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Our fortnightly "HR Blasts" brings you a two-minute update on:

  • Current HR, employment and business related topics based on the real issues that come through to our HR helpdesk.
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Catch up with some of our recent topics ...

IR35 changes - will this affect you?

IR35 changes - will this affect you?

IR35 rules are changing in April 2020 - if you run...
5 cost and time efficiencies you are missing out on

5 cost and time efficiencies you are missing out on

Our clients often get frustrated by the amount of time...
Digital literacy: Is your workplace full of digi stars or digi dinosaurs?

Digital literacy: Is your workplace full of digi stars or digi dinosaurs?

Digital literacy, what is it? How does it affect you?...
FAQs: managing pregnancy and maternity – employer's guide

FAQs: managing pregnancy and maternity – employer's guide

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast where we take a look a...
Workplace Investigations – HELP! (Discipline, Grievance and Performance)

Workplace Investigations – HELP! (Discipline, Grievance and Performance)

Managing discipline, grievance and performance investigations...
Discrimination in the workplace: what you need to be aware of

Discrimination in the workplace: what you need to be aware of

A longer HR Blast than normal but Discrimination...
HR as a cyber security champion

HR as a cyber security champion

Another policy has been issued from the depths of the...
The role of HR in environmental sustainability

The role of HR in environmental sustainability

For many years environmental issues have been passed...
Preventing Illegal Working in the UK - Are you up to date with the changes?

Preventing Illegal Working in the UK - Are you up to date with the changes?

There have been some recent changes in respect...
How to avoid historic grievance claims (they are more common than you might think)

How to avoid historic grievance claims (they are more common than you might think)

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast for employers. Can e...
Flexible working trends: innovative ways to be a 'flexible' employer

Flexible working trends: innovative ways to be a 'flexible' employer

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch about flexibility...
Health & wellbeing - helplines and useful articles for staff

Health & wellbeing - helplines and useful articles for staff

Interested in the wellbeing of your staff? Why not...
HR Acronyms Confusion: Do We Really Need Them?

HR Acronyms Confusion: Do We Really Need Them?

We were shocked a few months ago to be asked by...
Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2019

Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2019

It’s that time of year again with the 2019 gender p...
Constructive dismissal guidance for employers: a failure to show concern can be expensive

Constructive dismissal guidance for employers: a failure to show concern can be expensive

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast! This week we’re tak...
The language of inclusivity

The language of inclusivity

In this Blast, we focus on the thorny issue of what...
Fancy fining your staff?

Fancy fining your staff?

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. Here we look...
UK Employment legislation 2019: Are you up to date with what you need to know?

UK Employment legislation 2019: Are you up to date with what you need to know?

In December 2018 the Government launched its Good Work...
Managing long term sickness absence

Managing long term sickness absence

In this two minute HR Blast we wanted to focus...
Be Colour ‘wise’ this Christmas!

Be Colour ‘wise’ this Christmas!

There are multiple psychometric tools available: Belbin,...
Redundancy risks: what you need to know

Redundancy risks: what you need to know

We support businesses of all shapes and sizes with...
How to improve your gender pay gap

How to improve your gender pay gap

Gender Pay Gap reporting regulations require all...
The impact bad bosses can have on employees

The impact bad bosses can have on employees

In this HR Blast, we focus on the impacts of bad ‘bosses’ and...
HR paperwork – a necessary evil!

HR paperwork – a necessary evil!

In this Blast, we look at some of the essential HR...
Employment Tribunals – A Broken System?

Employment Tribunals – A Broken System?

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast. As HR professionals h...
Staff Reps: Challenges and Benefits

Staff Reps: Challenges and Benefits

The topic this time is employee / staff reps. For over...
Employing temporary workers – back to basics!

Employing temporary workers – back to basics!

It ’ s all very well taking on temps, but are y...
Effective Staff Representation – A FIVE Way Focus

Effective Staff Representation – A FIVE Way Focus

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast on how to make a ...
Agile performance management – an opportunity for change?

Agile performance management – an opportunity for change?

  Over the past year, more and more people...
Employment law update – amaze your colleagues with your knowledge!

Employment law update – amaze your colleagues with your knowledge!

Despite still having no real information about the...
New to managing staff? Don’t get caught out!

New to managing staff? Don’t get caught out!

We often write articles for those who are already experienced...
The Future of Recruitment and Retention

The Future of Recruitment and Retention

It is remarkable how many of us spend our lives...
Take Note! The Do’s and Don’ts of Note Taking at Formal Employee Meetings

Take Note! The Do’s and Don’ts of Note Taking at Formal Employee Meetings

Are you getting it right? Do your managers feel confident...
Are 'Cross Functional Working' and 'Collaboration' Swear Words for HR?

