March 18, 2015

A quick BUDGET 2015 review!

Here are a few highlights from the budget which might affect your business: Minimum wages for adult, youth and apprentice will increase The tax-free Personal Allowance is to rise from £10,600 in 2015-16 to £10,800 in 2016-17 and £11,000 in 2017-18 The threshold that individuals start paying 40p tax will rise from £42,385 to £43,300…

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February 26, 2015

Warning: Possible Baby Boom!

Fifty Shades of Grey sparked the biggest baby boom in 40 years, according to a recent news article. There are a number of press stories linking the release of the 50 Shades of Grey books to a Baby Boom. This month saw the release of the film so perhaps we should be prepared for a…

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February 25, 2015

E-cigarettes in the office is becoming a burning issue

Some UK employers have already banned employees from using e-cigs at their desk – but should all work places do this? A recent Employment Tribunal case highlighted the importance of employers ensuring that the use of e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ is included in a smoking policy. The Tribunal in Insley v Accent Catering considered a claim…

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Managing An Ageing Workforce

By 2020, 36% of the working population will be aged over 50, according to recent Labour Force statistics. Recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that employment in older workers aged between 50 and 64 years old has grown to 7.32 million and the numbers of those aged 65 and over…

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Big changes for Construction Safety – CDM 2015

There are big Health & Safety changes coming this April for the constructive industry. CDM 2015 is a radical overhaul of how the Construction Industry is to be regulated and ALL Construction companies will have to comply with the revised CDM Regs from Monday 6 April 2015. Employers will need to provide information, instruction, training and…

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The new ‘Fit for Work Service’

The new ‘Fit For Work’ service is due to launch in April 2015- but what is it and how will it affect you as an employer? Nearly one million employees each year reach the four-week absence point, at an annual cost of around £9bn to employers in sickness payments and related costs. In addition, the…

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February 17, 2015

Beware: Pancakes can be flipping dangerous

Distracted by warm, tasty pancakes? When people enthusiastically reach for the frying pan, lemon and sugar – some end up needing the Fire Service or the A & E department too. Pancake Day, while seen as a fun day by all, can be more dangerous than most people think. It’s a time when those who…

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January 28, 2015

Are you providing adequate First Aid?

As an employer you must ensure that adequate levels of first aid are provided. Accidents and sickness are not planned events and can happen to any one at any time. Your workplace does not have to be high risk for an accident to occur. If one did, what would you do? How would you manage?…

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Let’s make a safety New Year’s resolution

We’ve all done it… “It’s New Year, it’s time to start going to the gym, start an academic course and stop smoking.” People may have good intentions at New Year but they often fail to take action. So how can a review of your Health and Safety in 2015 be an action more than a good…

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January 27, 2015

Is inappropriate use of social media grounds for dismissal?

Can you dismiss employees for putting offensive comments on Twitter? In Game Retail Limited v Laws UKEAT0188/14, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the dismissal of an employee for tweeting offensive comments from a personal Twitter account was unfair. Mr Laws was employed by Game Retail Limited as a risk and loss prevention investigator,…

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Don’t let employee absence affect your business

Sickness absence is a costly issue for many employers and, with the start of a new year, it’s a great time to take a fresh look at your absence management procedure. The tips below should help in guiding you towards managing your employee absence levels and deal with any issues that arise as a result……

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Obesity is now a disability?

Have you seen in the news that obesity is now considered to be a disability? That means, in some cases, obese employees will have the same employment protection as other disabled employees. It must be emphasised that discrimination on the grounds of obesity on its own is not itself unlawful. This question was considered recently…

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