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Recently we have had an employer contact us for HR support to find out if an employee can make a claim for constructive dismissal. So what is constructive dismissal? Different from ‘wrongful dismissal’, ‘constructive dismissal’ is where an employee terminates their employment in response to their employer’s treatment of them. Although there has been no actual dismissal, the treatment is sufficiently bad that the employee is entitled to regard themselves as having been dismissed. What
Jacqui Mann. Employee investigation
The first thing to do when performing an Employee Investigation When an incident occurs in your business, sometimes it’s difficult to know if any disciplinary action is required. The first thing you need to do is carry out an investigation to establish the facts of what happened. Any investigation should be carried out without unreasonable delay. Once you have completed the investigation you will then know if any further disciplinary action is required. First of
Why is employee engagement important? Engaging with your employees is one of the secrets to running a successful business. Your staff are your best asset, you have to make sure you take care of them. Here are four simple ideas on how to engage and motivate your staff in your business. 1. Make fun a priority Don’t misunderstand me here. You need balance. You need to make sure fun doesn’t become distracting and detrimental to
The team often get asked… ‘How can I make an employee stay with me after they finish their training?’ The short answer: Unfortunately you can’t. I understand how frustrating it is, if you’ve spent a lot of time and money on training someone up, then at the end of that training, they decide they want to leave. But, they do have a contract of employment with you, hopefully, and in that contract of employment it will
We’re often asked “Do  I have to actually issue an employment contract to a member of staff before they start work?” Well, the answer is no, you don’t have to… You legally have to make sure that they have within eight weeks of them starting work, but its not great if you do it that way. What we always recommend is that you make sure that you issue a contract and offer letter to someone

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