Are 'Cross Functional Working' and 'Collaboration' Swear Words for HR?

Whilst some might like to think that HR is a function...
The Workplace HR ‘Tools’ That Can Be Dangerous!

The Workplace HR ‘Tools’ That Can Be Dangerous!

We all use a variety of tools in the workplace...
Troubleshooting HR - Are Your Managers in the Dock?

Troubleshooting HR - Are Your Managers in the Dock?

Welcome to our HR Blast which has a bit of a twist...
Fines Caused by Managers Inadvertently Breaching Employment Contracts

Fines Caused by Managers Inadvertently Breaching Employment Contracts

All too commonly, we see managers either accidentally...
GDPR - What Data Breaches Do You Have To Report?

GDPR - What Data Breaches Do You Have To Report?

In this HR Blast we focus on one specific area...
The Latest Employment Law Blast  

The Latest Employment Law Blast  

In this short and sweet HR Blast, we’re aiming to ma...
HR & the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

HR & the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Act Now! If you’re not GDPR compliant by 25th ...
TUPE or not TUPE?

TUPE or not TUPE?

…that really is the question (!) that many organisations s...
Without Prejudice Meetings and Protected Conversations: What You Need to Know

Without Prejudice Meetings and Protected Conversations: What You Need to Know

For many employers, the need will arise to have either...
UK Employment Law – Are You All Caught Up?

UK Employment Law – Are You All Caught Up?

Reflecting on 2017 and Looking Ahead to 2018 As we...
Is Microaggression Rife in your Workplace?

Is Microaggression Rife in your Workplace?

You may or may not have heard of the term “microaggression” but...
The Complexity of Discrimination - Do Managers Stand Any Chance of Getting it Right?

The Complexity of Discrimination - Do Managers Stand Any Chance of Getting it Right?

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. Discrimination...
Mopping Up The Mess When Staffing Issues Go Pear Shaped

Mopping Up The Mess When Staffing Issues Go Pear Shaped

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. In this Blast...
Employment Law Update (In A Nutshell)

Employment Law Update (In A Nutshell)

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. What a busy summer...
Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful - Protecting your Business Going Forwards

Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful - Protecting your Business Going Forwards

Since tribunal fees were introduced in 2013, there...
What Do You Know About Gross Incompetence?

What Do You Know About Gross Incompetence?

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. Here we take...
Top 10 Bank Holiday Queries - What You Can and Can't Do . . .

Top 10 Bank Holiday Queries - What You Can and Can't Do . . .

Bank Holidays . . . a topic that is always coming...
Is your Senior Management Team Fit for Brexit?

Is your Senior Management Team Fit for Brexit?

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this Blast we take...
Redundancy Planning: Take a Professional Approach

Redundancy Planning: Take a Professional Approach

The Jaluch Guide to Redundancy Planning (UK). Welcome...
All Change in the Workplace, in a Changing World...

All Change in the Workplace, in a Changing World...

o Arab Spring, China’s Babies, Brexit and ‘...
Employed, Self employed, or Worker – What’s the Real Difference?

Employed, Self employed, or Worker – What’s the Real Difference?

Welcome to this HR Blast. Given some of the recent...
Employing Staff In The UK

Employing Staff In The UK

Welcome to this HR Blast. After experiencing a few...
The 5 Faces of Workplace Bullying

The 5 Faces of Workplace Bullying

Welcome to this HR blast. In recent months, we have...
Brexit: 12 Law Changes HR Would Like

Brexit: 12 Law Changes HR Would Like

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast from Jaluch. At Jaluch w...
Managing Intolerance in the Workplace

Managing Intolerance in the Workplace

Welcome to this HR Blast. Today we look at managing...
The HR Refresher

The HR Refresher

We have come across a few businesses that have been...
5 Tips for Dealing With Workplace Disillusionment and Anger

5 Tips for Dealing With Workplace Disillusionment and Anger

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast. We look at an i...
The 7 Pillars of Workplace Mayhem and Despondency

The 7 Pillars of Workplace Mayhem and Despondency

Welcome to this two minute HR blast. In recent...
Need-to-Know Legislation for Organisations With 50+ Staff

Need-to-Know Legislation for Organisations With 50+ Staff

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. In this Blast,...
Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What You Need to Do

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What You Need to Do

Welcome to this week’s HR blast from Jaluch. T...
LGBT and Gender Terms – Confusion in the Workplace?

LGBT and Gender Terms – Confusion in the Workplace?

