April 15, 2019

Employers Urged to “Normalise Conversations” about the Menopause

If mental health issues are a taboo subject in your workplace, it’s more or less guaranteed that talking about the problems a woman can have whilst going through the menopause is far higher on the scale of stigma and taboo. A recent survey carried out by the BBC found that 70% of women would not tell…

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April 10, 2019

How to Effectively Manage Sickness Absence

According to a recent survey, Health and Wellbeing at Work, completed by the CIPD and the Simplyhealth, the average level of employee absence this year is 5.9 days per employee per year, or 2.6% of working time lost. This is the lowest figure recorded by this survey. Their findings indicate a fluctuating but gradual decline…

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April 3, 2019

Two Major Changes to Itemised Pay Statements

From 6 April 2019 two major changes to the rules on itemised pay statements take effect. The Employment Rights Act 1996 has been amended meaning that: Firstly, the right to an itemised pay statement has been extended to include workers Secondly, itemised pay statements must include the numbers of hours worked where the employee’s pay…

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April 2, 2019

Stress Awareness Month – How to Manage Workplace Stress

1st April 2019 marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month. It aims to increase awareness of the causes and cures of what has been labelled our modern stress epidemic. Stress-related absence has increased for two-fifths of businesses in the past year, according to new research from the CIPD and Simplyhealth. The top causes of stress-related…

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April 1, 2019

Why does the UK tax year run from April to April?

The new UK tax year is coming! But why does it run from 6th April – why not January to January? Well, it all started a very long time ago when – in England and Ireland – the New Year started on 25th March. It was known as Lady Day to commemorate the angel Gabriel’s…

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March 27, 2019

How To Easily Calculate Holiday Entitlement For Part-Time Workers

You probably know that full-time employees are entitled to 28 days’ paid annual leave. But what about part-time employees? Holiday entitlement calculations are a bit trickier for part time employees… But don’t worry, in this blog, we’ll walk you through it. A part-time employee is pro-rated to a full-time employee’s entitlement and is based around…

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Holiday Entitlement Calculator – Calculations Made Easy

Calculating holiday entitlement for full time employees is relatively straight-forward. But what about when an employee starts or leaves part way through the holiday year, and what about part time employees? That’s when calculating holiday entitlement gets much more difficult… But don’t worry – to help you through this arithmetic exercise, we’ve compiled the following…

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March 20, 2019

International Day of Happiness: Six Ways to Make Your Employees Happier

Today (20th March) marks the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. Coinciding with the first day of Spring, the event was launched to celebrate happiness and to recognise the importance of striving for it. When you consider that full-time employees spend one third of their waking hours at work, it’s important for individuals to feel…

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March 13, 2019

National Minimum Wage: Are you Breaking the Rules?

The British Retail Consortium (the trade body for shops and online retailers) recently called on HMRC to halt National Minimum Wage enforcement claiming that the current system is no longer fit for purpose. The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) provisions date from 1998 and have recently celebrated their 20th birthday. I’m sure some of you…

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March 11, 2019

Talent Retention: Five Top Tips for Reducing Employee Turnover

High employee turnover levels can have a negative impact on an organisation’s productivity and performance. This can be due to the cost of recruitment and training, interruptions to critical pieces of work and existing employees becoming unsettled by colleagues leaving. In a world where LinkedIn continuously promotes tailored job vacancies and job sites are advertising…

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