December 23, 2013

Could you get paid for sleeping?

It seems that it’s OK to sleep on the job in certain situations, according to the outcome of a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal. The Tribunal (EAT) decided that employees required to “sleepover” at a specified location in the course of their work are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for such hours, regardless…

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December 20, 2013

Hot tub anyone?

Hot tubing…it may sound like a ridiculous concept but it’s something that Civil Courts use all the time. A Judge gets two or more experts that are involved in a case round a table – or in front of the bench – to put their opinions forward. That way, the Judge is aware of the…

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December 19, 2013

How the new TUPE Regulations will affect YOU

Are you prepared for the important TUPE Regulations coming into force next month? The Government believes the existing Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations are too complex and are changing them. It has now published what will be changing – which could be an unwelcome surprise to businesses  not aware of the new legalisation.…

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December 6, 2013

Young Brits told they have to work until 70

Young UK workers can expect a long working life following Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that the state pension age will increase to 70. Part of a long-term plan to save £500 billion over the next 50 years, the reform was announced on Thursday in the half-yearly statement about the UK economy. Increasing the state pension age…

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November 28, 2013

Who can accompany workers at tribunals?

Do workers have the right to have anyone accompany them at an employment tribunal? Well, there is a statutory right for workers to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing if they reasonably request this. But the original ‘Acas Code’ says that “it would not normally be reasonable for workers to insist on being…

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Moorepay launches cloud-based Time and Attendance solution

UK businesses lose millions every year through inefficient payroll reporting, incorrect data entry and even timecard fraud. Business owners are constantly looking for solutions that save money without sacrificing their efficiency or productivity. Just five minutes of lost time per employee per day may result in a business losing over £100 per employee per year,…

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Has the number of tribunal claims increased?

A flood of claims were submitted to tribunals earlier in the year, and it’s no surprise why… Earlier this year, in July, fees became payable to lodge both an employment tribunal claim and an appeal. As a result, an issue fee of £250 and a hearing fee of £950 are now payable should an applicant…

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November 27, 2013

Be safe with your office Christmas decorations

With Christmas fast approaching, soon many of you will be bringing a sparkle to even the darkest of offices. We want to ensure you enjoy the fun and festivities at Christmas with those close to you. To make certain Christmas goes with a “controlled bang”, we have produced some simple guidelines for you to consider…

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Coping with adverse weather conditions

The UK’s most powerful storm in 26 years, St. Jude, meant there was widespread public transport disruption and road closures, with many commuters struggling to get to work. Extreme conditions like snow and ice often plunge the UK’s transport network into chaos. As a result, employers are faced with a wide range of employment issues…

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November 26, 2013

Dealing with e-cigarettes in the workplace

Smoking electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) in public places is legal. These battery operated devices that simulate tobacco smoking are not covered by the 2007 ban on smoking in public places. Therefore, for the time being, it’s up to employers to decide on an appropriate policy for their use in the workplace. Should employers include the…

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November 1, 2013

Raising awareness for the living wage

Despite living extremely busy lives, millions of UK workers don’t earn enough to live on – not enough to feed and clothe their kids, provide power for their homes, and for the other necessities of life. Shockingly, more than half of the children living in poverty in this country have one or more working parents.…

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October 31, 2013

The impact of the new legislation for tribunal fees

Following the controversial introduction of fees to submit employment tribunal claims, on July 29th 2013, you’re probably wondering how it will affect your business… The measure has been the subject of a legal challenge instigated by the union Unison in the form of a Judicial Review heard at the High Court on October 22nd and…

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