October 11, 2021

Data tips: 5 ways to speed up the new starter process

You’ve found the perfect company fit, hurrah! And a sure-fire way to annoy your new golden employee is to input their data wrong, only for them to miss their first payday. You might laugh, but it’s been known to happen! Follow these five top tips on data for a smooth new starter transition. Get the right information It may seem pretty self-explanatory, but getting the right information from the get-go is crucial to a smooth start. Depending on how your payroll is set-up (managed or…

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Data tips speed new starter process
October 6, 2021

Should employees be allowed to take sick leave for period pains?

According to a recent UK-wide survey, 26% of employees feared their manager wouldn’t consider period pain a legitimate illness, and therefore not a good enough reason to be absent from work. As such, up to a quarter of those surveyed admitted to lying to their manager about their true reason for absence. How should employers approach period pain when cited by an employee as a reason for absence? Are the symptoms a good enough reason for employees to be absent from work? And should an…

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period pain
October 5, 2021

Covid spot-checks reveal wider health and safety breaches

A contractor was recently prosecuted after a Covid-19 spot check revealed multiple breaches in health and safety. How can employers protect themselves from a similar outcome? With Covid-19 taking priority for many health and safety professionals, it seems that the other aspects of safety may be being forgotten. In one instance, a construction contractor was fined after multiple health and safety issues were found during a proactive Covid spot check  in Manchester. This included welfare, working at height, site security, electricity, and Covid-19. After issuing…

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the effect of brexit on health and safety
October 1, 2021

What does it mean to celebrate Black History Month in 2021?

What is Black History Month Black History Month (BHM) is a time to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people with African or Caribbean heritage, and understand the enormous impact of black heritage and culture on the UK. Despite black ethnic groups making up 3.3% of the UK population, our current education system barely scratches the surface of black history. This month aims to shine a spotlight on the events that may have been kept in the dark, and take a look closer at the…

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black history month 2021
September 30, 2021

Could the current fuel shortage prevent employees from attending work?

Getting to work on time is an employee’s responsibility. But when there’s a national crisis, like the current fuel shortages, what can employers do to support their employee’s during this interim period? Many employees use their own car to travel to work. And ordinarily, whether you’ll be able to fuel your car in order to make the journey, isn’t something that crosses your mind. However, petrol stations across the UK are the latest to be hit by HGV driver shortages. This has led to long queues outside…

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Could the fuel shortage prevent employees from attending work
September 29, 2021

Flexible working could be made a day-one right

New legislation outlines how flexible working could be a day-one right for employees. This could give an additional two million people in the UK greater flexibility over their working lives. Workers currently only have a right to request flexible working after 26 weeks of continuous employment. The proposed policy states that it aims to take "a world-class approach to flexible working" which could make it the default for future work contracts. As well as allowing employees to make flexible working requests from the start of…

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flexible working request to be day one right
September 28, 2021

Pros and cons of a mandatory vaccination policy

I’m sure you’ll agree, the covid-19 vaccine roll out is a controversial topic, that’s led to many heated debates amongst family and friends. With the likes of Jennifer Aniston admitting to cutting off unvaccinated friends, there’s no doubt that many people hold strong views on the matter. However, it’s not just celebrities that are making their views on the vaccine known. Google, Facebook and Microsoft recently announced that their employees must be vaccinated against covid-19 before they return to work at their US offices. With…

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Covid-19 vaccination policy
September 10, 2021

Furlough is ending: what do payroll professionals need to do?

After supporting businesses for 19 months, the Coronavirus Job Retention or Furlough Scheme finally ends on September 30th 2021. What do employers and payroll professionals need to do as the scheme comes to a close? Many payroll professionals have had to adapt to furlough calculations and processing since March 2020. Whether going back to normality is a relief for your payroll team, or a worry, we hope this article helps it go as smoothly as possible for you. How much you can claim in September…

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furlough ending what payroll professionals need to do
September 8, 2021

An employer’s guide to handling the pingdemic!

Workplaces across the country are suffering from staff shortages, due to self-isolation, caused by the so-called pingdemic. With businesses coming close to shutting down production, our HR Services Team have been answering questions on how to handle the pingdemic. Frequently asked questions include, can I ask employees to have the vaccine to prevent them from having to self-isolate? Can I ask employees to delete the NHS App or turn off the notifications? What can I do to maintain operations when lots of employees have been…

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An employer’s guide to handling the pingdemic
September 7, 2021

An update on Brexit and Right to Work Checks

The UK has left the European Union (‘EU’) and the Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Act 2020 brought EU free movement to an end on 31 December 2020. This was followed by a grace period of six months. During this time, relevant aspects of EU free movement were saved to allow eligible EU, EEA and Swiss nationals (‘EU Nationals’) and their family members resident in the UK to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (‘EUSS’). The grace period ended on 30 June 2021.…

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brexit update and right and to work checks