IR35

IR35 Back in the News Thanks to Adrian Chiles

TV presenter Adrian Chiles' recent victory over HMRC in IR35 case has highlighted the complexity of the IR35 rules in the UK.  Since last April private and voluntary sector businesses with an annual turnover of over £10.2 million,…
New Po Box

Introducing Our New PO Box

From 17 January, we have introduced a new PO Box for all Narrow Quay HR postal correspondence. Please use our centralised PO Box: Narrow Quay HR PO Box 3501 Bristol BS2 2FL For any other enquiries, please contact our team…
Fire and Rehire

Fire and Rehire, A Last Resort

With 'fire and rehire' becoming an increasingly used practice for employers, we reflect on the risks of this approach and why it should be a last resort. What Is 'Fire and Rehire'? There are many instances when you might need to change…
Is Hybrid Working the New Normal?

Is Hybrid Working the New Normal?

A study published by ACAS last year shows that over half of employers in Great Britain expect an increase in demand for flexible working from employees after the coronavirus pandemic. Hybrid working is a type of flexible working where an…
Job Advert Wording

Job Adverts - Why Does Wording Matter?

Could certain words in your job adverts be preventing people from applying for your vacancy? We consider what to look out for when writing a job advert to ensure you're attracting a wide and diverse range of applicants. Considering Word…
Investigations

Workplace Investigations - What Can You Learn from the Downing Street Parties?

Recent investigations into 'gatherings' at Downing Street are being undertaken by Sue Gray, who also investigated claims of a staff party at No. 10 on 18 December 2020, when London was subject to severe restrictions. Her senior colleague,…
Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion - A Key Priority for 2022

Recent statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that the employment rate for disabled people was 52.7% vs 81% for non-disabled people, there has been a lack of progress made on gender pay gaps, and there is potential…

How Do We Keep Employees Motivated in Such Challenging Times?

The effects of COVID-19 on your workforce may have been far reaching with the consequences not yet fully known. Such effects have no doubt been compounded by Brexit - so much so, that in many cases it may be difficult to conclude whether it's…

Temporary Extension Made for Self-Certifying Sickness Absence

In order to ease pressure on GPs during the roll-out of the COVID-19 booster programme there has been a temporary adjustment to self-certification rules. Normally an employee can self-certify their sickness for up to seven consecutive days,…

Rise in Redundancies - Ensure Your Processes Are Fair

Whilst the Government's furlough scheme may have staved off redundancies for the short term, it is highly likely that we will begin to see another rise in redundancies across various industries as we head into the New Year. Unlike an American…