Meet the men and women who are redressing the UK’s gender imbalances

At first glance, the fact that we have a female Prime Minister again suggests that the perceived glass ceiling that women face in the political and business worlds has been shattered. However, a report recently published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showed that gender pay gaps are still a big problem. On an hourly…

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Health & Safety Case Confidential – Guidance following an accident at nursery

Accidents in the workplace are adverse unplanned events that can lead to injury or ill-health. Certain accidents must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive by law. One recent case that the Business Support Helpline advised on involved a child at a nursery falling from a chair. Incident The Helpline received a call from…

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Competitiveness in Early Years

It isn’t the winning that’s important Or is it? Over the last few years there has been a lot of discussion in the media around competition, especially in schools. Some have gone as far as recommending that all schools sports should be non-competitive. This week’s feature article on the Croner-i Early years Toolkit for dot2dot,…

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Ten tips for dealing with an underperforming employee

Every manager hopes that all employees will perform satisfactorily in their roles 100% all the time, but there will be occasions when performance falls below an acceptable standard. Early action is the best policy, rather than waiting and hoping that things will improve. They rarely do, and delay just makes subsequent interventions more difficult. Val…

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HR Case Confidential – Social Networking

Social networking is now a part of everyday life, but it can catch out those employers who haven’t updated their policies and procedures to incorporate it. One recent case that the Business Support Helpline advised on involved a nursery manager who had broken the rules on the expected standards of behaviour. Tweet The helpline received…

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Next Generation Croner-i Early Years Toolkit

Next Generation Croner-i All dot2dot clients now have access to a new version of Croner-i Early Years Toolkit. You will continue to have access to the same great content, but there will be a new look and feel to the site. In addition Croner has improved the search functionality so that you can get to the…

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Time off for surrogate parent

Q. We have an employee who is having a child via surrogacy.  We want to support her and would like to know whether she is entitled to any time off? A. Historically, while the mother acting as a surrogate would be entitled to maternity leave, your employee, as the intended parent, would not, unfortunately, be…

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Case Confidential – Recruitment

Recruitment of staff can be a time consuming activity; finding the right person with the relevant experience and qualifications who will fit in with the rest of your team can take time. It is also important to get the administration aspects of this completed in a timely matter, as one nursery manager found out to…

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Cost of cyber security breaches doubles

The rising costs of malicious software attacks and staff-related breaches highlights the need for companies to take action, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said at the recent Infosecurity Europe event. He was speaking at the launch of “The Information Security Breaches Survey 2015”, which has been prepared for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills…

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Some tricky issues relating to pay

Pay is one of the most sensitive issues that employers need to deal with. When there are disputes over issues such as calculating a bonus, reclaiming an overpayment or something similar, the situation can easily become very tense. Croner rounds up some recent cases relating to pay, along with advice about how to handle the…

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