The Employment Law & HR Podcast (general)

Be pro-active & improve productivity of your staff

In this weeks' episode I bring you five tips to increase the productivity of your staff. It is not just about paying more there are other easy ways to get staff working harder for you.

In this episode I will cover:

  • Why the ultimate key to improving productivity and getting the best from your staff is happiness;
  • How the introduction of one to ones and performance reviews will help employees performance;
  • 360 degree communication on a consistent basis;
  • How investing in your staff with training is essential for your business success;
  • Why you should not be afraid to implement performance management procedures;
  • Ways to incentivise staff to go above and beyond.
  • Why you should look at the work environment and how this effects employees.

Action Points

  1. Take action and implement at least one of the tips from this episode;
  2. If you want more tips sign up here for your free copy;
  3. Let me know how it goes for you;
  4. Give me a call if you want to talk through some strategies or if you would like training or to implement change in your business 023 8098 2006 or 01983 897003

 


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When is additional pay a reasonable adjustment for a disabled employee?: Episode 62

In this weeks' episode I bring you the details of a case which has recently been decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal regarding the requirement to make a reasonable adjustment for an employee who is disabled and who took a different job role, as a reasonable adjustment, which would normally have 10% less pay. Case name G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Limited v Powell

In this episode I will cover:

  • The facts of the case and why the employee was arguing for more pay;
  • The background to the requirement to make reasonable adjustments for a disabled employee;
  • Why it is important to consider what is 'reasonable' in the particular circumstances;
  • Why full sick pay is not a reasonable adjustment;
  • Why the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided it would be reasonable for the employer in this case to continue to pay at the employees previous rate of pay;
  • Why you should take care in deciding what reasonable adjustments should be made for a disabled employee.

Resources

You can read the full judgement for the case here

You can find lots of examples of reasonable adjustments on the Equality & Human Rights Commission Website here

Action Points

  1. If you have a disabled employee or someone you suspect could be disabled you need to consider if any adjustments are needed;
  2. Seek advice if you are not sure about whether they would be a disabled person for the purposes of the Equality Act;
  3. Seek advice about specific adjustments for the circumstances;
  4. Give me a call if you want to talk through 023 8098 2006 or 01983 897003

 Remember getting advice from a Solicitor need not be expensive or difficult!

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The Employment Tribunal hears a case by Uber drivers claiming to be employees

In this weeks' episode I bring you the details of a case that has just been heard by the Central London Employment Tribunal involving Uber drivers and their claim to be employees. If they are successful it will mean they and thousands of other drivers will be entitled to a number of employment benefits. It could also have wider implications for businesses who utilise staff services in a similar way. The Employment Tribunal have not issued their judgement yet and I will report on this again when the outcome is known.

In this episode I will cover:

  • Details that are known about the case;
  • Why it is important for the Uber drivers to be employees rather than self-employed persons;
  • What factors the Tribunal will consider when deciding if someone is an employee, worker or self-employed person;
  • What the top three factors are in deciding if someone is an employee;
  • Why more businesses are starting to use 'self-employed' contracts;
  • Why you should take care when deciding what 'label' to place on your relationship with staff.

Action Points

  1. If you have 'self-employed' persons or consultants working for you, review the situation to ensure it is still a self-employed relationship;
  2. Seek advice if you are not sure about the legal status of the relationship;
  3. Sign up for my newsletter at www.adviceforemployers.co.uk to ensure you get an update when the outcome is released;
  4. Give me a call if you want to talk through 023 8098 2006 or 01983 897003
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Six tips for happier employees: Episode 60

6 simple steps to a happier & more productive workforce

In this weeks' episode I follow on from the tips and hints provided by my two previous guests Tony Brown and Steve Thomson and give you my six tips, which are super easy to implement, which will make a change to the happiness, productivity and engagement of your staff. How to get happier staff quickly!

In this episode I will cover:

  • Why you need to think about your staff;
  • Why being proactive is essential in preventing problems;
  • Why communication is vital to any organisation with people at the heart;
  • How you can make very simple and easy changes to your behaviour;
  • Some suggestions on how to get started;
  • Why it will make a difference to your business.

Action Points

  1. Take action and implement at least one of the tips from this episode;
  2. If you want more tips sign up here for your free copy;
  3. Let me know how it goes for you;
  4. Give me a call if you want to talk through some strategies or if you would like training or to implement change in your business 023 8098 2006 or 01983 897003

Would you like advice about your situation?

