Free seminar on employing staff

We are running a seminar in association with Start my Biz on Friday 26th September on employing staff.  This will cover the basics of taking on new employees and will include: Contracts of employment Policies and handbooks Health and safety Induction and training Employment law basics The seminar is free for...

Have you heard about Growth Vouchers…?

Growth Vouchers are a government programme to assist small businesses to obtain strategic advice.  To be eligible to apply you must: have fewer than 50 employees have been trading for at least one year not have paid for strategic advice in the last three years, and be independent (not...

Getting the most out of your employees

Your staff are your biggest asset!  Highly motivated staff will result in lower staff turnover, lower sickness absence, higher productivity and a great advertisement for your company.  We are running a seminar with the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce focusing on ensuring your employees are...

Seminar Series at Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Rachel Downer from Canterbury HR is running a series of seminars with Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce: For new employers there is a session on Starting to Hire Staff on 20th June at Maidstone and 3rd September at Ashford. Do you want to know How to Get the...

New employer support

Are you a business which is just starting to hire staff?  Or perhaps you've recently appointed new employees but haven't yet got the paperwork sorted out?  Canterbury HR has a special offer for businesses hiring their first staff.  To ensure that you stay on the...

A new year’s resolution…

It's time to get your ducks in row!  Have you recently reviewed and updated your employment contracts to ensure that they are in line with the latest legislation?  Or perhaps you've been meaning to get your policies written down into a handbook but you haven't...

Talk at Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Rachel Downer will be speaking at the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Tuesday 12th November.  Problems relating to the use of social media in the workplace are constantly hitting the headlines and it is important that employers are aware of what they...

Run for Pilgrims Hospice

Rachel Downer is running 5k to raise money for Pilgrims Hospice on Saturday 28th October.  As well as raising money for this worthy cause, it is a personal challenge for Rachel who has just started running using the couch to 5K programme, which takes you...

Ordeal by interview

There have been a couple of cases recently highlighting the "interesting" interview techniques used by some employers.  But are these strictly legal and do they really help? LG recently interviewed candidates in Chile and, to highlight the how realistic their screens are, the pretend window in...

Not making mountains…

Conflicts at work can flare up out the most minor of incidents.  It could be that one employee thought a colleague had stolen their lunch from the office fridge.  Or maybe an administrator thought their boss was criticizing their dress-sense.  Sometimes it can result from...

Life’s a lottery…

A lottery syndicate at a recruitment firm in Kirby recently won the top prize in the Euromillions of £28.8 million pounds and the winnings were shared out between the syndicate participants.  However, one woman who regularly participated in the syndicate had been off sick with...

With reference to…

Why are employment references so short and unhelpful?  There is a common view that if an employer writes a negative reference, then their ex-employee can take legal action against them.  There is also concern that a very positive reference about a mediocre employee could lead...

Sweet success for Sugar

Stella English has failed to win her employment tribunal case against Alan Sugar.  She was claiming constructive dismissal as she said that she had no real role in Lord Sugar's empire.  She was paid £100,000 p.a. for a role at the IT firm Viglen after...