February 27, 2014

Extending the right to request flexible working

The right to request flexible working is soon to be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ service – not just those caring for a child or dependant adult. Although the extension was expected to come into force this April, the changes have been delayed until 30th June 2014. What will change? The current “right…

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February 19, 2014

Save up to £2,000 on National Insurance

Employers could soon save up to £2,000 on their National Insurance contributions (NICs) through a new Government initiative. A new Employment Allowance will be available from 6 April 2014 for eligible employers, allowing them to dramatically reduce Class 1 NICs.* Can I claim? Any business or charity that pays employer Class 1 NICs on employee…

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February 11, 2014

Emergency safety announcement – Dangerous work platforms

An emergency safety alert has been issued after a mobile elevating work platform overturned at its maximum height, killing the operator. Emerging findings from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations have found that there may be a serious fault with ‘Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP)’ owing to incorrect measurements. Owners and users of…

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February 10, 2014

Cloud-based HR solution leads the way

UK-wide sales of Moorepayhr have continued their significant market growth, increasing by over 100% from last year. The cloud-based HR solution, launched by leading payroll and HR company Moorepay less than two years ago, is now adding value to more than 2500 small and medium sized businesses. Designed to eliminate many of the day-to-day administrative…

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February 7, 2014

Employment Tribunal fees – Judicial review fails

UNISON has failed to overturn the introduction of fees for Claimants in the Employment Tribunal system. The High Court in The Queen on the Application of Unison v Lord Chancellor has turned down UNISON’s judicial review application against the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (the ‘2013 Order’). On the surface this…

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February 6, 2014

Could auto enrolment spell trouble for SMEs?

It’s all change for UK pensions with the introduction of the Government’s latest shake up to employment law – auto enrolment. The new legislation, a bid to ensure all UK workers have a retirement fund by the end of their careers, means all business must automatically enrol qualifying workers into a company pension scheme. This…

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January 30, 2014

TUPE changes are now in force

The latest shake up to employment law has now come into force. ‘TUPE’ is an acronym for the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006. There are currently between 25,000 and 50,000 TUPE transfers in the UK each year. The Government believes that the provisions set out in the 2006 Regulations “gold plate” the…

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Shared parental leave is on the horizon

Parents can soon share the responsibility of raising newborns when a new law comes into force that allows ‘shared parental leave’. ‘Shared Parental Leave’ is a new system which will replace the current schemes for maternity, adoption, paternity and additional paternity leave from April 2015.  The government has recently released more details about how the…

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Looking into unfair dismissals

Unfair dismissals happen all the time – but do you know your employees’ rights? It is a requirement laid down by both the ACAS Code of Practice and the so called “Burchall Tests” that part of a fair disciplinary process is a fair investigation, which is reasonable in the circumstances, of the disciplinary issue. The…

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HSE clamps down on risks from harmful substances

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Construction Division is cracking down on poor management of risks from harmful substances. Heather Bryant, the HSE’s Chief Construction Inspector has said that employers in the construction industry have lost their way when it comes to protecting employees and others from the effects of harmful substances. There is a…

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Devastating fire could have been avoided

A devastating fire in an elderly residential home in Quebec, Canada has left at least 5 residents dead and 31 unaccounted for. Investigators are currently searching for the cause of the fire, which occured  on Thursday 23rd January 2014. Recent health department documentation suggests that only part of the building, which was constructed completely of…

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January 20, 2014

Can you cope with rapid employment law changes in 2014?

Employment law has seen dramatic changes recently – and could be moving too fast for many businesses to keep up with. This trend is unlikely to slow down anytime soon either. This year, and well into 2015, employers can expect more and more complex changes that affects their businesses. Some legislation is more impactful than…

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