Gary Smith, a plumber paid by the company, took Pimlico Plumbers to a court in a matter which ultimately ended up in the Supreme Court arguing that he was a worker and not self-employed – which Pimlico Plumbers had tried to assert – and therefore was entitled to certain employment rights including sick pay and holiday pay. Continue reading “So what can we learn from Pimlico Plumbers’ mistakes?”
… and what’s the difference between employee relations and employment law?
Very simply, the term ’employee relations’ usually refers to how a business manages the relationship between staff and management. A business with a good ER focus provides fair and consistent treatment which produces a positive and committed attitude to work. Crucially, businesses with good ER are far more likely to nip any potential misunderstandings or disagreements in the bud and address them before they become problems. Continue reading “What is ‘Employee Relations’?”
Sadly, staff training is often viewed as an an expendable cost. Traditionally, it has been seen as a ‘nice to have’ afterthought rather than something to be planned for and invested in. Why? Well, as a small business owner myself, I can vouch that most start-ups in their early days walk a fine line when it comes to disposable income and choosing what to spend money on Continue reading “Staff Training and Development – An Employer’s Crossroads of Danger and Opportunity”
In the last two decades, internship and the use of interns has gone from being something which was occasionally offered by big companies on a loose short term basis, to being a normal part of a (usually young) job seeker’s career path. Their use is particularly prevalent in professional services companies such as law firms and banks where internship is often used as an audition for employment, and in media and creative type companies and advertising agencies who value the fresh new ideas that interns can bring. Naturally, there has been a ‘trickle down’ in their usage with many smaller companies extending out their traditional 2 week work experience placements to longer internships to the more typical university undergrad, down to year 11+ school students. Continue reading “Do I need to pay my Intern?”