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Working parent? Here's everything you need to know

Expecting a baby? Already a parent?  Do you employ parents or soon to be parents?  We’re often asked about what parents are entitled to or how everything works with employers when someone takes maternity or paternity leave. Most people know…
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No more Employment Tribunal fees: what happens now?

Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful and the Government has to refund anything from £27m to £32m to people who have made claims. So what happens next? Since 2013 when fees were introduced, people who felt unfairly sacked or discriminated…
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Worried about losing your job?

Changes at work can feel like they happen out of the blue, sometimes as companies react to events – good or bad. Often the decisions to look for new kinds of customers or restructure to have different roles have been discussed, debated and…
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Work feels like running a marathon?

Running a company sometimes feels like a marathon. Just when things settle down, somebody leaves or a problem happens. Things keep changing and you have to work out how to deal with them - and that includes getting employees to help. Sometimes…
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What’s your policy on policies?

Some words make your heart sink and we know that “policy” and “handbook” are among them. Nobody starts the working day looking forward to a discussion about policies and employee handbooks. So why bother? Well, why have any rules at…
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Pensions: a quick guide

Employers are starting to talk about having to set up pension schemes. We’re not pension experts and we’re not going to waste your time getting involved – but we thought we would offer some tips and advice. An estimated 770,000 UK employers…
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Why spend any time on employment contracts? Money, for a start

If you change jobs, you might notice your new employment contract is different to the last one. Apart from different logos and fonts, it's worth checking for any significant differences quickly – maybe more or less holiday than you’ve had…
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Thinking about an apprentice?

The Apprentice is back on our TV screens and I confess I’m not a huge fan. With my HR hat on, I find the tasks, arguments and competitiveness cringeworthy and end up throwing the remote at the screen in frustration. I do appreciate it is entertaining…
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Brian talks about people, ideas and cake

Want to watch Brian talking about hiring people, growing businesses and types of cake? Brighton Summit is a special business conference run by Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce. More than 250 people are coming and there are various workshops…
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Living or Minimum wages: what do you have to pay?

What’s the difference between a Minimum Wage and a Living Wage? Well, it depends who you ask. The Government is introducing a compulsory Living Wage soon, although critics are saying that’s just changing the name of the Minimum Wage –…
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Boom in new start-ups

New figures show a boom in the number of new start-up companies in Brighton and Hove plus neighbouring towns and villages, with more than 8,300 launched in the past year. It puts the "greater Brighton" area 4th in the UK for the total number…
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When a row at work turns into a grievance

What’s a grievance? Dictionaries define it as a complaint resulting from a cause of distress or annoyance. In the workplace, any employee has a legal right to raise a grievance which is a formal complaint about a work issue. In practice,…
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Work disputes - less risk of a Tribunal claim?

Feeling hard done by at work? Sacked unfairly or victimised because you’re somehow different to the others? You’re probably aware of Employment Tribunals but you might have seen publicity about fees and the falling numbers of Tribunal claims. People…
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Jobs and pay: how does Brighton compare?

Are more people freelancers or setting up their own businesses in Brighton and Hove than in other areas? What about pay levels: are they higher or lower here than in neighbouring towns? Interesting and revealing details about the kinds of jobs,…
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High numbers of new start-ups

Hot on the heels of news about a high level of start-ups around Sussex, there’s a breakdown showing how many people are forming new companies out of each area’s population. The Guardian’s calculated that 16 out of every 1,000 people launched…
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"Greatest hits" training for busy managers

We’re running a practical "greatest hits" training course for busy managers, to improve your skills and confidence in a wide range of areas. Avoid walking into legal disputes when you are recruiting, developing people or dealing with problems…
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Juggling work and children: a mum's story

For the umpteenth time I find myself rushing out the door, half way up the road,  late, son in tow and I have fluffy slippers on.  Surely not as bad as turning up at work with a small child asleep in the back of the car…..I had forgotten…
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Pay well? Tell everyone

Do you pay employees at least £7.85 an hour? If you’re not sure, that’s a salary of £15,100 - £16,300 depending on the length of your working week (based on 37-40 hours a week). If you’ve answered yes, and most digital media companies…