August 29, 2013

The sky’s the limit for Infinity’s new ‘Cloud’ HR management tool

Infinity Training and Consultancy is reigning over the competition with ‘The Cloud’ by adding a cutting-edge HR management tool to its client services. The business consultancy specialist has teamed up with a leading payroll and HR provider, Moorepay, to help Scottish businesses benefit from one of the fastest growing HR and payroll solutions in the…

View Post

July 31, 2013

Fire Safety – Arson

During the summer months dry conditions mean that waste and other materials left in the open provide a good source of combustion. Fire Safety – Arson Within the last few weeks there have been two cases of arson or deliberate fire-raising. At one incident in Manchester 60 fire fighters attended a blaze at a hair…

View Post

TUPE Reforms

Earlier this year, the Government concluded a consultation about possible changes to the TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings – Protection of Employment) Regulations. It believes that the current provisions “gold plate” the European Acquired Rights Directive; this underpins the UK legislation. It wants to introduce amendments as part of its “maximising flexibility – protecting fairness” agenda.…

View Post

Disciplining Employees Over Grievances

Can you discipline or dismiss an employee for raising multiple unfounded grievances? The case of Woodhouse v West North West Homes Leeds Ltd [2013] has highlighted the difficulties for employers faced with how to deal with an employee who raises multiple baseless grievances and tribunal claims. Over a period of four years, Mr Woodhouse, raised…

View Post

July 24, 2013

Unfair Dismissal

It rarely creates headlines and is almost never factored in by employers when defending an employment tribunal claim. But a potential outcome could be the reinstatement of the employee to his previous job or re-engagement to a job comparable to the previous role or otherwise suitable. An employee can be re-engaged by the employer, by…

View Post

June 28, 2013

Hugely successful year for Moorepay at HRSS 2013

After months of preparation, Moorepay is over the moon with how well they were received by visitors at this year’s HR Software Show. Held at London Olympia over two days in June, thousands of HR, payroll and business professionals turned up to check out the latest developments from the UK’s leading HR and payroll suppliers.…

View Post

The HR job market: Is it getting better?

At the turn of 2013, things were looking rather gloomy for the HR job market. While January boasted a strong year for the UK job market overall, HR lagged behind other industries with the number of vacancies and pitched salary levels both down from previous years. As we moved into spring, confidence began to grow…

View Post

June 24, 2013

Employment Tribunal Fees

In a bid to fight the employment tribunal fees being introduced in July, UNISON, Britain’s largest trade union, is applying to the High Court for a judicial review of the government’s new fee structure. The fees, brought in by the government, are intended to reduce the number of claims that reach employment tribunal by charging…

View Post

A Simple Way to Bring Employment to an End?

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill received Royal Assent on 25th April 2013, making it the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. One of the proposed employment law changes being introduced by the Act is the renaming of a ‘compromise agreement,’ which will become known as a ‘settlement agreement.’ A compromise agreement is a legally…

View Post

Status Given Go Ahead

The Growth and Infrastructure Bill received Royal Assent on 25th April 2013, making it the Growth and Infrastructure Act. The Act will introduce ‘employee shareholder’ employment status, enabling an employee to relinquish certain employment rights in exchange for shares in the employer’s business. The first £2,000 of shares will not be subject to income tax.…

View Post

June 18, 2013

Cloud cover: A HR professional’s guide to cloud computing

The cloud.’ No longer a scary, abstract technological term understood only by IT folk, cloud computing has taken off exponentially in the past few years. Everyone’s getting in on it, including HR and payroll departments. If there’s still some confusion in your organisation about what exactly the cloud is and how it can benefit your…

View Post

June 3, 2013

Real Time Information: What’s the big idea?

Branded one of the biggest changes to payroll legislation since the introduction of PAYE, Real Time Information (or RTI), was rolled out in April 2013 at Her Majesty’s request. While the nuts and bolts of PAYE remain unchanged, the ‘how’s’ and ‘when’s’ of payroll processing have caused quite a shake-up within the industry. In a…

View Post