Appointments are available on the telephone or via Skype throughout the UK.

Alternatively I offer face to face appointments on the Isle of Wight, in Eastleigh, Southampton, Fareham, Portsmouth, Winchester and surrounding areas in Hampshire.

 


The information contained in this Podcast and post is provided for guidance and is a snapshot of the law at the time. It is provided for your information only and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice that it specific to your particular circumstances.

The guidance should not be relied upon in any decision making process. It is strongly recommended that you seek advice before taking action.

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An Interview with Tony Brown: Episode 59

Tony Brown: Employer & Author of Standard Procedure

In this weeks' episode I interview Tony Brown about taking on his first employee, his tips for putting the correct processes in place for managing employees and how to systemise your business.

About Tony

Tony L Brown, known as “The Systems Guy”, is a Business Systems Strategist, Author, Speaker and Trainer.

He is the Author of "Standard Procedure" - How to Systemise your Business, Reduce your Workload, Increase your Productivity and Become Profitable.

Tony also blogs and podcasts at TonyLBrown.com.

Tony’s goal is to help small business entrepreneurs to develop systems and processes that will help them to run their business more efficiently, giving them more free and flexible time to spend doing the things they want to do.

Tony Brown the founder and Director of Operation at Youth Work Toolbox - A Youth Engagement Agency he started in 2012.

In 2014 - after 15 years of service - Tony left his full time job within local government to run that business full time.

He has since grown it to a team of over 15 people, who service a range of clients, delivering youth work projects across the UK.

In 2015 - Tony was able to travel around Jamaica with his family for 8 weeks - while still running his business remotely.

In this episode we will cover:

  • What Tony considered when taking on his first employee;
  • How he felt when taking on his first employee;
  • How Tony implemented robust systems to ensure he got the right employees;
  • How having robust systems in place have helped to gain credibility with clients and helped when tendering for work;
  • How having regular meetings and sharing information across the organisation can help you succeed;
  • How looking after your employees will help you to get loyal and qualified employees.

Action Points

  1. Obtain a copy and read Tony's book;
  2. Consider how to puts systems and processes together for your business;
  3. Get in touch and let us know of what action you take and the outcomes;
  4. If you would like to discuss strategies for making your workforce happier give me a call and talk it through 023 8098 2006.

Useful Links

Contact Tony Brown here

You can also find out about how to work with Tony or if you would like Tony to speak at your event head over to www.tonylbrown.com/connect

Obtain your copy of here

John Maxwell - Author of several books on Leadership recommended by Tony Brown 

 

Book Synopsis

"Tony has done a brilliant job of laying out the basics, as well as taking you through the steps required to make sure you create the systems you need to catapult your business to the next level. This is the blueprint you need to grow your business in a smart, manageable way."

Chris Ducker, ChrisDucker.com - Bestselling author of ‘Virtual Freedom’

Do you feel stuck in your own business?

Are you spending more time running your business rather than doing the things YOU enjoy doing?

If you were to stop working, would your business stop running?

In Standard Procedure, Business Systems Strategist Tony Brown talks straight about why you should systemise your business and gives you a step by step process of how to do it.

Through stories, real life examples, and dozens of practical exercises, Tony gives you everything you need to create systems and processes for a successful systems-driven business. In these pages you’ll discover:

- A blueprint for creating a more systematic way of doing business
- The core principles for running your business from any location
- A step by step process to create your own powerful standard procedures
- What business functions you should systemise for maximum impact
- How to improve your standard procedures to future proof your business
If you want a business that continues to work, even when you stop. Giving you more free and flexible time to spend doing the things you enjoy, this book is for you.

 

 

 
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Steve Thomson: Author of The Sticking Point

In this weeks' episode I interview the author of the book The Sticking Point, an unusual book which will help you develop your managerial techniques and improve how you manage your people.

In this episode we will cover:

  • Why Steve wrote the book;
  • The comparison between physical and mental pain;
  • Why managers and business owners should read the book;
  • The effects of negative behaviour on your staff;
  • Tips for changing behaviour in your business;
  • The relevance of the book to the workplace;
  • The benefits of positive action and paying things forward.

