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When personal internet usage becomes a problem

Almost every employed person will have checked their personal email, placed a quick order for something or checked Facebook during their working day.  Most employers won’t have any major problem with this occasional personal internet activity. But what if it becomes more than occasional?  What if it starts affecting the work or productivity of a […]

Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme for mental health awareness this year is body image -how we think and feel about our bodies. It might seem quite superficial linking body image to mental health but the thinking is that the better we feel about ourselves the better our wellbeing and mental health is. Social media has made it too […]

The Scoop on Shared Parental Leave

Since April 2015 it has been possible for new parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave following the birth of a child, which sounds great, doesn’t it? Think of the advantages; a more flexible approach to parenting in those first months and taking time off together or separately to care for a new […]

When is it right to suspend an employee?

When considering suspension, it is important not to make any “knee jerk” reactions and demonstrate that the act of suspension and all alternatives to the suspension were given full and due consideration. Should you be in a position where you are thinking about suspending someone, clearly, an act of misconduct or an alleged grievance has […]

What exactly is parental leave?

Maybe not exactly what you think as it turns out….. Here’s the skinny on parental leave Entitlement 18 weeks’ unpaid leave for an employee who has parental responsibility for a child up to the child’s 18th birthday (this entitlement is per child). This leave can be taken at a rate for up to 4 weeks […]

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