Author: Cameron McIver

13
Dec2017

The Benefits Of An Effective Employee Voice

How much of a voice do your employees have within your organisation?  By giving your employees a ‘voice’, you can enable your employees to raise concerns which can help to solve problems within an organisation (or troubleshoot them in the first place), and even identify efficiencies that can lead to an increase in productivity and the amount of income generated by the organisation.

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19
Sep2017

How Robust are your Contracts of Employment?

This is the beginning of a series where we have created a simple checklist that any business can use to gauge how robust their HR is. No matter the size or complexity of your business, if you have employees you can use this checklist to self-audit your HR processes. Your responses will be kept entirely confidential.

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14
Sep2017

Gravitate HR Autumn Newsletter 2017

Read Gravitate HR’s Autumn Newsletter 2017. In this edition we look at:

  • Recent blogs
  • Employment Law Updates
  • HR Quiz
  • Team Updates

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email Cameron@gravitatehr.co.uk

31
Jul2017

The ‘Scrapping’ of Employment Tribunal Fees – an HR perspective

One of the big business stories last week was the ruling by the Supreme Court that the controversial fees for bringing employment tribunal claims are unlawful, a ruling that was hailed as a “massive win for workers” by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.

In 2013, the Government introduced the fees with the goal of eliminating frivolous tribunal claims from an individual or group who knew that they would have very little chance of being successful. According to figures provided by the Ministry of Justice, the number of employment tribunal cases in 2012 generally averaged at slightly above 5,000 total cases per month. However, after the ruling in 2013, the total number of cases averaged between 1,500 and 2,000 per month, the highest number being 2,210 in March 2014 – well below the average number in 2012.

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26
Jun2017

How to Serve an Ace When It Comes to Managing Annual Leave

Summer time is a period of great sporting events, festivals, lovely weather (for those of you not living in Scotland!), and of course the long school holidays. Consequently, the Summer is typically seen by employees as an ideal time to take some time off work and recharge their batteries. However, the Summer period can sometimes mark the beginning of a challenging period for businesses as they potentially have to balance busy periods with managing Employee annual leave.

The current statutory amount of annual leave that a full-time employee who works a five-day week is 5.6 weeks (or 28 days), although some businesses may grant higher annual leave entitlements to their employees. Read more

31
May2017

Gravitate HR Summer Newsletter 2017

Read our 2017 Summer Newsletter. In this edition:

  • Margery reflects on her recent endeavours
  • We have a look back at our most recent blogs
  • Employment Law Updates
  • HR Quiz
  • Team Updates

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please email cameron@gravitatehr.co.uk.

16
May2017

Political Campaigning at Work: What can Employers do?

If you are an employer, do you know what you can do to restrict political campaigning from employees when they are working? Following Theresa May’s decision to call a ‘snap’ general election on the 8th of June, this could potentially be a significant issue for businesses over the next few weeks.

Interestingly, employees do not need the normal two-year service period to claim unfair dismissal where the reason for the dismissal is their political opinion or affiliation. As a result, businesses need to carefully consider what they are entitled to do if they want to restrict any displays of political allegiance.

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12
May2017

Financial Wellbeing Seminar with HSBC

After setting up the conference room for the Glasgow version of our Financial Wellbeing seminar with HSBC, it felt like we had only just cleared up after our initial Planning For Success(ion) seminar a few weeks earlier. The intervening weeks in the Gravitate Glasgow office have been so busy, this seminar was upon us before we even knew it.

We were once again delighted to welcome a selection of business contacts to our beautiful Blythswood Square office and also facilitate some new connections.

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