Social media in recruitment the screening dilemma!

Research has shown that 41% of employers/recruiters look at candidates online profiles where as only 15% of candidates think social media is a factor in the recruitment process.

Social media considerations for recruiters

This gives a fascinating insight as to how the world of recruitment is changing. However companies need to be aware of the not only the impact of reviewing social media profiles as of their pre-employment screening process but also how they monitor and review social media interaction of employees in the workplace. [Read more…]

Update of Employment Law issues – May 2012

Unfair Dismissal Qualifying Period

On 6th April the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims increased from one to years service. It’s important to note that this only affects employees starting employment on or after 6th April 2012. Anybody employed before this date still only requires just one years service to qualify. [Read more…]

We all love the Olympics, Don’t We?

The 27th July 2012 will see the dawn of one of the proudest days in our country’s history with the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic games. Between 27th July and 9th September (Inclusive of the Paralympics) there will an outpouring of sheer unbridled national pride as the world tunes into our games. We cannot wait? Or can we?

The possible chaos and upheaval for employers is unlikely to be unrivalled. So it is important that employers need to be considering now the impact the Olympics could have on their business. [Read more…]

What price loyalty?

Last week we saw the reports of the Virgin employee who was accused, and later resigned, of passing details of celebrities arriving at Heathrow to a picture agency.

The question it raises is what price loyalty of the employee to their employer? [Read more…]

HR Update – March 2012

Proposals on executive remuneration

Following the publication of the discussion Paper on Executive Remuneration Vince Cable has announced various measures to address ‘excessive pay’ for company senior executives. This has been a hot topic in the media recently.

The measures proposed fall into four key areas: [Read more…]

What does an employee have to do to get fired?

Luis Suarez’s refusal to shake the hand of Patrice Evra put Liverpool Football Club in a difficult position. It’s clear his actions have brought more negative focus onto the club. The clubs response was to issue a statement saying they were disappointed in his actions. They also stated that he had told them in advance of the game that he would shake hands,

Given he has brought the club into such disrepute should the club not take stronger action? In normal business life if an employee had behaved in such a way there is a high likelihood that their actions would result in dismissal. So why do Liverpool FC tolerate this? [Read more…]

Social Media Control

The explosion of social media has introduced a whole new challenge to the working environment and for HR policy makers. The first question for organisations is do you allow staff free access or do you limit it? For HR professionals the next question is if there is unfettered access do you have a formal social media policy, covering elements such as not referring to your employer and making derogatory statements etc. [Read more…]