January 19, 2016

New Year, New Challenge – Are you legally Compliant?

As businesses return to work and look forward to what the New Year will bring, it is also a good time to start the year on the right footing with your Health & Safety Management Programme. So, how do you establish where you are at with your own business and your Health & Safety programme?…

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Zero hours contracts could be more popular than you think

Employees on zero hours contracts could be just as happy as permanent staff, a new survey suggests. The research, from the Charted Institute of Personnel Practice (CIPD), found that on average, zero-hours contract employees experience similar levels of job satisfaction, work-life balance and personal well-being to employee’s on permanent, full-time contracts. In general zero hours…

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January 15, 2016

Moorepay tackles discrimination claim head on

Moorepay recently defended a large and well respected care trust in the Employment Tribunal against claims of race and disability discrimination presented by one of their ex-employees. The Trust were very keen to defend the claim, not only to protect their well-established and excellent reputation, but also to protect the current and future contractual relationships…

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December 18, 2015

What will 2016 bring?

As 2015 draws to a close it is time to dust off the crystal ball and see what 2016 will bring. It’s important to familiarise yourself with some of the forthcoming 2016 employment law changes, so here’s an overview of those which could have a significant impact on businesses: New legislation The National Living Wage…

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December 11, 2015

Only at Christmas! Avoiding HR disasters at the office party

From emotional outbursts at company Directors to stripping off in front of colleagues, employees have done it all at their office Christmas parties. The details may be hazy, but such incidents can have a devastating impact on employers over the festive period, including formal warnings, disciplinary investigations and even dismissals. With the worst behaviours at work Christmas…

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HR influence in disciplinary investigations could result in unfair dismissal

Too much interference from an HR department in disciplinary or investigation processes may lead to a verdict of unfair dismissal, suggests a recent case. Investigating issues of potential misconduct and taking disciplinary action is not the responsibility of the employer’s HR department. But how far can HR be involved in the process and outcome of…

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December 10, 2015

‘Tis the Season to be breathalysed

With the festive season in full swing, many employees will be drinking more alcohol and waking up hungover for work. But do your employees know the risk of driving or operating machinery the morning after aChristmas party? In 2012, 1,200 people were seriously injured when a driver was over the legal alcohol limit. As a…

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December 9, 2015

New Year brings tougher punishments for H&S Offences

The biggest change to Health & Safety Legislation since the 70s will come into force in February 2016, which will see offences such as corporate manslaughter, Health & Safety, food safety and hygiene punished more severely. The introduction of the guidelines will mean that, in some cases, offenders will receive higher penalties for serious offences,…

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Holiday Pay: What has changed for 2016?

As most employers move towards their new holiday year, it’s important to know what has changed when it comes to calculating annual leave payments. Unfortunately, holiday pay has become increasingly complicated and Employment Tribunal cases that are expected to resolve the issue are still ongoing. Back in July, we updated you on three important precedent…

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Health & Safety: It makes business sense

Effective management of Health & Safety can save up to 50% of your insurance costs, according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). A recent case study from the HSE showed how a relatively small construction site managed to reduce its insurance costs by around 50%. This was achieved by creating a positive Health &…

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December 7, 2015

Granny Leave is coming!

Currently parents can request shared parental leave, unpaid parental leave, flexible working or emergency unpaid leave to deal with childcare issues. But what’s the situation for grandparents? Recently, a Wigan grandmother was allegedly sacked by text after she told her bosses she couldn’t work Saturdays.  Apparently she looked after her grandchildren. The Sports Direct warehouse…

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4 tips to avoid Christmas payroll pitfalls

It’s nearly Christmas, which means many people can look forward to a well-earned rest. But if you are an employer or payroll professional, Christmas and New Year brings a number of potential challenges that you need to be aware of and prepare for before you can start your Christmas break. Here are our top 5…

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