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Make sure your people know where they stand

Employees not only form the core of a business, they are also one of the biggest fixed costs it will have. With access to the innermost corporate secrets and the ability to make or break a firm, having properly drafted contracts in place is critical to success – and survival.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Everyone loves a good Christmas party and a well-planned corporate gathering can do wonders for morale. But as headlines have shown, employers are becoming increasingly alive to the risks they face from the simple act of trying to reward staff.

Scales of justice are rebalanced in favour of employees

A decision handed down by the Supreme Court at the end of July has changed the employment law landscape. A fees-based regime instituted by the government that was intended to reduce the number of claims brought by employees was ruled unlawful.

Ensure you keep your staff out of the danger zone

On the whole, print has a reasonably good safety record. According to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics, the printing sector has a lower accident rate than associated industries such as paper and board production.

Why Lord Sugar needs to sweeten his behaviour

Someone is not performing to an acceptable standard. They are for the chop and it’s down to you to administer the coup de grâce. Is this your Lord Sugar moment? Do you point the finger of doom with a theatrical flourish and, without compunction, utter the famous words, “you’re fired”?

Old-school schemes find favour with a new generation

Ink-stained apprentices were a feature of the printing trade for centuries. At least three US presidents – Thomas Jefferson, Warren Harding and Lyndon Johnson – worked as so-called ‘printer’s devils’ in their younger years. Other famous one-time devils include Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain.

Make time for more flexible personnel

Flexibility is great, right? Fantastic if you’re trying out yoga. But only up to a point. It would be a bad thing if you were so bendy you tied yourself up in knots. While conversely, complete inflexibility, is unlikely to get you very far. Unless of course the A&E department is a painfully long journey away from where you put your back out while Bikram bending.

Sustainability superheroes

Some choose themselves. Some are chosen by others. But it’s not how a business goes about appointing its own green champion that matters. What matters is that every business has an individual in place whose role it is to continually drive good environmental practices and make sure that the company is heading in the right direction to hit its green aims and objectives.

Internships can deliver much more than just the tea

From Monica Lewinsky and that infamous cigar, to the ongoing debate around cheap or even unpaid labour, the subject of internships can be controversial. There have been plenty of headlines in recent months about companies exploiting interns by paying them a pittance or nothing at all.

Don't fall victim to workplace hazards

Red tape. Definitely something that features prominently on printers' top-five-things-to-grumble-about lists. And yet seemingly overly prescriptive government legislation is often there for good reason. And nowhere is this more the case than when it comes to health and safety.

UK employers need to get clued up on pension obligations

Retiring to the Costa Blanca, becoming a golf pro, turning a small back lawn into a veritable Kew Gardens. All visions that have for most people of late, begun to seem rather distant and ambitious thanks to austerity economics and talk of capping the state pension.

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