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Seasonal Health & Safety Myths

13/12/2015 - 16:12

It’s that time of year again; Silly season is upon us and the ‘Elf & Safety surrounding the festive period is once again a popular topic of conversation and indeed confusion.  Let’s take a look at some of the most unlikely Health & Safety myths that seem to do the...

Seasonal tips for a joyful and triumphant festive period

13/12/2015 - 10:12

Getting into the Christmas spirit at work is often a great morale booster and the opportunity for staff to mix socially and let their hair down can be a great team building exercise in itself. This festive time of year, however, does bring with it certain challenges that employees need to be mindful...

Park City in Practice - HR Case Study November 2015

09/11/2015 - 12:11

As well as day to day personnel management issues, Park City clients know they can come to us for help and guidance on dealing with specific one off projects that arise, often as a result of changes of circumstances in their business. A manufacturing based client recently found that its business was...

Retaining staff helps drive your business forward

09/11/2015 - 12:11

Often the biggest operating cost for any business is its employees. Getting the right team of skilled, hard working staff in place will ensure that you’re getting value for money from your workforce and will provide the right platform to drive your business forward. But inevitably people choose...

The Rise of the Apprentice

09/11/2015 - 12:11

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Apprenticeship schemes of late, with the Government championing them as an opportunity to address the growing skills gap in the UK workforce. At the most recent Budget, the Government stated that there were already two million Apprenticeship schemes in place with...

UK Businesses Improving Health & Safety

05/11/2015 - 14:11

The Health & Safety Executive has recently released its provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in the UK’s workplaces. Whilst any accident may have devastating consequences, the report does at least show that we take Health & Safety seriously in this country, with it being...

The Cost of Injury and Ill Health at Work

05/11/2015 - 14:11

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released new figures which show that injury and ill health caused by work costs us a staggering £14.3 billion a year. Despite Britain being one of the safest countries when it comes to workplace health & safety, some of the key 2014/15 statistics...

Work Experience Health and Safety

27/10/2015 - 09:10

Giving young people the opportunity to undertake work experience placements is an excellent way for them to gain an insight to the working world, learn new skills and help them decide what they might like to do with the future. It rests on our local businesses to welcome students and provide this opportunity...

Face to Face HR

27/10/2015 - 09:10

In the present age of gimmicky smart phones, superfast broadband and the ability to live out one’s existence in the cloud, more and more businesses are taking advantage of moving their service offering to an online platform; diminishing, or even eliminating, the need for face-to-face contact. For...

HSE Prosecution Highlights the Need for Good Health & Safety Management

21/10/2015 - 09:10

A recent prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) of an accident at work that killed one man and seriously injured another, once again highlights the need for rigid Health & Safety checks and procedures that are relevant and specific to the activities being undertaken in order to protect...

Park City in Practice - HR Case Study September 2015

01/10/2015 - 07:10

An existing Park City client recently asked us for specific help in dealing with a delicate HR matter that had come to light over the last few months.   The client had a loyal and long standing employee who worked as part of the company’s delivery team. Having been with the business...

Book your Free HR or Health & Safety Health Check

23/09/2015 - 08:09

Did you know that Park City can offer your business a free, no obligation HR or Health & Safety Health Check?   In a world of ever changing legislation, you need to make sure that you are fully compliant in all areas of HR and Health & Safety management. But the day to day management...

The New National Living Wage

05/09/2015 - 11:09

A little over a month ago, in the July 2015 Budget, one of the main talking points affecting UK businesses was the introduction of the new “National Living Wage”. Welcomed by many, some small business owners question what level of impact the new compulsory legislation will have on their organisations. What...

Bullying & Harassment FAQs

23/08/2015 - 13:08

Q. What is bullying at work? The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) define bullying at work as: “Repeated negative actions and practices that are directed at one or more workers. These behaviours are unwelcome to the victim and undertaken in circumstances where...

Sexual Harassment in the City

23/08/2015 - 13:08

The recent £3.2million awarded by the Employment Tribunal in relation to a sexual harassment claim by a female London based employee of a Russian bank once again highlights the fact that many City working environments house a culture of sexism and machismo in what still remains a male dominated...

