Author: Louise


Modern Slavery – October 2017 Update

Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK government estimates that there are tens of thousands people in slavery in the UK and only 1% of victims see their exploiter brought to justice.  In 2015, the UK government introduced the Modern Slavery Act. This legislation focused on the prevention and prosecution of modern slavery and enhancing protection and support for victims. On the 4th October 2017, the UK government updated its guidance to businesses on preventing modern slavery. This blog looks at the key updates and how this affects companies.

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Should criminal records be sealed from employers?

A review issued last month from MP, David Lammy, suggested that criminal offenders should be able to hide their criminal records from potential employers. Lammy included this as a recommendation in an independent report on the treatment of Black, Asian and Minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system.  In the UK, over 11 million people have a criminal record and only 26.5% of them enter employment after the are released. The review argues that many struggle to find employment due to employer’s wariness of hiring ex-offenders.

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How to get the most out of flexible working

Flexible working arrangements are becoming more favourable and popular in today’s workplaces. A grassroots survey reported that 49% of respondents cited flexible working as the most coveted future workplace benefit. A recent research paper from ACAS highlights that flexible working has benefits for employees and employers but also there are downfalls for both to be aware of.

This blog will review the general guidelines on what makes a ‘good’ flexible worker and what makes a ‘good’ flexible employer.

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My first week at Gravitate HR

I can’t believe that my first week at Gravitate HR is already over.

As is normal for anyone starting a new job, first day nerves set in the evening before starting my new position. The anticipation of joining a new team is a daunting but exciting prospect.  However, my nerves were quickly alleviated as I was relieved by how welcoming the team was.  The mention of ample tea and chocolate made me feel right at home.  Not only a new job but a new city to explore.  Moving to Edinburgh has been a stressful process at times, but I have already fallen in love with the city.

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