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Merlin House, 1 Langstone Business Park

01633 459012

For more than 10 years we have provided companies of all sizes and in a variety of sectors with uncomplicated, innovative and affordable human resources advice and on-site support ensuring that your people are an asset to your company and not a liability.


With the National Minimum Wage (NMW) now almost fifteen years old, and with another increase pending on 1st April 2017 HMRC have issued a list of the most elaborate excuses they've been given by employers for not paying the appropriate rates:

The HR Guide to Christmas in the Workplace

Alan Kitto

The Starbucks Christmas cups have been launched so it must be that time of year again for HR to declare 'Bah Humbug' and remind everyone of the minefield of potential HR challenges that Christmas can bring.

Typically the challenges come from four main areas:

  1. Workplace Christmas parties are often the highlight of a company’s social calendar but it’s not uncommon for employees to behave inappropriately whilst having a good time.
  2. Annual leave requests are often concentrated at Christmas when a company only closes on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day as employees look to spend as much time with their families as they can.
  3. It’s not uncommon for employees to receive gifts from customers or suppliers at Christmas, or indeed for these to be given by your employees.
  4. Christmas is a Christian festival and is not celebrated by all religions.

The best advice is 'be prepared'; for more information, download our Christmas in the Workplace Guide

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