July 20, 2016

Holiday pay – how do you calculate your staff allowances?

While employees count down the days to their time in the sun, concerned only by the price of the pound and which socks and sandals to pack, the summer season is an altogether more difficult time for employers. As well as the obvious complications caused by half the workforce heading to the Costa Del Somewhere,…

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July 19, 2016

Happy with auto-enrolment? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your budget

The auto-enrolment pension scheme is a political solution to a long-term problem – the continuous growth in our life expectancy, and how we’re going to pay for it. But what’s happening in the short-term, and what does it mean for business and employees? The UK’s decision to leave the EU, David Cameron’s shock resignation immediately…

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July 18, 2016

Farms – places of work not playgrounds

The six-week school summer holidays can be a source of joy for children and frustration for parents. But 100 years ago, there was no danger of anyone getting bored or struggling to find childcare. School term times, including the long summer break, were developed to coincide with the agricultural calendar. During the summer months, children…

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July 14, 2016

E. coli 0157 outbreak affecting more than 100 people in UK

Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157, with 100 cases currently being looked into. The organisation, which suspects mixed salad leaves could be responsible for the outbreak, has put in place ’heightened surveillance’ across the country. To date, 109 incidences of this strain have been identified across the…

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July 8, 2016

Managing absence on the least productive day of the year

With a disruptive summer of sport ahead, managing employee absence as sports fans seek ways to watch their teams could be a real headache for business. Today is a big day for sport. We’ve got Andy Murray in the semi finals at Wimbledon (bravo). There’s Lewis Hamilton revving up in qualifying for the British Grand…

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June 29, 2016

BREXIT: What HR and Payroll professionals need to do now

The decision to vote Brexit in the referendum may have far-reaching consequences for employers and their employees up-and-down the country. For employees it is an uncertain time as they ponder the impact the result will have on their jobs, and the terms and conditions of their contracts. For employers, there will be long-term uncertainty about regulations and…

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June 23, 2016

Born-again Christian loses religious discrimination appeal

A born-again Christian who pressured a Muslim colleague to convert has lost an appeal against her employer for religious discrimination. Ms Wasteney, who made the claim against East London NHS Foundation Trust, was disciplined after allegedly offering to pray for her junior colleague, giving her a book about a Muslim woman converting to Christianity, and…

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June 21, 2016

Reckless restaurant owner jailed after killing customer with peanut curry

A ‘reckless’ restaurant owner has been jailed for six years for the manslaughter of a customer who suffered a fatal anaphylactic shock following an allergic reaction to a takeaway curry. The 52 year old businessman was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence when a customer with a severe peanut allergy died after eating a…

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June 15, 2016

#Forkliftfail – how not to be a smash on YouTube

YouTube is many things. Home of all cat videos. Handy DIY resource. And 21st century TV station (or the 21st century equivalent of Beadle’s About at least). But one thing it is not renowned for is a repository of health and safety best practice. Search ‘forklift’ and the top three hits are: In many ‘blue…

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June 8, 2016

Managing absence in a summer of sport

Sporting tournaments engage the nation in a rare sense of communal endeavour, with football – the country’s most-supported sport – generating the most interest. Bunting will be hung, songs will be sung. And while this is a (mostly) regular occurrence for England, this summer will see three of the four home nations competing, meaning 92%…

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After the 9-to-5: understanding Employment Status Types

Employment Status Types can be complicated in the modern working environment. And they can cost business a lot of money too – HMRC collected £737m last year alone from non-compliance, predominantly from SMEs. So how do you protect your business?  Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen,pour myself a cup of ambition,and yawn,…

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May 24, 2016

Life outside the big house – A chance for reform

The Queens speech set out a proposal for prisoners to spend weekends in jail and live at home the rest of the time, therefore enabling them to keep full-time jobs during the week. These proposed reforms to the prison system include plans to make them into “places of rehabilitation”, in a drive to increase “life…

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