Dealing with Highly Negative Staff

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Help, my staff member has a love bite on show?

From time to time I see a post on Facebook Group that makes me wonder why we don’t get calls on the above. It seems love bites aren’t confined to our teenage years and that employees up and down the Country are driving their bosses nuts by attending work with love bites in visible areas. […]

What happens when your staff turn up for work and are hungover?

Tis the season to be jolly…but this one can occur all year round. With the festivities rapidly approaching, what are the risks for businesses with people over indulging in the celebrations with 1 or 2 too many Eggnogs and then attending work next day, some what worse for wear. People attending work under the influence, […]

Probationary Periods and why using them carefully is so important

Since April 2020 your contracts of employment need to show whether you have a probationary period. But remember they only occur once in employment, they don’t reappear when you issue a new contract or when someone has a promotion or new title. Probationary Periods have to be used carefully. For example if your contract has […]

Understanding your Early Years’ Training Options

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This week we have a guest blog from our neighbour Amanda Durnall at Experiential Training & Learning Ltd.  If you would like to discuss Early Years’ qualifications with Amanda or Lynsey, you can reach them on info@etl.education. Background Since the changes to funding during April 2017, many organisations have found that securing reliable, informative and cost-effective […]

Can an employer say no to a flexible working request?

Yes they can, so long as they can show that they have given the request due consideration and haven’t discriminated. It is not uncommon for employees returning from maternity leave to request flexible working. Agreeing to changes may cause a detriment to the business, but in today’s litigious environment, saying no can leave rise to […]

World Cup – What to do when the business wants to stop to watch football!

How do I balance employees’ understandable interest with the needs of the business? You are not the first person to have asked me about this. World Cup fever is setting in around the country, right on the back of Royal Wedding fever. Even ACAS is on board and has issued advice to businesses, encouraging them […]

Keeping Documents To Prove An Applicants Right to Work

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Checking Documents It’s quite often that we read that your Local Authority Advisor has said you can’t keep documents that you have used to check a job applicants right to work in the UK.  Just great, and will they accompany you in court when you are in trouble for hiring an illegal worker. Then we […]

Don’t Forget The Automatic Unfair Dismissal

All too often we read about Day Nursery and Pre-school employers being told, don’t worry you can dismiss that person, they have under 2 years’ service. There’s nothing they can do about it. In the UK, we have what are classed as ‘automatically unfair’ reasons, this is where the dismissal is connected with the employee […]

How to Undertake an Absence Review Meeting

Podcast on how to undertake an absence review meeting with staff who are on long term sick

An absence review meeting is a meeting you have an employee when they are off on long term sick.   Many employers feel that they are being kind or generous by not contacting their staff members if they are off sick, in reality many employees feel cut off.   Here is our podcast on how […]

How to Seek Permission to Write to a GP

Podcast on how to undertake an absence review meeting with staff who are on long term sick

Say you had a member of staff on long term sick and you were curious as to what was going on with their health.   Absence review meetings and home visits will give you the staff member’s perspective on their condition.  It would also be useful for you to have a qualified medical opinion.   […]

She was Being Mean on Facebook

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One of our Early Years customers approached us with a situation that had happened in their setting. A member of staff had come to the office and said ‘you’ll never guess what they’re saying about me on Facebook.’   This staff member had read posts on Facebook written by other staff members and believed that […]

How to Conduct a Home Visit

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This may be an area of HR that you have not had to perform before, particularly if you have not had a staff member on long term sick.   Home visits are most useful in managing long term sickness absence.   Here is our podcast on how to conduct a home visit.  Enjoy! If you […]

How to use file notes when managing performance in your Early Years setting

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In terms of managing performance there are three approaches that you can take, the informal, semi formal, or formal approach.  Which approach you use is dependent on the severity of the situation that has arisen.   Files notes are used to document that an informal conversation has taken place with your member of staff.   […]

My Employee Won’t Sign the Contract of Employment

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This is a question that we received from one of our customers, and it is a very interesting question.  What do you do when your employee won’t sign the Contract of Employment?   This can often happen if your employee has started with you before seeing your terms and conditions of employment.  Can they be […]

Should I use an Application Form or CV

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We received a question from one of our clients, they asked ‘Should I ditch the CV and only accept application forms?’   Here is our podcast which answers this question and provides information on the pros and cons of both application forms and CVs.  Enjoy! If you require any assistance with any aspect of Hr […]

How to Suspend an Employee

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We hope that this is something that you never need to do, but if you did need to suspend your employee it is much better to have considered what you need to do beforehand.   What do you need to consider?  What process do you need to follow?   Here is our podcast on how […]

My Pregnant Member of Staff Refuses to Work

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What do you do when you have a pregnant member of staff who is refusing to work?   This can be a nightmare situation for an early years employer.  You have a small number of staff which need to be in ratio with the children.   Here is our podcast on how to deal with […]

How to prepare a Job Description in a Day Nursery

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Job descriptions are used to describe a role within your setting and are used predominantly during the recruitment and selection process. Job descriptions also have a life after the recruitment process, they are useful during induction and probationary periods. Here is our podcast on how to prepare a job description in your early years setting, […]

We Have a Thief

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What do you do when it has been reported to you that something has been stolen? This is every employer’s worst nightmare. Here is our podcast on how to deal with this situation should it arise within your early years setting.  Enjoy! If you need any assistance with any aspect of HR or employment law […]

Can my staff member stay off as long as she likes

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We were asked by one of our customers whether their staff member could stay off work for a long as she liked. There is a perception that when an employee is off sick that they have the right to be off work. Here is our podcast on how you can manage employees on long term […]

She keeps checking her mobile phone

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What do you do when a member of your staff keeps checking their mobile phone? This is not an uncommon problem in nurseries but there is no justification for someone to be walking around the room with their mobile phone, you should have a mobile phone policy in place which explains this to your employees […]

How to deal with unreasonable behaviour

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Unreasonable behaviour should be able to be tackled within Early Years settings.  It is important to remember that there are different levels of unreasonable behaviours, you may have to ask yourself whether you are being sensitive or whether someone else would also consider the behaviour shown to be unreasonable.  If the behaviour is considered unreasonable […]

My supervisor is on a power trip

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This is a situation we have come across quite regularly.  Sometimes nursery workers are promoted to room supervisor positions, only for the employer to find that they are not the best at managing people.   Here is our podcast on how to manage your room supervisors if this situation has happened within your Early Years […]

She attends when she wants

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What do you do when you have a staff member who only attends work when they want to?  It is not uncommon to experience this situation with either young employees or new starters.   Here is our podcast on what you can do to deal with this situation, should it arise within your Early Years […]

Help my Manager is taking a lot of TOIL

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We were approached by one of our Early Years customers who were concerned that their manager was taking a lot of TOIL (time off in lieu).   Here is our podcast on how to manage TOIL within your setting. Enjoy! If you need any assistance in any respect of HR or employment law please contact […]