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Workplace Covid testing extended to smaller employers

Workplace testing is set to play an integral part in the roadmap to reopening businesses in the UK. As of 6th April, businesses with more than 10 employees are eligible to sign up to free lateral flow tests. Employers must register by 12th April and the kits are free up until 30th June 2021.   The government said […]

5 Top Tips for reducing stress

April marks ‘Stress Awareness Month’ which means, there is no better time to stop and ask ourselves the question, “Am I doing ok?” What is stress? When we are faced with a perceived harmful attack or event, a physiological reaction is triggered in our body, this causes our adrenal glands to release the hormones adrenaline […]

Menopause Awareness in the Workplace

The website Menopause in the Workplace has published data from the Office for National Statistics which shows that “menopausal women are the fastest growing workforce demographic”, and that with the rising state pension age, one in three people in the workforce will soon be over 50.  The menopause usually occurs between 45 and 55 years […]

Physical Wellbeing Tips for Employees Working from Home

If you are an employer who has employees working from home because of Covid, you will be aware that this comes with both advantages and disadvantages for employer and employee. Nobody should be getting in late due to being stuck in a traffic jam when they are working from home (unless the queue for the […]

The Benefits of implementing HR Software in your business

With the growth of your business, the number of employees grows too and gradually, the burden of keeping up with the admin can really start having an impact on you as a business leader – it may even become so onerous, it takes you away from actually running your business.  Some clients have found that […]

Furlough Leave – An Employee Perspective

Furlough leave is one big holiday… right? Whilst many people who have found themselves working harder than ever in response to the challenges of the pandemic may have found the idea of furlough leave appealing, being on furlough leave can also be challenging, with worries such as impacts on finances and mental health. In today’s blog, […]

Why are workplace investigations important?

Harassment is one of the most frequent complaints brought by employees. Conducting effective workplace investigations, whether in response to acts related to race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected characteristics, isn’t merely a way to show you take these matters seriously. A thorough process, free from bias and prejudgment, is essential for minimising a company’s […]

ViewHR welcomes a new team member

ViewHR continues to go from strength to strength after appointing HR associate Candice Openshaw to its ever-expanding team of HR and legal professionals. Since its formation in 2015, ViewHR has endeavoured to recruit some of the best talent within the industry to reinforce its team and enhance its client service from its Ringwood headquarters. With […]

How can employers support shared parental leave?

In 2015, the UK Government first introduced Shared Parental Leave (or SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP), which enables parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay between them after the arrival of their little one.  The purpose of this was to allow parents to make […]

Choose Happiness

Due to popular demand, we have decided to run a series of mental health and wellbeing coffee sessions. These sessions are an opportunity to learn, share and develop your skillset around all thing’s wellbeing and mental health. The fourth and final session of our mental health series discusses happiness and the importance of laughter. In […]

Guide to testing and COVID 19 vaccines for employers

As the UK’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout continues, employers need to prepare for the impact on their workforce. While the vaccination can prevent serious illness in the person who has been vaccinated, trials to prove the extent to which vaccination prevents transmission of coronavirus are still ongoing. Testing has been extended to the workplace, employers can […]

How to bring employees back from furlough?

Are you hoping to welcome your employees back to the workplace soon, after a period of working from home or furlough leave? If so, it may be beneficial to consider what steps you can take to help their return go as smoothly as possible. Derived from the term onboarding, in recent months this concept has […]

How to prepare for IR35

What is IR35? IR35 is a tax anti avoidance rule, designed to tackle disguised employment. Disguised employment is when an organisation engages an individual contractor to provide services using an intermediary, usually a limited company. This shields the organisation from the liabilities attached to employment, from a tax point of view. IR35 is also known […]

How to Show Employee Appreciation

Did you know that the first Friday of every March is national Employee Appreciation Day?  This means that Employee Appreciation Day 2021 is on Friday 5th March.  Most employers we work with here at ViewHR want to show their employees that they appreciate them all year round, and so we thought we would dedicate this […]

ViewHR Team joins #MYTIME2Care this March

It’s been a tough old 12 months for everyone, especially for young carers. This is why the ViewHR team is proud to be supporting #MYTIME2CARE to support young carers in March. MYTIME are on a mission to level the playing field for young carers, by giving them the support, friendship and opportunities that every child deserves. We will complete an activity every day in […]

What is the Kickstart Scheme and is my business eligible?

The Kickstart Scheme was announced in July 2020 as part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs. The scheme aims to create thousands of high-quality six-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 who are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. Under the scheme, the Government will cover: 100% of […]

The wait is over: Uber loses at the Supreme Court

On Friday 19th February, the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers must be treated as workers rather than independent contractors following a five-year battle by former Uber drivers James Farrar and Yasseen Aslam. The ruling entitles Uber drivers to worker rights including minimum wage and holiday pay, protections they were unable to access while Uber classified […]

How to Handle an Appeal

Following our recent blog on the topic of responding to grievances, this week we are considering appeals. Employees have a formal right to appeal decisions made by their employer in certain situations, such as if they have been given a disciplinary sanction, in response to the outcome of a grievance they have raised, or if […]

New Statutory Rates 2021/22

The Government has published the proposed statutory rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), which come into effect on 1 April 2021. The rates normally increase each April in line with the consumer price index (CPI). To be entitled to these statutory payments, […]

Businesses Pay It Forward: The benefits of giving graduates a chance

In December 2020, ViewHR instructed Ollie, a recent Business Management graduate, to create a business marketing project that aligned with our goals and would help to move our marketing efforts forward. As a recent graduate in 2020 (coronavirus year!), Ollie welcomed the opportunity to gain valuable experience with a project that would in turn support […]

How to respond to employee grievances – The First Steps

Here at ViewHR, as well as responding to Covid-related queries such as furlough leave questions, the team are also continuing to support employers with other non-Covid HR matters, such as responding to employee grievances. If you are a manager or business owner, and you first receive a grievance from an employee, your instinct may be […]

Be Kind to Yourself

Due to popular demand, we have decided to run a series of mental health and wellbeing coffee sessions. These sessions are an opportunity to learn, share and develop your skillset around all things wellbeing and mental health. The second session of our mental health series discusses what it means to be kind to yourself and […]

How to Manage Reluctant Employees in Covid Times

Over the past year employers have found themselves asking employees to undertake a wide range of new things as a result of Covid-19, from regular sanitising to going on furlough leave – which let’s not forget, a year ago most people had never heard of! Based on anecdotal evidence from employers who work with View […]

Managing Sickness Absence During Lockdown

Monday was National Sickie Day, which is the day statistically employees are most likely to ‘pull a sickie’.  Here at ViewHR, we are aware that during lockdown, when employees may be working from home, juggling childcare, or undertaking flexible furlough, sickness absence can be difficult for employers to monitor.  However, it is important to do […]