August 28, 2014

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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July 30, 2014

Shared Parental Leave – New challenges for employers

Government plans for more flexible working patterns show no sign of slowing down, with its newly published draft regulations for shared parental leave. The changes were legislated for by way of the Children and Families Act 2014, which has received Royal Assent. The essence of the regulations is that they allow parents more flexibility to…

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Which Health & Safety records should you keep?

Keeping good Health & Safety records is the only way to stay on the right side of the law. But which ones should you keep and how long should you keep them? Certain types of record should be kept to comply with the Health and Safety Policy of the company advice on matters of health…

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July 29, 2014

Should Holiday Pay include commission?

It seems that Holiday Pay can sometimes include commission – but only if it’s related to the number of sales you make at work. That verdict comes from a recent ruling by the European court of justice (ECJ) – otherwise workers could be put off taking leave. Most workers in the UK have a right to…

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How long do you have to make a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured through no fault of your own, how much time do you have to make a personal injury compensation claim? If you have been injured through no fault of your own, whether as a result of a: Road traffic accident Accident in your workplace A slip, trip or fall on a…

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Flexible working requests shake up employment law

Flexible working hours have been opened up to more workers than ever – and being unprepared could hurt your business. Many employers are not aware of this, or even considering how this will impact on their business. But it could fundamentally change the way some organisations are run. Previously, an employee needed 26 weeks of…

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Are workers exploited with zero hours contracts?

Are companies taking advantage of employees on zero hours contracts? Do zero hours contracts reduce costs and help but help with flexibility at the employee’s expense? Or do they provide flexibility for both employer and employee? Such contracts provide employees who have study commitments, caring responsibilities and childcare commitments flexibility to improve their life versus…

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June 23, 2014

5000 SMEs may be fined over Auto Enrolment

A lack of understanding about legal obligations could see as many as 5,000 small employers face fines, according to research. A survey from Creative Auto Enrolment of over 500 SME employers revealed that 24% believe they have “hardly heard anything” from the Government about Auto Enrolment – and a quarter believed they have had “minimal…

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Having HR trouble during the World Cup?

Having employee problems during the World Cup? It’s unsurprising. As with any sporting event, there are a few employment issues that organisations should be aware of during the World Cup. Here’s a how to deal with some likely employment issues without everything kicking off… Sick days Make your sickness absence policy clear to your employees.…

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