April 3, 2019

Two Major Changes to Itemised Pay Statements

From 6 April 2019 two major changes to the rules on itemised pay statements take effect. The Employment Rights Act 1996 has been amended meaning that: Firstly, the right to an itemised pay statement has been extended to include workers Secondly, itemised pay statements must include the numbers of hours worked where the employee’s pay…

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April 2, 2019

Stress Awareness Month – How to Manage Workplace Stress

1st April 2019 marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month. It aims to increase awareness of the causes and cures of what has been labelled our modern stress epidemic. Stress-related absence has increased for two-fifths of businesses in the past year, according to new research from the CIPD and Simplyhealth. The top causes of stress-related…

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April 1, 2019

Why does the UK tax year run from April to April?

The new UK tax year is coming! But why does it run from 6th April – why not January to January? Well, it all started a very long time ago when – in England and Ireland – the New Year started on 25th March. It was known as Lady Day to commemorate the angel Gabriel’s…

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March 27, 2019

How To Easily Calculate Holiday Entitlement For Part-Time Workers

You probably know that full-time employees are entitled to 28 days’ paid annual leave. But what about part-time employees? Holiday entitlement calculations are a bit trickier for part time employees… But don’t worry, in this blog, we’ll walk you through it. A part-time employee is pro-rated to a full-time employee’s entitlement and is based around…

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Holiday Entitlement Calculator – Calculations Made Easy

Calculating holiday entitlement for full time employees is relatively straight-forward. But what about when an employee starts or leaves part way through the holiday year, and what about part time employees? That’s when calculating holiday entitlement gets much more difficult… But don’t worry – to help you through this arithmetic exercise, we’ve compiled the following…

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March 20, 2019

International Day of Happiness: Six Ways to Make Your Employees Happier

Today (20th March) marks the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. Coinciding with the first day of Spring, the event was launched to celebrate happiness and to recognise the importance of striving for it. When you consider that full-time employees spend one third of their waking hours at work, it’s important for individuals to feel…

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March 13, 2019

National Minimum Wage: Are you Breaking the Rules?

The British Retail Consortium (the trade body for shops and online retailers) recently called on HMRC to halt National Minimum Wage enforcement claiming that the current system is no longer fit for purpose. The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) provisions date from 1998 and have recently celebrated their 20th birthday. I’m sure some of you…

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March 11, 2019

Talent Retention: Five Top Tips for Reducing Employee Turnover

High employee turnover levels can have a negative impact on an organisation’s productivity and performance. This can be due to the cost of recruitment and training, interruptions to critical pieces of work and existing employees becoming unsettled by colleagues leaving. In a world where LinkedIn continuously promotes tailored job vacancies and job sites are advertising…

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February 26, 2019

Holiday Entitlement: Q&A

Recently, we have been receiving an increasing number of queries to our advice line on issues relating to holiday entitlement. In order to offer some guidance in this complex area, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we receive and, importantly, the answers to them. Q: Is an employee entitled to paid annual…

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February 20, 2019

Employment Law Advice for Employers – Why the HRD Avoids it

You have nurtured and developed a dynamic internal HR function, working in tandem with your organisational strategy. So why on earth would an experienced HRD or their team engage an external solicitor for employment law advice? Why HRD’s may avoid Employment Law Advice from Solicitors With you at the helm of HR, why risk receiving…

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February 12, 2019

Exit Interviews – a Waste of Time or a Valuable Tool?

Exit interviews are a valuable tool that can provide insight for recruitment and retention planning. Read on to find out how to get the most out of an exit interview. Handing in your notice and seeking alternative employment is a big step. An exit interview gives employers the opportunity to find out why an employee…

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