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We’re Exhibiting At The London Business Show


Amica HR Ltd are exhibiting at Europe’s largest Business Show for forward-thinking entrepreneurs and businesses. We wanted to let you know that we have some limited complimentary tickets available for this event taking place at ExCeL London on 14th & 15th of November. If you’re quick you can claim your free ticket here. This event is specifically tailored towards start-ups and SMEs looking to start or grow their business. The …

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Employment Law Update October 2018


As ever, Employment Law continues to make the headlines. The headlines are frequently about new case updates and new legislation. With everything already going on at work, it can prove difficult for employers to remain up to date. In July 2017, the Government abolished Employment Tribunal fees and what is clear following this is that more claims are being lodged and quite frankly, the figures are astonishing. The Employment Tribunal …

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Employer Myths: Are You Allowed To Give A Bad Reference?


In September 2018, ACAS released new guidance on how to provide an employment reference. A job reference is often requested by prospective employers to ascertain whether the job applicant is suitable for the position applied for. A word of caution has been given from Tom Neil, an ACAS Senior Adviser on providing a job reference; “The job market can be very competitive, so it is vitally important for job applicants and …

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Should You Give An Employee Time Off When Their Pet Dies?


From Pawternity Leave to dog-friendly offices, more and more employers have been recognising the importance that our pets play in our day to day lives. Whilst it’s not a statutory requirement, most companies offer compassionate leave when an employer experiences the loss of a friend or family member, but there has been a recent debate surrounding whether this should extend to the loss of a pet. Though employers may not …

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Top Tips To Banish Employee Burnout And The “Always-On Culture”


Presenteeism and the pitfalls associated with an “always on” workplace culture have been a hot topic as of late with the recent supreme court case against Rentokil for expecting an employee to answer work calls outside of their contracted hours. And while you might not automatically identify this culture in your workplace, it’s clear there is an increasing percentage of UK employees adopting a first in – last out approach …

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Too Hot To Handle? – Why The Heatwave Is Damaging Workplace Productivity


With the Met Office warning that parts of Britain may be hotter than the Sahara this week, we’ve been wondering how the heat can affect our brains functioning at work. Neurologists over the years have found there are many key aspects of our lifestyle that can influence our brains functionality. Some of these are more obvious, such as sleep, stress and diet. Others can be subtler, for example movement, cognitive …

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5 Workplace Management Tips We Can Take From The World Cup


37 Million Brits tuned in to watch England play Croatia in our first semi-final match since 1966. While it wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for, we must consider this is the most impressive performance the England Football team have turned out in 62 years, so what can you, as managers or business owners, take from their sporting success and utilise within your own team? Handling failure “Don’t look back …

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Six Steps To Surviving The Football Sickie Season


by Louise Norman, HR Assistant  Companies large and small have their work cut out for them as the 2018 World Cup is now in full swing and sickness absence will soon skyrocket. If you are reading this thinking ‘surely nobody would pretend to be ill to watch a football game?’, the statistics speak for themselves, with an estimated 1 in 5 people admitting they would pull a ‘sickie’ to watch …

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