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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Cycle to work, not a tribunal

Once you can ride a bike you never forget, so don’t forget your responsibilities as an employer either! Where you as an employer provide bikes for your employees to use, perhaps through a cycle to work scheme, you are required to comply with health and safety regulations. It doesn’t end with providing a helmet and…

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Sun, Sea and Suspicious Safety Policies

Summer is almost upon us and we can all enjoy hot sunny weather… but beware it has its dangers. During a prolonged heat wave there are health risks. The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are groups who become particularly at risk with health related problems (sun stroke, dehydration). “In the 2003 heat…

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May 27, 2015

Driving you crazy

Just to add to the things that you now have to do as an employer…the DVLA are no longer issuing or updating the paper counterpart to UK driving licences. Should you need to check the licences of staff members that drive on your behalf; their paper counterpart will no longer be updated – starting from…

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