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HR Advice – Why does length of service matter?

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When giving HR advice we will reassure our clients in saying that length of service only really matters when you are planning to dismiss a member of staff.

If someone has been an employee in your company for two years or more they have the right to claim unfair dismissal. This can result in you and your company to be taken to an employment tribunal.

However, if the employee has been employed for less than two years, they won’t have rights to claim unfair dismissal. But this doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods when it comes to dismissing an employee. Some people who you choose to employ may have what we call ‘protected characteristics’. This video explains what protected characteristics are and how to safeguard yourself when dismissing someone who may have these.

What are protected characteristics?

Protected characteristics are what we know as discriminations. So for example, this could be anything from age discrimination to disability discrimination. These characteristics are so important for you as an employer to understand. This is because someone doesn’t actually have to be employed by you to make a discrimination claim. These people could have applied for a job with you, didn’t get an interview and could then claim against you.

When giving HR advice, we worry about these discrimination claims as they can, if won, be a very expensive claim. This is because there is currently no cap on what an individual can be paid if they win their case for discrimination. Although, with an unfair dismissal claim there is a cap on how much a person can be paid if they win their case.

To conclude, if you are planning on dismissing a member of staff you firstly need to check if they have under 2 years of service. If so great, no unfair dismissal claims but then you also need to check if they have any protected characteristics. If you have any more questions about dismissing a member of staff get in touch today.


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HR Culture – Broken business?

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Make no mistake, the world of work is changing faster than we can even comprehend.

With machines taking over jobs left, right and centre, and very, very different new generation coming through education and into the world of work, it’s fair to say that the employment landscape of 2025 will be entirely unrecognisable to the landscape of 2005, or even 2015.

And the businesses that don’t ride the wave of these changes almost certainly won’t survive.

And the other week, I was at an event, talking to some professional services business owners, and what became clear is that very few of them had given any conscious thought about how they were going to counteract the changing landscape.

I decided to put together a quick video highlighting exactly what’s changing, what the repercussions are, and what you can do about it.


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HR Culture – Mistakes on a train

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I’m not an eavesdropper by nature.

But the other day, when I was on my way home on the train, I couldn’t help but lean in closer to listen to a conversation between two business owners.

They were shooting the breeze, talking about their businesses, when they got onto the topic of HR.

And that’s when it became clear that one of them was making a huge, common mistake.


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HR Culture – Off to the worst possible start

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As you know, I work with clients to help them create strong, vibrant cultures that result in workplaces that people love to work in, and companies that people love to buy from.

A lot of business owners are becoming more switched on to the importance of culture, but in truth, they only usually take it seriously when everything’s already gone wrong.

When employees are already indoctrinated into the wrong way of doing things.

When the toxicity has been allowed to take over.

And that’s why today I’m sharing with you my strategy for guiding employees into the right culture, from day one:


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HR Culture – A lot of dysfunction!

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Over my years in business, I’ve seen A LOT of dysfunctional and toxic workplaces.

And believe you me, they are not pleasant to be in, nor do they cultivate success.

By and large, there are three ways to tell whether a workplace is right or not:

  1. Absence problems
  2. High staff turnover
  3. Lack of employee passion

If you suffer from any of these problems in your workplace, then I strongly recommend you watch my latest video, where I share both the root cause and solution to all three.


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