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September 24, 2014

Case against Tribunal Fees grows

The case against the introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees is gaining momentum - with UNISON bringing brand new evidence to the table. The Trade Union’s recent appeal case - heard on 18 September - has been put on hold and a new one with much stronger evidence will be presented at the High Court. UNISON reports that in the Court of Appeal, the Lord Chancellor agreed with UNISON that a new hearing should take place as soon as possible, in light of the new evidence. Ministry of Justice (MoJ)…

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September 5, 2014

Paying respect with National Payroll Week

This week was National Payroll Week - an ideal opportunity to thank your company's payroll department for their hard work. National Payroll Week ran from 1st to 5th September. Hosted by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP), National Payroll Week is dedicated to raising awareness of the important part that payroll plays in the UK economy. Created to raise awareness and recognise those professionals in the payroll industry, it also acts as a campaign to teach workers about how there pay and benefits works. Taxable…

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August 28, 2014

Shift work can be dangerous

Resent research indicates a relationship between shift work and several medical conditions... Type 2 diabetes Ovarian cancer Cardiovascular diseases Obesity Shift work can also contribute to strain of marital, family, and personal relationships. These may not be the only medical conditions attributed to shift work as research is still continuing. What is shift work? The Working Time Regulations 1998 as amended lay down the legal requirements on how working time is organised Shift work is an employment practice designed to make use of, or provide…

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August 28, 2014

Obesity considered a disability in EU Law

Morbid obesity could be considered a disability under EU law, according to the European Court of Justice. The Advocate General (AG), of the ECJ, has stated that, while EU law does not generally prohibit discrimination on the ground of obesity, morbid obesity may come within the meaning of ‘disability’ under EU law. The AG’s opinion in the case of Karsten Kaltoft v Billund is not binding. However, the ECJ is due to rule on the case and if the full court agrees the UK could…

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August 19, 2014

Over four million employees have now Auto Enrolled

More than four million workers are part of an Auto Enrolment workplace pension scheme, according to recent figures from The Pensions Regulator (TPR). More than 21,000 employers have now told TPR how they have met their duties in their compliance declaration. The figures also showed that 8.6 million employees were now members of qualifying pension schemes. Over 4.44 million workers were not members of qualifying schemes, but many of these will have workplace pensions with previous employers. The Pensions Regulator’s Executive Director of Auto Enrolment, Charles…

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July 30, 2014

Which Health & Safety records should you keep?

Keeping good Health & Safety records is the only way to stay on the right side of the law. But which ones should you keep and how long should you keep them? Certain types of record should be kept to comply with the Health and Safety Policy of the company advice on matters of health and safety. In addition, specific records must be kept as a legal requirement which is embedded in specific pieces of legislation. Keeping good health and safety records is important for…

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July 29, 2014

Flexible working requests shake up employment law

Flexible working hours have been opened up to more workers than ever - and being unprepared could hurt your business. Many employers are not aware of this, or even considering how this will impact on their business. But it could fundamentally change the way some organisations are run. Previously, an employee needed 26 weeks of continuous service and the responsibility of caring for children under 17 years of age, or disabled children under 18 years of age. All other employees were excluded from the statutory…

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June 23, 2014

5000 SMEs may be fined over Auto Enrolment

A lack of understanding about legal obligations could see as many as 5,000 small employers face fines, according to research. A survey from Creative Auto Enrolment of over 500 SME employers revealed that 24% believe they have "hardly heard anything" from the Government about Auto Enrolment - and a quarter believed they have had "minimal communication". SMEs can be fined between £1,000 and £5,000 for not complying with the law. But over a third said the problem was lack of understanding about the new law. David…

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June 23, 2014

Having HR trouble during the World Cup?

Having employee problems during the World Cup? It’s unsurprising. As with any sporting event, there are a few employment issues that organisations should be aware of during the World Cup. Here’s a how to deal with some likely employment issues without everything kicking off… Sick days Make your sickness absence policy clear to your employees. Sending out a mass communication saying that it/’s not acceptable to miss due to hangover and they will get a formal disciplinary. Holidays During events like the World Cup, you…

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June 20, 2014

Maternity Leave – your questions answered

The regulations around Maternity and Paternity leave can be complex leaving employers unclear on what their obligations are. We have put together some of our most frequently asked questions to simplify it for you. How much leave are pregnant employees entitled to? Every pregnant employee has the right to take up to 52 weeks leave regardless of length of service. This is made up of 26 weeks' ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks' additional maternity leave. What are they entitled to during maternity leave? An…

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