September 24, 2014

Case against Tribunal Fees grows

The case against the introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees is gaining momentum – with UNISON bringing brand new evidence to the table. The Trade Union’s recent appeal case – heard on 18 September – has been put on hold and a new one with much stronger evidence will be presented at the High Court. UNISON reports that in the…

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September 5, 2014

Paying respect with National Payroll Week

This week was National Payroll Week – an ideal opportunity to thank your company’s payroll department for their hard work. National Payroll Week ran from 1st to 5th September. Hosted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), National Payroll Week is dedicated to raising awareness of the important part that payroll plays in the…

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August 28, 2014

Obesity considered a disability in EU Law

Morbid obesity could be considered a disability under EU law, according to the European Court of Justice. The Advocate General (AG), of the ECJ, has stated that, while EU law does not generally prohibit discrimination on the ground of obesity, morbid obesity may come within the meaning of ‘disability’ under EU law. The AG’s opinion…

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It’s time for a Health & Safety refresher course

It’s almost start of the academic year – a timely reminder for organisations to consider carrying out a review of their health and safety training. With all the Health & Safety legislation changes that take place in short space of time, it’s almost important for both and employers and employees to think about refresher training…

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Shift work can be dangerous

Resent research indicates a relationship between shift work and several medical conditions… Type 2 diabetes Ovarian cancer Cardiovascular diseases Obesity Shift work can also contribute to strain of marital, family, and personal relationships. These may not be the only medical conditions attributed to shift work as research is still continuing. What is shift work? The…

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August 27, 2014

New ‘On-Call’ hours ruling to affect all UK employers

A landmark employment ruling, in which two on-call paramedics won a case against the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), will now apply to all employers in the UK. Ambulance paramedics Paul Truslove and Ellouise Wood were attempting to get compensation from the Scottish Ambulance Service over a breach of their rest entitlements under the 1998 Working…

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August 20, 2014

How much is employee absence really costing your business?

It’s coming to end the August and hundreds of UK employees have been on their summer holidays. Unfortunately, it’s a well-known time for workers ‘pull sickies’ on their first day back. Employee absence is a constant problem – and it’s vital for every organisation to monitor and control it. The CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey…

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August 19, 2014

Over four million employees have now Auto Enrolled

More than four million workers are part of an Auto Enrolment workplace pension scheme, according to recent figures from The Pensions Regulator (TPR). More than 21,000 employers have now told TPR how they have met their duties in their compliance declaration. The figures also showed that 8.6 million employees were now members of qualifying pension…

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July 30, 2014

Shared Parental Leave – New challenges for employers

Government plans for more flexible working patterns show no sign of slowing down, with its newly published draft regulations for shared parental leave. The changes were legislated for by way of the Children and Families Act 2014, which has received Royal Assent. The essence of the regulations is that they allow parents more flexibility to…

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Which Health & Safety records should you keep?

Keeping good Health & Safety records is the only way to stay on the right side of the law. But which ones should you keep and how long should you keep them? Certain types of record should be kept to comply with the Health and Safety Policy of the company advice on matters of health…

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July 29, 2014

Should Holiday Pay include commission?

It seems that Holiday Pay can sometimes include commission – but only if it’s related to the number of sales you make at work. That verdict comes from a recent ruling by the European court of justice (ECJ) – otherwise workers could be put off taking leave. Most workers in the UK have a right to…

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How long do you have to make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, how much time do you have to make a personal injury compensation claim? If you have been injured through no fault of your own, whether as a result of a: Road traffic accident Accident in your workplace A slip, trip or fall on a…

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