April 29, 2014

How to get sued: Give poor employment references

Employers should proceed with caution when providing a reference for a former employee or else they may be liable to pay compensation. There is a duty of care on the part of the employer to ensure that all the information it provides in a reference is accurate. Even though a reference does not have to…

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April 24, 2014

Paying the price for poor health & safety

Are you breaking health and safety laws? Did you know that you could be charged if the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has to intervene because of poor health and safety practices? The HSE will charge you for any time and effort spent on investigating, correcting problems and taking enforcement action. What is fee for…

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April 22, 2014

Penalty! (For Employers in Tribunals)

Judges can now issue financial penalties against employers who lose at Employment Tribunal and are found to have committed foul play – thanks to new powers awarded by the government. There has been much hullaballoo of late about the introduction of fees for Claimants to issue a Tribunal claim in the first place and then proceed to a hearing…

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April 16, 2014

The BIG April 2014 Employment Law Changes: In Brief

A wide range of employment law changes came into effect on 6 April, which have a big impact on both UK employers and employees. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes that might affect your business… ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme An Early Conciliation scheme has been launched to help reduce the number of Employment Tribunal…

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April 9, 2014

Auto Enrolment: 30% of SMEs are unprepared

Over 30 per cent of small and medium businesses (SMEs) are unprepared for auto enrolment, according to a new survey from Moorepay. The figures revealed that 30 per cent of the 2,500 SMEs surveyed are oblivious or unsure of their responsibilities for the new workplace pensions laws. Futher anaysis of the survey revealed that there…

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March 28, 2014

Early Conciliation: In depth

Early Conciliation is being introduced under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. The Act contains a range of measures which will hopefully provide the right conditions to encourage long term growth and support business success. It address one of the fears that businesses have reported of having to defend an employment tribunal claim. These…

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How personal prosecution works

Ever wondered how personal prosecution works? What are your rights and your employees rights and what needs to be proven in order to prosecute someone? Here’s a brief look at the process. The Executive’s Enforcement Policy Statement (EPS) requires inspectors to identify and prosecute (or recommend prosecution of) individuals if they consider that prosecution is…

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Driving posture: A cause of long term pain

Every day, millions of people travel to and from work by car or drive around all day in lorries or trucks for their jobs. For some, driving is the primary means of transport for journeys to and from work, also for some driving a motorised road vehicle is their job, for example truck drivers, bus…

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Introducing…the new Health and Work Service

A new government initiative, aimed at reducing sickness absence in the workplace, will soon be up and running. The Health and Work Service, available in England, Scotland and Wales, is designed to address the problem of the million a year employees who are off  work for over four weeks, which costs employers around £9bn annually…

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New for 2014: Early Conciliation launching soon

The New Year has brought many changes to employment law and now one of the biggest developments is about to take place… the introduction of Early Conciliation. From the 6th April 2014, no prospective employee, employee or former employee can bring a claim to an Employment Tribunal without first obtaining, via ACAS,* an Early Conciliation…

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March 25, 2014

Do employees have to speak English at work?

An employer recently warned its foreign employees that if they did not speak English in the workplace they would be dismissed. On the face of it this may seem a relatively straight-forward issue and not at all unreasonable…but is it? There are many employers around the country that employ foreign workers which inevitably leads to…

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March 24, 2014

Moorepay Manager listed in prestigious Payroll Top 50

One of our Payroll Managers, Val Walker, has been recognised for outstanding achievement and has been listed in the acclaimed Payroll Top 50. Every year, Payroll World Magazine recognises the hard work of outstanding professionals that have made an impact on payroll over the last year. The list, which includes a wide range of well-known…

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