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A manager’s guide to homeworking

Blog PostNew!Written by John Berry on 28th April 2020. Revised 10th April 2021.13 min read

Home working is where the firm extends its business activities from its premises to an employee’s home. A small part of the employee’s home is taken over by the firm for its benefit and the employer must acknowledge this. That simple paragraph needs careful consideration, case by case, home worker by home worker, to ensure that the scenario is lawful, controlled and beneficial to both parties.

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Employing Foreign Workers Abroad

Blog PostNew!Written by John Berry on 2nd May 2017. Revised 7th April 2021.34 min read

Managers can find it extremely attractive to ‘employ’ foreign staff resident abroad. Engaging workers in foreign countries is complex. In many cases it is better to trade at arms length through business to business agreements, paying against invoice. But that won't suit many firms, particularly where they have constraining upstream contracts. They must employ workers locally. Here are all the issues for firms wanting to gain worker services in both EU and non-EU countries.

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Should computers select employees?

Blog PostNew!Written by John Berry on 28th March 2021. Revised 30th March 2021.6 min read

Often, job applicants are aggrieved when computers make unfavourable personnel selection decisions. Some managers think computers are objective, impartial and somehow perfect in the decisions they make - the perfect personnel selection tool. We argue computers alone should never make hiring decisions.

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Achieving competitive advantage through people

White PaperNew!Written by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 28th March 2021.27 min read

Competitive advantage is where a firm enjoys lower costs or greater sales than competitors. This paper builds an argument for a set of HR practices that form the basis of the psychological contract, the set of expectations that both employee and employer hold.

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Paying fair across the world

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 16th March 2021. Revised 18th March 2021.5 min read

As the firm expands across the UK and internationally, the number of spot values of pay grows. Local expectations vary considerably, pay variance expands too until there’s a discrete spot for every person worldwide. And the variance between high and low salary for the same job can be huge. What started simple is quickly a mess.

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IR35 – When does it apply to your firm and your suppliers?

Blog PostWritten by Sue Berry on 19th February 2021. Revised 10th March 2021.7 min read

IR35 is legislation designed to stop tax avoidance by workers and by firms using workers’ services. It was rolled out to all public sector organisations in 2017. Rebranded ‘Off-Payroll Tax’, it was due to be rolled out to the private sector in April 2020. It’s now due to be extended to the private sector in April 2021. This blog sets out the issues associated with IR35.

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