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  • Current HR, employment and business related topics based on the real issues that come through to our HR helpdesk.
  • Pointers that can be passed on to line managers in order to minimise common mistakes.
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Employment Law Update

Employment Law Update

As Spring blooms and we head (fingers crossed) out of lockdown here’s a handy update with upcoming dates for changes and updates to key employment practices. Changes to National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates 6 April 2021 The hourly r...
How to Manage Underperforming Homeworkers

How to Manage Underperforming Homeworkers

Across the past year, one theme that has emerged is how powerless managers feel when it comes to managing someone remotely who they believe is underperforming. In this article, we will look at how to quickly recognise the employees that are underperforming...
Return to the Workplace: How and When Businesses Can Get Back to ‘Normal’

Return to the Workplace: How and When Businesses Can Get Back to ‘Normal’

Do Businesses need to wait until 21 June 2021 to get back to ‘Normal’? With vaccinations rolling out across the UK population and the announcement of the government’s 4-step roadmap which outlines an end of social distancing measures by June 21, t...
Employment Status Guide: Employed, Self Employed or Worker?

Employment Status Guide: Employed, Self Employed or Worker?

Given the recent press over Uber, we thought it would be apt to explore the distinctions between the status of different staff - this is critical to understanding the rights they have and your responsibilities towards them as an employer. Who do you...
Avoiding Employment Litigation in 2021

Avoiding Employment Litigation in 2021

A tough old year last year is fast becoming a tough new year this year, with plenty going on, lots of stresses and strains and a truckload of workplace conflict too. When people are unhappy or feeling out of sorts, we always see more workplace conflict....
App ideas for HR departments

App ideas for HR departments

We have chosen a variety of HR and training themed apps and learning tools to help HR departments boost employees’ personal development and productivity, covering a range of topics from project planning and online training to some more light-hearted g...
Wellbeing troubleshooting and strategies for HR

Wellbeing troubleshooting and strategies for HR

As a result of the continuing lockdowns, economic uncertainties, home working challenges etc. at Jaluch we feel employers and HR teams are on a wellbeing precipice. And a precipice is a dangerous place to be! Many people survived previous lockdowns...
HR perspective: six ‘clangers’ to avoid in 2021

HR perspective: six ‘clangers’ to avoid in 2021

Businesses and HR departments have been reacting to the unexpected throughout 2020 – and whilst 2021 isn’t showing signs of that stopping, there is an opportunity to plan for some of the known challenges in the coming year to ensure you steer clear of ...
The 2021 workplace: Reflecting on the Past and Looking to the Future

The 2021 workplace: Reflecting on the Past and Looking to the Future

AULD LANG SYNE – Reflecting on the Past and Looking to The Future! What a year we have had! And as we head towards the new year, the phrase ‘Auld Lang Syne’ springs to mind, which roughly translates as ‘for old times sake’. The song is all about...
The new immigration rules for 2021 that UK employers need to know about

The new immigration rules for 2021 that UK employers need to know about

The immigration rules are changing on the 31st December 2020, which will impact your EU workforce as a consequence of the UK leaving the European Union and the ‘transitional period’ ending. Continue reading to find out what employers need to look at ...
The current issues managers are facing and how to deal with them

The current issues managers are facing and how to deal with them

In this Blast, we wanted to share a few ideas on how to deal with the things that seem to be currently causing the most worry and concern for managers. The current issues managers are facing: Historic and Current Grievances Without prejudice...
Pay Review or Pay Cut?

Pay Review or Pay Cut?

Welcome to this HR Blast on all things related to Pay and Benefits. We will look at: Should remote workers be paid more or should their pay be cut What benefits need rethinking in the light of increased remote working New jobs, new organisational...
Beware the Profit Vampires

Beware the Profit Vampires

In business, you have to be aware of the profit vampires. If you aren't looking out for them, these 'vampires' will prey on your business and have the potential to wreck everything. The good news is that you don’t have to remain oblivious to their m...
UK Employment Law Update - October 2020

UK Employment Law Update - October 2020

With so much change happening all around us, we wanted to provide a quick round-up of developments in UK employment law which business owners, managers and HR departments need to be aware of. Including: Pay cuts New jobs support scheme ...
It’s the Final Straw - Disciplining Long Serving Staff

It’s the Final Straw - Disciplining Long Serving Staff

Disciplining your staff is never an easy task, but when it's a well established or long serving employee it can make employers and managers feel even more uncomfortable. We have previously looked at how you can manage under performing staff with very...
Five TUPE Myths

Five TUPE Myths

Welcome to this HR Blast that aims to ‘blast’ away some of the myths around TUPE. As an employer with staff about to transfer in, perhaps you have more options than you thought? At Jaluch we have seen a considerable upswing in the numbers of mergers and...
5 tell-tale signs professional etiquette has left the building

5 tell-tale signs professional etiquette has left the building

Today I wanted to talk about online meetings. It strikes me that it's been six months since everyone went home and meetings went online but still very few organisations have been explicit about online meeting etiquette.
3 top tips for HR to avoid fines and penalties

3 top tips for HR to avoid fines and penalties

As always, we are here to support and advise and, in this case, warn you about keeping your organisation safe. Does your HR team (or those with responsibility for HR) really understand the various penalties for non-compliance? We worry that sometimes...
Professional Management of Remote Workers

Professional Management of Remote Workers

Are the right things on your agenda? In March businesses and their managers were thrust into remote working with no planning, no procedures and not much experience - for the most part. We can all live for a while with crisis management but our time...
During these exceptional times, how happy and engaged is your workforce?

During these exceptional times, how happy and engaged is your workforce?

Perhaps you are wondering whether this is utterly irrelevant given that you are just trying to stay afloat, pivot your business, educate or appease your children, care for relatives and/or worry about those who you are having to let go? But neglect...
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