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August 30, 2013

UK businesses could be getting better value from their payroll provider

In celebration of National Payroll Week on 2-6 September, the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) and leading payroll solutions provider Moorepay have teamed up to help businesses get more value from their payroll services. During National Payroll Week, businesses registering their interest in outsourcing to Moorepay will get the chance to benefit from Moorepayhr, a new cutting-edge, cloud-based HR and payroll solution that will completely eliminate their HR and payroll headaches – alongside a free membership offer from the CIPP. To encourage businesses to…

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August 30, 2013

Vince Cable’s review of zero-hours contracts ‘inadequate’

The Government’s fact-finding exercise into zero-hours contracts is "inadequate" and requires further analysis to identify best practice for employers, according to a report published today. The report, 'Flexibility or insecurity? Exploring the rise in zero hours contracts published by The Work Foundation, calls for a more systematic investigation into zero-hours contracts than the review commissioned by the business secretary Vince Cable. Characteristics of workers on zero-hours contracts (ZHCs) vs non-ZHC contracts Characteristic ZHC Non-ZHC Permanent 71% 93% Two years or more* 44% 75% Less than six…

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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 UK market. Having been shown Moorepay’s state-of-the-art cloud-based solution, Moorepayhr, Infinity TC felt it could radically improve its existing services and offer increased value to their existing clients. Infinity TC…

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July 31, 2013

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 multiple grievances and brought a number of tribunal claims against his employer alleging race discrimination. Eventually, his employer decided that his behaviour in continuing to raise grievances, his refusal to…

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June 24, 2013

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. In addition, there will be capital gains tax exemption for profits up to £50,000. What will this mean for employers? The legislation is expected to be introduced on 1st September…

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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 November 2012 an off-duty inspector from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) spotted two men employed by the contractors on the roof of one of the units. He could see…

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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 of Underhill’s recommendations have been accepted. While there is little dispute that certain areas of the ET rules require something of a makeover, there is concern among some groups that…

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April 29, 2013

Builder fined for failing to provide proper facilities

An employer has neglected to provide his workers with adequate facilities, Bodmin Magistrates’ Court has heard. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently visited a site being operated by a reinforcement specialist contractor in Cornwall and found there was no hot or cold running water, or even a basin to wash in. A partner of the contracting company pleaded guilty to a single breach of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007. He was given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs…

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March 27, 2013

Health & Safety Legislation Changes

Safety legislation in the UK are usually updated twice yearly in April and October, the intention of changes being introduced on two separate occasions is to help minimise disruption to businesses throughout the year. Since coming into power the Coalition Government has attempted to rationalise UK Safety legislation. A number of reports have been commissioned and completed to identify areas where legislation can be relaxed, combined, revoked etc in order to remove the so called “red tape” thus allowing businesses to do what they do…

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July 19, 2012

Students in Employment

The P38(s) procedure is still with us for the 2011/12 year, but when should it be used and when should a P46 be used instead? The CWG2 Employers Further Guide to PAYE & Nic’s now calls the P38(S) a Special Procedure – You can use a P38(S) but it does not have to be in this format and can be your own version provided that it covers all the same questions and is only where: The student is going to work during term holiday periods…

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