April 21, 2016

The ups and downs of passenger lift safety

Recently, the BBC reported the shocking news that a woman fell into an open lift shaft at a Birmingham Coffee Shop. It will be some time before the events leading up to the accident in Birmingham are known, but reports indicate that the doors, on an upper level, were able to opened without the lift…

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March 31, 2016

Tougher Sentences for Health & Safety Offences

It’s the biggest change to Health & Safety legislation since the 70s… Now, serious breaches in Health & Safety legislation can lead to bigger fines and heavier prison sentences. With magistrates having much more power to issue heavier fines or even jail sentences, employers are now likely to face much harsher penalties for these breaches.…

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March 30, 2016

Holiday pay should include commission

Employers will now have to pay commission as part of holiday pay, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed. Thousands of workers who rely on commission will be able to claim more holiday pay thanks to this landmark ruling. After a four-year legal battle, one man has managed to secure more holiday pay for thousands…

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What would an exit from the EU mean for Employment Law?

With an ‘in out’ referendum on our EU membership set for the 23rd June, employers will naturally be asking themselves, ‘how will an EU exit affect my business?’ Will it mean less red tape as many employers might hope? Or will it mean much the same as now, but with a few changes? Here’s a…

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Are you responsible for your employees’ crimes?

Employers can be held responsible for crimes committed by employees at work, according to a high profile Supreme Court Case. A unanimous judgement by the UK’s highest court confirms the far reaching consequences of the principles of ‘vicarious liability’ – where someone is held liable for another’s acts and may make it easier for aggrieved…

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How would the Trade Union Bill affect employers?

With the Government facing calls to back down on key elements of their Trade Union crackdown, many employers are curious as to how the proposed changes in the law would affect them. As part of its election manifesto, the Government promised it would bring an end to “disruptive and undemocratic strike action”. To achieve this…

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March 21, 2016

Forget the AC/DC… worry about the decibels

Loud employers take heed – the lead singer of rock band AC/DC has been told he could lose his hearing from the band’s deafening noise levels. The Australian rockers have postponed the remaining U.S gigs on their current world tour. Brian Johnson, from the North East of England, has been warned by medical professionals that…

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March 17, 2016

Are your Mobile Workers getting the Minimum Wage?

Employers could face huge bills for failing to pay the minimum wage for time spent travelling, following a recent case. According to a BBC article today, MiHomecare, a division of the Mitie Group, has just settled a claim brought by Home Care Worker, Caroline Barlow. Ms Barlow sued her employer for failing to pay her…

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March 16, 2016

Budget 2016 – A short overview

Here are a few highlights from the budget which might affect your business: The tax-free Personal Allowance is to rise from £10,600 in 2016 to £11,000, and will increase further to £11,500 in April 2017 The threshold that individuals start paying 40p tax will rise from £42,385 to £43,300 in 2016 and up to £45,000…

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March 14, 2016

The NEW Fire Safety Good Practice Guide for 2016

Fire safety experts have called for immediate action from employers in charge of properties to prevent more loss of life. The fire safety guidance for residential care premises has now been updated by the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) and the Chief Fire Officers Association. Many of the points in…

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February 29, 2016

Monthly Webinars

Delivered by our experts, our webinars ensure that you are up to speed on the latest legislation and trending topics. Our webinars are informal and relaxed, and also offer plenty of opportunity to raise questions about the topic at hand, the legislation surrounding it and how it may affect your business. Our webinars are scheduled…

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New Payrolling BIKs Scheme – Time saver or added headache

Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to report your employees’ benefits to HRMC following the end of the tax year? Well, that’s what the Government is now offering employers. The new ‘voluntary service’, which launches in April, will allow employers to payroll most of their employee benefits (Benefits-in-Kind) in order to avoid filling…

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