How can you deal with a ‘whistleblower’ working in your employment?

How can you deal with a ‘whistleblower’ working in your employment? Is it right to dismiss them for disclosing information about other members of staff? Croner-i can help… Workers who make ‘Protected Disclosures’, otherwise known as ‘Whistleblowing’, are protected from dismissal and/or suffering a detriment by the employer because they made a disclosure. However, for…

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How do you deal with Discipline in the Workplace?

How do you discipline two members of staff, who are at different levels within the business, for the same alleged offence? Croner is here to help you… When employers are considering appropriate disciplinary sanctions to impose on their employees, they should always act reasonably and consider a number of issues. However, what happens when two…

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Are you responsible for your employees’ actions outside of work?

UPDATE: With the party season just around the corner, we’ve spoken to the HR experts at Croner to provide a few tips to help both you and your staff enjoy the festivities. You can read the tips here  Employers can be legally liable for the acts of their employees – this is known as ‘vicarious liability’….

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Case Confidential – Accommodating Holiday Requests

Childcare assistants to child ratios are essential to adhere to within a nursery environment; therefore it is critical that nursery managers and owners make resource planning an essential part of their role. Balancing the need for staff to take their holiday and accommodating other unexpected absences can make this difficult to achieve as a nursery…

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National Day Nurseries Association needs you #earlyyears

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched its third annual workforce survey and would like all early years providers to participate. Ahead of the General Election, NDNA wants feedback from those working in the early years sector on issues affecting them, such as staffing, financing and training. The Association needs respondents in order to…

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Can disciplinary action be taken for an employees behaviour at a works party?

The Case study below is based on a question asked due to an employee’s behaviour at a works party? Natasha, a Nursery Manager contacted the helpline to discuss Sam, a member of the team who had been with them for five years. Sam has been a good employee but had recently started acting very strangely….

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Some school and early years staff may be barred under new disqualification rules #earlyyears

In November 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) published Keeping children safe in education: childcare disqualification requirements – supplementary advice available from gov.uk. The guidance reminded schools that, as well as their other safeguarding children duties, they must also comply with additional requirements under the Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009. This…

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Report shows less money spent on early years #earlyyears

A new report has shown that “real spend” per child on early years, childcare and Sure Start dropped by a quarter between 2009 and 2013. The Coalition’s Record on the Under Fives: Policy, Spending and Outcomes 2010–2015, published by London School of Economics and the Universities of Manchester and York, shows a fall in spending…

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Separate registration for two-year-olds to discontinue #earlyyears

Forthcoming legislation is expected to remove the requirement that schools register early years provision for two-year-olds separately with Ofsted. It is anticipated that, subject to the approval of parliament, this will come into effect in September 2015. In an open letter on reforms, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education Sam Gyimah said:…

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