The Apprentice Levy Has Failed Every Small Business

Since the days of the Youth Training Scheme, the Government has always tried to publicly ‘push’ the idea of Apprentices and what they can do for businesses both large and small. However the reality of Apprenticeships is less a mixed bag of results, more a bag of pitiful re-engineering that is not fit for purpose.

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Small Businesses Should Prepare Themselves for Redundancies

Smaller businesses looking to reduce their workforces should urgently prepare for the costs of redundancies, following changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme made late last year.
That’s the warning from human resources experts The HR Dept, which provides human resources advice and support for more than 6,500 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK and Ireland.

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What Your Small Business Needs to Know About the Uber v Aslam Supreme Court Decision

Today, Friday 15th February, the Supreme Court gave its long awaited input into a long running legal fight from Uber – a case known as Uber v Aslam & Others. It has huge implications for small business owners and freelancers.

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What’s Going On? HR in a CoVid World

The initial shock of lockdown HAS receded. We’re not seeing social media posts about wildlife wandering into city centres, schools have reopened, and the roads are fairly busy again. At the same time, we’re wearing masks, social distancing and maintaining our bubbles.

So, what does this underlying uncertainty mean for small businesses and their teams?

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HR in a World of Recession – Why It’s Time to be a Pole Vaulter, Not a Limbo Dancer

If we didn’t already know, then today’s BBC article has confirmed it – we’re in a recession. What does that usually mean? We look to save money. What’s typically the biggest cost for an employer? Their staff, and the costs associated with employing them. Salaries and on-costs are the obvious ones, but then there’s training and benefits – and HR support. 

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Redundancy is NOT an Easier Message

This is a conversation I have fairly regularly – there’s something going wrong in the employment relationship and, rather than tackle the root cause, it feels easier and ‘nicer’ to tell the individual that they’re at risk of redundancy. After all, redundancy is a business decision based on the roles you need – it’s not personal! 

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