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April 26, 2021

Case law | Sleep-in shifts: what hours count for the National Minimum Wage?

This case concerns the appropriate rate of pay for a worker when completing a ‘sleep-in’ shift and being on-call for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 (‘NMW’). The Facts Mrs Tomlinson-Blake was a care support worker employed by the Royal Mencap Society. In addition to her day care duties - for which she received a salary (salaried hours work), she did sleep-in shifts working specific hours receiving a flat rate allowance of £22.35 plus one hours pay of £6.70 (time work). She was…

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April 24, 2021

5 ways to get your people managers to approve holidays requests – fast!

Do your managers have holiday requests collecting dust in their inboxes, paper requests being used as coasters, and unaccounted for leave in their team? Driving people managers to quickly approve holiday requests can be challenging, but if not managed correctly it can lead to poorly managed rotas, staffing issues and disengaged employees. Check out our five top tips for streamlining the approval process and getting holiday requests processed in a jiffy. 1. Invest in software It’s time. Time to step away from paper and pen.…

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approving holiday requests
April 19, 2021

How to set up salary sacrifice benefits for employees

We all want to deliver a fantastic employee experience, and salary sacrifice benefits are a great way to give extra value to your workers: helping them to look after their finances, health and leisure time. However, salary sacrifice and payroll integration don’t always go hand in hand, and getting it wrong can be costly. Follow these simple steps to set up salary sacrifice benefits for your employees. Select the benefits you want to offer to your employees There isn’t a one size fits all when…

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How to set up salary sacrifice benefits for employees
April 14, 2021

Case law | What was the verdict on worker status at Uber?

An Important Case on the Topic of Worker Status decided by the EAT in February 2021. In this case, the main question raised is whether an Uber driver is a “worker” for the purposes of employment legislation. A “worker” has the right to be paid at least the national minimum wage, receive annual paid leave and benefit from certain other protections. Uber BV owns the technology behind the well-known and much-used Uber app. Uber London Ltd is a UK subsidiary licensed to operate private hire…

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uber case on worker status
April 10, 2021

3 simple ways to streamline manual payrolls

Ever get the feeling there must be a simpler way to get those painful payrolls processed? Now we can't grant you three wishes, but we do have three simple steps set to alleviate the strain on even the most hectic payroll department! Employee self-service How much of your time is spent dealing with the ‘who, how, what, and why’ questions from employees? Pesky detail changes, chasing incomplete data and general tasks that not only drive you insane, but tarnish the relationship between payroll staff and…

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April 7, 2021

Four quick tips for faster timesheet processing

When the end of the month is hurtling towards you the last thing you need is outstanding, incomplete or downright wrong timesheets. The key to end of month bliss? A timely and clean timesheet process powered by your people managers. "But how?" we hear you cry. Well, that's what we answer in this article. Electronic timesheets It’s a scene that managers know far too well. Chasing down timesheets, cross-referencing the rota for the week or the month, back-and-forth with employees just to know the whole…

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Payroll manager processing timesheets
April 1, 2021

How to manage stress at work

There are many reasons why stress occurs at work. Having crazily tight deadlines and a horrifically heavy workload often trigger it... The last 12 months have been so different from anything we’ve known before, there are now a whole host of new things causing employees to feel stressed. Which is why addressing how to manage stress at work must be something all companies prioritise in 2021. And given April is Stress Management month, now is the perfect time to focus your efforts in this area.…

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March 30, 2021

FAQs: Can you spy on your employees?

Working from home has been the new norm for many, thanks to lockdown. This shift to remote - and unwatched - working, may have heightened the business desire to keep track of staff. So, what's allowed and what's not, when it comes to monitoring what your employees get up to? Keep reading to find out what kinds of of employee monitoring takes place, what the reasons might be, what lawful and unlawful monitoring looks like, and what are the rights of employees. Plus, we answer…

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can you spy on your employees
March 29, 2021

How to Manage Annual Leave in 2021

Managing annual leave with furlough, accrued holidays and self-isolation can be far from a holiday. We've summed up what employers need to know about the latest legislation. Watch our masterclass or read our article below to brush up on the latest rules and best practise when it comes to annual leave, carrying over holidays, furlough implications, and travelling abroad for your employees. At the end, you'll also find a list of actions you can take forward for the rest of this year. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkTa92AgWgI[/embed] Carried Over…

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managing holidays and annual leave in 2021 with furlough
March 21, 2021

What Is Human Capital Management (HCM)? | Key Terms

Human Capital Management (HCM) is a term growing in popularity – but what does it actually mean? We’ve listed the key terms surrounding HCM and what it all means for your HR team. What Is Human Capital? Human capital is the economic value that comes from your workforce: things like experience, skills, knowledge, and abilities, as well as anything else that might add further value such as personal values, work ethic, and education. Although it’s a qualitative value, it can still be measured and used…

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employers understanding what human capital management (HCM) software or a HCM system is