June 2, 2021

What counts as worker status?

An Important Case on the Topic of Worker Status decided by the EAT in April 2021. A ruling has confirmed that drivers working for the private hire and cab and courier service, Addison Lee, should be classified as ‘workers’, and will subsequently be entitled to the rights that workers receive. This follows on from the…

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June 2, 2021

How to manage absence for furloughed employees

In summer 2021, absence is high on the agenda for employers. But how does this apply to your furloughed employees? Every year, absence spikes in the summer months. Despite the general downward trend in absence rate over the last decade, with lockdown restrictions lifting this year, mental health concerns catalysed by Covid, and presenteeism and…

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May 27, 2021

Who let the dogs in?! Considering office-based pets.

It’s increasingly common for organisations to allow pets, namely dogs, in the office. Household names such as Nestle, Amazon, Etsy and Google are among the growing numbers of pooch friendly firms. All of this was in pre-Covid times. But there’s evidence to suggest that as we continue out of lockdown, the trend is likely to…

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May 20, 2021

How to write an absence policy 

No, we don’t mean step 1: pick up pen, step 2: pick up paper. We’ll walk you through best practice and structure for your absence policy that will support your business and your employees. So, for starters, what should your absence management policy contain as a minimum?  The reporting procedure: this should include how and when to report sickness absence.  Evidence: this section covers what’s required for…

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May 19, 2021

Hybrid working: 10 issues employers must consider

On 12 May, Boris Johnson announced that the order to work from home wherever possible is to end from 21 June (certainly in England). This appears to contradict advice from SAGE, the government’s scientific advisors. They suggest the measure should continue through the summer and, with the Indian Variant accelerating, ending all restrictions is considered premature.…

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May 18, 2021

Should you be letting your employees work from a beer garden?

As we stampede towards summer, beach bags and flip flops in tow, you might begin to see some of your employees pushing the boundaries of ‘working from home.’ While the Maldives looks unlikely for many, the Red Lion’s beer garden is looking very appealing.   So, if your employees’ new address has ‘arms’, ‘inn’ or ‘crown’ in the title, it might be that they are perched in their local during working hours. But how does this impact your business? Do you…

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May 17, 2021

One third of employees to bunk off work this summer!

Findings from our survey of more than 700 people reveal almost a third (32%) would consider bunking off work this summer. The research shows the top reasons for bunking off include catching up with friends, going on holiday, spending time with the kids, and going to the pub for a sneaky pint! All of this…

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May 15, 2021

How to apply student loan banding to employee pay

Your employee might be young enough to be in a higher repayment scheme, have PHD’s coming out of their ears, or maybe they have multiple loans to repay. Whatever the circumstance, whatever the repayment, this information impacts your payroll. Read on to find out how to apply student loans to your payroll, and important information…

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May 12, 2021

It’s not if you’ll switch to Faster Payments, it’s when.

We’ve seen the volume of employees paid by Faster Payments rise rapidly through the first months of 2021. Since November last year, we’ve almost doubled the number of monthly transactions. And in the same period, the monetary value of transactions has increased by almost 120%. What’s more, the overall number of Faster Payment transactions in…

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May 9, 2021

How to apply changes to personal tax allowance to your payroll

With the new tax year comes new allowances, taxes, benefits and legislation that we payrollers need to be aware of. Something to keep in mind this year is the personal tax allowance – but how is this applied to your payroll? Changes to personal tax allowance for 2021/22 For the tax year 21/22, the personal…

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May 7, 2021

How to calculate holiday pay: an employer’s guide

Is calculating worker holiday pay driving you round the bend? Feel like you’re owed a holiday just for getting your head around it? Check out our employers’ guide to holiday pay calculations to make some sense of it all. In terms of what workers are owed when taking holiday, they are entitled to a day’s…

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