Recruiting – How Will You Tackle It?

The expense of recruiting can make quite a dent in the budget when trying to recruit the right person for a vacancy, as Suffolk county council recently found out to their cost.  It is reported* that not only did they spend £32,000 looking for a new chief executive but as no-one met the exceptionally high…

5 Tips to Transform a Performance Management Process

The Importance of Consistent Performance Management Performance management is not a one-off occurrence but instead an all year-round process – managers need to reconsider their methods of appraising their team members and ensuring that this is an ongoing process rather than an annual ‘tick box’ activity. Organisations should be continually reviewing their performance management process to…

Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week Gas safety week is coming up starting 17th September, so now is an ideal time to ask: When were your gas appliances last serviced? Legally, if you are a landlord or responsible for a business – the gas system including boilers and flues and any gas appliances must be serviced annually by a…

Unfair Dismissal Following Positive Drug Testing

A recent case by Kenneth Ball (B) v First Essex Buses (2018) has highlighted some important points employers must consider during disciplinary procedures. B tested positive for cocaine in a randomised saliva drug test conducted by his employer. The court found that the decision to dismiss B for failing a drug test was procedurally and fundamentally…

Employment Law Changes 2019

When it comes to a list of concerns in running businesses, employment law issues may come top of the list for many Employers as it is extremely complex with continual changing provisions and can be extremely costly when an organization get it wrong therefore to assist our members, we have  picked out key areas which…

Employment Tribunals Up 23%

Since the UK Supreme Court abolished tribunal fees in July 2017 employment tribunal (ET) claims have continued to increase quarter on quarter.  The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) have recently published the latest figures for the quarter October 2018 to December 2018. There has been an increase of 23% (9,811) of single ET claims when compared with the…

Why Join a Business Membership Group?

What role can a business membership organisation play in helping your business? In particular, how could a business support structure play a part in your company’s success? Michael Osborne, of Business First Network, explained this and much more during an insightful ProfileTree Business Leaders interview. Michael began by explaining how he came to be Director…