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June 21, 2024

How to benchmark employee benefits

You've been tasked with reviewing your organisation’s employee benefits package and benchmarking it externally to see how you compare against the market. If you're new to this process, it might seem a bit daunting. In this article, we share some ideas on how to gather external data for benefits benchmarking. What is benefits benchmarking? Benchmarking allows you to regularly review your benefits, ensuring they stay competitive, appealing to employees, and compliant with relevant laws and regulations. 1. Existing network A good place to start is by asking…

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June 20, 2024

The importance of using pay data to propel your business

Unlocking the full potential of payroll data is more than just a backend function; it can revolutionise your business. As companies aim to enhance efficiency and employee satisfaction, the significance of payroll data has grown tremendously. This is particularly evident in the Payroll Statistics Report 2024 by the CIPP. We’ve reviewed the report and are eager to share our key findings and discuss how you can utilise this data to drive growth and support your workforce. Harnessing the power of payroll data The CIPP Payroll…

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June 5, 2024

The ghosts of employment past

Calling on dark arts to resurrect pay document for your past employees? That tricky admin need haunt you no more, employee self-service is alive and kicking. Check out how we’re making past pay documents even more accessible, saving you bags of time on admin.   When employees leave it’s all tears, cake, and a bob or two in a handwritten card. Then bam, emails deleted, gone with the wind, like it all never happened. In between the goodbye hugs and well wishes no one is…

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The ghosts of employment past
May 31, 2024

How WorkWell could be the answer to some of your HR challenges

The government has introduced the WorkWell pilot, a £64 million initiative designed to offer tailored work and health support across 15 areas in England. Announced by the DWP and DHSC, WorkWell is aimed at helping individuals with health conditions stay in or return to work by connecting them with local services such as physiotherapy, counselling, and employment advice, providing a support system to enhance both health and work life.   The pilots will launch in regions including Greater Manchester, Cornwall, and areas of London, impacting around…

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May 30, 2024

Navigating the election chaos: implications for HR

As the 4th of July General Election looms, organisations that employ people are bracing for significant upheaval. As it stands, Parliament is prorogued, and dissolved from 31 May. A legislative nightmare: what’s at stake for HR? The snap election means many Private Members' Bills previously adopted by the Government hang in the balance. With only half of these bills fully implemented, the future of several pieces of employment legislation remains unclear. Typically, when Parliament is dissolved, ongoing business dies with it. And any change in…

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May 28, 2024

“We’re here and we’re queer and we’re not going shopping.”

…is a slogan first used by LGBTQ+ activists back in the 1990s which continues to be used today.  It’s an expression used to express frustration and disappointment in the way the people from the queer community continue to be discriminated against and poorly treated today.  One of the main challenges when suffering from discrimination is the impact on the person's mental health. This includes the impact on the LGBTQIA+ community which we discuss here, but there are of course mental health consequences for those who have…

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May 17, 2024

Payrolling benefits: a game changer

In January 2024, the government unveiled a series of measures aimed at streamlining and modernising the tax system, with a heavy emphasis on technology to boost productivity within the public sector. One stand-out? The mandate for payrolling benefits in kind, effective April 2026. This bold move aims to simplify tax procedures, cut administrative red tape, and propel businesses into the digital age of payroll processing. Let's dive into the details and unpack what this means for UK employers. When does the switch to mandatory payrolling…

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May 16, 2024

Case law | Redundancy: a cautionary tale

The age-old questions; when you should start consultations, what information should you disclose, and when should employees be involved have been dealt with considerably in the case of De Bank Haycocks v ADP RPO UK Ltd. The purpose of redundancy consultations is to avoid making any redundancies in the first place.  As such, employees must be engaged from an early or formative stage, to ensure that they have a meaningful opportunity to influence the process and any decisions made.  A cautionary note from this case, if an…

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May 13, 2024

Building a culture of care: practical steps to support employee mental health

One in six people in the UK experience mental health problems, with 12 billion working days being lost each year globally to depression and anxiety. As HR professionals, you’ll know that the people are the heartbeat of your business, so it’s paramount for you to take the practical steps to support their mental health. From investing in Mental Health First Aiders to making sure you’re effectively managing mental health related absences; we’ve put together a round-up of resources for you to build a culture of…

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May 1, 2024

HR KPIs: metrics you should be tracking

There are so many HR metrics that could be keeping you up at night. But what do you need to focus on to know you've succeeded in your strategy? And what can you bring to the board that is bound to impress? We explore the KPIs you'll want to focus on, and why. Why are KPIs important to a HR department? All departments in your business will ideally have KPIs (or Key Performance Indicators) which track long-term performance against achieving your objectives. KPIs may be…

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