Action Points

  1. Obtain a copy and read the book;
  2. Consider how to do something small and positive for others;
  3. Get in touch and let us know of the action you take and the outcomes;
  4. If you would like to discuss strategies for making your workforce happier give me a call and talk it through 023 8098 2006.

 Useful Links

Contact Steve Thompson

Sticking-Point

 

 

Obtain your copy of The Sticking Point here

 

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Taking on your first employee: Part 4  Frequently Asked Questions

In this weeks' episode it is the fourth and final part of the mini series focusing on taking on your first employee and the considerations which apply with taking on any new employee. This week I will cover some of the frequently asked questions and concerns from business owners about taking on their first employee.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What to consider if you are thinking about taking someone on as 'self-employed';
  • Why you should proceed with caution before deciding to make someone 'self-employed';
  • Fixed term verses permanent contracts;
  • Why you need to think about the possibility of recruiting the right person and the terms you offer;
  • Zero hours verses guaranteed hours;
  • When you have to pay statutory sick pay;
  • If you have to give an employee maternity leave and maternity pay;
  • When you have to give an employee paid holiday.

Action Points

  1. If you are worried about any of the questions seek some advice and talk things through with someone experienced;
  2. Go back to the first episode of the mini series about planning to take on your first employee;
  3. Decide if you can actually afford an employee before you recruit;
  4. Give me a call and talk it through 023 8098 2006.

 

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Taking on your first employee: Part 3 HMRC & Insurance

Taking on your first employee: Part 3 Registering with HMRC & Insurance

In this weeks' episode it is the third part of the mini series focusing on taking on your first employee and the considerations which apply with taking on any new employee. This week paying the employee & covering your business.

In this episode I will cover:

  • When you need to register as an employer with HMRC;
  • An easy way to check the minimum requirements; 
  • When to register; 
  • What Real Time Reporting is; 
  • How to submit your monthly reports to HMRC; 
  • What software is available to assist with this; 
  • What the minimum insurance requirements are;
  • What the penalties are for failing to have the correct insurance. 

Action Points

  1. Ensure that you check if you need to register as an employer;
  2. If you need to register, do so before you make the first payment to your employees; 
  3. Obtain employers liability insurance from an authorised insurer.

Helpful Information & Links

Check if you need to register here: www.gov.uk 

 

 

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Taking on your first employee: Part 2 Contract Terms

Taking on your first employee: Part 2 Contracts

In this weeks' episode it is the second part of the mini series focusing on taking on your first employee and the considerations which apply with taking on any new employee. This week, the key things to consider when putting together your employee contracts.

In this episode I will cover:

  • Where to find the minimum legal terms required;
  • What you need to consider when preparing your contract terms;
  • Considerations regarding the length of the contract, will it be open ended or fixed term;
  • Whether you should include a probation period;
  • What notice periods you may want to include;
  • Rules regarding holiday and what is important for you regarding holiday requirements;
  • Sick procedures and pay;
  • Maternity, paternity and parental leave provisions.

Action Points

  1. Ensure that you set out the key legal requirements in the contract;
  2. Make sure the contract you use works for your business;
  3. Get a professional contract template prepared for your business. Contact us for a fixed fee quote alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk .

Helpful Information & Links

Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996

 

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Taking on your first employee Part 1: Planning - Episode 54

Taking on your first employee: Part 1Planning

In this weeks' episode I bring you the first episode in a miniseries focusing on taking on your first employee and theconsiderations which apply with taking on any new employee.

In this episode I willcover:

  • Planning and why you should focus on what you want the employeeto achieve, the outcomes before your recruit;
  • Why you should think carefully about all of the costs includingthe hidden costs of taking on an employee;
  • The importance of budgeting correctly when considering salaryand hours;
  • How you can find the right person;
  • How are you going to decide who is the right person for thejob;
  • What references and pre-employment checks you are going tomake;
  • Why an offer letter is important and what to include.

ActionPoints

  1. Brainstorm and plan what youwant before advertising;
  2. Look at your budget;
  3. Ensure that those who are dealing with recruitment have atleast some basic training on the Equality Act;
  4. Outsource all or some of the process. Contact us for a fixedfee quote alison@realemploymentlawadvice.co.uk .

Helpful Information &Links

The Equality Act 2010

 

Direct download: Episode_54.mp3
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