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April 2, 2019

Stress Awareness Month – How to Manage Workplace Stress

1st April 2019 marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month. It aims to increase awareness of the causes and cures of what has been labelled our modern stress epidemic. Stress-related absence has increased for two-fifths of businesses in the past year, according to new research from the CIPD and Simplyhealth. The top causes of stress-related absence were excessive workloads and management style. What is work-related stress? It is generally accepted that going to work is a good thing. However, according to the HSE there are…

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HR Essentials: Managing Stress in the Workplace
April 1, 2019

Why does the UK tax year run from April to April?

The new UK tax year is coming! But why does it run from 6th April - why not January to January? Well, it all started a very long time ago when - in England and Ireland - the New Year started on 25th March. It was known as Lady Day to commemorate the angel Gabriel's happy news to the Virgin Mary, that she would soon give birth to Jesus Christ. Why the shift from 25th March to 6th April? Hundreds of years ago, people were…

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old pound coin on graph
March 27, 2019

Holiday entitlement calculator – calculations made easy

Please note, legislation has been updated in regards to holiday calculations since this article was written, effective for holiday years starting on or after 1 April 2024, so some of this information may be out of date. If you’re a Moorepay client, please contact us if you need guidance. Otherwise, please see this article on the changes for more information.  Calculating holiday entitlement for full time employees is relatively straight-forward. But what about when an employee starts or leaves part way through the holiday year, and what about…

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Holiday calculations made easy - calculating holiday entitlement
March 8, 2019

On International Women’s Day: Smaller Firms are Closing the Gender Pay Gap Quickest

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, and with this year’s theme set to be “#BalanceforBetter” we have taken a look at the Govt figures to understand the Gender Pay ‘balance’ a year on since Gender Pay Gap was first reported. The stats show that smaller employers are doing more to close the gender pay gap than larger companies. The female pound (the amount that women earn compared to men) is worth around 87.6p for women employed by SMEs for every £1 earned by men, compared…

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International Womens day logo
February 26, 2019

Holiday Entitlement: Q&A

Recently, we have been receiving an increasing number of queries to our advice line on issues relating to holiday entitlement. In order to offer some guidance in this complex area, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we receive and, importantly, the answers to them. Q: Is an employee entitled to paid annual leave from their first day of employment? A: Yes, although it is permissible in the first year to use an accrual system where leave is only granted as it is…

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Calculating Holiday Entitlement in the UK - it's tricky
February 20, 2019

Employment Law Advice for Employers – Why the HRD Avoids it

You have nurtured and developed a dynamic internal HR function, working in tandem with your organisational strategy. So why on earth would an experienced HRD or their team engage an external solicitor for employment law advice? Why HRD’s may avoid Employment Law Advice from Solicitors With you at the helm of HR, why risk receiving advice that conflicts with your company’s long-term vision? A solicitors’ position is likely to be long winded, very risk averse and filled with complex legal case law and jargon. Yes,…

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Employment Law Solicitors Service
February 9, 2019

What is the Health & Safety Risk to you and your Business?

If you’re a business owner, manager or HR professional you’ll be interested in the recently updated data on the risk you face from health & safety factors. The latest data for 2019 ranks every area of the country for the health & safety risk faced by businesses. Business risk is a different slant on health & safety. But it matters because, in 2016, the Government changed the sentencing guidelines for prosecuting health & safety breaches. As a result, businesses, business owners, directors and employees are…

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risk map on tablet
January 21, 2019

Blue Monday: 10 Employee Wellbeing Initiatives to Help Your Employees Banish the January Blues

Today is the third Monday in January which is dubbed "Blue Monday". Allegedly it's the most depressing day of the year. The thinking behind this concept is the festive season is well and truly over and your pre-Christmas pay cheque feels like a lifetime ago. Plus, you're struggling to keep your New Years Resolutions, despite your best intentions. The post-Christmas period can leave employees feeling down, unmotivated and unproductive. Our recent survey conducted in January 2019 found that 35% of employees feel “kind of average”…

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Blue Monday: 10 Employee Wellbeing Initiatives to Help Your Employees Banish the January Blues
December 21, 2018

One Quarter of Employees have Blacked Out after Drinking Too Much at Christmas Party, New Research from HR Specialists Moorepay Reveals

If your work Christmas party was a bit of a blur, you’re not alone. New research reveals over 25% of workers were so drunk at their work Christmas party, they couldn’t remember getting home.  The survey of over 1,000 adults, carried out by Moorepay, also found that over 25% planned to have more than 10 alcoholic drinks at their work Christmas party.   Christmas parties can be a fantastic morale boost for staff. However, employers need to be aware of potential risks that can arise from alcohol fueled…

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One Quarter of Employees have Blacked Out after Drinking Too Much at Christmas Party, New Research from HR Specialists Moorepay Reveals
December 13, 2018

Mistletoe and #MeToo – Time to Retire a Christmas Tradition?

When you think of Christmas, lots of traditions spring to mind such as mince pies, mulled wine and mistletoe. However, the idea that if you meet someone under the mistletoe, you have to kiss them, does not sit easy with many of us. Especially at a work Christmas party. As an employer, should you remove all mistletoe from your Christmas party venue? While you certainly shouldn’t actively encourage the tradition, research by Morrisons revealed that 71% of under 35s have never kissed anyone under the mistletoe,…

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Mistletoe and #MeToo - time to retire a Christmas tradition?