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Basic steps in closing an office

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2020.04 min read

Regretfully there are many firms now considering closing an office, factory or other facility. First the closure must be necessary, and this can be proven using a business plan. Second, the whole process of redundancy must be done fairly. Critically, this involves determining redundant jobs and assessing all jobholders for dismissal using a fair criteria

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Has your psychological contract taken a nose-dive?

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2020.02 min read

The psychological contract defines how the employee feels about their employer. How an employee feels dictates their commitment. Commitment makes motivation and engagement possible. Commitment makes management possible. Has your employee psychological contracts taken a nose-dive recently?

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Achieving competitive advantage through people

White PaperWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 26th May 2020.27 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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A manager’s guide to homeworking

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 28th April 2020. Revised 3rd May 2020.12 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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Statement of employment particulars to be issued on or before the first day of work

Blog PostWritten by Sue Berry on 29th April 2020.03 min read

From 6th April 2020, written statements (employment particulars) will now have to be provided for all ‘workers’ – not just employees - on or before their first day of work. This means that zero hours contract workers must also likewise be provided with a statement of particulars. This is a change from previous requirements for contracts not later than eight weeks in from start.

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Contracts on start day: but what damage does it cause?

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 28th September 2017. Revised 29th April 2020.5 min read

There’s a situation that’s quite unsatisfactory and easily rectified to benefit all parties. It’s that often documents comprising the contract of employment are ‘issued’ by the employer to the employee once the new hire has actually started in the job. It’s lawful but unfair and risky. It also misses a huge opportunity to get relationships off to a flying start. Here’s why.

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