Grandfathers Rights for Pesticide Users - Changes to Current Rules

17/08/2015 - 10:08

A current exemption in UK law, commonly known as “grandfather rights”, allows anyone born before 31 December 1964, to use plant protection products (PPPs) authorised for professional use on their own or their employer’s land, without having to hold a certificate (of competence) although...

Press Release: Park City Expands Health & Safety Offering with New Recruit

10/08/2015 - 10:08

News Release 6th August 2015 PARK CITY EXPANDS HEALTH & SAFETY OFFERING WITH NEW RECRUIT Park City are delighted to welcome the latest addition to their professional Health & Safety Services Team, Stephen Hunter (Tech IOSH). Stephen is a highly qualified, experienced Health &...

Branding Health & Safety

10/08/2015 - 10:08

Health and safety. Fallen asleep yet? No three words have caused more eye-rolling or ridicule at the water cooler over the latest low-ladder-usage training course than good old Health & Safety. And admittedly, when people do engage with it, it’s not the most exciting of subjects. But...

Promoting Flexible Working

10/08/2015 - 10:08

It has now been a little over a year since the right to request flexible working arrangements was extended to all employees with more than 26 weeks continuous service, rather than just carers or those with responsibility for a child. Great news for all you would have thought, but Government research...

Have Your Say! Let's Help Cut Red Tape

03/08/2015 - 12:08

The Government has launched a new initiative called the “Cutting Red Tape Programme” which aims to get rid of unnecessary bureaucracy and is asking the country’s businesses to get involved. It intends to shine a light on out of date legislation and confusing implementation of it, to...

Creating a Successful Recruitment Campaign

29/07/2015 - 11:07

Recruiting staff can be a very time consuming activity, usually involving managers and senior staff who can ill afford to spend time away from their usual day to day activities. If your business is thinking about hiring new staff at any point in the near, or even distant future, it’s essential...

An improving economy may cause a skills gap for Essex businesses

28/07/2015 - 19:07

It is fair to say that, although we are still in a tough financial climate, the longer term economic outlook is a good deal more positive than for a large part of the last decade, and not least for our region. A recent survey commissioned by Essex County Council revealed that more than 25% of employers...

Combating the Holiday Inbox

27/07/2015 - 16:07

The summer holidays are upon us and so begins the great British getaway. And after a nice relaxing break camping in the English Countryside or the soaking up the sun on the Costa del Sol, we inevitably spend most of the first week back sifting through hundreds, nay thousands of emails received in our...

Figures released today show that real wages have grown for the eighth consecutive month.

15/07/2015 - 10:07

Due to the government’s long-term economic plan, real wages are currently growing at the fastest rate since 2007. This means that hardworking people are feeling the benefit of the economic recovery – with more money in their pockets. The strength of the UK labour market continues –...

Working Through the Heat Wave

02/07/2015 - 12:07

The summer’s here! And wow, what a scorcher we’re having. Out come the sunscreen, shades and ice creams; on go the shorts, miniskirts and t-shirts (or indeed not the latter in the case of many men you see strutting around the town!) But for many who work in an office,...

One small step for Magistrates, but a giant leap for criminal fines

01/07/2015 - 14:07

A relatively un-noticed, but potentially quite expensive, legislative change came into effect on 12th March 2015 seems to have slipped many an employers’ notice. It is however something businesses regardless of size need to be aware of, should they find themselves falling foul of the law after...

Employee Engagement

01/07/2015 - 14:07

Employees are your most important resource as, without them, there’s no one to get your product or service to market. Building a healthy and positive working environment can have a huge impact on the success of your business. It’s what we call “Employee Engagement”. The term was...

Celebrating Health & Safety Week

16/06/2015 - 17:06

Health and safety week is upon us once again, and people all over the country will be celebrating the life-changing piece of legislation that was first introduced over 40 years ago. Britain has one of the most impressive combined health and safety records in the world, and a lot of that is thanks to...

Health & Safety Week 2015: The Benefits of Best Practice

16/06/2015 - 17:06

With Health and Safety Week 2015 now upon us, there are fewer better times in the year to assess the true benefits of best practice health and safety within the workplace. Although the subject is much-maligned in some quarters due to a perceived restriction of working practice, the sheer number of people...

