It’s one of the first questions anyone working in HR gets asked. Exactly what can you ask – and what must you steer clear of – when you are interviewing a candidate for a job? It sounds simple enough, but we’ve all heard of cases where the employer got things disastrously wrong and ended up in a tribunal facing a discrimination action. But there are a few simple tips to follow which should steer you in the right direction – and help ensure you pick the best candidate for all the right reasons. Most importantly, remember that any interview should be used to test the candidate’s ability to do the job they are applying for. Questions should be directed entirely to this goal. Anything which might suggest a bias on your part must be avoided.
A Shropshire HR expert is celebrating the perfect end to her first year in business – by being shortlisted for one of the country’s most prestigious awards. Ishbel Lapper’s company HR Solutions Shropshire is one of four finalists in the best new small business category of the Shropshire Chamber Business Awards. Delighted Ishbel, of Telford, said the news was the icing on the cake of a fantastic first year running her own business offering tailor-made HR and employment support to business across the region. “I am thrilled to bits to be one of just four businesses shortlisted and cannot believe just how successfully this first year has gone,” she said.
They’re something to think about when you get close to retirement, right? Wrong. Whether you are an employer or employee, pensions are something you need to make sure you are on top of right away. From this year, all employers must provide a workplace pension scheme for their staff. It doesn’t matter how big or small your company, how profitable or not or how long you’ve been in business. You must do it. It’s called automatic enrolment and it’s part of the Government’s attempts to make sure we can all pay for the longer retirements we are now enjoying.
How much do you know about the living and minimum wage? Chances are you have a passing acquaintance with the system, but are you sure your company meets all the criteria for all your different types of staff? If not, it’s vital to get yourself up to speed as soon as possible.
HR Solutions Shropshire is in the Midlands News Business celebrating the first year in business and how successful the year has been.
Companies across Shropshire face a ticking time bomb because of major new rules governing how they store personal information, an industry expert warned today. Ishbel Lapper says the new General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May, is the biggest shake-up in the law over data storage for two decades. And she warns that companies will have to make sure they follow the law from day one – or face hefty fines of up to 20 million Euros.
You can’t help but have heard about zero hours contracts. At its heart is a pretty simple idea. You sign a contract with an employer which means they don’t have to provide you with a minimum number of working hours and you get the right to turn down any offer if you want to. Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of people on zero hour contracts in the UK increased by around 100,000 last year, to stand at around 1.8million. As more and more of us come into contact with these contracts, it’s important we know what they are all about. So, here’s a look at some of the most commonly asked questions around the issue.
We live in an age of social media. Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn or any one of the myriad of other platforms, there are few of us who don’t have one kind of digital footprint or another these days. But with the opportunities that social media can provide come some risks too. And if you are in the market for a new job, it makes sense to be aware of just what some of those risks might be.
There’s one clear lesson many of us learned from the big freeze which gripped the nation just over a month ago. And that’s to expect the unexpected.
The Beast from the East is here – bringing with it Siberian temperatures and the threat of widespread snow. That’s likely to mean lots of travel disruption and schools closing across the region, meaning extra childcare headaches for thousands of workers. So what do you do if your staff cannot make it into work because of the weather – or your boss insists that you drive into work on treacherous roads? Here are the answers to a few of the most commonly-asked questions about work and the weather.