February 28, 2014

National Minimum Wage penalties on the rise…

Higher penalties are being imposed on employers who fail to pay National Minimum Wage rates. Employers could be publicly named and shamed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills or even face prosecution. Why do we have a National Minimum Wage? National Minimum Wage legislation was essentially introduced to stop exploitation of workers and…

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Confused about new Early Conciliation laws?

Workers with employment disputes will soon be required to fill out an ‘Early conciliation form’ – with basic details of the claimant and the company – before they can submit an employment claim to an Employment Tribunal. The mandatory early conciliation form, proposed to come into force on 6th April 2014,  will not require details…

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February 27, 2014

Employment Tribunal Fees to stay…for now

Employments Tribunal fees were introduced last year, requiring claimants to pay fees up front. In reaction, UNISON challenged the validity of the imposition of fees, but was eventually unsuccessful. UNISON said that the fees are “unjust and discriminatory” and had been widely criticised as having denied people access to justice. Given that the majority of people who…

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Extending the right to request flexible working

The right to request flexible working is soon to be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ service – not just those caring for a child or dependant adult. Although the extension was expected to come into force this April, the changes have been delayed until 30th June 2014. What will change? The current “right…

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February 19, 2014

Save up to £2,000 on National Insurance

Employers could soon save up to £2,000 on their National Insurance contributions (NICs) through a new Government initiative. A new Employment Allowance will be available from 6 April 2014 for eligible employers, allowing them to dramatically reduce Class 1 NICs.* Can I claim? Any business or charity that pays employer Class 1 NICs on employee…

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February 11, 2014

Emergency safety announcement – Dangerous work platforms

An emergency safety alert has been issued after a mobile elevating work platform overturned at its maximum height, killing the operator. Emerging findings from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations have found that there may be a serious fault with ‘Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP)’ owing to incorrect measurements. Owners and users of…

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February 10, 2014

Cloud-based HR solution leads the way

UK-wide sales of Moorepayhr have continued their significant market growth, increasing by over 100% from last year. The cloud-based HR solution, launched by leading payroll and HR company Moorepay less than two years ago, is now adding value to more than 2500 small and medium sized businesses. Designed to eliminate many of the day-to-day administrative…

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February 7, 2014

Employment Tribunal fees – Judicial review fails

UNISON has failed to overturn the introduction of fees for Claimants in the Employment Tribunal system. The High Court in The Queen on the Application of Unison v Lord Chancellor has turned down UNISON’s judicial review application against the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (the ‘2013 Order’). On the surface this…

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February 6, 2014

Could auto enrolment spell trouble for SMEs?

It’s all change for UK pensions with the introduction of the Government’s latest shake up to employment law – auto enrolment. The new legislation, a bid to ensure all UK workers have a retirement fund by the end of their careers, means all business must automatically enrol qualifying workers into a company pension scheme. This…

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January 30, 2014

TUPE changes are now in force

The latest shake up to employment law has now come into force. ‘TUPE’ is an acronym for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. There are currently between 25,000 and 50,000 TUPE transfers in the UK each year. The Government believes that the provisions set out in the 2006 Regulations “gold plate” the…

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Shared parental leave is on the horizon

Parents can soon share the responsibility of raising newborns when a new law comes into force that allows ‘shared parental leave’. ‘Shared Parental Leave’ is a new system which will replace the current schemes for maternity, adoption, paternity and additional paternity leave from April 2015.  The government has recently released more details about how the…

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Looking into unfair dismissals

Unfair dismissals happen all the time – but do you know your employees’ rights? It is a requirement laid down by both the ACAS Code of Practice and the so called “Burchall Tests” that part of a fair disciplinary process is a fair investigation, which is reasonable in the circumstances, of the disciplinary issue. The…

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