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Hospitality Industry top FAQ's

18/12/2014 - 13:12

Here are our top FAQ’s to help you navigate your way through one of the busiest times of the year for the Hospitality industry or alternatively contact us and one of our experts will be on hand for a free 30 minute consultation. 1) How do I manage holiday requests from staff during our busiest...

Holiday Pay and Overtime in the Care and Medical Industries

17/12/2014 - 09:12

I am sure you will have heard talk of the recent holiday pay and overtime ruling, but what does it actually mean to you and your business? The main case that has been quoted in the media is Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton. This case showed that regular overtime, that employees were obliged to do, needed...

Legislative Changes For 2015

09/12/2014 - 13:12

Changes to statutory adoption leave and pay – April 2015 The Children and Families Act 2014 brings statutory adoption pay into line with statutory maternity pay by setting it at 90% of normal earnings for the first six weeks of the adoption pay period. Age limit for unpaid parental...

Don't blame "elf and safety" - it's Christmas!

09/12/2014 - 10:12

Christmas is a time for celebration and enjoyment, and a time to spend with your family around you. Not a time to be spent in hospital or sorting out the company premises with the fire brigade. Therefore a few simple checks can help to make it that happy and joyous time for everyone. Use our simple...

Globally Harmonised System and the CLP Regulation or "Oh no, not COSHH again!"

09/12/2014 - 10:12

The UN Globally Harmonised System aims to make all classification of substances harmonised the world over to reduce confusion and aid risk reduction measures. This system was implemented across the EU by the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures Regulation (CLP Regulation)...

Shared Parental Leave

09/12/2014 - 10:12

Shared Parental leave has been introduced to allow parents to have flexibility around leave after a baby is born or placed following adoption. Shared Parental Leave may be requested by eligible parents with babies due or children placed for adoption on or after the 5 April 2015. It allows parents...

Merry Christmas from Juliet Price

09/12/2014 - 10:12

Happy Christmas and best wishes for a healthy, prosperous and successful 2015 from me and all the team at Park City. It’s been an exciting year but not without its challenges both in terms of the economic climate and the ever changing HR compliance environment we all operate in. Challenging...

Five Tips for Managers in Hospitality

24/11/2014 - 16:11

As the demands of the festive season take hold in the Hospitality Industry, as a manager you’ll be faced with plenty to get your teeth into and no doubt the next month or too will pass like a blur. It’s worth remembering though, that these five tips will help you not just through the busy...

The Seasonal Demands on the Hospitality Sector

22/10/2014 - 15:10

As the winter season approaches and Christmas becomes that little bit closer, consumers are looking at the hospitality industry to deal with their heightened demand. There are events to be catered for, parties to be organised and venues to be filled with happy party-goers. This isn’t anything...

Who Checks the Checkers

22/10/2014 - 11:10

A recent prosecution highlights the need to ensure that if you use a contractor to provide you with written schemes of examination or statutory through examination on plant or work equipment, you check they are doing...

Launch of our new responsive website

22/10/2014 - 10:10

As part of our ongoing priority to provide clients both prospective and retained with our most up to date services and information, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new responsive website. Our goal was to provide a website that is not only informative but easily navigable on all platforms...

Fathers and Partners rights to attend Ante-natal appointments

22/10/2014 - 10:10

As of 2 October 2014 fathers and partners of pregnant women now have the right to take time off in order to accompany the expectant mothers at their antenatal appointments. The time off will be allowed for up to 2 appointments and will be unpaid. This is a conscious effort by the government to encourage...

Fragile Roof?

02/10/2014 - 11:10

Are you the owner, occupier or a Managing Agent of a building which has a fragile roof? If the answer is “Yes” or even “I am not sure”, then you need to see the latest leaflet about work on fragile roofs which is aimed at you and is available at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis73.pdf On...

Tim Price presents to Chamber of Commerce

18/09/2014 - 14:09

As Vice Chairman of Essex County Council Employment and Skills Board, Tim Price presented an update to 40 Chamber members at First Site in Colchester. Members were informed of the progress the Business lead board has made since its creation by ECC this year. Importantly, Tim updated members on...

Guaranteeing HR Best Practice in After-School & Holiday Sports Clubs

02/09/2014 - 15:09

Park City helps you deliver safe, high quality sports-focussed clubs that inspire parents and children whilst re-enforcing the reputations of independent schools across South East England. There is no doubting the benefits that pupils derive from sport. As well as developing sporting ability alongside...

Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE (Education Consultant)

24/07/2014 - 17:07

We would like to introduce Deborah as our specialist education team member, please read through her impressive biography. She has an extensive background in education and has been awarded an OBE for her services to Education. Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE Deborah has been national Chairman of the...

Colin Ashby (Education Consultant)

24/07/2014 - 16:07

Take a look at the biography of one of our specialist education consultants. Colin works closely with our Human Resources and Health and Safety Consultants to deliver services to Independent Schools. Colin Ashby Colin Ashby was educated at Sir Thomas Rich's Grammar School before reading...

Are you ready for your next school inspection?

22/07/2014 - 10:07

Inspections are always a nervy thing for school officials to prepare for; they require plenty of time for preparation which can mean taking vital resources away from other important areas of the school. There’s worry too that people in-house may not have the right skills or approach to represent...

Changes to Right to Work Checks

14/07/2014 - 13:07

On the 16 May 2014 document checks with regards to right to work were changed. The new changes were put in force by the UKBA to simplify the civil penalty scheme for employers.The changes include a reduction to the acceptable list of documents for right to work checks, the travel document has been removed...

