September 29, 2014

Go Green or Get Fined

New guidelines for environmental offences mean bigger fines for businesses, even if the case has already been resolved. Waste not want not – a phrase that may help your company to manage waste issues in line with Environmental Protection Act 1990 – and avoid falling foul of new sentencing guidelines for environmental offences which came in unbeknownst…

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Does Holiday Pay include commission and overtime?

Holiday Pay has always been a controversial topic in Employment Law – but the most recent dispute is over whether holiday pay should include commission or overtime. Surprisingly, until 1998, there was no legal entitlement to holiday leave or pay in the UK – even though most employers still provided it. A European Directive first…

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Don’t give safety the cold shoulder this winter

Dark days and dark nights are almost upon us as the clocks go back. So – while we have a little daylight left – you may need to review your Health & Safety at work to prepare for the winter period. Maybe your staff won’t be able to get to work, ro maybe, closed schools will…

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Four October Employment Legislation Changes

So far this year, there are many Employment Law changes to get to grips with – such as the introduction of Early Conciliation by Acas and the extension of rights to flexible working. As an employer, it’s vital you don’t overlook the changes that are taking place. Here are four changes that you need to…

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September 24, 2014

Case against Tribunal Fees grows

The case against the introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees is gaining momentum – with UNISON bringing brand new evidence to the table. The Trade Union’s recent appeal case – heard on 18 September – has been put on hold and a new one with much stronger evidence will be presented at the High Court. UNISON reports that in the…

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September 5, 2014

Paying respect with National Payroll Week

This week was National Payroll Week – an ideal opportunity to thank your company’s payroll department for their hard work. National Payroll Week ran from 1st to 5th September. Hosted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), National Payroll Week is dedicated to raising awareness of the important part that payroll plays in the…

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August 28, 2014

Obesity considered a disability in EU Law

Morbid obesity could be considered a disability under EU law, according to the European Court of Justice. The Advocate General (AG), of the ECJ, has stated that, while EU law does not generally prohibit discrimination on the ground of obesity, morbid obesity may come within the meaning of ‘disability’ under EU law. The AG’s opinion…

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It’s time for a Health & Safety refresher course

It’s almost start of the academic year – a timely reminder for organisations to consider carrying out a review of their health and safety training. With all the Health & Safety legislation changes that take place in short space of time, it’s almost important for both and employers and employees to think about refresher training…

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Shift work can be dangerous

Resent research indicates a relationship between shift work and several medical conditions… Type 2 diabetes Ovarian cancer Cardiovascular diseases Obesity Shift work can also contribute to strain of marital, family, and personal relationships. These may not be the only medical conditions attributed to shift work as research is still continuing. What is shift work? The…

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August 27, 2014

New ‘On-Call’ hours ruling to affect all UK employers

A landmark employment ruling, in which two on-call paramedics won a case against the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS), will now apply to all employers in the UK. Ambulance paramedics Paul Truslove and Ellouise Wood were attempting to get compensation from the Scottish Ambulance Service over a breach of their rest entitlements under the 1998 Working…

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August 20, 2014

How much is employee absence really costing your business?

It’s coming to end the August and hundreds of UK employees have been on their summer holidays. Unfortunately, it’s a well-known time for workers ‘pull sickies’ on their first day back. Employee absence is a constant problem – and it’s vital for every organisation to monitor and control it. The CBI/Pfizer Absence and Workplace Health Survey…

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August 19, 2014

Over four million employees have now Auto Enrolled

More than four million workers are part of an Auto Enrolment workplace pension scheme, according to recent figures from The Pensions Regulator (TPR). More than 21,000 employers have now told TPR how they have met their duties in their compliance declaration. The figures also showed that 8.6 million employees were now members of qualifying pension…

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