February 25, 2015

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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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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