May 12, 2021

It’s not if you’ll switch to Faster Payments, it’s when.

We’ve seen the volume of employees paid by Faster Payments rise rapidly through the first months of 2021. Since November last year, we’ve almost doubled the number of monthly transactions. And in the same period, the monetary value of transactions has increased by almost 120%. What’s more, the overall number of Faster Payment transactions in…

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May 7, 2021

How to calculate holiday pay: an employer’s guide

Is calculating worker holiday pay driving you round the bend? Feel like you’re owed a holiday just for getting your head around it? Check out our employers’ guide to holiday pay calculations to make some sense of it all. In terms of what workers are owed when taking holiday, they are entitled to a day’s…

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May 7, 2021

How to calculate Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

As a payroll professional you may at times be required to manually calculate Statutory Sick Pay, or SSP. Here’s how to do the maths. How is SSP Calculated? To make sense of SSP the calculation is simple. You’ll want to take the weekly rate (£96.35 April 2021 onwards) and divide it by the number of…

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May 5, 2021

What are the risks of payroll outsourcing?

Outsourcing your payroll, just like outsourcing anything in your business, does come with an element of risk. And not necessarily a fun kind of risk, like karaoke, blind dates, or opening a packet of ham that’s been in your fridge for a while. That being said, a small amount of risk can lead to great…

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May 4, 2021

Outsourcing payroll for small businesses 

Timely, accurate payroll delivery is arguably one of the most fundamental parts of your business. Payroll has a key role to play in maintaining morale, productivity and trust. Issues small businesses may face with their payroll Unfortunately, in-house payroll functions are as reliable as the people doing the work. There’s always a risk you may…

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May 3, 2021

The secret to delivering a great employee experience

How to keep employees engaged has always been a hot topic among HR professionals. But what if we were to tell you that a lot of businesses are doing it all wrong? Everyone knows by now that creating a happy workforce leads to more successful recruitment, retention, and productivity levels, which saves your business money.…

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April 28, 2021

What’s next on the roadmap out of lockdown?

April saw lockdown ease with the reopening of hairdressers, swimming pools and beer gardens. So, what’s happening next as lockdown is slowly lifted across the UK? And how can employers and HR teams get prepared? Read our blog post to find out the next steps, plus, what are the key considerations employers need to make?…

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April 28, 2021

The legislation that protects transgender employees

Diversity and inclusion is quickly climbing the business agenda. Something to consider is how you can better support employees with gender dysphoria, as well as transitioning and transgender employees. What is the legislation that protects transgender employees? What are your obligations as an employer? And what does best practice look like? Keep reading to find…

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April 27, 2021

Recent development in equal pay for Asda employees

The Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited judgment on Friday 26 March 2021. The ET, EAT and Court of Appeal had decided that the relevant employees (retail workers) were entitled to compare themselves with distribution employees in other establishments under section 79(4)(c) of the Equality Act 2010 (and section 1(6) of the Equal Pay Act…

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April 26, 2021

Sleep-in shifts: what hours count for the National Minimum Wage?

This case concerns the appropriate rate of pay for a worker when completing a ‘sleep-in’ shift and being on-call for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 (‘NMW’). The Facts Mrs Tomlinson-Blake was a care support worker employed by the Royal Mencap Society. In addition to her day care duties – for which she…

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April 26, 2021

How to calculate employees’ pensionable earnings

We know that, as an employer, by law we must contribute to our employees’ pension. But what are pensionable earnings? And how do we calculate them? As an employer, you must now legally auto enrol your employees into your workplace pension scheme. Contributions must hit minimum contributions to be legally compliant and will reflect figures…

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April 24, 2021

5 ways to get your people managers to approve holidays requests – fast!

Do your managers have holiday requests collecting dust in their inboxes, paper requests being used as coasters, and unaccounted for leave in their team? Driving people managers to quickly approve holiday requests can be challenging, but if not managed correctly it can lead to poorly managed rotas, staffing issues and disengaged employees. Check out our…

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