Male employees win sex discrimination case

14/07/2014 - 13:07

Eighteen male caretakers and maintenance workers who lodged a claim with an employment tribunal this year have been awarded £460,000 in pay back for being paid less than their female colleagues. Each of the eighteen men have received between £27,000 - £31,000 which covers back pay...

Are your employees all shook up?

14/07/2014 - 13:07

Do they use hand held tools or other machinery which creates vibration? If so you are probably aware that there are limits to the amount of vibration that they can tolerate, as excessive vibration can lead to permanent damage, for example “white finger”. Employers are required to carry...

Flexible working right extended to all

03/07/2014 - 12:07

As of 30 June 2014 every employee has the right to request flexible working. As part of that right, employees can expect their request to be considered "in a reasonable manner" by employers.An employee has a statutory right to request flexible working once a year as long as they have got 26...

In Conversation with Sandra Grimback AscMCIPD BA Hons

23/04/2014 - 10:04

Sandra Grimback is an Associate member of the CIPD with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Psychology and a Masters in Human Resources Management. She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012 and has since gained experience in HR working for one of the UK’s largest...

People are our business

23/04/2014 - 10:04

We are just getting over the excitement of Easter 2014, the Easter egg hunts, Simnel cake and trying to avoid eating too much chocolate! It seems we are now accelerating fast towards the Summer and the long wet winter seems a distant memory, as do the low times in the years after the crash. Challenges...

Don't forget to display your HSE poster

22/04/2014 - 11:04

The deadline of Saturday 5th April for all employers to display the 2009 Health and Safety Law poster has just past and we want to ensure that you aren't unknowingly caught out. In order to meet the new health and safety requirements, you can purchase a poster direct from Arco. A range of formats...

Right to request flexible working open to all

22/04/2014 - 10:04

Until now only workers with children under the age of 17 have been able to request flexible working. This is now about to change, as of April 2014 any worker with six months continues service is now able to request flexible working to commence after 30 June 2014. It must not be forgotten that employees...

Minimum wage to rise to £6.50 in October 2014

22/04/2014 - 10:04

The government confirms that there will be a rise in the National Minimum Wage as of October this year. The new National Minimum Wage will increase to £6.50 an hour as recommended by the independent Low Pay Commissioner.  The increase in pay will mean that more than one million employees...

New Mandatory Early Conciliation Procedures

22/04/2014 - 10:04

The Acas' Early Conciliation service is now available. Contacting Acas will be a required step from 6 May 2014.The aim is to use Early Conciliation to save people the time, cost and anxiety of facing an Employment Tribunal. It has been put in place to help an employee to understand the strengths...

How to Manage Long Term Sickness

07/03/2014 - 12:03

In a sector where education is knowledge do you feel safe in the knowledge that you know how to deal with long term sickness? Having a member of the team off work on long-term sick, be it stress related, regular occurring absence or a terminal illness can be difficult to manage, are you handling...

National Apprenticeships Week

28/02/2014 - 10:02

In its seventh year running National Apprenticeships Week is a time to focus on apprenticeships and how they can benefit not only our up and coming talent but our business development. Apprenticeships can be used in all manners of business life from a carpenter apprentice in a joinery workshop...

TUPE Regulation Changes

27/02/2014 - 16:02

With new regulations coming into force in January 2014 do you know how they could affect your business? A TUPE is the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006, it is used to protect employees whose business is being transferred to another business. The aim of the regulations...

New HSE Poster

25/02/2014 - 16:02

Every employer has a legal duty under the Health & Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved HSE Law poster in a prominent position within the workplace. Failure to either display the poster or provide a copy of the approved leaflet to each member of staff is...

Ladder Safety

25/02/2014 - 16:02

Prime Minister David Cameron is often quoted as saying health and safety should be scaled back in offices, just recently he was quoted as saying the requirements for ladder safety needed to be relaxed.  To some degree what he is saying does appear to be common sense, but one recent prosecution...

In Conversation with - Nicola Croft

24/02/2014 - 15:02

Meet Nicola Croft our new HR Consultant at Park City. A qualified lawyer, Nicola was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1996.  Having practiced employment law for over 10 years, she moved into Human Resources working as an HR Business Partner in a large, multi-disciplinary...

Are You Holding The Key To Business Growth?

06/02/2014 - 16:02

The KEY to Business growth is to - Keep Educating YourselfThe KEY to every businesses growth is your staff and your ability to Keep Educating Yourself.Continued development is what drives a business forward, it is what motivates your team to strive for success and growth.Managing your training, especially...

Essential On-line Health & Safety Training

06/02/2014 - 10:02

Essential Health & Safety training for just 69p? Our Express E-Learning system allows employers to meet their statutory obligations for training and developing their teams health & safety standards. The Benefits to YOU, Low cost You can develop and train your staff from a...

Mothers and Shift Work

03/02/2014 - 15:02

Working mothers were recently handed the legal right to refuse inconvenient shifts. The new rights, under the Sexual Discrimination Laws, will apply to both the public and private sectors and be available to thousands of women. This new right will not affect all companies currently running...

Zero Hours Contracts, Right or Wrong?

28/01/2014 - 11:01

You may recall that the Labour government raising concerns over zero hours contracts and employers’ use of them, and it seems that the latest regime have had anxieties of their own as the number of zero hours contracts grow. Business Secretary, Vince Cable, was tasked to review zero hours...

Taking care of HR and Health & Safety for Care and Nursing

14/01/2014 - 11:01

Park City's expertise cover business sectors such as Care and Medical, Education, Construction & manufacturing, Hospitality & Leisure and the Service sector.We tailor our services to meet the individual sectors needs. The Care and Medical sector is an area that finds itself facing ever changing...

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