September 30, 2013

Avoiding disability discrimination

Over 10 million people in the UK have a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability – with around 1 in 7 disabled adults of working age. The employment-rate gap between disabled and non-disabled people decreased from around 36% in 2002 to around 29% in 2010. To put this into context, the 2010 statistics show…

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Employment law changes you NEED to know

It can be tricky for employers to keep up-to-date with all the legislation changes that affect the workplace. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick summary of the most important changes over the last six months: Collective Redundancy Consultation The minimum period of employee consultation when making 100 or more redundancies in a period of 90…

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September 26, 2013

Undue dismissal will damage your company

Have you ever dismissed an employee unfairly, with damaging and costly repercussions to your company? While there are a number of reasons this might happen, it often comes down to a poor investigation process – and a lack of understanding about it. Most probably know that, when an employee is charged with a disciplinary offence,…

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September 20, 2013

Moorepay becomes finalist for coveted payroll award

Moorepay is a finalist for one of the most prestigious payroll awards in Britain. Some of the most innovative, forward-thinking payroll and HR providers will gather at the Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London, for the ceremony of the highly acclaimed Payroll World Awards, held on 24 October 2013. As a leading provider of payroll and HR…

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September 18, 2013

ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme

Early conciliation is being introduced under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. The Act contains a range of measures which will hopefully provide the right conditions to encourage long term growth and support business success. The Act will address one of the fears that businesses have reported of having to defend an employment tribunal…

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Managing Sickness Absence More Effectively

Recent figures estimate that, as a country, we lose £15 billion in economic output each year from sickness absence. This equates to 131 million working days lost each year. This is a clearly a huge problem and employers should take whatever steps they can to manage both short-term and long-term absences effectively. An absence of…

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August 30, 2013

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013 will come into force on 1st October 2013. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently published amended guidance outlining the requirements of the new regulations and the main changes from the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. The new…

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Vince Cable’s review of zero-hours contracts ‘inadequate’

The Government’s fact-finding exercise into zero-hours contracts is “inadequate” and requires further analysis to identify best practice for employers, according to a report published today. The report, ‘Flexibility or insecurity? Exploring the rise in zero hours contracts’ published by The Work Foundation, calls for a more systematic investigation into zero-hours contracts than the review commissioned…

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Employment Of Children In The Workplace

Your Health & Safety guide to children in the workplace. At any time it is important for families to achieve a good work life balance and to keep children safe. This is even more important with school holiday periods approaching. The employer’s role in achieving this goal is key and the following situations may arise:…

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Settling Employment Disputes

The introduction of settlement agreements provides employers with a mechanism it can use to end employment in a clean fashion. While also preventing the employee from being able to raise an Employment Tribunal claim. Another way employment can end is by mutual agreement, which is where the employer and employee both agree that the employment…

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Sickness, Absence and Annual Leave

The UK’s Working Time Regulations oblige employers to grant workers a minimum period of paid holiday each year. As such, employees have a statutory entitlement to no less than 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave (or a pro rata entitlement for those working part time). This equates to 28 days for someone working five days a…

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UK businesses could be getting better value from their payroll provider

In celebration of National Payroll Week on 2-6 September, the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) and leading payroll solutions provider Moorepay have teamed up to help businesses get more value from their payroll services. During National Payroll Week, businesses registering their interest in outsourcing to Moorepay will get the chance to benefit from Moorepayhr,…

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