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April 30, 2024

Workforce management and pay done proper

We’ve made sneaky little advancements to our existing integration with RotaCloud, now more powerful than ever. Here’s what that integration looks like.  Our HR Software has been syncing RotaCloud data since the dawn of time. After carefully listening to our customers, it made only perfect sense to crack out the dusting rags and polish up this integration. The brief: more data syncing the way customers want, to where they want it. Light work for our product team. So, what does that mean for customers? Well,…

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April 29, 2024

Biometric Attendance Monitoring gets the thumbs down

At the end of February, the Information Commissioner ordered Serco Leisure to stop using facial recognition and fingerprint scanning to check attendance and authorise pay. This followed an investigation affecting 38 leisure centres and over 2000 staff. Serco was unable to show that the practice was fair, proportionate, and necessary. The Information Commissioner concluded that risks had not been fully considered and business interests had been prioritised over employees’ privacy. The Information Commissioner, John Edwards, commented on the  case, saying “…Biometric technologies cannot be deployed…

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April 29, 2024

How to get stakeholders on board with your HR initiatives

Whether you’re proposing a new wellbeing programme, rewards system or the implementation of HR Software, the first step in any new HR initiative is gaining buy-in from your organisation’s key stakeholders. Any significant change to process, policy or platform will inevitably come at a cost, so budgetary sign-off will be needed. In an ideal world though, you’ll get more than just the financial go-ahead from above. For your new initiatives to really take root in the organisation, you’ll need full backing from your bosses, with senior…

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April 26, 2024

Responsibly implementing AI into your recruitment processes

Following the recent government guidance, are you intrigued by the possibilities of AI in recruitment but find yourself grappling with the ethical implications? In the realm of recruitment, the emergence of AI presents a tantalising array of possibilities, promising to revolutionise traditional hiring practices. However, alongside these promises comes strong ethical considerations that can’t be overlooked. In this article, we explore the somewhat uncharted landscape of AI and its implementation into recruitment, whilst breaking down the core insights from the DSIT’s recent ‘Responsible AI in…

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April 26, 2024

How to calculate employees’ pensionable earnings

We know that, as an employer, by law we must contribute to our employees’ pension. But what are pensionable earnings? And how do we calculate them? As an employer, you must now legally auto enrol your employees into your workplace pension scheme. Contributions must hit minimum contributions to be legally compliant and will reflect figures known as ‘pensionable earnings’ or ‘pensionable pay’. How do I calculate pensionable pay? Like with many things, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Pensionable pay can…

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April 16, 2024

Zellis Group announces acquisition by Apax Funds

The Zellis Group today announces that funds advised by Apax Partners LLP, a leading global private equity advisory firm, have reached a definitive agreement to acquire it from Bain Capital, subject to regulatory approval. Bain Capital originally acquired Zellis and Moorepay in 2017, establishing a new and highly experienced leadership team to strengthen capabilities across all divisions, focussing on software innovation and customer excellence. Since then, Zellis Group has strengthened its core cloud-based HR and payroll offerings, added a benefits administration software platform through the…

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April 12, 2024

Spring budget 2024: four key announcements

In the recent Spring Budget, Jeremy Hunt unveiled measures to address the cost-of-living crisis, as well as tax cuts for working parents, offering a beacon of hope for individuals and businesses alike. With reductions in National Insurance contributions and extended support funds, the budget aims to lighten financial burdens and extend a helping hand to those in need. Investments in the NHS signal a commitment to improving healthcare services, while tax breaks and incentives aim to breathe new life into key industries. Join us, as…

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April 10, 2024

Preparing for payroll year-end: a checklist

Yes, it’s that time of year again – the payroll year-end is fast approaching! Here’s everything you need to do to prepare for it. Payroll year end ties in with the tax year-end, which with it being a leap year this time around, is 4th April 2024. The deadline for getting your ducks in a row (i.e. doing all your paperwork) is 31st May 2024. Quick checklist Send last FPS to HMRC. Report your expenses and benefits. Prepare for new tax year and the first…

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March 28, 2024

Revealed – the hidden costs of manual HR administration

Manual administration can create many problems for HR, as working with spreadsheets and paper-based systems are cumbersome and laborious. The negative impact of all this labour-intensive administration is most obvious in the amount of time and effort involved in people doing these tasks. This translates into higher costs and missed opportunities, such as preventing teams from working on more impactful HR initiatives. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are a host of unseen costs related to manual HR administration that…

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March 27, 2024

Are you “woke” enough?

The word “woke” is one that divides the room; to some it’s a step in the right direction for equality, for others it’s a “war on truth”. It’s a word that’s caused much controversy in recent years, within the media, political spaces, the court of public opinion, and in the workplace. You’ve probably heard it thrown around a fair bit, particularly by politicians, both with positive and negative connotations. But what does it mean? Is it a necessary and vital movement that will lead us…

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