Christmas can be a difficult time of year for staffing levels, what with increases in sickness absence, mounds of holiday requests and the odd suspicious absence. So what happens in that moment when a member of staff refuses to work Christmas overtime?
Although employment law can often seem complicated and frustrating, it’s generally the case that good practice and best fit HR approaches come down to applying our common sense. We thought we’d take a look at some famous historical quotes and see how they apply to the modern workplace.
In the ever-developing world of employment law, it sometimes feels like it is impossible to keep up to date. Check out your general HR knowledge on our fun quiz.
This year's FPM Practice Manager Salary Survey explores the relationship between gender and pay for the first time and with the results set to be released very soon, this story feels particularly timely. Recent research by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) into the gender pay gap has found that by the time women reach their 50s, they are earning £8,504 per year less than men in equivalent roles.
Over the past 20 years, Halloween has become an increasingly major event in the UK, influenced by the USA’s enthusiasm for celebrating All Hallows’ Eve. As with so many cultural phenomena, Halloween has crept into the workplace and resulted in some surprising employment law issues. Some employers may find that the skeletons in their closets can cause major financial consequences - beware… read on at your own risk!
In an announcement likely to affect thousands of GP practices, Theresa May recently promised a review of workers’ rights which has the potential to strengthen employment law. One of the key areas of focus will be the estimated half a million workers in Britain who may currently be incorrectly classified as self-employed.
The abolishment of the mandatory retirement age, an ageing population and increases to the state pension age mean that, on average, the UK’s workforce is becoming older. This is presenting organisational leaders with many new challenges, leaving them managing a wider range of age groups within the workforce than ever before - each with different values, experiences, motivations and expectations from work.
As of 1st October, the minimum wage has risen (with the “National Living Wage” rising every April just to keep everyone on their toes). Here we let you know what the rates have changed to.
September is traditionally the month when study and training programmes begin, bringing with it an influx of study leave requests. We’ve put together this set of seven useful pointers that will leave PMs equipped to deal with queries from staff on this topic.
For this year’s FPM Managing People survey, we collaborated with the University of Leeds to explore the influences and priorities of people management in the world of general practice. We received a great response to the survey from primary care management staff and uncovered a wealth of interesting findings along the way.
A recent draft code of practice issued by the Government lays out how to comply with the legislative requirement for public sector staff dealing with members of the public to speak fluent English (or Welsh in Wales), introduced as part of the Immigration Act 2016 - we ask what this means for your practice.
When it comes to CQC reports, the Well-led category is an area where a lot of practices seem to be encountering problems. To find out what practices are doing to achieve ‘outstanding’ in that area, I spent some time delving into the latest inspection reports.
In an unusual outcome for an employment tribunal case, an NHS Trust has been awarded £69,484 from the claimants who brought the case against them. This surprising result demonstrates that it is not always the employer who has to pay out when claims are taken to an employment tribunal.
As Britain prepares to bid au revoir to the EU, we ask what impact the union had on giving organisations the ability to manage people, and what could happen in General Practice as a result of Brexit.
With summer approaching, many of us are already starting to see temperatures rise - and although the warmer weather is certainly welcome, it’s not just staying out in the sun for too long that can leave PMs with sore heads.
Malingering or “pulling a sickie” is a common concern for organisations and can be particularly tricky to manage. Nowadays, managers can become aware that someone may not be genuinely ill via social media, with Facebook posts and pictures showing an employee is on holiday, playing football or at the pub when they should be at home recovering.
This year’s FPM Practice Manager Job Satisfaction Survey launches in just two weeks, so now seems the perfect time to reflect on one of last year’s key findings - that just 58% of practice managers said they felt motivated in their role.
In the modern workplace, everyone knows that stereotyping and discriminating on the grounds of race, sex, religion and the other protected characteristics set out in in the Equality Act 2010 can have serious legal implications. However, it’s the less well-understood influence of implicit bias that is currently receiving a lot of attention because of its potentially disruptive effects on organisations.
The Guardian has recently published their guide of the best places to work in collaboration with the Top Employers Institute. It has long been recognised that employee satisfaction and engagement can have a significant impact on performance...
Medical providers have long been aware of the words ‘vicarious liability’ due to the requirements surrounding medical indemnity insurance. A recent case, that got as high as the Supreme Court, has highlighted the importance of taking responsibility for employee’s actions and their welfare in all roles.