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The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 9

19/12/2013 - 16:12

What's your New Year's resolution?Christmas and New Year are fast approaching, have you made a resolution?Make your business Stronger, Safer, Smarter in 2014.Stronger BusinessPark City specialises in tackling all HR and employment law problems, providing you with efficient cost effective solutions.Safer...

The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 8

18/12/2013 - 14:12

Smoking in the workplace,How to comply with the law? How to comply with the lawThere are several things employers are required to do to comply with the law. These are;Display warning signsMake sure people are aware that the premises are smoke-freeRemove smoking rooms in the premisesEnsure no one...

The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 7

17/12/2013 - 16:12

Will we get snow this Christmas?As the temperature rises and falls everyone wants to know if we will get snow this Christmas? Most Health & Safety requirements in relation to the workplace are covered in 'The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.In particular, Regulation...

The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 6

17/12/2013 - 16:12

Redundancy over the holiday period It has been a difficult year at Santa's Grotto Ltd this year, how have you coped?   The recession has hit hard in Lapland and Santa has to make some tough decisions. What should he do? Make sure all other options to redundancy have been considered...

The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 5

13/12/2013 - 15:12

Christmas Elf & Safety Checklist Christmas is a time for celebration and enjoyment, a time to spend with your friends and family. It is not a time to be spent in hospital or clearing up after a fire. Don't let your Christmas decorations be the reason for an unexpected office decoration Christmas...

FREE Snow Disruption Guide

13/12/2013 - 13:12

Snow Disruption GuideAs Christmas gets nearer the big question is, will we have a white Christmas? But with snow comes the yearly questions concerning staff absence.What do I do about pay if an employee couldn’t get to work?Unless the employer contractually states they will provide transport for...

Christmas Opening Hours

13/12/2013 - 12:12

Our Christmas and New Year Office Opening hours   23rd - 31st December 2013 - Office closed 1st January 2014 - Office closed Emergency Client contact number is 0870 770 7725   2nd January 2014 - Office open, 9am - 5pm Office number is 01206 752100 ...

In Conversation With - Danielle Kendall

13/12/2013 - 12:12

Welcome to our Christmas 'In Conversation with'...This month we asked one of our new Consultants Assistants,Danielle Kendall a few questions.Q: What is your role at Park City?A: I am a HR and H&S Consultant's Assistant.Q: What would you say is your best attribute? What do you bring to...

The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 4

13/12/2013 - 09:12

Holiday entitlements over the holidays Here is a few top tips for planning your staff holidays.   Ensure that all full-time staff have a holiday entitlement of 28 days or more (including bank holidays) Ensure all part time staff have a holiday entitlement of 28 days (including...

The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 3

11/12/2013 - 13:12

Be Disciplined about your Disciplinary Christmas is a time of joy and with festivities well on the way some employees can over step the mark resulting in a disciplinary.   Q: I want to issue someone with a disciplinary warning - what do I do? Talk the person through the disciplinary...

The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 2

10/12/2013 - 13:12

You have your Elf and Safety in place for First Aid But what happens if your appointed person is off work?     Q: Do I need to provide cover for my first aider? You should provide a qualified first aider for when your main appointed person is off work, however absences can...

The Twelve Days Before Christmas Top Tip 1

09/12/2013 - 17:12

In the lead up to christmas we are giving you twelve top HR and Health & Safety tips Today is an Elf & Safety Frequently asked Question...   Q: How often do my first-aiders need to have refresher training? The Health & Safety Executive strongly recommends that your staff...

Don't let employment tribunals be your biggest Christmas hangover!

02/12/2013 - 13:12

As Santa prepares his reindeer for their trip of the year, many of you are preparing for your companies festive celebrations.  These events provide an excellent opportunity to congratulate staff for their achievements and to recognise employees’ efforts during another difficult year for...

Price on Education and Training Reform

15/11/2013 - 12:11

Price on Education and Training Reform Are you ready for the last in our 5 part series of Tim Prices’ Mayors speech? “If we take a look back at our school days and at pupil P, he is now nearing 50, School and further education is a distant but very happy memory, this was me in 1978...

'Price, Our Towns Future'

07/11/2013 - 13:11

The next instalment of our Operations Director, Tim Price's speech...  Price, Our Towns Future “So what about Colchester , what's the vision, what's the plan , based on my most recent experiences with the LEP and community budget programme with Essex County Council , I would...

Enablers to Growth - The A120

23/10/2013 - 12:10

The Next instalment of Tim's speech...“What are the enablers to growth in Essex, Infrastructure, IT and Communications, Skills and Training provision get my support, in addition to County and Local government partnerships being created or re-focused, to jointly decide where and when public...

Price on Growth Plans for Essex and Education

22/10/2013 - 09:10

“In Essex, our Growth plan identifies high growth sectors, some of which are consistent with the LEP’s strategic growth plan. These include Advanced Manufacturing and Technology, Transport Ports and Logistics, Renewables and low carbon technologies, Health and Care, Creative & IT,...

Price on the South East Local Enterprise Partnership

21/10/2013 - 15:10

Tim Price, Owner/ Director of Park City Consulting Ltd, Chairman of the Essex IoD, and Vice Chairman of the Essex Employment and Skills Board was recently invited by the Mayor, Councilor Colin Sykes to give a speech to 40 businesses in Colchester.Here is a snippet of what Tim had to say;“On to...

