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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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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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 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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April 1, 2021

How to Manage Stress at Work

There are many reasons why stress occurs at work. Having crazily tight deadlines and a horrifically heavy workload often trigger it… The last 12 months have been so different from anything we’ve known before, there are now a whole host of new things causing employees to feel stressed. Which is why addressing how to manage…

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March 31, 2021

Managing Absence on the Roadmap Out of Lockdown

As we journey out of lockdown, many employees will want to do all the things they’ve missed out on during the last 12 months… Whether that be a trip to the hair salon, a staycation, or just spending time with family and friends. As lockdown restrictions ease, HR teams will no doubt see a spike…

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March 30, 2021

FAQs: Can You Spy on Your Employees?

Working from home has been the new norm for many, thanks to lockdown. This shift to remote – and unwatched – working, may have heightened the business desire to keep track of staff. So, what’s allowed and what’s not, when it comes to monitoring what your employees get up to? Keep reading to find out…

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March 29, 2021

How to Manage Annual Leave in 2021

Managing annual leave with furlough, accrued holidays and self-isolation can be far from a holiday. We’ve summed up what employers need to know about the latest legislation. Watch our masterclass or read our article below to brush up on the latest rules and best practise when it comes to annual leave, carrying over holidays, furlough…

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March 23, 2021

New Ruling from the Supreme Court on ‘Sleep-in’ Payments: Explained

The Supreme Court has issued its long overdue judgement regarding ‘sleep-in’ payments in the key case of Mencap v Blake-Tomlinson. Only periods of time when the employee is awake and carrying out relevant duties count for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage, it says. Back in 2017, the then President of the Employment Appeal…

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March 21, 2021

What Is Human Capital Management (HCM)? | Key Terms

Human Capital Management (HCM) is a term growing in popularity – but what does it actually mean? We’ve listed the key terms surrounding HCM and what it all means for your HR team. What Is Human Capital? Human capital is the economic value that comes from your workforce: things like experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities,…

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