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Guide to Giving References: Top Tips for Limiting Liability and Writing an Effective Policy
04/11/2019
Guide to Giving References: Top Tips for Limiting Liability and Writing an Effective Policy

Writing references may sound like a simple task, and generally speaking, it is. But it’s worth taking precautions to limit your liability. Here we’ll go through some key considerations when giving corporate references and tips for writing a company policy.
 
 
Tackling The Taboo: How to talk about the menopause at work, avoid absenteeism and manage work performance
16/09/2019
Tackling The Taboo: How to talk about the menopause at work, avoid absenteeism and manage work performance

The menopause is experienced by half of the population at some point in their life - that’s a lot of people. So, it’s surprising to us that it still remains a taboo in the workplace. Here's what you can do as a people manager.
 
 
Recruitment Case Study: Finding new talent for a global consultancy organisation
12/08/2019
Recruitment Case Study: Finding new talent for a global consultancy organisation

Our approach to recruitment is based on a belief in the value of people and a commitment to building strong partnerships with our clients. This case study shows you exactly how we went about finding our client two exceptional hires who are still in post today
 
 
Celebrating 10 Years of Holgate HR @ The Biscuit Factory
08/07/2019
Celebrating 10 Years of Holgate HR @ The Biscuit Factory

This year marks 10 years of Holgate HR so to celebrate we gathered our friends, family, clients and colleagues at The Biscuit Factory for food, drinks, conversation and caricatures.
 
 
A HR Guide to Remote Working: Top Tips for Managers and Employers
20/05/2019
A HR Guide to Remote Working: Top Tips for Managers and Employers

Do you have a remote working policy in place? Here we’ll take you through some top tips on how to manage your non-office employees and the key elements of a policy to ensure remote working is benefitting your business, not hindering it.
 
 
Ramadan in the Workplace: How to Support Your Employees
07/05/2019
Ramadan in the Workplace: How to Support Your Employees

From 5th May until 4th June 2019, Muslims will fast from sunrise to sunset, meaning they will not eat food, drink liquids or smoke. So, what is HR best practice for Ramadan at work and how can employers support their Muslim employees during this period?
 
 
The Impact of the Gender Pay Gap Regulations
17/04/2019
The Impact of the Gender Pay Gap Regulations

Big four accountancy firm, PwC, states that closing the pay gap would boost overall earnings for women by an astonishing £80 billion, this equals an average pay increase of £5,500 per annum for each working female in the UK.  Take a look at our article for the latest information on the gender pay gap.

 
 
Statutory Pay Rates - Key Changes You Need to be Aware of
01/04/2019
Statutory Pay Rates - Key Changes You Need to be Aware of

It's that time of year again. Every April, changes are made to statutory pay rates, including maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay, sick pay and national minimum wage.

 
 
How to Handle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
28/03/2019
How to Handle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

We’ve all heard of sexual harassment, but do we really know what it means? And do we know how to handle issues in the workplace?
 
 
10 Years of Holgate HR - 10 Things We Have Learned
11/03/2019
10 Years of Holgate HR - 10 Things We Have Learned

The 26th February marked 10 years of Holgate HR - time flies! Thank you to all of our clients, past and present. We've learned a lot in this time, so we thought we'd take some time to reflect. Here are just 10 things we have learned over the last decade.
 
 
A Step-by-Step Guide to Workplace Investigations
08/03/2019
A Step-by-Step Guide to Workplace Investigations

Workplace complaints can have serious implications if not dealt with effectively, which is why it is important to be diligent when conducting an investigation. We outline the 6 key steps for conducting an investigation to help ensure you manage the risks and limit your liability.
 
 
Maternity Policy Infographic for Employers
26/02/2019
Maternity Policy Infographic for Employers

A quick and simple guide to creating a maternity policy. We cover everything from notice periods to antenatal appointments, outlining the essential components to include in your maternity policy.
 
 
9 Key Implications of The Good Work Plan
15/02/2019
9 Key Implications of The Good Work Plan

The 2017 Matthew Taylor Review, conducted by the former aide to Tony Blair and head of the RSA, delved into modern working practices, with a particular focus on the so-called ‘gig economy’. We outline the 9 key implications of the plan for employers.
 
