February 27, 2020

What’s Unconscious Bias and How do we Avoid it at Work?

What’s the definition of unconscious bias? A quick Google search reveals the following explanation: “Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their conscious awareness. Unconscious bias happens outside of our control. It occurs automatically and is triggered by our brain making a quick judgement”. In simple terms; when…

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The Ongoing Curse of the Holiday Calculation

The Court of Appeal has said that the way employers are calculating holiday entitlement is potentially wrong. In a long and detailed judgement, the Court of Appeal stated that whilst you can pro rata holiday pay, you can’t pro rata holiday entitlement. Since the law changed back in 2007, calculating holiday entitlement has been relatively…

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IR35 and Off-Payroll Working: What’s the Difference?

When the imminent changes to off-payroll working were first introduced, I have to admit, there was a lot of terminology to take in. One article would refer to the changes as IR35. Whereas other articles would described it as off-payroll working. This led to some debate amongst Moorepay colleagues. We were of course keen to…

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February 25, 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus February Update

The Government have increased the risk rating for Coronavirus threat from Low to Moderate. The ongoing outbreak of coronavirus continues to spread across Europe and the wider global community. World Health Organisation (WHO) Recommendations and Advice for the Public Let’s go through best practice advice issued by the WHO for the general public. Employers are…

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February 14, 2020

Valentine’s Day Cards at Work: Appropriate or Not?

Valentine’s Day; a time to express love and affection. Say it with chocolates, flowers, sentimental photo albums, lovey-dovey mixed tapes (…or Spotify playlists), and cards. Soppy cards, jokey cards, and avocado cards that say ‘let’s avo cuddle’.  But how does HR deal with Valentine’s Day cards in the workplace? Are they appropriate amongst employees? Can a Valentine’s Day card be deemed sexual harassment? What should you do about them?…

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January 27, 2020

New Parental Bereavement Leave: Jack’s Law

“Jack’s Law” is named after 23-month-old Jack Herd who died in 2010. His mum Lucy has since been fighting for new government rules to extend bereavement leave for parents who lose a child. To recognise that losing a child has such a devastating impact on the family, the Government introduced a new piece of legislation –…

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January 22, 2020

Winter Weather and Travel Disruption

Winter inevitably brings with it bad weather and travel disruption. Your employees might be affected by these conditions, making it more difficult for them to get to the workplace. Unusual or unforeseen circumstances during adverse weather conditions, such as severe snowfall, increase the likelihood of lateness and absence at work. So, we’ve put together your…

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January 20, 2020

Blue Monday and How to Banish the January Blues

Today is “Blue Monday” – the most depressing day of the year. Why? Because the festive season is well and truly over, the weather is grim, and your pre-Christmas pay cheque feels like a lifetime ago. Plus, you’re struggling to keep your New Year’s Resolutions, despite your best intentions. As a result, the post-Christmas period…

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January 17, 2020

Our Survey Findings: Employees and The January Blues

More than one third of people dread going back to work in January. That’s according to our latest survey of more than 600 people. And who can blame them? After an indulgent break over Christmas, it’s hard work getting back into the swing of things. Setting an early alarm, enduring rush hour traffic, and figuring…

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January 9, 2020

Leap Year: Are Workers Entitled to an Extra Day’s Pay?

2020 is a leap year which means there are 366 days in the year rather than the standard 365 days. The additional day falls on 29th February. There are lots of traditions and myths surrounding 29 February. For example, the US always have presidential elections in leap years. In addition, there’s the myth that it’s…

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December 18, 2019

How to Write a Health & Safety Risk Assessment for Winter Weather

While most of us agree that snow is picturesque, adverse weather conditions can have a catastrophic effect on businesses that do not have contingency plans in place. Consequently, at this time of year it’s important to ensure you’ve completed a risk assessment for winter weather to protect your employees, customers, and the public-at-large. What does…

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