August 2, 2021

When are employees eligible to make a flexible working request?

The details of the Flexible Working Bill read 30 June 2021, by Labour MP Tulip Siddiq. Currently, employees must have worked for their employer for a minimum of 26 weeks to be eligible to make a flexible working request. Recently, Labour MP, Tulip Siddiq, read a Flexible Working Bill in the House of Commons, which…

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July 29, 2021

Hiring of offshore talent or ‘anywhere employees’

Adopting remote means of communicating with employees through Microsoft Teams, Zoom and telephone conference calls has become commonplace since the beginning of lockdown. Having put in place the ‘digital infrastructure’ to ensure remote working is possible, can these businesses now use the same tools to hire offshore employees? And if yes, what impact, if any,…

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July 28, 2021

Diversity and inclusion: explained

It often worries me when organisations contact us to discuss their need for a diversity and inclusion policy. What’s not inclusive about their organisation today and why do they feel they need a policy? Are employees purposely not including people and if so, why? Surely inclusion is part of normal, everyday adult life? Let’s look…

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July 28, 2021

Casual or zero-hours contracts: calculating holiday pay and entitlement

Working out holiday entitlement for casual (zero-hours) employees can be extremely complicated. Our experts share everything you need to factor in. Our HR & Employment Law Advice Line receives several queries each week regarding these matters. Common queries include: If an individual is self-employed, are they not entitled to paid annual leave? What is the correct calculation…

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July 27, 2021

Calculating holiday entitlement for variable-hours employees

Calculating holiday entitlement for workers with regular hours is relatively straight-forward. But what happens when you have employees who work different hours every day, week, or month? We’ve already covered how to calculate holiday entitlement for part-time workers, furloughed workers, casual workers, and how to calculate holiday pay for employees on a range of contracts. This article gets into…

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July 26, 2021

Changes to H&S rules in Step Four of lockdown lifting

On 19 July 2021, England moved to Step Four of lockdown easing, which means new H&S rules for employers. Here’s what you need to do. Now that the UK is back open, you might be thinking, “Great! All of those health and safety rules don’t apply anymore!” But unfortunately, the coronavirus is still around, and…

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July 3, 2021

How to avoid business fines: HR edition

In a world where working models are changing and there is a growing backlog of employment tribunals, it’s important to look to your HR department as a safety net, not as a cause for concern. Here’s how to avoid business fines when it comes to your HR processes. Carefully consider risk assessments Due to the…

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July 2, 2021

How to avoid business fines: payroll edition 

Does the thought of a whopping great fine break you out in a sweat? Nothing will hurt your bottom line more than a payroll fine. But luckily, they can be avoided all together. Check out our top tips for keeping your payroll compliant and avoiding additional charges.  According to HMRC, ‘careless behaviour’ has amounted to more than £59m in…

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June 30, 2021

The payroll & HR reports every business MUST submit to HMRC 

With reports, end of tax years, P11Ds and more it’s a bit of a minefield out there. And dare to let them slip your mind? Hefty fines await you! So we’ve provided the breakdown of the reports that need to be submitted to HMRC.  The basics With every FPS and EPS you will need to submit employer information so that HMRC…

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