Why Health & Safety is So Important for Small Firms

03/06/2015 - 16:06

Whatever kind of business you run, there’s always going to be the danger of someone having an accident at work. Whether it’s a fall from a height, heavy lifting, dangerous machinery, working with display screen equipment, tripping over cables or any other type of hazard, staff will always...

3 Reasons Why HR Outsourcing Will Help Your Company

02/06/2015 - 17:06

It’s undeniable that Human Resources are absolutely crucial to the functioning of any modern business. The sheer range of tasks that are undertaken by HR professionals on a day to day basis is often staggering to those of us who are unfamiliar with the industry. From managing of employee relations,...

Preparing for an Ageing Workforce

01/05/2015 - 15:05

With an ageing UK population there is an inevitability about the changing demographic of the labour market. Legislative changes, economic factors and increased life expectancy unavoidably combine to create a challenge for employers in terms of how they adapt and provide for an ageing workforce. The...

Changes In Drug Driving Laws Could Affect Employees

30/04/2015 - 14:04

Changes in Drug Driving Laws could affect employees who drive as part of their job. Employers need to review their Health & Safety policies and procedures to ensure they don’t get caught out. As most organisations will already know it is (and has been for some time) illegal to drive if your...

Shared Parental Leave Checklist

30/04/2015 - 14:04

Not only is the new Shared Parental Leave legislation described by legal specialists as possibly the most complex piece of employment legislation of the last decade, there is also evidence to suggest that the take-up will be higher than initially forecast. Recent research commissioned by the Department...

European ruling dismisses changes to collective redundancies

30/04/2015 - 12:04

A collective sigh of relief has been heard this week as a legal ruling which would have caused significant and onerous changes to the redundancy process has been overturned by the Court of Justice of the European Union. The case arises from when thousands of shop workers were made redundant when Woolworths...

Employment is big business

28/04/2015 - 15:04

There are approximately 30.9 million people in the UK in work. In Essex alone there are nearly 670,000 employed individuals with average full-time weekly earnings just over £500.  That equates to over £47m pounds being spent by business every day on employment alone in our region. Whether...

Going to court might be costing you more!

16/04/2015 - 09:04

Roly Buss MBE (CFIOSH) An important legislation change which came into effect on 12th March 2015 has generally gone unnoticed. Until now, there has been a limit to the level of fines imposed by a Magistrates Court following a breach of legislation: a maximum of £20,000 for serious offences...

Responsible Health & Safety Management in Schools

02/04/2015 - 12:04

  The management of Health & Safety in schools is the responsibility of the employer; be it the local authority, the governing body, proprietor or trust. Although it is a vast and complex subject to deal with, the Government stresses that health and safety measures should assist children...

Delivering Effective HR in Schools & Academies

02/04/2015 - 12:04

  As in any business, Human Resources Management is a complex yet essential part of the day-to-day running of education establishments. As an employer, you have a vast array of HR responsibilities within your remit, all of which can be a burden for busy teaching staff. Without effective HR...

Basement Construction Site Risks

02/04/2015 - 09:04

A two-day inspection initiative undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in March revealed an increase in the number of domestic basement projects across three London boroughs failing unannounced safety checks. Enforcement action was taken at nearly half of the 127 sites visited (48%);...

Zero Hours Contracts - An overview

25/03/2015 - 12:03

by Katie Finbow What are they? Zero hours contracts (also known as casual contracts) allow employers to vary an employee’s working hours. In practice this means that employees will only work when they are needed and no particular number of hours or times of work are specified or guaranteed....

Asbestos Awareness

24/03/2015 - 09:03

A Leeds trader has been given a suspended jail sentence after exposing a household and workers to potentially dangerous levels of asbestos fibres at a home. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, and asbestos-containing materials will release fibres into the air when damaged or disturbed. If inhaled, they...

Thinking Ahead for 2015

23/03/2015 - 10:03

The first three months of 2015 have been a very busy time here at Park City. We’ve been taking stock of all the latest employment legislative updates in our HR Forward Focus - reporting on the key changes that will affect our clients’ organisations throughout 2015. Hot topics include Shared...

