November 2, 2021

Are you at risk if staff drive their own cars on business?

During the recent fuel panic, we all became used to squeezing the last few fumes from the tank as we scurried round in the desperate hunt for petrol or diesel. With queues snaking round the block and many petrol stations running out completely, it was tempting to ask that lucky member of staff with a…

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July 28, 2021

Casual or zero-hours contracts: calculating holiday pay and entitlement

Working out holiday entitlement for casual (zero-hours) employees can be extremely complicated. Our experts share everything you need to factor in. Our HR & Employment Law Advice Line receives several queries each week regarding these matters. Common queries include: If an individual is self-employed, are they not entitled to paid annual leave? What is the correct calculation…

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July 2, 2021

How to avoid business fines: payroll edition 

Does the thought of a whopping great fine break you out in a sweat? Nothing will hurt your bottom line more than a payroll fine. But luckily, they can be avoided all together. Check out our top tips for keeping your payroll compliant and avoiding additional charges.  According to HMRC, ‘careless behaviour’ has amounted to more than £59m in…

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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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February 26, 2021

Paternity Leave in the UK: FAQs

Is your business is going through a baby boom? Is navigating the ever-changing types of leave available to parents giving you a healthy dose of baby brain? Fear not. We’ve pulled together our ultimate employer guide and FAQ’s especially for you. Paternity leave is an optional leave of absence that partners may take in order…

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February 14, 2021

Could your business be classed as a ‘toxic workplace’?

This new phraseology doesn’t mean your work environment is filled with poisonous gases. Instead, ‘toxic workplace’ refers to company cultures filled with poisonous remarks or actions – in short, bullying. Although the Equality Act 2010 gives the definition for harassment as “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect…

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December 8, 2019

Five Employee Absence Tips for Winter Weather

If there’s anything you can trust about the British weather, it’s that it’s unpredictable. Therefore it’s vital for businesses to start preparing early for freezing weather and the subsequent increase in employee absences. Extreme weather conditions tend to cause a dramatic rise in staff absences because road and rail disruption, combined with school closures, make…

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December 5, 2019

How do I Manage Annual Leave at Christmas?

Christmas may be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but for many employers it can be a time-consuming and administrative nightmare. Think seasonal trading spikes, an influx of annual leave requests and the challenge of coordinating the Christmas rota. Holiday entitlement and how effectively requests are managed directly impacts employee satisfaction. Getting the basics right…

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November 12, 2019

The Good Work Plan: What’s Changing and When?

Do you remember 2017, when the UK Parliament’s every pronouncement didn’t start or end with the word “Brexit”? That was the year the then Prime Minister, Theresa May, commissioned a guy called Matthew Taylor to review employment law. The laudable objective was that work in the UK should be fair and decent with realistic hope…

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August 27, 2019

How to avoid significant penalties as ICO issue first fines under GDPR

The Information Commissioner’s Office is finally flexing its GDPR muscles and recently gave notice of two substantial fines. The ICO are hitting the headlines having issued their first fines under GDPR. British Airways face a fine of £183 million and Marriott Hotels £99 million for significant breaches to customers’ sensitive personal data. The ICO normally…

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July 11, 2019

ICO Issues First Fines under GDPR to BA and Marriott

The ICO are hitting the headlines having issued their first fines under GDPR. Both British Airways and Marriott International were fined for breaching European data rules. BA and Marriott face fines totalling almost £300m under GDPR British Airways were fined £20m for a breach of their security systems. The breach occurred when their company website…

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May 13, 2019

Does GDPR Affect Your Employment References Process?

Does a candidate in a recruitment exercise have a right to see employment references requested and received from their current or former employer? You’re part way through an extensive recruitment process. The hiring manager has decided to make an offer of employment to a candidate. The offer is of course subject to receipt of a…

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