August 31, 2017

Absenteeism Hitting Profitability at UK SMEs

Absenteeism is having a big impact on profitability at UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to 71% of firms questioned in our latest absence survey. The research found many UK SMEs are experiencing higher than average absenteeism in their business. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average number of sick days for…

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August 22, 2017

Tribunal Fees Q&A No. 1: When Will the ‘Flood’ of New Cases Happen?

Following the recent ruling removing tribunal fees for claimants, we’re taking an in-depth look at four key questions the ruling raises. In this first blog from Employer Services Manager Andy Weir, we look at early trends in the market that could point to longer-term changes as a result of the decision: 1. When should we…

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August 10, 2017

Successful Overtime Appeal Sparks Big Changes to Holiday Pay

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that pay for voluntary overtime that ‘extends for a sufficient period of time on a regular or recurring basis’ counts as a worker’s normal pay and must now be included in holiday pay calculations. The case, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willets, it’s the first time an EAT…

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Five Key Steps to Meet the Workplace Wellbeing Challenge

Keeping staff happy and healthy at work is one of the modern working world’s greatest challenges. With the latest ONS report citing 137 million working days lost every year due to ill health, many business owners are making health and happiness at work a primary goal. For a long time the main focus has been…

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August 8, 2017

Tribunal Fees Removed in New Landmark Ruling

The government has lost a landmark ruling on tribunal fees, putting employers at risk of a rise in malicious or vexatious claims as employees regain “access to justice”. Employers face what some commentators are calling ‘a massive surge’ in employment tribunals as a result of the Supreme Court decision in UNISON v The Lord Chancellor…

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July 21, 2017

Responding to Social Media Firestorms

Recently we told you about Kate Hannah who claimed on Facebook she had been dismissed for not wearing a bra at work. Of course this was completely refuted by her employer, but the hare was running. Our previous coverage concentrated on the impact dress and appearance codes (or the lack of them) can have. This…

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July 17, 2017

How to Manage Holiday Requests Over the Summer Holidays

We’re about to hit peak holiday season in the UK, so how can employers manage an influx of holiday requests to minimise the risk of disgruntled employees? Understanding leave entitlement In most cases employees are entitled to 28 days holiday a year, often referred to as annual leave, details of which are specified in the…

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July 11, 2017

Will It Be a Good Gig? Reaction to the Taylor Review

Moorepay has been following the development of the “Gig Economy” story for several months now. Those currently engaged in “gig” work are classed as self-employed but a procession of employment tribunals has rejected this, contending instead that they are workers. A year ago, in her earliest days as Prime Minister, Theresa May announced a review…

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June 27, 2017

Can an Employer Legally Send Home an Employee for Not Wearing a Bra?

Charlie Dimmock was famous for it. And while her gardening skills and engaging on-screen persona ensured her enduring fame and goodwill from the British public, she is perhaps as well-known for being the ‘bra-less’ TV personality. And while being bra-less was no problem for the producers of late 90s TV hit Ground Force, a recent…

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June 19, 2017

Your Health & Safety Guide to Working in Hot Weather Conditions

When we’re working through a heatwave there’s always pros and cons. While the sun cheers everyone up on day one, by day three you start to hear mutterings among staff – it’s boiling in here! Isn’t it about time we got air conditioning? It’s against health and safety to work in this temperature! And while…

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June 7, 2017

Minimising the Risk of Terrorism in the Workplace

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but with the UK targeted four times in as many weeks it can be extremely concerning for employees. The recent Manchester bombing, followed by the terrorist attacks in London have prompted increased security efforts in social spaces, shopping areas and event spaces, but what about the workplace? What are…

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