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September 21, 2015

Tribunal Fees to be abolished in Scotland – The start of a wider initiative?

Employment Tribunal Fees could be completely abolished in Scotland over the next 12 months, according to the Scottish Government. The First Minister revealed the plans in its "Programme for Government', a document which outlines the legislative agenda for the year ahead. This represents a radical shift away from the UK Government's policy of charging for access to the Employment Tribunal system, which has been in place for over 2 years. The Introduction of UK Tribunal Fees Before 2013, there was no fee payable for issuing…

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September 21, 2015

How to embed a positive Health & Safety culture

Health and Safety is a very important part of any organisation – but how people view it depends on the culture within the organisation. Different organisations, indeed different sites within the same organisation, will have a different culture and outlook on Health and Safety. Cultures are driven by Directors and Managers.  Take for example a Transport Yard with a site rule that all pedestrians MUST wear High Visibility clothing and use the marked walkways.  If the Managing Director is seen to walk straight from the…

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September 21, 2015

Confused about Contract Types?

Do you know which employment contract to use for different categories of employee? Here’s our handy guide to understanding them all… Zero Hours, Casual, Temporary or Fixed Term? Many people are confused when it comes to working out which contract (or Principal Statement of Terms and Conditions) to give to the different categories of employee. There are many people who will ask for a zero hours contract when what they actually need is a casual services agreement. Find out more about zero hours contracts on…

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September 21, 2015

Are you managing Work at Height effectively?

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is currently carrying out targeted inspections on refurbishment projects – and Working at Height is likely to be high on the list of enforcement. HSE figures indicate that 45% of deaths on construction sites in Britain last year were as a result of falls from height and 581 workers suffered major injuries as a result of such a fall. Good working practice and legislation requires employers to plan work at height and to give information to employees who are…

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August 24, 2015

Steering safety in the right direction

Every year, there are over 5000 accidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed, according to HSE statistics. The main causes of injury are people falling off vehicles, or being struck or crushed by them. Workplace transport is any activity involving vehicles used in a workplace. Vehicles driven on public roads are excluded, except where the vehicle is being loaded or unloaded on a public road adjacent to a workplace. We often take traffic movement around our work…

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July 21, 2015

Trade Union Bill: The biggest changes in 30 years

The Government has now published its draft trade union bill – if passed, this bill could see some significant changes to Employment Law…. Here are some of the most important points about the draft bill you need to know… Notice period of strike action & agency cover The most important proposed change for employers to note is that if the bill is passed. Trade Unions will have to give employers 14 days’ notice of strike action and in addition, businesses will be allowed to bring…

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July 21, 2015

Holiday Pay for voluntary overtime?

The controversial question of what to include in holiday pay has taken another turn against employers. So what’s changed and what do you need to include in your calculations for holiday pay? Commission… Employers may have to change their payment arrangements for employees who earn a high proportion of their salary as commission, following a recent case. In the case of Lock v British Gas, the courts held that failing to include commission in holiday pay calculations meant that employees earned significantly less for periods…

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July 20, 2015

Ensure your heating is ready for the winter

In the summer, it seems wrong think about servicing your heating systems. However, inspection and servicing of Gas Appliances and other types of heating now can prevent issues in the winter. Summer and autumn are the ideal time to have your heating systems checked in particular checks for Carbon Monoxide. Often employers wait until the winter for these tests and then discover that their heating system either doesn’t work or has to be switched of until repaired. This then leaves a cold workplace and a…

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July 20, 2015

How looking after older workers can safeguard your future

In the UK, almost 9.5 million people in employment are over the age of 50. This equates to over 30% of the UK workforce. In the not-too-distant future, a major proportion of these employees will retire, taking their skills and experience with them. The problem is that the demographic change over recent years means that the number of young people coming into the workplace will be less than the number that will be needed to replace those who have permanently left work. Recent transformation of…

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June 19, 2015

Dealing with derogatory comments on Facebook

A staggering 59% of the UK population have active social media accounts, with 32 million using a mobile device to access. According to a We Are Social article, the average daily use of social media amounts to 2 hours and 13 minutes - more than half the time that people in the UK spend on the internet. Facebook is the top active social platform with 43% on the network. With the high level of access and usage of Facebook on a daily basis, it is…

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