Every year we take a look back at our most popular HR blogs. It gives us an insight into what employers are grappling with and what advice they need. The topics in our top 5 most popular HR blogs 2020 are fairly predictable given the momentously uncertain year we’ve had with the pandemic and Brexit looming. The interest in the topics followed the issues as they were headlined during the year. Our 5th most popular HR blog, written in July 2020 at the height of uncertainty, provides guidance to anyone preparing for a redundancy consultation meeting . Our next most popular HR blog, written in June 2020, looked at alternatives to redundancy . Not yet at the peak of the employment crisis, employers were looking for things that they could do to try to limit the number of redundancies that they might have to make. The 3rd most popular HR blog, written in August 2020, considered the most awful of things. How to tell someone they are redundant . These are emotionally charged meetings for both the person giving the news and the person receiving the news. This blog gave some practical tips to reduce the distress. Our 2nd most […]
Another year has rolled by and what a year it has been. 2020 will go down in history. School children will study it. International and domestic laws will continue to be changed. New precedents have been set. The economic and social fallout will be felt for a generation. Of course, Coronavirus has been dominating the global news, but Brexit has also been on the horizon. 2020 has been an exceptionally challenging year for Metis HR clients and the Metis HR Team. Not only have businesses been struggling financially, but also from an HR perspective. Furlough, self-isolation, and social distancing have all thrown up unprecedented issues for workplaces and HR manager.
It would be fair to say that 2020 has been a challenging year, but we are not out of the woods yet. 2021 is likely to be almost as much of a challenge. Covid, Brexit, a potential recession, and the decimation of some industries will mean 2021 has some pretty unique HR challenges. Being forewarned is being forearmed, as they say, so we have compiled a list of the challenges we can look forward to meeting next year.
Love it or loathe it, office Christmas party time is here. Despite face to face Christmas parties being a washout in 2020, they will be back with a bang when it is safe to do so. This year, many businesses are having their office Christmas party online. Whilst this does remove some of the more personal HR problems office Christmas parties bring, it doesn’t eradicate them all. But don’t worry-the Metis HR guide to avoiding an HR headache after the office Christmas party will help you navigate this problematic tradition. What Are The Potential Problems At An Office Christmas Party? Throw together a group of people who don’t normally see each other socially, add some alcohol and the letting down of hair and you have seemingly endless opportunities for offence to be caused and bad behaviour. Sometimes the bad behaviour is fairly innocuous and sometimes it is very serious. Some serious office Christmas party problems are: Sexual harassment Violence and aggression Damage to property or theft Verbal abuse or hate speech Bringing the company into disrepute It doesn’t always have to be alcohol-related, either. There are some very cringe-worthy horror stories here that no doubt resulted in a big metaphorical […]
Managing disability in the workplace can be a sensitive subject and sometimes makes employers and employees feel awkward, nervous of offending, or embarrassed. It doesn’t need to, though. Sensitively managing disability in the workplace is achievable with good HR management, proper planning, and timely actions. Let’s have a look at some key areas for approaching disabilities in the workplace with sensitivity.
Are you setting up a business and looking for an HR essentials checklist? Well you have found it! This checklist details all the essential things your business needs to keep your HR function running smoothly whilst complying with employment law. It really is an essentials checklist though-there are some things that could be added to future proof your business, such as staffing plans, performance review templates, and exit interview pro formas. Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because there are a handful of staff now you don’t need all these HR essentials. You do! It is a legal requirement to have policies such as those dealing with Disciplinary and Grievance and a contract of employment. Getting the basics ready now will save you time and effort when you do expand. Do You Need Help With Your HR Essentials? Here at Metis HR, we provide outsourced HR advice and activities. Not only do we save you time and money by preparing documents for you, but we also make sure they are legal, sufficient, and tailored. Of course, you can find a generic contract of employment, staff handbook, and policies on the internet but if they don’t reflect and detail how […]
The Equality Act 2010 makes it against the law to discriminate against a person who has a protected characteristic. These characteristics include sex, religion, or age. Discrimination can occur anywhere but as HR consultants, we’re specifically talking about protected characteristics in the workplace. This blog explains the protected characteristics, how discrimination can occur, how employers can avoid discrimination, and how Metis HR can help you stay compliant. Protected Characteristics In The Workplace Formed to replace separate anti-discrimination laws with one easy to understand Act, The Equality Act 2010 provides people with legal protection against discrimination in the workplace and wider society. 9 protective characteristics are set out in the Equality Act 2010. These are: age disability gender reassignment marriage and civil partnership pregnancy and maternity race religion or belief sex sexual orientation Workplace Discrimination As mentioned, the Equality Act protects people at work as well as in society. Workplace discrimination disputes arise when an employer has acted unfairly towards an employee, or potential employee based on a protected characteristic. Discrimination isn’t always intentional, and employers can inadvertently discriminate against employees or potential employees. If this isn’t picked up until it is too late it can sever trust with employees, damage […]
We have clients ask us – why should I have employee Privacy Notices in place? Since 25 May 2018 the Data Protection legislation has changed in the UK. The changes expand current legislation governing how you as the employer collect, hold and process employee’s personal data. The EAT recently published it’s findings on a claim by an employee of HMRC for breach of the Data Protection Act 2018, which the EAT dismissed and did not up hold for several reasons. Background The claim stemmed from the claimant’s arrest by Merseyside Police in August 2018. In compliance with her contract of employment, the employee disclosed the arrest to HMRC. The employee was suspended pending a disciplinary process for gross misconduct. The employee’s contract of employment included terms involving appropriate behaviour outside of work and conduct which could give rise to queries about honesty and trust. The employee went off on long term sick leave and refused to open or read correspondence from the employer. She said the internal investigation into the alleged offences was in breach of data protection laws and should stop. The process was briefly halted but continued after the employer sought legal advice saying it could press on. […]