Workplace Pensions Checklist

19/03/2015 - 16:03

No matter what the size of your business, be it 1 or 1000+ employees, as a UK employer you are legally required to automatically enrol staff into a pension scheme, assuming they meet certain criteria. Automatic enrolment applies to all workers between the ages of 22 and state pension age if they earn...

Park City's Tim Price in the Press

18/03/2015 - 15:03

Park City's Operations Director and Chairman of the Institute of Directors, Tim Price, is profiled in the Gazette. and talks about the Essex Business Excellence Awards. Click here and move to page 2 to see the article.  ...

HR Forward Focus 2015

18/03/2015 - 09:03

Park City featured in the recent edition of Suffolk's Business Connected magazine. We looked at what the key HR issues will be in 2015 following on from recent legislation changes.  Click here to read the rest of the article.                    ...

Discover the Benefits of E-Learning

18/03/2015 - 09:03

In the recent edition of Essex's Business Connected magazine, Park City discussed the benefits of using E-learning when employees need training. "The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (expanded by the Management of Health & Safety at Work regulations 1999), requires employers to...

Religion in the workplace a big issue for employers and employees

17/03/2015 - 14:03

Whilst most employers strive to create a fair and inclusive work environment, addressing religion and belief in the workplace can, if not properly dealt with, cause hostility and resentment between employees. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has recently released it’s findings...

Outsourcing for Education

12/03/2015 - 14:03

At a time when making savings is vital to the successful running of any educational establishment, it’s important that all available options are considered and one such option is outsourcing. Moving supporting functions such as Human Resources and Health and Safety out of house can have a dramatic...

Changes to ACAS Code of Practice - Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

05/03/2015 - 15:03

The Employment Rights Act (1999) outlines a statutory right for workers to make a reasonable request to be accompanied at a Disciplinary or Grievance hearing. A reasonable request did not constitute an individual traveling from remote places according to the current ACAS Code of Practice, however, a...

E-Cigarettes and the No-Smoking Policy

27/02/2015 - 12:02

The mounting debate about the use of e-cigarettes reflects their growing popularity and availability in the UK. Whilst their use does not currently fall within the scope of current legislation, many employers would choose to restrict their use in the workplace. The recent tribunal ruling in the case...

Secretary of State for Transport to meet local business and political leaders to discuss A120 plans

09/02/2015 - 13:02

On the 9th February, Tim Price, the Operations Director for Park City, Chairman for Essex Institute of Directors, and Vice Chair of Essex Employment and Skills Board is attending an event created to discuss plans for improvement of the A120 road in Colchester. For more information check...

Care and Medical sector top FAQ's

29/01/2015 - 11:01

1) As a busy doctors surgery, us doctors don't have time to manage staff. How do we ensure our practice managers have all the skills and experience needed to manage the staff on our behalf? We would recommend creating and implementing solid policies and procedures so all staff and management know...

Estates Excellence

26/01/2015 - 11:01

Park City Consulting are proud to announce we have teamed up with the Health and Safety Executive, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to deliver the HSE’s Estates Excellence project to over 400 employers in and around the Ransomes Europark area of Ipswich. Estates Excellence...

What do you expect to be an HR issue for you in 2015?

21/01/2015 - 12:01

A recent Acas employer and employee regional tracker survey has identified the key issues that both employers and employees expect to face in 2015. The biggest issues found in the survey below facing both employers and employees are Terms and Conditions, with the second biggest issue for employers...

Holiday Pay and Overtime - Questions and Answers

14/01/2015 - 10:01

Holiday Pay and Overtime – Questions and Answers The impact of case law on holiday pay and overtime has been in the media recently. In December 2014 the Government announced a planned change to the Employment Rights Act 1996 in relation to claims for deduction of wages. This could change the...

Machine and Equipment Risk Assessments

12/01/2015 - 16:01

This is a timely reminder that it’s a requirement to complete Risk Assessments on your machinery. Even if you have completed these and they are available in the work place, this latest court case acts as a reminder that they should be regularly reviewed, updated and assessed for...

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