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hellokittymania Sat 27-May-17 01:46:05

Can you just explain a few things to me please? How much influence do you have on the hiring process and what do you actually do? My understanding is that when somebody sends their CV, human resources review The CVs. Do you choose who gets interviewed? Do you interview the people or does somebody else interview the people applying for the job?

I would also like to know if any of you know anybody working in human resources who has special needs?

Another question, I have heard that some companies require you to have a buddy if you do have special needs. Are these just big companies as I heard The BBC was one such company.

What reading material do you suggest I read if I want to learn the ins and outs of how human resources works?

I know this is a lot of questions, but I really want to understand how things work.

Asmoto Sat 27-May-17 01:58:23

I don't think there's a single answer to this. It's not how it works in my organisation - the hiring manager reviews the CVs and decides who to interview/hire (this task might also be delegated to the people who will be the immediate managers of the recruits). HR are more an admin function for overseeing contracts etc in terms of recruitment - their pastoral function comes in more for grievances, disciplinaries etc.

Asmoto Sat 27-May-17 01:59:27

Sorry, to be a bit clearer, the hiring manager in my example would be a departmental head, not part of HR.

hellokittymania Sat 27-May-17 02:30:45

Thank you, that explained a bit. I just found this gem on YouTube. So I have my coffee and am about to watch it.

youtu.be/2_9wuvhht7g

hellokittymania Sat 27-May-17 02:47:19

I may have a lot more questions for you in a few hours. I'm going to have to watch this a few times and probably ask you things so I can understand it.

On a side note, if you hire somebody in the UK, but don't have a registered company in the UK, and the person has been working for you for nine months as the PA, how much time do you need to give before you terminate? Is it legal to terminate someone without notice if the person has really messed up? In this case, the person had a contract, but was being paid by me personally .

2014newme Sat 27-May-17 02:59:12

The notice period would be whatever is stipulated in the contract.

2014newme Sat 27-May-17 02:59:53

I've never heard of a buddy for special needs. It sounds rather patronising

hellokittymania Sat 27-May-17 03:11:11

2014, what's the shortest notice you can give? Is there a legal minimum? I run my own very small organization and I also have special needs. I have a lot of mentors and I try to be extremely careful in who I hire. I also have learning difficulties though, and sometimes get taken advantage of by my employees.

My organization is registered in the USA, but I want to learn as much as I can before I register it here.

I am writing a list of questions as I what's the seminar and have found some other things that I want to look at as well.

maggiethemagpie Sat 27-May-17 03:20:55

I work in HR, although my involvement in recruitment is minimal the general way it works is that we are there to support manager's decision making but not make the decisions for them. A kind of official sounding board if you like.

So managers may come to me if they are torn between two candidates for a steer on who to recruit, or if they just want help in reaching a decision but the decision is always theirs. A bit like Graham in blind date if you are old enough to remember that!

hellokittymania Sat 27-May-17 03:27:12

Thank you, that makes sense and I don't remember hearing about blind date? When was it around? I will look for that on YouTube later as well.

maggiethemagpie Sat 27-May-17 03:35:29

Showing my age now! There used to be a programme called blind date in the late 80s where a guy called Graham would weigh up for Cilla Black the pros and cons of each date... at the risk of over simplifying it my job is sometimes like that, weighing up the pros and cons of a course of action for a decision maker (the manager) to decide!

hellokittymania Sat 27-May-17 03:42:56

Maggie, yes, I am in my early 30s so I don't remember that. I will have a look later on and see if I can find a few episodes of it.

2014newme Sat 27-May-17 04:06:42

Minimum notice would be whatever is in the contract. Statutory notice would be a week with 9 months service Unless contractual notice is more.

daisychain01 Sat 27-May-17 05:50:45

Please seek legal advice OP. As an employer, you need to be aware of important issues such as protected characteristics of an employee you are considering dismissing, e.g. Race, Sex, Disability issues. Those characteristics are protected from day 1 and relate to UK employees irrespective of where the company is domiciled.

Please take this seriously because you could personally find yourself liable if you get it wrong. Looking at YouTube and the internet is no substitute for proper legal advice.

Ifailed Sat 27-May-17 06:21:41

Agree with Daisychain01 above. As you are US based, you need to understand that employees here have a set of rights that may be new to you. For a starter, try looking at Government advice such as: www.gov.uk/browse/employing-people

hellokittymania Sat 27-May-17 06:32:44

Daisy, thank you for warning me. I will do this as well.

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