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With snowfall forecast in many parts of the UK this week, some people may be looking forward to some winter fun. But adverse weather can give employers concerns about employee absence levels and whether or not to pay staff who are snowed in at home. 

As you plan for the new year ahead, here is my overview of the key employment law changes that business owners need to be aware of in 2018. Between 30th March and 9th April, you need to be on your toes because there is a legislation update nearly every day of the week! Maybe decision makers could align diaries in future years to make life easier for employers!

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Kathryn Roynon HR Consultancy has just completed a project to provide employers with new tools to create carer-friendly workplaces through the Working for Carers initiative.
 
Working for Carers helps employers across the South West and Midlands to create carer-friendly workplaces and is run by a partnership of carer support charities. Their membership accreditation demonstrates a positive and proactive approach to identifying and supporting employees who are caring for someone outside of work.
 

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“Bullying is what happens in the school playground, it doesn’t happen at my age” or so said a staff member to me during an investigation into allegations of workplace bullying.

New research by the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD), supported by J.P. Morgan, suggests giving small businesses basic HR support can help to lift workplace productivity. 

The CIPD is calling on Government to invest £13m a year to provide HR support to small businesses, as new research shows that it could be a key part of efforts to unlock the UK’s productivity puzzle.

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10th October is World Mental Health Day. With mental ill health costing UK employers an estimated £34.9 billion each year (or £1,300 for every employee), the subject of World Mental Health Day 2017, “Mental Health in the Workplace”, is certainly timely and topical.
 

Working in HR for many years means I have come across all sorts of situations so am not easily surprised by things that can happen in the workplace... but one thing that did surprise me when I started working with smaller businesses was that many firms don’t give their employees contracts.

Sometimes owner managed businesses grow by employing people friends and family, then expanding further but without necessarily having all the right HR processes in place. With business owners juggling lots of hats, it’s understandable how this happens, but how important is it to have terms and conditions of employment agreed in writing?