May 27, 2015

Shared Parental Leave and Pay – Could this be discriminatory?

Two important new pieces of legislation are now live – Shared Parental Leave (ShPL) and Pay (ShPP). This means that either parent may take Shared Parental Leave (for a maximum of 50 weeks as the first two weeks of Maternity Leave is compulsory for the mother) and Shared Parental Pay is to be paid at…

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April 30, 2015

Can The Cloud improve your HR?

It can be tricky to keep up with the day-to-day HR needs of your workforce. Paperwork, approvals, requests for information and staying compliant – they all take away from the main objectives of your business. Cloud-based HR systems can help remove the administrative stress from your growing HR needs and allow you to concentrate on…

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April 22, 2015

What are your employees’ attitudes to Health & Safety?

Could your workers’ attitudes towards Health & Safety be causing accidents in your business? A large number of accidents in the workplace are caused by employees behaving in careless or unusual ways. Since the 1974 Act, businesses generally focused on managing safety in practical terms – i.e. guards in place, edge protection checklist etc. However,…

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Do you have a Clarkson working for you?

News reports and social media sites have been filled with views on Jeremy Clarkson following his alleged attack on a colleague. Love him or hate him, everyone seems to have an opinion on whether he should have continued in his employment or not. Jeremy Clarkson’s behaviour, both on and off the Top Gear camera, has…

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Cracking down on employee absence

As a country, we lose 131 million working days and £15 billion every year from sickness absence, according to recent figures. This is clearly a huge problem and employers should take whatever steps they can tomanage both short-term and long-term absences effectively. Absences of 4 weeks or more is classed as a period of ‘long-term’ absence.  It…

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April 21, 2015

Could your employees be driving while on drugs?

New legislation has been introduced which tightens the law on drugs and driving. That means it is now more important than ever to have a clear policy in place. The law on drink driving has been around for a long time now but the law on drugs and driving is comparatively new. The Drug Driving…

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April 17, 2015

Social Media in the Workplace

Social media now plays a key role in many businesses as well as in the personal lives of most employees. Employees can, and often do, stray outside of purely personal use and this overlap can cause problems for employers and, of course, provides them with the challenge of monitoring and controlling information. Two very recent…

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April 7, 2015

The key tax dates, deadlines and changes in 2015-16

With ever-changing legislation and the array of reporting requirements imposed employers, it can be challenging to stay on top of the various deadlines, key dates and changes to tax legislation. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Payroll World and JLT Employee Benefits to launch our 2015/16 Annual Tax Fact Card a helpful tool to remind you of some of the…

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March 30, 2015

Holiday Pay claims limited to two years from July 2015

The Government has introduced new regulations in order to protect UK businesses from potentially damaging underpaid Holiday Pay claims. The Regulations will also apply to most claims of unlawful deductions to two years before a Tribunal claim is lodged. The move comes in reaction to an Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (EAT) decision in late 2014, which…

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March 26, 2015

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…

All the King’s Horses and all the King’s Men… shouldn’t ever need to be called upon because you and your employees are fully versed in how to Work at Height…aren’t you? One of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries is falling from height. Working at height can be defined as ‘work in…

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If you can’t stand the heat…

We are all looking forward to enjoying the summer months – but working in a warm office can be very uncomfortable for some employees. Heat stress occurs when the body fails to control its internal temperature.The effects of heat stress can vary from person to person, likewise some people are more susceptible to it than…

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March 25, 2015

Important changes to an Acas Code of Practice

Are you currently dealing with a disciplinary or grievance within your organisation? If so, you need to be aware that Acas has made some small changes to its Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures which clarifies if workers have the right to be accompanied by a companion at a disciplinary or grievance hearing.…

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