an inflation-beating pay rise on Monday as the UK living wage, which is paid voluntarily by more than 3,600 employers, is increased against a backdrop of rising transport, food and housing costs.

The pay rate

Preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

David Ralph   
Nov 06

Sexual harassment – as with any other form of bullying or harassment – is completely unacceptable in the workplace. As an employer, it’s up to you to prevent it happening as both a moral and legal obligation to those who work for you.

 

What is sexual harassment?

The behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment is based on how it affects the recipient, not how it appears to another person. Therefore, the excuse of “it was just a bit of fun” is no defence. Remember that both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment too, and it