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this 2 minute Blast...
Are You on Trend With L&D?

Are You on Trend With L&D?

Welcome to this HR Blast. Have you had a good week?...
Brexit: What it Means for HR

Brexit: What it Means for HR

With Brexit being the 'hot topic' of 2016 and undoubtedly...
5 Fair Reasons for Dismissal

5 Fair Reasons for Dismissal

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast. This time, we...
Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Grievance or Tribunal Claim

Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Grievance or Tribunal Claim

In this Blast, we take a look at how to avoid a...
Using Artificial Intelligence to Solve Day-to-Day Business Issues

Using Artificial Intelligence to Solve Day-to-Day Business Issues

Welcome to this HR blast. In this Blast, we look...
Digital Literacy in the Workplace: Deciphering the Gobbledygook

Digital Literacy in the Workplace: Deciphering the Gobbledygook

Welcome to this Jaluch HR Blast on the topic of...
5 Favourites from 2015

5 Favourites from 2015

Across 2015 we have written about many topics and...
5 Common Christmas Issues in the Workplace

5 Common Christmas Issues in the Workplace

The Christmas season can have a big impact on business,...
The Key to Delivering Cost Effective and Time Efficient Training

The Key to Delivering Cost Effective and Time Efficient Training

Welcome to this HR Blast. This week we wanted to...
8 Need-to-Know UK Employment Law Updates

8 Need-to-Know UK Employment Law Updates

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast. This week we...
UK Start-up Advice | Internal or Outsourced HR Support?

UK Start-up Advice | Internal or Outsourced HR Support?

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast from Jaluch....
Hints & Tips for Managers to Curb Workplace Bullying

Hints & Tips for Managers to Curb Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is a costly epidemic, and with...
Trouble at the Office: Time to Involve HR

Trouble at the Office: Time to Involve HR

It can be a difficult decision to know when to...
The Living Wage – How Much Thought Have You Given It?

The Living Wage – How Much Thought Have You Given It?

Welcome to this HR Blast. This week we focus on...
Short Service Staff With Serious Ill Health Issues

Short Service Staff With Serious Ill Health Issues

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this two minute blast,...
The Need-to-Know Bits When Dealing With Employment Contracts

The Need-to-Know Bits When Dealing With Employment Contracts

Employment contracts are not the most exciting...
Top 10 Irritations in Open-Plan Offices

Top 10 Irritations in Open-Plan Offices

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. In this Blast,...
Managing Difficult People in the Workplace

Managing Difficult People in the Workplace

Welcome to this two minute HR blast. In this Blast,...
Five Common Errors When Managing Redundancy

Five Common Errors When Managing Redundancy

Whilst many organisations are growing rapidly,...
They've Refused my Holiday, so I’ll Pull a Sickie

They've Refused my Holiday, so I’ll Pull a Sickie

Welcome to this week's HR Blast. Our two minute...
Managing the Virtual Workers

Managing the Virtual Workers

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. We are working...
When the Workplace Stress gets Stressful

When the Workplace Stress gets Stressful

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast from Jaluch. In...
When ‘Other People’ are the Barrier to Improved Performance

When ‘Other People’ are the Barrier to Improved Performance

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast from Jaluch....
Contractors, Discipline and Suspension

Contractors, Discipline and Suspension

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. This week we look...
Managing Employees During the Probationary Period

Managing Employees During the Probationary Period

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast. Most companies ad...
Top 5 Challenges for First-Time Supervisors

Top 5 Challenges for First-Time Supervisors

This week we focus on the challenges often faced by...
Jaluch’s Top 10 List of Managers Mistakes!

Jaluch’s Top 10 List of Managers Mistakes!

Welcome to this HR blast. This time we take a 2...
L&D - How wisely are you spending your money?

L&D - How wisely are you spending your money?

In this two minute HR Blast I wanted to touch on the...
Getting it Right When People Exit your Business

Getting it Right When People Exit your Business

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast. In recent months...
The most popular Blasts and blogs: 2014

The most popular Blasts and blogs: 2014

Welcome to this HR blast. Across 2014 we have written...
It’s Pension Time – Don’t Leave it Too Late.

It’s Pension Time – Don’t Leave it Too Late.

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast. If you have...
Intrapreneurship… Are You Heading for Failure or Success?

Intrapreneurship… Are You Heading for Failure or Success?

