Category: Recent Blogs

23
Aug2017

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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18
Aug2017

The types of tribunal claims that are expected to soar in the post-fee era

Following the major decision of the Supreme Court last month to declare employment tribunal fees unlawful, People Management asked some employment lawyers the types of cases the courts are likely to hear more of in the future.

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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

20
Jun2017

Cyber Security – A new world?

The words have a futuristic sense to them but the issues are real and alive today.  In our data storing and gigabyte gobbling world what does it mean to us and what should we do?

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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.

30
May2017

Increase paternity leave?

As someone who has recently returned to work from paternity leave following the birth of a baby girl, I have gained a new appreciation for this period of leave. At present the current statutory provision in the UK allows new fathers to take 2 weeks of paternity leave paid at the rate of Statutory Paternity Pay which, at the 2017 level, is £140.98 or 90% of their average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).

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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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06
Jun2016

Working during Ramadan

With Ramadan starting in the second week of June this year, it is worth looking into what this means for the workplace that has a fasting employee. In the first of a couple of posts throughout the month, we’ll look at Ramadan from the perspective of both employers and employees.

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