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Power play in performance appraisals

Opinion Written by John Berry on 14th February 2015. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 5 minutes.

Performance appraisals are worthwhile. Manager and subordinate sitting down together to review performance over the past year provides huge benefit. But for many it’s a time of dread. Unless controlled, both parties will use their power to distort the performance appraisal outcomes in their favour.

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SMP, SAP, SPP, SSP and other rates

Article Written by Sue Berry on 1st March 2017. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Ensure you pay the correct rate for Statutory Sick Pay and Family Friendly Benefits with this current statutory rates checker.

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Redundancy: Get It Right!

White Paper Written by Sue Berry on 30th December 2010. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 24 minutes.

All firms make jobs (and those employed in them) redundant. Redundancy is normal. It’s the manager adjusting the firm to match the new environment in which it trades and operates. But redundancy is complex. It can kill the firm if badly run. Tap our experience to run safe. This white paper shows managers how to implement a fair and robust redundancy process that dismisses the right people. Call us for more.

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When does a contractor become an employee?

Article Written by John Berry on 18th June 2015. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 3 minutes.

It's not always easy to know whether someone is classed as an employee or as a contractor. Many managers would want it one way or the other but unfortunately it’s not up to management. Others such as HMRC or an Employment Tribunal will make the decision.

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Redundancy - Questions employees will ask

Article Written by Sue Berry on 18th February 2016. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Your staff are going to have a whole series of questions which you will need to address as you go through the redundancy process. We've pulled together some of the more important questions that you are going to be asked, and presented them for you here. They range from questions about contractors to simple things like whether companions can attend meetings.

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Correctly Managing Disciplinary Action

White Paper Written by Sue Berry on 25th August 2011. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 29 minutes.

Disciplining staff is one of the key rights, and one of the key methods a manager has of effecting control of unacceptable behaviour. This right must however be used only when other management systems have failed.

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Achieving competitive advantage through people

White Paper Written by John Berry on 25th November 2012. Revised 10th January 2019. Reading time: 21 minutes.

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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