Zero hours exclusivity clause ban now in effect

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As of yesterday, under a provision in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, employers who do not guarantee staff any hours of work, but prevent them from working for another employer, could face legal ramifications. The ban on the use of exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts, which was first proposed by the outgoing Coalition Government, is now in force after a len...

Why we should embrace the older workforce

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A recent UK Government survey revealed that more a million people over 50 are struggling to find employment. Yet, as Chartered psychologist, Dr Lynda Shaw argues, employers are missing the opportunity to upskill their older workers.  There is a huge prejudice against older people at work, partly because of the notion that job performance declines with age. This idea has been around for ma...

Top five appraisal preparation tips

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When it comes to planning for an appraisal, it is just as important for the employer to be prepared as it is for the employee. If you are in charge of conducting appraisals, there are several things you can do to prepare and ensure both you and your staff walk away from appraisals feeling positive. Being in charge of a team, however big or small, can be a daunting prospect and can create u...

Workplace stress epidemic must be stopped

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4-10 May marks National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week, and in her latest blog post, cognitive neuroscientist and chartered psychologist, Dr Lynda Shaw is this week urging the business community to help prevent a stress and anxiety epidemic in the workplace.  This generation of workers is facing more stress than any other because of the constant bombardment of information, over mul...