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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How will the new Fit For Work service affect your business?

Last month, we discussed the Government’s new “Fit for Work” occupational health assessment service, aimed at employees classed as long term sick. It triggers when an employee has been (or is likely to be) absent for four weeks or more and referrals can be requested by employers or the employee’s own GP. This is such…

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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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