July 20, 2015

Ensure your heating is ready for the winter

In the summer, it seems wrong think about servicing your heating systems. However, inspection and servicing of Gas Appliances and other types of heating now can prevent issues in the winter. Summer and autumn are the ideal time to have your heating systems checked in particular checks for Carbon Monoxide. Often employers wait until the…

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How looking after older workers can safeguard your future

In the UK, almost 9.5 million people in employment are over the age of 50. This equates to over 30% of the UK workforce. In the not-too-distant future, a major proportion of these employees will retire, taking their skills and experience with them. The problem is that the demographic change over recent years means that…

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Drink, drugs and dismissals

It’s now more important than ever that employers ensure their drivers are fit to drive. Most people are aware that there are specific blood alcohol limits for drivers prescribed by law. Many will know that the limit is 80 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood. But did you know that it is now only the…

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July 8, 2015

Summer Budget 2015: Impact on SMEs

Today was the first fully Conservative budget since 1996. Chancellor George Osborne announced a raft of new proposals, many of which will have a huge impact on businesses. The most significant announcements for UK SMEs included landmark changes to Sunday trading hours, Corporation Tax and – the biggest one – a new Minimum Wage, designed to…

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June 30, 2015

Introducing Our Cloud Based HR Hub

Accessing Your Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety Services has just got a whole lot easier! Moorepay are extremely pleased to announce the launch of the HR Hub. This new cloud based portal has been developed to bring to life all your Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety services and deliver additional content…

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June 19, 2015

Review of Employment Tribunal Fees

The Government has announced its review of Employment Tribunal fees, which is expected to conclude towards the end of this year. The review will consider how effective the introduction of fees has been at meeting the original objectives, while maintaining access to justice. The original objectives were: to transfer some of the cost from the…

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Dealing with derogatory comments on Facebook

A staggering 59% of the UK population have active social media accounts, with 32 million using a mobile device to access. According to a We Are Social article, the average daily use of social media amounts to 2 hours and 13 minutes – more than half the time that people in the UK spend on…

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June 17, 2015

Working at Height? Plan properly or get fined!

Do your employees need to Work at Height? If you don’t put measures in place to plan, manage and monitor the project properly or you could face a huge fine. Recently, a man from Birmingham was fined £3000 and ordered to pay £1255.30 in costs at Sandwell Magistrates Court for failing to properly plan or…

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How to stop office banter becoming serious sexual harassment

Office banter could cost your business £3.2 million if it becomes sexual harassment or gender based discrimination. In a recent employment tribunal case, Lokhova v Sberbank, a female banker was awarded £3.2m for office “banter” that crossed from bullying to sex discrimination – highlighting that substantial costs can stem from failing to take sexual harassment…

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June 15, 2015

New asbestos rules – your employees could need Health Surveillance

Does your business work with asbestos? If so, your employees may be required to be under surveillance by a doctor. A new law, which came into force in April 2015, states that any employee or self-employed contractor undertaking “Notifiable Non-Licensed Asbestos Work” must be subject to Health Surveillance by a doctor. However, this level of surveillance does…

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May 29, 2015

Will the election result affect employers?

May’s General Election saw the Conservative Party win a majority in government and the result came as a huge surprise to all involved, not least the Conservatives themselves. Similarly the level of rise in support for the SNP and the level of decline in support for the Liberal Democrats and Labour was beyond what commentators…

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May 28, 2015

Written warnings may be disregarded

Written warnings may not be sufficient evidence in employee dismissal cases anymore, according to the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal in Way v Spectrum Care Limited [2015] EWCA Civ 381 held that a warning given in ‘bad faith’ should not be taken into account in deciding whether there is, or was, sufficient reason…

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