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All the Facts and Figures for Employers

Employing by Numbers How much do you have to pay somebody when they’re sick? How much do you have to pay an apprentice? How long is statutory maternity leave? It’s always useful to have the facts and figures at your fingertips for any situation that can crop up when you employ people. Save the Link […]

Help with Childcare

Childcare Choices If any of your team are looking at the options available to help with childcare, point them in the direction of the government’s website, which details the help available for parents who work. A new government-backed Tax Free Childcare Scheme was introduced in April 2017. This gives eligible families an extra 20% towards […]

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Who Are We and What Do We Do?

Just before Christmas, the Lodestone Lounge team got together for Christmas lunch. Before lunch, and definitely before opening the champagne, we spent some time brainstorming. It’s sometimes useful to go back to basics. On this occasion, we worked together to define who we are and what we do. This blog is a distillation of what […]

Jargon Free Support for Entrepreneurs and their Teams

Just a Label Whatever industry we work in, it is very easy to fall into using jargon, or assuming everybody else knows what you do and how you do it. This also holds true for HR professionals. Oops – just did it again! HR stands for Human Resources. This is a label that has replaced […]

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The Art of a Successful Festive Break

The team at Lodestone Lounge are looking forward to time with family and friends over Christmas and New Year. Healthy Working Lives have come up with some great things not to do at this time of year, which we’ll be bearing in mind. Don’t try to change anything big. Now isn’t the time to start […]

Winter Challenges for Employers

Winter Challenges for Employers

Make sure this isn’t the winter of your discontent If you employ people, you can find that winter brings its own challenges. We look at three of them here, and offer practical solutions that can help keep your team safe as well as making sure you don’t fall foul of employment legislation. The Christmas Party […]

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Auto-Enrolment Ain’t Automatic

Auto-enrolment Affects All Employers If you already employ staff, you will already have auto-enrolled or will have received your staging date for auto-enrolment. However, if you are in the process of employing somebody, you have a duty to enrol with The Pensions Regulator and follow a set procedure for ensuring that everybody you employ is […]

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Ryanair Pays a Heavy Price for HR Mistakes

Ryanair’s Reputation Takes a Nosedive Ryanair has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this week. It remains to be seen what the long term implications for the business will be once the dust settles. Michael O’Leary, CEO, has admitted the airline has “cocked up”. However, I imagine this is cold comfort for […]

The Gig Economy

Do You Dig The Gig Economy?

What Is It? According to Oxford Dictionaries,  The Gig Economy is “A labour market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs.” In other words, people are available at short notice to pick up the occasional work “gig”. Who Uses The Gig Economy? Relatively young businesses such as […]

Minimum Wage – Don’t Risk Being Named & Shamed

Record Refunds for Employees Not Getting Minimum Wage In the UK, all employers are legally bound to pay the National Minimum Wage. In February this year, the government published a list of employers who had failed to do so. Workers whose wages did not reach the National Minimum Wage are being refunded a record £2m. […]

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