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The HR Dept

Your own HR Manager for your own business – Preventing People Problems:

Brian sends out monthly “HR Hot Tips” newsletters which include topics of interest and HR advice that he hopes are useful to you and your business.

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The HR Dept Guildford supports small to medium sized businesses in Guildford and South Surrey, including Cranleigh, Godalming and Haslemere by providing a full range of outsourced HR services tailored to meet the exact business needs on the day.  A personal service available as telephone Advice Line support, or on-site as necessary.

Brian has lived in the area for over 26 years and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD with over 37 years of practical, hands-on HR experience with broad knowledge and skills across diverse industry sectors and company sizes, including pharmaceuticals, recruitment agency, construction, media, IT, automotive, insurance, retail operations and manufacturing.  Brian brings a strong focus to people based issues and problems backed by extensive relationship building skills.

The HR Dept Guildford Commitment to you and your business:

  •  All the benefits of an in-house HR Department, matched to your specific needs, cost effective, delivered as and when you choose, with a full understanding of your business
  • Advice and support backed by comprehensive Tribunal Indemnity Insurance, provided locally so you won’t be talking to a stranger
  • The backing of a national network of experts when needed for any HR need or problem you need help with

Specific Support to your business includes:

  • Employment Law and telephone Advice Line support
  • Contracts of Employment (new or revised)
  • HR Policies and Employee Handbook (new or revised)
  • Disciplinary and Grievance
  • Flying Start package for micro businesses or your first employee
  • Performance, capability or conduct issues
  • Recruitment and Selection support
  • Training and Development
  • Restructuring and Redundancies
  • Payroll
  • HR Administration and HR Admin Systems
  • Pensions Auto Enrolment
  • Health and Safety

For a free review of your current HR circumstances or for a no obligation discussion of a particular HR issue, call Brian at the HR Dept Guildford on 01483 60 30 99 / 07393 017 230

April Newsletter Article cont…

HR Essentials Tattoos in Recruitment

Can employers legally discriminate when hiring and firing?
• It is estimated that one in five adults in the UK has a tattoo. (LinkedIn Study)
• Nine out of ten recruiters and hiring managers think a tattoo could hinder an employee’s career progression. (LinkedIn Study)
• Tattoos are not classified as a characteristic protected from direct discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act.

What does the law say?

Employers tend to look unfavourably on tattoos when they are hiring. Tattoos may clash jarringly with an image that a company rightly wants to display. Depending on the subject material of the tattoo, they may even be seen as intimidating or offensive.


An employer is legally entitled to hold these views and act on them. The Equality Act 2010 does not include the wearing of tattoos as a protected characteristic against discrimination.


There is the potential for indirect discrimination, particularly if the tattoos are fundamental to a deeply held religious belief. But arguments of indirect discrimination have seen little mileage in court. Dress codes should be reasonable and clearly state the policy on tattoos. As long as this is done, and due process followed, an employer can make hiring and firing decisions based on tattoos.


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