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Guide to understanding a probation period

Guide to understanding a probation period

By Employee Management, Employee Retention, Employment Law
Guide to understanding a probation period A probationary period is an extremely useful opportunity to ascertain whether or not a new employee is suitable for a role. This time at the outset of an employment contract, is practical for both the employer and the employee, as it enables both parties to decide whether the employee will be taking a permanent position with the organisation. In this post, Natural HR looks at what probationary periods are, how long they should be, and why jobs have them. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about probation periods. Probation periods...
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What is the HASAWA?

What is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?

By Employment Law, FAQs, Health and Safety

Last updated 06/09/21 The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (often referred to as the HASAWA or HSW) is the main piece of UK legislation that details the duties of employers regarding health and safety in the workplace. What is the Health and Safety at Work Act? The Health and Safety at Work Act outlines the legal duties that employers have to protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees. This also extends to other people visiting the workplace premises such as temporary workers, casual workers, self-employed workers, clients, visitors and the general public….

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2020 UK employment law changes

Three changes to UK employment law due in April you need to know about

By Employment Law

In the last 10 years, the UK has seen the first December General Election since the 1920s, watched countless hours of news coverage on the topic of Brexit and witnessed Larry the cat assume office as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. Yet the dawn of a new decade heralds some important changes and new additions to UK employment law that come into force in April 2020 including amendments to the Working Time Regulations 1998 and Employment Rights Act 1996. Read on to find out what the law currently states, what changes will come into effect on Monday 6th April…

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employee is overpaid in salary

What should you do if an employee is overpaid?

By Employment Law, Payroll

What should you do if an employee is overpaid? Even in today’s modern world, payroll still incorporates a huge amount of manual processing each month to ensure that employees are paid on time and to the correct amount. However, occasionally payroll mistakes can lead to employees being overpaid in their wages. It’s important for employers to understand why overpayments may occur and how they can properly claim back any monies in order to prevent legal action and disputes. Throughout this guide, we’ll explore a number of precautions an employer can take If they believe an employee has been overpaid. What…

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thomas cook demise

What can HR learn from the demise of Thomas Cook?

By Employee Relations, Employee Wellbeing, Employment Law, Human Resources

This week has seen the collapse of one of the longest standing businesses in the UK: Thomas Cook. Established in 1841, the company that was once the face of the UK high street announced it had entered liquidation with immediate effect shortly after 2am on Monday 23rd September, leaving 9,000 people in the UK without a job. But what can HR professionals learn from the demise of such an historic organisation? Communication is key When times of difficulty arise, the worst thing you can do is keep it under your hat and pretend it isn’t happening. Thomas Cook staff were…

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