August 15, 2018

The National Minimum Wage, Apprenticeships, and Age-Based Discrimination

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) celebrates its 20-year anniversary in April 2019, but age and the NMW has been an issue in the media for a very different reason. The Odeon cinema chain, Card Factory and ten sports clubs were among more than 200 employers named-and-shamed by the Government for failing to pay the national…

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August 14, 2018

Paternity Leave Reform Plans Considered by Government

In March the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) published its paper on reforming workplace policies to support fathers balance their parental responsibilities and work – the take up (or lack of it) of shared paternity leave being the particular concern. As employer will be aware, the original two-week statutory paid paternity leave was introduced in…

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August 13, 2018

Modern Slavery – Hidden in Plain Sight 

Home Office research published at the end of July reveals that modern slavery costs the UK economy an estimated £4 billion annually.   Consequently, the Government has announced an independent review of its 2015 Modern Slavery Act. This is to ensure that what it describes as “world-first legislation” keeps in step with this evolving crime. But surely slavery ended with the Abolition of Slave…

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August 2, 2018

Is Spending on Workplace Wellbeing Really Worth It? 

Back in 2016 a House of Commons briefing noted that 99% of UK private businesses – and thus one third of our workforce – are employed by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and the paper suggested that limited access to resources make some less likely to implement workplace initiatives promoting a health-based culture for employees.   When you consider that full-time employees spend one third…

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July 20, 2018

One-in-Ten Small Businesses are Currently under Investigation by HMRC

According to a new statement from HMRC, 10 per cent of all small businesses in the UK are under investigation – equivalent to more than half a million at any one time. HMRC recently told the Treasury select committee that it is going after small businesses to reclaim £34bn in tax that it was unable…

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July 13, 2018

Court of Appeal Reverses Pay Decision in Sleep-In Workers Saga

The Court of Appeal has today reversed a minimum wage decision relating to “sleep-in” sessions by care workers. The case in question, Royal Mencap Society and Claire Tomlinson-Blake, has ramifications for care providers throughout the UK. In a series of Judgements, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (and subsequently HMRC) previously ruled that “sleep-in” sessions amounted to…

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July 12, 2018

Massive Fines for Social Media Companies Following Data Breach

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is expected to impose a massive £500,000 fine on Facebook for failing to secure people’s information – and failing to be clear on how people’s data are used by others. This huge fine, one of the biggest ever handed out, is in keeping with a series of recent fines imposed…

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June 27, 2018

Safe Working Advice for Managing Outdoor Staff During a Heatwave

With temperatures across the country hitting 30 degrees plus over the week ahead employers will need to make sure they are protecting outdoor workers sweating it out in the summer heat. The Met Office has issued a warning that there is an 80% probability of heatwave conditions between 9am today (26 June) and 6pm on…

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