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There are some pretty weighty issues kicking around in the world of employment at the moment. We’re still in the dark about what will happen as a result of Brexit. No one really knows just yet how the new government will be assembled. But the temperatures have been hitting some pretty lofty heights recently, so there are more pressing issues on a lot of people’s minds…

Like what exactly you’re supposed to wear for work when the mercury is hitting 30 degrees.

If you impose a dress code on your employees? Then it’s worth considering whether it needs to be revised over the summer months. It’s the kind of thing that you won’t regularly give much thought to, but when the baking heat hits us, it’s the only thing that your staff can talk about.

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We appear to be right in the middle of a heat wave here in the UK, and there’s no telling how long it’s likely to last. In fact, you often can’t even rely on the weathermen to give you an accurate outlook, so it’s just a case of enjoying it while you can, or if you’re very typically British, hoping and praying that it ends soon.

But there are a couple of things that you CAN guarantee when the temperatures start to soar….

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You don’t need us to tell you that the summer period is peak season for staff members wanting to take some time out of the office. The kids are soon to be off school, people are thinking about a few weeks in the sun, and the holiday requests start to come rolling in.

All business owners know that it’s essential to have a robust policy in place to manage leave requests and ensure that they’re handled fairly and efficiently, so you can fulfill your duties as a responsible and fair employer, and also make sure that organisational requirements and targets are being fulfilled.

But what happens when you’re forced to decline a request for leave, and then the employee in question fails to turn up for work anyway? The initial reaction might be to think that they’re taking the proverbial Michael, and that it’s time to roll out your usual disciplinary procedures. In some cases, that might indeed be appropriate. Let’s not jump to conclusions though. Take a step back, and look at the full picture.

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We’re slap bang in the middle of the year, and now’s a great time to take a step back from the day-to-day running of your business and consider the bigger picture. It’s easy to get caught up with the issues going on right now on your shop floor, but good leaders know that regular strategic planning is essential.

Here, we’re going to tell you exactly what you need to know from an HR and people management perspective, so you can thrive and hit your annual goals for 2017.

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You’ve built your business and have your employees in place to deliver the success of your business.  Through the process of bringing people into your company you’ve obtained all sorts of data from them and most of it is highly useful.  Yet having access to a wealth of valuable personal data also brings a responsibility to ensure that it is securely held and used in a responsible manner. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the latest effort to offer increased rights to individuals and to increase the organisational obligations of any companies that have access to their data.

The incoming regulations look set to bring in sweeping changes to how organisations handle the personal data of individuals. This obviously has a major impact on employers and your HR activities so it’s important to know how it will affect you. This short guide will give you an overview of how GDPR will affect business owners before and after it comes into effect.

What is the GDPR?

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