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October 28, 2020

How to Support Employees During This Mental Health Crisis

As the UK enters the seventh month of lockdown, the quality of people’s mental health is deteriorating at a concerning rate. More than two thirds (69%) of adults are reportedly feeling worried about the effect the virus is having on their life. According to a survey by the Samaritans, just over 1 in 10 callers reported experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self-harm during the first week of lockdown. It is perhaps not surprising that such a dramatic change to the way we live has…

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mental health at work during covid-19 lockdown
October 27, 2020

Case law | How did the LGBT community win against Jaguar Land Rover Ltd?

An important sex discrimination case, and victory for the LGBT community, was decided by the Employment Appeal Tribunal on 21 September 2020. Does protection under the Equality Act for those going through gender reassignment extend to those who identify as gender-fluid or non-binary? Yes, stated the Employment Tribunal in this case. The Government Equalities Office Guide defines the term ‘non-binary’ to describe someone who does not subscribe to the customary binary approach to gender, and who may regard themselves as neither male nor female, or…

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Recent Development in Sex Discrimination - Ms R Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover Ltd
October 27, 2020

Working From Home: Communicate, Motivate & Embrace the Change

After more than six months of life in lockdown, there's clear evidence our new way of working may be extended for at least another six months. This year's shift to working from home is beginning to look much more permanent. As a result, the focus of employers has now shifted from the basics of setting employees up remotely, to supporting this longer term transition from office to home. As we well know, motivation and communication are key to employees feeling part of a team. So,…

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motivation working from home
October 27, 2020

Case law | Did home care staff receive unlawful deduction of wages?

An important case on the topic of the unlawful deduction of wages was decided by the Employment Law Tribunal on 3 September 2020. Recent Development in National Minimum Wage – Ms E Harris and 8 others v Kaamil Education, Diligent Care Services and Premier Carewaiting. A group of home care providers have been ordered to pay more than £100,000 in backdated earnings to home care staff. Back in 2016, the Public-service union, Unison, started a legal battle against profiteering private care providers’ practice of paying…

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Case tribunal Home Care Staff Receive Unlawful Deduction of Wages
October 19, 2020

Zellis Awarded Software Product of the Year

Moorepay's parent company Zellis was awarded software product of the year by the CIPP during their Annual Excellence Awards. Judged by an independent panel, this prestigious award is given to software that enables companies to run their payroll in-house. Judges were looking for a solution that was compliant, user friendly, enabled best practice and was well supported. Also competing for the award was ADP, Intelligo, IRIS, MHR, Neeyamo, Payslip, SSCL and Xero. However, the award was given to Zellis for its innovations in software, including the…

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Zellis Awarded Software Product of the Year
October 15, 2020

Eight reasons for refusing a flexible working request

There's no doubt that striking the right balance between work and home life is a very important aspect of modern life. Employees today want more flexibility in the way that they work to enable them to juggle competing life demands. However, flexible working doesn’t necessarily suit every business and in some circumstances, it may not be possible to agree to a request to work flexibly. Can I refuse a flexible working request? Employers have a legal obligation to deal with requests in a reasonable manner. As…

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8 Business Reasons for Refusing Flexible Working Requests
October 8, 2020

13 Million Brits To Request Permanent Flexible Working: How to Prepare

How has lockdown changed people’s attitudes to flexible and home working? Over 13 million people across the UK plan to ask to modify their long-term working pattern, according to new research by Direct Life Line. HR managers will have to be prepared for the influx of new requests once the current COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. What Do Employees Want? With half (49%) of the workforce experiencing the benefits of working from home first-hand,2 it’s no wonder that 44% of employees are hoping that flexible…

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Flexible working requests HR statistics
September 25, 2020

Should Employees be Paid for Annual Leave They Choose Not to Take?

During lockdown, many workers chose to cancel their scheduled annual leave due to a change in their travel plans. This left a large number of employees with vast amounts of accrued leave to take before the end of their holiday year. Some employees may be under the false impression that they are entitled to carry this leave over into the next leave year. They may even expect to be paid as compensation for any leave not taken. Keep reading to find out what actually changed…

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untaken annual leave
September 21, 2020

Case law | How is agency worker status changing? (Royal Mail)

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently ruled that individual workers for Royal Mail are indeed agency workers. Agency workers have the right to be treated no less favourably when compared to those who are employed by the organisation, as per the Agency Workers regulations 2010. This means they have the same right to basic employment and working conditions, including bonuses, annual leave and paid time off for antenatal appointments, after the agency worker has completed a 12-week qualifying period. An appeal lodged by Angard…

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royal mail worker not being granted agency status in a new payroll legislation case
September 11, 2020

Seriously. What’s an API?

'How can I automatically move data from one system into another?’ you ask, brimming with concern that you're doomed to an eternity of entering it all manually. Your tech savvy colleague frowns at you and says ‘Err... We can just use an API.’ You nod vigorously and say ‘Of course, yeah, yeah… obvious now you’ve said it.’ There’s uncomfortable laughter... You immediately return to your desk and ask Google: 'WHAT IS AN API?' But all the articles thrown up by your search are written in…

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what is an api