May 28, 2015

Written warnings may be disregarded

Written warnings may not be sufficient evidence in employee dismissal cases anymore, according to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal in Way v Spectrum Care Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 381 held that a warning given in ‘bad faith’ should not be taken into account in deciding whether there is, or was, sufficient reason…

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May 27, 2015

Driving you crazy

Just to add to the things that you now have to do as an employer…the DVLA are no longer issuing or updating the paper counterpart to UK driving licences. Should you need to check the licences of staff members that drive on your behalf; their paper counterpart will no longer be updated – starting from…

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Shared Parental Leave and Pay – Could this be discriminatory?

Two important new pieces of legislation are now live – Shared Parental Leave (ShPL) and Pay (ShPP). This means that either parent may take Shared Parental Leave (for a maximum of 50 weeks as the first two weeks of Maternity Leave is compulsory for the mother) and Shared Parental Pay is to be paid at…

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April 30, 2015

Can The Cloud improve your HR?

It can be tricky to keep up with the day-to-day HR needs of your workforce. Paperwork, approvals, requests for information and staying compliant – they all take away from the main objectives of your business. Cloud-based HR systems can help remove the administrative stress from your growing HR needs and allow you to concentrate on…

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April 22, 2015

Do you have a Clarkson working for you?

News reports and social media sites have been filled with views on Jeremy Clarkson following his alleged attack on a colleague. Love him or hate him, everyone seems to have an opinion on whether he should have continued in his employment or not. Jeremy Clarkson’s behaviour, both on and off the Top Gear camera, has…

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Cracking down on employee absence

As a country, we lose 131 million working days and £15 billion every year from sickness absence, according to recent figures. This is clearly a huge problem and employers should take whatever steps they can tomanage both short-term and long-term absences effectively. Absences of 4 weeks or more is classed as a period of ‘long-term’ absence.  It…

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April 21, 2015

Could your employees be driving while on drugs?

New legislation has been introduced which tightens the law on drugs and driving. That means it is now more important than ever to have a clear policy in place. The law on drink driving has been around for a long time now but the law on drugs and driving is comparatively new. The Drug Driving…

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April 17, 2015

Social Media in the Workplace

Social media now plays a key role in many businesses as well as in the personal lives of most employees. Employees can, and often do, stray outside of purely personal use and this overlap can cause problems for employers and, of course, provides them with the challenge of monitoring and controlling information. Two very recent…

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March 30, 2015

Holiday Pay claims limited to two years from July 2015

The Government has introduced new regulations in order to protect UK businesses from potentially damaging underpaid Holiday Pay claims. The Regulations will also apply to most claims of unlawful deductions to two years before a Tribunal claim is lodged. The move comes in reaction to an Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (EAT) decision in late 2014, which…

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March 25, 2015

Important changes to an Acas Code of Practice

Are you currently dealing with a disciplinary or grievance within your organisation? If so, you need to be aware that Acas has made some small changes to its Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures which clarifies if workers have the right to be accompanied by a companion at a disciplinary or grievance hearing.…

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How will the new Fit For Work service affect your business?

Last month, we discussed the Government’s new “Fit for Work” occupational health assessment service, aimed at employees classed as long term sick. It triggers when an employee has been (or is likely to be) absent for four weeks or more and referrals can be requested by employers or the employee’s own GP. This is such…

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March 18, 2015

A quick BUDGET 2015 review!

Here are a few highlights from the budget which might affect your business: Minimum wages for adult, youth and apprentice will increase The tax-free Personal Allowance is to rise from £10,600 in 2015-16 to £10,800 in 2016-17 and £11,000 in 2017-18 The threshold that individuals start paying 40p tax will rise from £42,385 to £43,300…

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