• 6 things you need to know about leading a meeting.

    There’s nothing worse than a bad meeting. You sit there grinding your teeth wondering why in the world you have to waste your time sitting through something that never should have happened in the first place. The fact that we’ve all been there, sometimes weekly or even daily, doesn’t make it any less annoying. It…
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  • Third of organisations ‘considering redundancies in 2013’.

    Thirty-five per cent of UK organisations are planning redundancies or considering job cuts this year, according to new research. Of the UK organisations contemplating a reduction in headcount, 62 per cent were in service-based industries, the survey revealed. Employers taking part in the pan-European study were also asked about their pay budgets. Only 6 per…
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  • Unfair dismissal tribunal payouts to be capped.

    A 12-month salary cap on unfair dismissal compensation awarded by employment tribunals has been unveiled by the government. Even though payouts for successful claimants will now be capped at one year’s salary – which is an average of £26,500 in the UK – the overall limit for this type of award will remain unchanged at…
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  • Consultation period for large-scale redundancies halved.

    The government has announced changes to employment legislation which include reducing the consultation period for large-scale redundancies from 90 to 45 days. Halving the minimum consultation time for organisations making 100 or more redundancies would enhance “certainty and flexibility” for both workers and employers, said ministers. Other reforms announced this morning include legislation to ensure fixed-term…
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  • Great client HR advisory session at the Cultural Enterprise Office.

    Cultural Enterprise Office provides a client led service, delivered flexibly in response to client need. Our range of business support services help creative micro businesses* based in Scotland build the skills and knowledge they need to clarify their creative ideas and turn them into flourishing enterprises. Whether their ambitions lie in the commercial or not-for-profit…
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  • All employees to get right to flexible working, says Deputy Prime Minister.

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Currently any parent with a child under 17, or under 18 if their child is disabled, can ask for more flexible working patterns. So compressed hours, flexi-time, working from home – that kind of thing.” We’re working closely with business to get the detail right,” Clegg said. “Ultimately this…
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  • Fifth of UK workers paid less than ‘living wage’

    One in five workers in the UK are paid less than the ‘living wage’, new research from accountancy firm KPMG has revealed. Some 4.82 million people earn less than the voluntary living wage of £8.30 in London and £7.20 outside the capital – levels designed to enable workers to afford a basic standard of living….
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  • Shared parental leave ‘pushed back’.

    Government plans to introduce shared maternity and paternity leave could be delayed until October 2015, according to a national newspaper. Changes that would enable mothers and fathers to share maternity leave more flexibly were announced in last year’s Modern Workplaces consultation, which suggested bringing in the new rules by April 2015. But a senior government…
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