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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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May 31, 2013

The Dangers of Working on Fragile Roofs

In May 2013, a roofing company was fined for exposing workers to serious risk of injury at a site in North Wales. The Magistrates’ Court heard how the roofing contractor had been contracted to replace the roofs of light industrial units. The work involved replacing fragile asbestos cement roof sheets with metal roof cladding.  In…

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May 30, 2013

A H&S Guide to Working in Hot Weather

As we move into June following one of the worst winters for decades, let’s be positive and look forward to summer. While it may seem like warmer weather will never make its way to Blighty, remember back to last summer and of the occasional times when we get a week or more of really warm…

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May 29, 2013

Moorepay on display: HRSS 2013

Exhibiting at this year’s HR Software Show, Moorepay, an NGA Human Resources company, are to showcase the latest developments of Moorepayhr, their innovative cloud-based solution. Held on the 19th and 20th June at Olympia, London, CIPD’s free to attend HR Software Show provides HR and payroll professionals’ easy access to the industry’s leading suppliers. Moorepay, one…

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May 10, 2013

Tribunal rules: What’s to come

Almost two years ago, it was requested of Mr Justice Underhill that he conduct a review of Employment Tribunals Rules of Procedure (or ET rules). These recommendations were published in July 2012 and, although the new rules are yet to be officially released, a consultation published by the government in March implies that the majority…

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May 7, 2013

HR and payroll gap closed for UK SMEs

HR and payroll provider Moorepay has announced a hugely successful year. Morepay is celebrating its 1,000th new client win and is helping to close the gap that left small and medium-sized businesses often ignored by providers. Upon launch in March 2012, Gary Boyes, Director at Moorepay (a NorthgateArinso company), predicted big things for Moorepayhr, their cloud-based integrated HR…

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May 3, 2013

E-payslips: The future?

Churning out contracts, timesheets and attendance records to name a few, the HR and payroll department are a paper-making machine. While the requirement to print certain documents remains, there’s little doubt that this approach is hardly environmentally friendly. But times are changing and there are some documents traditionally delivered in hard copy that have made…

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April 29, 2013

Farm Manager Fined for Unsafe Working at Height

A Hampshire farmer has been prosecuted for breaching Health & Safety regulations after he was caught on camera using the grain bucket on a telehandler to lift two workers up to a barn roof. The event was photographed by concerned passersby who then passed these on to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The farm…

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