New Legislation Changes Are Coming Soon!

26/09/2013 - 09:09

Park City would like to let you know of some up and coming Legislation changes due to come into force on the 1st October 2013.Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013New legislation in the RIDDOR 2013 replaces schedules of major injuries & work related illnesses with...

Fire Fighters Strike This Week

23/09/2013 - 15:09

With the UK fire fighters set to go on strike on Wednesday September 25th, Park City Consulting has the following advice to help managers & employees ‘help themselves’ while there is reduced fire cover. While all fire services involved in the industrial action have resilience...

Teachers' Strikes planned for this academic year...

06/09/2013 - 16:09

Members of the NUT and NASUWT have warned about walk-outs in response to plans and the ongoing disputes concerning pay, pension and working conditions if the Education Secretary, Michael Gove continues to refuse to meet for talks.Dates are to be confirmed but are likely to form a rolling programme commencing...

Unexpected Changes in TUPE Reform

06/09/2013 - 16:09

Having postponed potential implementation from September 2013 to January 2014, it would now appear that the changes to the TUPE regulations are unlikely to be as impactful as first thought.The new revisions are due to be put before Parliament during December and will not include a repeal of the service...

Health & Safety fine levelled at employee NOT employer

17/07/2013 - 13:07

We often tell you about companies that have been fined by the courts for failings in health and safety, with these fines often in tens of thousands of pounds, or sometimes hundreds of thousands!A recent case saw a supervisor fined – not the company - which had agreed a safe method of removing roof...

New figures show work fatalities have reduced

17/07/2013 - 13:07

Figures just released by the HSE show that the preliminary number of workers killed in the last year has fallen to 148, compared to last year’s total of 172. Construction work killed 39 workers, a reduction from 48 last year; a rate of 1.9 deaths per 100,000 workers. Agricultural work killed...

Settlement Agreements are on the way...

17/07/2013 - 12:07

ACAS has recently published some draft guidance on the use of settlement agreements.So, what are settlement agreements?  Where an employment relationship is simply not working, it is envisaged that the settlement agreement will form a ‘way out’ for parties and an agreed exit which might...

It's all change at ET1

17/07/2013 - 12:07

From 29th July there will be a range of new rules affecting Employment Tribunal practice and procedure. These will apply not only to new cases but to current ones as well.Amongst a whole raft of changes, some of the potentially impactful are as follows:Cases will be ‘sifted’ by Judges and...

Early Conciliation 2014

17/07/2013 - 12:07

Plans for early conciliation via Acas are still likely and the government plans to implement this new pre-claim conciliation process with effect from 1 April 2014.Claimants will be required to contact ACAS before presenting a claim. Claimants will have to complete a request form with basic information...

Zero Hours Contracts - Con? Or Commercial Sense?

31/05/2013 - 14:05

Well, is it a Con?  Or actually does it make good commercial sense? Zero Hours Contracts, aren't they a good way to create a flexible workforce with zero committment and in this economic climate that seems to make a great deal of sense? Yes?...Do you agree?...... Well....clearly Vince...

CITY NEWS - April 2013

12/04/2013 - 16:04

Welcome to the April 2013 edition of CITY NEWS! Well, we have an exciting few months ahead of us here at Park City.  Thursday 25th April will see our Business Growth partner event taking place at Stock Brook Manor, Stock - an opportunity for guests to glean useful hints and tips from our guest...

Facebook and Employment

12/04/2013 - 16:04

As the number of cases regarding dismissals for the misuse of Facebook at work or in relation to employment increase, employers are being advised to revise their related policies to adequately protect them when considering disciplinary action against their staff as a result of misuse of social media. ...

April deadline for changes to payrolls

12/04/2013 - 11:04

Small businesses may struggle with new Government legislation that comes into force in April, it has been claimed.Real Time Information (RTI) will mean companies that employ one or more people must provide Revenue and Customs with staff information at the time they process wages - monthly or weekly -...

'In conversation with...' Wendy Twydell

12/04/2013 - 10:04

This edition of CITY NEWS, see the reintroduction of this popular feature.  In this issue I'm 'in conversation with...' Wendy Twydell, Park City's Business Development Manager.     If you were not talking to me what would you be doing? Concentrating...

Teenager set on fire while on school excursion

12/04/2013 - 10:04

A teenage girl has been left with permanent scarring after she was engulfed in a fireball while using a cooking stove during a school camp trip. Southwark Crown Court heard that she was one of 25 girls on a three-day Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award camping trip, when the incident occurred.An expedition...

Training in a Recession

17/01/2013 - 16:01

For most businesses the current economic climate is proving challenging in many areas and spending decisions are becoming harder and harder to make and justify. Because of this many organisations are looking for best value when it comes to spending that ever-decreasing training budget. Here at Park City,...

Mediation: Common sense, costs less and cuts out the courts

14/01/2013 - 16:01

Not everyone in a working environment will see eye-to-eye all of the time. Whilst different perspectives can fuel healthy debates that lead to positive outcomes for a business, sometimes these disagreements will become counterproductive and affect the business, its profitability, or the welfare of its...

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