May 22, 2020

Is Pay Based on Gender? 

Since the introduction of gender pay gap reporting, you’d hope men and woman doing comparable jobs would be paid the same. But in reality, is pay based on gender? In a recent discrimination case heard by an employment tribunal, a female journalist working for the BBC and presenting a news programme, was paid £440 per episode. Meanwhile,…

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May 21, 2020

P60 Explained: What is a P60 and the Benefits of Electronic P60s

The deadline for issuing P60s is fast approaching. All employers are legally obliged to issue P60s to employees by 31 May. So, we’ve summarised what a P60 is, what’s on a P60 and the benefits of electronic P60s. What’s a P60? A P60 (also known as an End of Year Certificate) is an annual statement…

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May 19, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020: Kindness in the Workplace

The 18 – 24 May 2020 is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year, faced with the ramifications of a global health crisis, it’s more important than ever to look after the mental health of your employees. Inspired by the tremendous acts of kindest we have seen throughout communities across the country, kindness is the chosen…

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May 18, 2020

Quick Wins: How to Reduce Business Costs

The full financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are yet to be seen. But it will inevitably take years for business and the economy to recover. As a result, most businesses are already looking for ways to reduce their costs and improve cashflow. Are you a business owner, a Financial Director, or responsible for the…

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May 18, 2020

Health & Safety: Supporting Sustainable Economic Recovery  

An economic downturn following the COVID-19 pandemic is widely reported in the news. Plus, there’s an understandable anxiety amongst many about going back to the workplace. As a result, lots of small businesses are concerned about how they will return to more ‘normal’ operations.  The Government has released anticipated timelines allowing businesses to make plans…

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May 11, 2020

Guidance on How to Safely Reopen Work Premises after COVID-19

Following the Prime Minister’s recent statement, many employers are now looking how they can return their employees to work. The key, from a Health and Safety perspective, is to carefully consider how this can be done safely. Some businesses like manufacturing and construction, need to think about this now before they let all their employees…

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May 5, 2020

Employee Wellbeing as Lockdown Conditions are Eased

You’ve heard the clichés of the day, right? We’re in ‘uncharted waters’ during this ‘unprecedented time’ and there will be a ‘new normal’ once it’s over. Like all the best clichés, of course, they’re based on a fundamental truth: the scale of the quarantine, its duration and the global uncertainties around the immediate future. These…

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May 5, 2020

Returning Workers and Employees from Furlough Leave

Thankfully, the signs suggest the UK has passed the peak of COVID-19. Now, thoughts are moving to getting businesses up and running again. This includes returning workers and employees from furlough leave. As you’re aware, the minimum furlough period is three weeks (it can be longer if needed). The Scheme is set to run until…

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May 5, 2020

Government Urged to Rethink Off-Payroll Working Reforms

Off-payroll working in the private sector has been postponed until April 2021. So with the extra time now available, the Government are being urged to completely rethink the legislation. Most of you will be aware that off-payroll working in the private sector has been postponed. And I’m sure many employers and contractors heaved a huge…

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May 4, 2020

Bank Holidays – Six Things You Need to Know

This year, there are some additional complications to bank holidays. The May Day bank holiday has been moved to coincide with VE day, employers need to consider how to handle bank holidays during furlough and there’s the prospect of an additional bank holiday in October. So, here’s six important things you need to know about…

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April 30, 2020

Health and Safety Legislation Update for April 2020 and Beyond

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a top priority for employers everywhere. The pandemic is putting pressure on already stretched employers to do more to keep-up-to date and protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees. Businesses have a legal duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure the…

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