December 23, 2014

Pension Auto-Enrolment – Are you ready?

The biggest shake-up to workplace pensions is currently underway. Life expectancy in the UK is increasing and at the same time people are saving less into a pension. New regulations now provide duties for employers to automatically enrol workers into a workplace pension scheme and make contributions into it.  Employer obligations in relation to this…

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Bank Holidays – What you need to know

As we move into 2015, we thought we’d share the most important things small business need to know about Bank Holidays and Employee Entitlements. 1.  Britain has eight permanent bank holidays: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday and Late Summer bank holiday. But were you…

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December 18, 2014

Check your sockets!

Are you making sure that all of your office electrical points are fit for purpose? Because you should – in reality, infrequent PAT tests simply won’t cut it. ’13 amp plug tops’ are in every day use and should be safe to use they also form part of the portable appliance testing (PAT) procedure. The…

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E-cig alert!

Putting aside all the pros and cons regarding the safety of e-cigarettes as an aid to stopping smoking, the Fire and Rescue Services have issued warning about using them. Fire and rescue services are attending to more e cigarettes incidents then ever in 2012 they attended 12 so far this year they have been called…

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December 17, 2014

Overtime to be used in holiday pay calculations

Following the landmark case which ruled that overtime could be included in Holiday Pay, we wanted to give you a quick overview – as it may affect the way you approach your annual leave. Historically, non-guaranteed overtime has not been used in the calculation for holiday pay at the time that employees take leave. This…

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How to manage employee absence

All companies must deal with sickness absence in a fair, consistent and sympathetic way, as each absence is different and requires individual handling. Accurate monitoring of absence periods is essential with sickness absence being dealt with differently to absences not associated with ill health. Companies should ensure all employees are aware of the sickness absence…

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Could the 2015 calendar affect you?

Many businesses adopt the months of April to March as their standard holiday year. However, sometimes Easter falls twice during a ‘leave year’, which will impact an employer’s responsibility to provide the minimum amount of statutory holiday each year. The 2015/16 leave year is such a case. A leave year begins on the first day of…

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November 27, 2014

Who do you employ?

The status of workers and whether or not they should be categorised as employees is one of the most difficult questions in employment law. This is underlined by the recent case of Quashie v Stringfellows Restaurants Ltd.  In this case the Employment Tribunal found that Ms Quashie was not an employee, the Employment Appeal Tribunal…

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November 24, 2014

Christmas parties – it’s not all fun and games

As Christmas draws closer, it’s time to unwind and have fun with your colleagues at the end of the year. Companies are likely to have more or less the same legal responsibilities at the Christmas Party as during office hours. But with great planning and communication, you can completely avoid any potential problems. Health &…

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus has a message for you…

Santa has a safety message to make sure you, your co-workers and your family stay safe over the festive season… Fairy Lights Check the fuses – ensure they are the are the right  rating  (see the box for the maximum size of fuse you should use) If bulbs blow, replace them Don’t leave fairy lights…

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November 18, 2014

How to manage extreme weather conditions

Britain could be facing the worst winter in 100 years, causing severe disruption to business. Here’s some top tips to ensure you don’t get caught out by the cold… It’s been an unusually mild autumn but scientists claim we should prepare for a freezing winter – with record lows, Arctic blizzards and icy winds that…

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