 
5 Top Tips for Managing a Sickness Absence
04/02/2019
5 Top Tips for Managing a Sickness Absence

Sickness absences are estimated to cost the UK economy around £18 billion per year. Here we offer you some top tips for how your business can manage sickness absences.
 
 
A Valuable Lesson When Carrying Out Grievance Investigations
10/01/2019
A Valuable Lesson When Carrying Out Grievance Investigations

A recent case at Tribunal serves as a useful reminder for employers to carry out detailed and thorough investigations and to leave 'no stone unturned'.
 
 
Time to Spring Clean Your Contracts of Employment
Time to Spring Clean Your Contracts of Employment

A revolutionary legal finding by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) states that three hotel employees were entitled to a statement of their employment conditions within their first month of work.  The ruling, if upheld, could alter the existing understanding of how soon employees should receive formal notification of their rights, which stands at two months.
 
 
Salary Expectations Overestimated by School and University Leavers
Salary Expectations Overestimated by School and University Leavers

Teenagers with aspirations to go to university may be overestimating their future salaries by more than £11,000, analysis published in September 2018 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed.
 
 
Invaluable Guidance for Managers on Mental Health
Invaluable Guidance for Managers on Mental Health

CIPD and Mind have just published new guidance for people managers which contains information, practical advice and templates to help managers facilitate conversations about stress and poor mental health. 
 
 
Employment Tribunals struggling?

An article from People Management claims in the period from 1 August 2017 to 31 March 2018, huge numbers of employment tribunal hearings are being postponed within 48 hours of the hearings.
This leads everyone to surmise this could be because the tribunal system has been strained since tribunal fees were abolished last year, particularly given that the numbers of claims received in the first quarter of 2018 have increased by 118% compared with the year before.
For anyone who knows how stressful tribunals these delays will only be making matters worse.  If you need to discuss employment disputes before they reach this stage our team would be happy to chat this through at any time.
 
 
On Boarding: 5 Top TIps
On Boarding: 5 Top TIps

Read on for some simple, but effective, tips to make sure your new member of staff feels engaged from day one.
 
 
Increase in ET claims
As predicted the number of employment tribunal claims has increased by 66% in the first quarter since fees were abolished in July.  

All professionals the removal of fees would have an impact, but did anyone predict such an immediate rise?  
 
 
Study shows retirees are returning to the workplace
Research by the University of Mancester and King's College London shows that around a quarter of retirees return to work, with most of those heading back to the daily grind within five years of retiring.

Additionally, those with post-secondary qualifications were almost twice as likely to return to work than those with no qualifications.

This raises questions as to whether this points to the changing nature of retirement 
transitions, or does it relate to the options available to supplement savings or retirement income in later life?  

Other commentators are noting the research may have uncovered an issue with people financially having no other option than to work in their golden years.

We'd be interested in your thoughts on this fascinating topic. 
 
Employment Status in Gig Economies
Employment Status in Gig Economies
Over the course of this year and the last we’ve seen a massive rise in the number of employment tribunals related to the status of workers in gig economies, with 2016 seeing a case that the GMB Union described as a “monumental victory” that allowed Uber drivers the same rights as any ordinary worker including holiday and sick pay. 
 
 
Top Workplace Perks
19/06/2017
Top Workplace Perks
From lip-sync battles to nap rooms at work, who is offering the best perks? And what would you love to see in your workplace?
 
 
Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2017 lead us to invite our close business contact Chris Orrick, founder of ManCoaching, to write a blog for us about mental health in the workplace.
 
 
What is HR Outsourcing (HRO), and what are the benefits?
11/05/2017
What is HR Outsourcing (HRO), and what are the benefits?
With six in every ten HR professionals reporting that their HR function outsources parts of their work and a huge third of SMEs outsourcing for more complex HR advice we thought we would give you more information on what HRO is, and how it can benefit your business.
 
 
Check Your Employment Status for Tax
22/03/2017
Check Your Employment Status for Tax
HM Revenue & Customs have released a new tool that allow you to easily check your employment status for tax purposes, find it here.
 
 
Top Tips for Attending a Tribunal
20/03/2017
Top Tips for Attending a Tribunal
We sincerely hope you won’t ever have to find yourself in a situation where you are called to an Employment Tribunal but if you do need to, we’ve put together our best tips for calming your nerves and how to prepare to ensure that your tribunal hearing goes as smoothly as possible.
 
