HR / Employment Law

Employment Appeal Tribunal

By Kate Hodkinson / 05 November, 2014

Judgment 4th November 2014 – Overtime and Holiday Pay. For several years there appears to have been a conflict between UK regulations and the interpretation of the Working Time Directive regarding the calculation of holiday pay.The EU Working Time Directive (WTD) states that workers have the right to at least four weeks’ paid annual leave...

Main Image HR / Employment Law

Did You Know Stressed Backwards is Desserts?

By Gerry Devine / 04 November, 2014

Did you know that today is the 16th annual  “Stress Awareness Day” - so how have things changed since they felt the need, back then, to launch this event? Well in 1998 the DVD format was first launched, Boyzone where voted band of the year and the UK came second in the Eurovision song contest. Where are we now? DVDs are now more likely to be...


5 things to consider when merging your practice

By Charan Sarai / 27 October, 2014

Is it a question of surviving?  Can a merger result in lower overhead costs?  Perhaps a more balanced life style for the GP partners whilst maintaining that their income cannot drop?  These are questions you are faced with when making the decision to merge or not to merge...

HR / Employment Law

Tribunal claims can be costly – what you can do to avoid them

By Jennifer Melia / 12 August, 2014

Unfortunately, there will be times within your organisation, when you have no option but to dismiss one of your employees. It could be for a variety of reasons, but your duty as employer is to ensure that your dismissal is fair. A dismissal procedure that is not carried out fairly...

HR / Employment Law

Shared Parental Leave

By Jennifer Melia / 29 July, 2014

Shared parental leave will be in be in place for employees who are due to have a baby with an expected due date of 5 April 2015, or after. This means that there will be an extended period of time after the compulsory maternity leave period of two weeks...

HR / Employment Law

Retaining valuable employees

By Jennifer Melia / 15 July, 2014

In any business, there will always be a natural turnover of staff, which is something to be expected. As any good manager knows, once you have a team of people who can collectively and individually deliver the objectives of the practice and work in a harmonious way...


Bending over backwards

By Old Geezer / 07 July, 2014

Now that the government have expanded flexible working to include everyone, I expect this will have a major impact on GP practices. We have always had the major requirement when recruiting that our staff have the flexibility to cover absences etc...

HR / Employment Law

New changes to flexible working rights

By Jennifer Melia / 01 July, 2014

New changes to Flexible Working Rights came into force on 30th June 2014 which are designed to simplify the request process for both staff and managers. Employers will now have to consider applications for all staff that have worked over 26 weeks in the practice...

HR / Employment Law

Legislation Update: Flexible Working

By First Practice Management / 01 July, 2014

On 30th June 2014 the right to request flexible working was extended to all staff with more than 26 weeks service. This is expected to have a significant impact on GP surgeries where a key aspect of staff management is the expectancy that staff are able to work on a flexible basis...

HR / Employment Law

Disclosure and Barring Service checks (previously CRB checks)

By Jennifer Melia / 29 May, 2014

A key responsibility as an employer is to consider the role and responsibilities within your practice, to ensure they have the correct type of check. This will mean reviewing the level of contact that your employees will have with adults and children...

HR / Employment Law

Changes to flexible working from June 30th 2014

By Jennifer Melia / 20 May, 2014

I am sure you all familiar with the current rules in relation to flexible working which provide employees, who have caring responsibilities, the right to request flexible working from their employer. It is worth noting that from the 30th June 2014, the Government will be amending the following...

HR / Employment Law

Legislation Update: Changes to Right to Work in the UK

By First Practice Management / 19 May, 2014

From 15 May 2014, an employer who hires someone who is not entitled to work in the UK can be subject to a civil penalty of up to £20,000 (increased from £10,000) for each person found to be working illegally, or a prison sentence of up to two years. From 16 May 2014...

HR / Employment Law

Fixed term contracts – a great way to reduce costs or just a big headache?

By Jennifer Melia / 06 May, 2014

Fixed term contracts can be a really useful tool for you as the employer in terms  to ensure work is covered in the short-term, whilst you work out whether you need a permanent post. You can cover a period of sickness, or a maternity leave, career break or sabbatical etc...

HR / Employment Law

Hello from the new FPM HR Advisor

By Jennifer Melia / 22 April, 2014

Hi, I’m Jennifer and I have joined the First Practice Management (FPM) group as the new HR Advisor. It’s still only my second week here at FPM Group, and I am busy trying to remember the names and roles of people who work here and generally trying to understand what the company does...

HR / Employment Law

Bank Holiday FAQs

By Elspeth Buck / 08 April, 2014

With Easter around the corner and a bumper batch of bank holidays on the horizon, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you these FAQs on dealing with bank holidays. Here are some of the most popular questions proposed to us by our members regarding bank holiday leave...

HR / Employment Law

Work sweepstake tips! All you need to know

By Elspeth Buck / 01 April, 2014

With the Grand National taking place this weekend and the World Cup in Rio just around the corner, employees may be thinking about starting a workplace sweepstake. I myself have taken part in many a sweepstake, I even won once back in 1998 when France won the world cup...

HR / Employment Law

Dealing with a contractual change of hours

By Elspeth Buck / 24 March, 2014

Question: Due to drops in funding the practice needs to reduce the number of hours for our health care assistants. Am I entitled to decrease an individual’s hours and if so how should I go about doing this? Answer: You should deal with the decrease in hours as a contractual change..

HR / Employment Law

Legislation Update: Children and Families Act 2014

By First Practice Management / 17 March, 2014

From 1st October 2014 employees and agency workers will have a new right to take time off work to attend up to 2 ante-natal appointments. The right is for those in a ‘qualifying relationship’ to take unpaid time off work to attend up to two appointments...

HR / Employment Law

Disciplinary Investigation Series – Part 6

By Elspeth Buck / 14 January, 2014

Louise has been informed that she’s required to attend a disciplinary hearing and the witnesses have been informed that the hearing will take place, however the decision has been taken that they do not need to attend the hearing as their witness statements provide detailed evidence...

HR / Employment Law

Disciplinary Overview

By Elspeth Buck / 17 December, 2013

Back in August I started a series of articles covering the step by step process to disciplinaries, as there had been an increase of questions about disciplinaries and dismissals from practice managers. Some of which have been about when a disciplinary has gone bad...


Post Archive

Upcoming Events

There are currently no events scheduled.


Practice Manager - Featherstone

Closing Date: 7 January 2024

Salary: £45000 -£52000 Negotiable depending on experience

Practice Manager - Bury

Closing Date: 31 January 2024

Salary: £38,000 - £50,000 per annum, dependent on experience

Practice Manager - Bury

Closing Date: 31 January 2024

Salary: £38,000 - £50,000 per annum, dependent on experience

What others are viewing now