July 30, 2014

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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Flexible working requests shake up employment law

Flexible working hours have been opened up to more workers than ever – and being unprepared could hurt your business. Many employers are not aware of this, or even considering how this will impact on their business. But it could fundamentally change the way some organisations are run. Previously, an employee needed 26 weeks of…

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Are workers exploited with zero hours contracts?

Are companies taking advantage of employees on zero hours contracts? Do zero hours contracts reduce costs and help but help with flexibility at the employee’s expense? Or do they provide flexibility for both employer and employee? Such contracts provide employees who have study commitments, caring responsibilities and childcare commitments flexibility to improve their life versus…

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June 23, 2014

5000 SMEs may be fined over Auto Enrolment

A lack of understanding about legal obligations could see as many as 5,000 small employers face fines, according to research. A survey from Creative Auto Enrolment of over 500 SME employers revealed that 24% believe they have “hardly heard anything” from the Government about Auto Enrolment – and a quarter believed they have had “minimal…

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Having HR trouble during the World Cup?

Having employee problems during the World Cup? It’s unsurprising. As with any sporting event, there are a few employment issues that organisations should be aware of during the World Cup. Here’s a how to deal with some likely employment issues without everything kicking off… Sick days Make your sickness absence policy clear to your employees.…

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June 20, 2014

Maternity Leave – your questions answered?

The regulations around Maternity and Paternity leave can be complex leaving employers unclear on what their obligations are. We have put together some of our most frequently asked questions to simplify it for you. How much leave are pregnant employees entitled to? Every pregnant employee has the right to take up to 52 weeks leave…

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The rise of the killer machines

How many machines do you have responsibility for? When was the last time you safely carried out a function test to prove the safety devices were in place and operated correctly? There have been several recent prosecutions of companies for accident to employees where the safety control devices have either been removed or over ridden.…

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E-Cigs: smoking or non-smoking?

Smoking or non-smoking? Or maybe the more appropriate question to consider for the increasing popular use of “electronic cigarettes” would be: Are electronic cigarettes considered the same as smoking normal cigarettes? An estimated 1.3 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes which were designed to help smokers quit.  Smoking rates have fallen to their lowest…

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Changes to Food Allergens Regulation

The way in which allergens are labelled on pre-packed foods is changing because of new regulations. The Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC), which is due to come into force in December 2014, introduces the requirements for food businesses to provide information about the allergenic ingredients used in any food that they sell or…

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June 18, 2014

Top tips for attending the HR Software Show 2014

Planning on investing in HR software or upgrading your existing solution? Well, today is the first day of the industry renowned HR Software Show 2014 at Olympia in London – so it’s time to find out what’s on offer. Held on the 18th and 19th June the CIPD’s free event gives HR and payroll professionals’…

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