 
Fit for Work Scheme, is it Fit for Purpose?
11/01/2017
Fit for Work Scheme, is it Fit for Purpose?
It’s been two years since the term “Fit for Work” was first published onto the NHS website. With long term absence from work continuing to be a growing concern, we ask whether the Fit for Work Scheme has actually made progress.
 
 
Newsletters - The Dos and Don'ts
06/01/2017
Newsletters - The Dos and Don'ts
Whether you’re new to newsletters or you’re a seasoned sender, here are some simple but effective tips to get the best engagement out of your mailing list.
 
 
 
Increase in ET claims
As predicted the number of employment tribunal claims has increased by 66% in the first quarter since fees were abolished in July.  

All professionals the removal of fees would have an impact, but did anyone predict such an immediate rise?  
 
 
03/11/2017
Study shows retirees are returning to the workplace
Research by the University of Mancester and King's College London shows that around a quarter of retirees return to work, with most of those heading back to the daily grind within five years of retiring.

Additionally, those with post-secondary qualifications were almost twice as likely to return to work than those with no qualifications.

This raises questions as to whether this points to the changing nature of retirement 
transitions, or does it relate to the options available to supplement savings or retirement income in later life?  

Other commentators are noting the research may have uncovered an issue with people financially having no other option than to work in their golden years.

We'd be interested in your thoughts on this fascinating topic. 
 
22/08/2017
Employment Status in Gig Economies
Over the course of this year and the last we’ve seen a massive rise in the number of employment tribunals related to the status of workers in gig economies, with 2016 seeing a case that the GMB Union described as a “monumental victory” that allowed Uber drivers the same rights as any ordinary worker including holiday and sick pay. 
 
 
07/08/2017
The Most Important Judgment in Employment Law Over the Last 50 Years
A decision came from the Supreme Court last week that looks like it might be the end of costly Employment Tribunal fees. What does this mean for employers and employees alike? 
 
 
19/06/2017
Top Workplace Perks
From lip-sync battles to nap rooms at work, who is offering the best perks? And what would you love to see in your workplace?
 
 
24/05/2017
Mental Health in the Workplace
Mental Health Awareness Week came to a close last week. We invited our close business contact Chris Orrick, founder of ManCoaching, to write a blog for us about mental health in the workplace.
 
 
11/05/2017
What is HR Outsourcing (HRO), and what are the benefits?
With six in every ten HR professionals reporting that their HR function outsources parts of their work and a huge third of SMEs outsourcing for more complex HR advice we thought we would give you more information on what HRO is, and how it can benefit your business.
 
 
22/03/2017
Check Your Employment Status for Tax
HM Revenue & Customs have released a new tool that allow you to easily check your employment status for tax purposes, find it here.
 
 
20/03/2017
Top Tips for Attending a Tribunal
We sincerely hope you won’t ever have to find yourself in a situation where you are called to an Employment Tribunal but if you do need to, we’ve put together our best tips for calming your nerves and how to prepare to ensure that your tribunal hearing goes as smoothly as possible.
 
 
01/03/2017
Holgate HR's 8th Birthday
February marked Holgate HR’s 8th year in business, and so we thought we’d take a moment to look back on one or two highlights and key events that have led us to where we are today.
 
 
06/02/2017
Flexible Working Hours for Dads
A recent survey featured in the 2017 Modern Families Index Report found that fathers are looking for more flexible work, and willing to take cuts in pay and responsibility if it means increasing the time they spend with their family. We discussed what employers and employees can do to help.
 
 
11/01/2017
Fit for Work Scheme, is it Fit for Purpose?
It’s been two years since the term “Fit for Work” was first published onto the NHS website. With long term absence from work continuing to be a growing concern, we ask whether the Fit for Work Scheme has actually made progress.
 
 
06/01/2017
Newsletters - The Dos and Don'ts
Whether you’re new to newsletters or you’re a seasoned sender, here are some simple but effective tips to get the best engagement out of your mailing list.
 
 
22/12/2016
HR Trends to Look out for in 2017
2017 is just around the corner, what changes might it bring to the business world?
 
 
07/12/2016
Mistakes Others Made at their Christmas Parties, so you don't have to
From exposing yourself to your colleagues to cheating on your spouse – here are some mistakes you might want to avoid making at your work’s Christmas do.
 
 
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