Welcome to this 2 minute HR blast on Intrapreneurship....
Don’t Let Staff Mess up When Managing Domestic Workers

Don’t Let Staff Mess up When Managing Domestic Workers

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this blast we look at...
Holiday Pay and Paid Overtime

Holiday Pay and Paid Overtime

Welcome to this HR Blast. Given last week’s ruling, h...
Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave

This time we turn our attention to shared parental...
Blow your Retention Targets out of the Water

Blow your Retention Targets out of the Water

Welcome to this two minute HR blast. With the...
It’s the Final Straw - Disciplining Long Serving Staff

It’s the Final Straw - Disciplining Long Serving Staff

Welcome to this two minute HR blast. In a previous...
Managing Staff...On the Right Side of the Law

Managing Staff...On the Right Side of the Law

Often in the UK we find that when new laws come in...
Line Manager Confidence

Line Manager Confidence

In this two minute HR blast we wanted to look at...
A Cloud of Confusion Around Dismissing Short Service Staff in the UK

A Cloud of Confusion Around Dismissing Short Service Staff in the UK

Over the past year the search term that has month on...
Holiday Headaches for HR

Holiday Headaches for HR

  Welcome to this HR Blast. We are well and...
A Deafening Silence…What Legal Advisors are Not Telling Employers

A Deafening Silence…What Legal Advisors are Not Telling Employers

Urgent - a must read legal update for anyone dealing...
App ideas for HR departments

App ideas for HR departments

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. In this Blast...
Flexi attitudes with flexible working

Flexi attitudes with flexible working

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. With changes...
HR and Mobile technology…are you keeping up to date?

HR and Mobile technology…are you keeping up to date?

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this two minute update...
2014 – 2020: Managing staff in changing times

2014 – 2020: Managing staff in changing times

  Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. In...
Too senior to manage?

Too senior to manage?

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. This time...
TUPE - 2014 changes

TUPE - 2014 changes

Welcome to this HR Blast! In a quick and easy to...
E-cigarette mayhem in the workplace

E-cigarette mayhem in the workplace

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. In recent...
Employment Law update

Employment Law update

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast! This time...
What Is Unconscious Bias

What Is Unconscious Bias

This week our topic is unconscious bias. For the...
Tips for employers - effective interviewing

Tips for employers - effective interviewing

In this two minute HR blast we wanted to focus on interviewing...
Sickness, affairs and plumbing...informal homeworking

Sickness, affairs and plumbing...informal homeworking

  In this two minute HR Blast we focus on informal...
Zap and blast the irritations! It’s all about productivity…

Zap and blast the irritations! It’s all about productivity…

In this two minute HR Blast our focus is on making...
Managing change against the tide

Managing change against the tide

In this two minute HR Blast we share some of the...
Massive surge in use of interns. Time to take advantage?

Massive surge in use of interns. Time to take advantage?

In this two minute HR Blast we consider a topic t...
The Over 50s’ – On the way up or on the way out?

The Over 50s’ – On the way up or on the way out?

In this two minute HR Blast we take a quick look ...
Halloween horrors

Halloween horrors

  Welcome to this spooky HR Blast, in just ...
Lean, mean HR machine...

Lean, mean HR machine...

In this two minute HR Blast from Jaluch we focus ...
Employee appraisals – managing awkward conversations

Employee appraisals – managing awkward conversations

In this two minute HR Blast we focus on employee...
Settlement Agreements

Settlement Agreements

How confident are you? Settlement Agreements are...
Safeguarding against rogue employees

Safeguarding against rogue employees

In this two minute HR Blast, we thought we would...
Raised temperatures with redundancy

Raised temperatures with redundancy

  In the UK in 2008, we experienced an...
Unravelling employment law

Unravelling employment law

If you feel a little confused at the moment about...
Why bother with diversity and inclusion?

Why bother with diversity and inclusion?

  If you are one of those who read this...
Performance or misconduct?

Performance or misconduct?

A challenge for many managers is identifying and...
Dismissing staff with short service (under two years)

Dismissing staff with short service (under two years)

New to the organisation, but giving you grief? Here...
Bullied or whingeing?

Bullied or whingeing?

In this HR Blast we take a brief look at workplace...
Compromise agreement whiplash – how to avoid it!

Compromise agreement whiplash – how to avoid it!

In this two minute HR Blast we will update you...
Are you turning a blind eye to employee fraud?

Are you turning a blind eye to employee fraud?

In this two minute HR blast the information comes...
When errors compound errors

When errors compound errors

Every employee makes errors from time to time....
Spotlight on managing absence

Spotlight on managing absence

In this very first HR Blast of 2013. In no more...
Self employed workers - a legal risk to your business?

Self employed workers - a legal risk to your business?

In this two minute HR Blast, we ask what church organists...
Can't sack him he's stressed

Can't sack him he's stressed

In this very first “HR Blast” from Jaluch, des...
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