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Video Tutorial - Contract of Employment
If you are a new employer of simply want to better understand your employers responsibilities when you issue a contract of employment, have a look at our new video tutorial.

This is the first of what will be a series of video tutorials on HR topics of interest to small businesses who employ staff.
Human Resource Solutions website offers a selection of free HR Policies and procedures including staff handbook template for small businesses and HR Professionals
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"Getting Started" Guide
If you run a small or medium sized business and need any advice about employing or managing staff we have just published our "Getting Started" webpage which links to all the best resources on our website.

As always these resources are free of charge.

If you have any comments or questions just let me know!
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Shared Parental Leave - get ready!
Employers need to get ready for the new Shared Parental Leave regulations coming into force on 1st December 2014.

This is a statutory right available to employees who have a new baby or a newly adopted child on or after 5th April 2015. It gives them the option of sharing up to 50 weeks of leave and 39 weeks of pay if they meet the necessary eligibility criteria. The parents can decide to be off work at the same time and/or take it in turns to have periods of leave to look after the child.

This could potentially be a fairly big headache for small businesses who have to administer the scheme and who could lose employees who are fathers or partners for long spells of shared parental leave.

Personally I don't think the uptake will be great. However best to be prepared so we have developed a policy template available on our website for free download.
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5 Books That Will Change How You Think

I read a lot and not many books make much of an impression on me to be honest. However the 5 which have fundamentally changed the way I think about the world are:

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
This will change how you think about the way we make decisions and choices for ever!

2. Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
Looks at why some people are able to achieve so much more than others - what makes them special - it might surprise you!

3. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less - Richard Koch
 The 80/20 Principle demonstrates how you can achieve much more with much less effort, time and resources, simply by concentrating on that all-important 20% 

4. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
How to gain and retain absolute power. You can see the principles at work every day in politics, organisations, committees etc. Once you understand what is going on, the action of politicians etc. become a whole lot clearer!

5. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
How talented are the great leaders in business and society? How much is their performance down to chance rather than skill? This book looks in a new way at how we perceive random events as having meaning.

Read these books and you will never perceive the world in the same way again!

Do you have any recommendations for me?
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Shared parental leave and pay
UK employers should be aware that these new regulations come into force on 1st December 2014 so you can expect requests early in 2015 where a baby is due to be born on or after 5 April 2015.

Parents who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to share a pot of parental leave (52 weeks), and can decide to be off work at the same time and/or taking it in turns to have periods of leave to look after the child.

There will be a significant admin overhead to these new arrangements and it would be advisable for employers to have a clear policy on this. There is some ACAS guidance currently available on this, but more detailed guidance is still awaited.
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Requests for Flexible Working - Template Procedure
You've no doubt heard in the news about these new regulations which came in today, whereby any member of staff can request flexible working arrangements.

There is an ACAS compliant template procedure on our home page which can be downloaded for free and used with minimal customisation. It's as well to have something ready in case a request comes your way!
FREE HR policies & procedures templates- employment contract (incl zero-hours), staff handbook and HR policy manual template.
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Lovely new seat...
..so my wife said: "can you build me a garden bench out of reclaimed materials" What's wrong with this??
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Disciplinary Investigations
Sometimes we need to undertake these as part of managing our staff. You don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to do a good job, just a good framework to work within.

There is a checklist here which will ensure you do this effectively and don't forget anything.
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5 Books That Will Change How You Think

I read a lot and not many books make much of an impression on me to be honest. However the 5 which have fundamentally changed the way I think about the world are:

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
This will change how you think about the way we make decisions and choices for ever!

2. Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
Looks at why some people are able to achieve so much more than others - what makes them special - it might surprise you!

3. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less - Richard Koch
 The 80/20 Principle demonstrates how you can achieve much more with much less effort, time and resources, simply by concentrating on that all-important 20% 

4. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
How to gain and retain absolute power. You can see the principles at work every day in politics, organisations, committees etc. Once you understand what is going on, the action of politicians etc. become a whole lot clearer!

5. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
How talented are the great leaders in business and society? How much is their performance down to chance rather than skill? This book looks in a new way at how we perceive random events as having meaning.

Read these books and you will never perceive the world in the same way again!

Do you have any recommendations for me?
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+Chad Tennant, I'm curious of your interest in Udemy Success Code.  Sounds like an intriguing book. What did you hope to learn from it?
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Shared parental leave and pay
UK employers should be aware that these new regulations come into force on 1st December 2014 so you can expect requests early in 2015 where a baby is due to be born on or after 5 April 2015.

Parents who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to share a pot of parental leave (52 weeks), and can decide to be off work at the same time and/or take it in turns to have periods of leave to look after the child.

There will be a significant admin overhead to these new arrangements and it would be advisable for employers to have a clear policy on this. There is some ACAS guidance currently available on this, but more detailed guidance is still awaited.
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Ha! Been there myself a few times!
 
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Human Resources Professional - if you need help or advice just ask!
Introduction
I a seasoned HR professional with a track record of supporting startups and small &medium sized businesses with their staffing issues. I own and run the website human-resource-solutions which provides FREE HR policies, procedures and free templates including employment contracts and a professionally designed and written staff handbook all ready for download. 

If you need any HR help or advice you can visit the site and ask a question. We will get back to you with an answer within 24 hours - all free of charge. Or you can visit my blog here.
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