Under SM&CR, the FCA is placing increased emphasis on non-financial misconduct in firms and encouraging positive organisational cultures. Does your firm take incidents of bullying and harassment seriously?
Dress Codes in the Modern Office
Parts of the UK have experienced the hottest July day on record, raising some interesting questions concerning office dress codes. Is it acceptable to make members of staff wear formal clothing, when temperatures are soaring? And are dress codes needed in the 21st century office?
Gender and Leadership
What makes a person a good leader – their skills and abilities or their gender? Despite preconceptions that still prevail, diversity in leadership should be encouraged, particularly with SM&CR on the horizon...
Criminal Records and SM&CR
SM&CR introduces more stringent requirements in respect of criminal record checks. What will these involve?
SM&CR and Diversity and Inclusion
With the introduction of SM&CR fast approaching for general insurance firms, it is worth considering the FCA’s stance on diversity and inclusion. Does your firm fully understand diversity and inclusion?
Do You Understand Your Responsibilities?
Statements of Responsibilities, which are required under SM&CR, are a useful and important way of documenting the accountabilities of senior managers. Amy Foster highlights why we need to understand our responsibilities.
Retaining Good Employees
Recruitment can be costly and time-consuming. This article considers the benefits of retaining good employees and explores how organisations can successfully encourage staff retention.
Honesty, Integrity and Employment Tribunals
Failing to be honest may be costly. The judgement in a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal, shows that the credibility of evidence offered by a claimant, witness or respondent in legal proceedings may be considered in fitness and propriety assessments.
The Importance of a Good Induction
Is your induction process well-planned – or do you leave new recruits to their own devices? Amy Foster explains why having a robust induction process is so important for both employers and employees.