January 2019


This month we would like to share with you the latest news within Cluer HR, as well as keeping you up to date with developments in the world of HR and employment law as they occur.

It’s all part of the service. We hope you find it useful. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

What’s Predicted for HR in 2019?

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Within the HR industry, it can be difficult to predict the future due to unexpected fluctuations in trends. In 2019, the impact that Brexit has on HR is likely to become a key topic. With Brexit scheduled to commence in March this year, employee changes are expected due to the possibility of some individuals leaving the UK, with the subsequent gaps needing to be filled.

Technology is also highly likely to continue being on trend. With new updates constantly being delivered to the workplace, technology is consistently being developed in order to make collaboration easier and more efficient. Training is also set to become an easier task for employers, with e-learning and webinars increasingly becoming available for new recruits. This ultimately reduces the need for travel costs.

This month, our owner, Kirsten, offers insight into the trends that are expected to emerge within HR this year. Click here to read the full article.

Unfair Dismissal

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A case of unfair dismissal was noteworthy for issues in determining just who the claimant’s employer was.

Robert Wright, who worked for an employer between 2014-2016, was dismissed – in his view – unfairly. He brought complaints against 19 respondents, including one of unfair dismissal, as he was unsure of the precise name and designation of the legal entity or entities for whom he worked.

With all 19 respondents represented by one solicitor, the claim was resisted and it was contended that Mr Wright wasn’t an employee of any of them, but was in fact a self-employed contractor.

The tribunal, however, found that Mr Wright was actually an employee of the tenth respondent, Chiahealth Property Ltd, between May 2014 and September 2015, and that this company was associated with the nineteenth respondent S D Aberdeen Ltd, which employed Mr Wright from September 2015 until August 2016 – giving him continuity of employment stretching over 2 years.

This continuity of employment, necessary with reference to the Employment Rights Act, was a key basis for pursuing a claim of unfair dismissal.

To read the full case and to appreciate the difficulty in determining Mr Wright’s employer, please click here.

We Featured in ‘The Manager’

This month, our owner, Kirsten, spoke to The Manager magazine, discussing the benefits of having a blend of youth and experience in the workplace. Within the article, Kirsten emphasises how this can facilitate employees having respect for one another, whilst maximising levels of productivity and motivation.

Ultimately, having a balance of youth and experience leads to a boost in employee morale, and results in higher staff retention and progression rates. With young employees having good knowledge of technology and a hunger to learn, they can bring new energy to the workplace. Older and more experienced employees, however, are critical to a team – especially in helping develop the skills of younger employees. They can also encourage positive behaviours such as punctuality and professionalism.

For those with access to this month’s copy of ‘The Manager’, be sure to turn to page 19 where you’ll be able to read the full article.

Blog of the month

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The 20th January marked World Religion Day – the day in which society appreciates and raises awareness of diversity in the workplace. To acknowledge the occasion, we wrote a blog advising on how you can improve diversity within your workforce.

Increasing diversity in the workplace is becoming a more commonplace practice, with many employers around the world incorporating this into the recruitment process. Workplace diversity involves acknowledging and appreciating that everyone is different, whilst accepting varieties in all cultures and backgrounds.

It’s now become a necessity that workforces become more multi-cultural. There are many ways in which you, as an employer, can make your workforce more diverse. To find out how, read our full blog here.

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