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March 24, 2014

Moorepay Manager listed in prestigious Payroll Top 50

One of our Payroll Managers, Val Walker, has been recognised for outstanding achievement and has been listed in the acclaimed Payroll Top 50. Every year, Payroll World Magazine recognises the hard work of outstanding professionals that have made an impact on payroll over the last year. The list, which includes a wide range of well-known names from politicians to payroll managers, is an opportunity to celebrate a group of outstanding individuals as well as the payroll experience, legislation knowledge and entrepreneurship found in the payroll…

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March 18, 2014

Payroll has become more time consuming for some, says HMRC

Payroll processing is taking longer than ever for some firms since the introduction of Real Time Information (RTI) last year, according to HMRC research. Out of the 446 employers surveyed by HMRC, 25% found that reporting their End of Year returns takes much longer now that they have to do it in real time. The report found that the majority of those surveyed, 79%, asked for help from either HMRC or their payroll provider – with 49% having trouble with technical issues. A further 28…

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February 28, 2014

Builder could be jailed for serious safety failings

A Lincoln builder has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence after a bricklayer fell three metres from faulty scaffolding, breaking his back in three places. Robert Wilkin, 70, of Lincoln, was left paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life following the incident at a warehouse on Freeman Road, North Hykeham, on 14 February 2013.An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified serious safety failings in the construction of the scaffolding too be used…

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February 28, 2014

Confused about new Early Conciliation laws?

Workers with employment disputes will soon be required to fill out an 'Early conciliation form' - with basic details of the claimant and the company - before they can submit an employment claim to an Employment Tribunal. The mandatory early conciliation form, proposed to come into force on 6th April 2014,  will not require details of the acts or incidents raised by the claimant, and therefore, the first the company will know of any such claim against them will be when Acas contacts them for…

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February 28, 2014

National Minimum Wage penalties on the rise…

Higher penalties are being imposed on employers who fail to pay National Minimum Wage rates. Employers could be publicly named and shamed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills or even face prosecution. Why do we have a National Minimum Wage? National Minimum Wage legislation was essentially introduced to stop exploitation of workers and to provide a fair labour market. The legislation sets out the pay rates per hour which employers must pay their employees. There are three age-based rates and an apprentice rate.…

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February 28, 2014

Spring and summer safety tips

The days are getting longer and the clocks will soon go forward, so it's time to dust off those spring and summer gardening tools. Hopefully, it will be a pleasant warm one after all the rain and flooding people have suffered should it be a very sunny one remember sun protection for out door working. The environmental impact caused by flooding is still being assessed by government and relevant agencies. So let’s take time to review the documentation we have in place i.e. risk assessment,…

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February 27, 2014

Employment Tribunal Fees to stay…for now

Employments Tribunal fees were introduced last year, requiring claimants to pay fees up front. In reaction, UNISON challenged the validity of the imposition of fees, but was eventually unsuccessful. UNISON said that the fees are “unjust and discriminatory” and had been widely criticised as having denied people access to justice. Given that the majority of people who would want to bring a claim in the employment tribunal have recently lost their jobs, it is difficult to argue that the fees wouldn’t have an effect on a person’s…

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February 7, 2014

Employment Tribunal fees – Judicial review fails

UNISON has failed to overturn the introduction of fees for Claimants in the Employment Tribunal system. The High Court in The Queen on the Application of Unison v Lord Chancellor has turned down UNISON's judicial review application against the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 (the ‘2013 Order’). On the surface this looks great for employers, since it is likely fewer employees will challenge their treatment at work as a result of these fees. That said, there is now a fee remission…

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January 30, 2014

HSE clamps down on risks from harmful substances

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Construction Division is cracking down on poor management of risks from harmful substances. Heather Bryant, the HSE’s Chief Construction Inspector has said that employers in the construction industry have lost their way when it comes to protecting employees and others from the effects of harmful substances. There is a wide range of harmful substances present on a typical building site, including materials that builders bring onto sites, such as paints and sealants, as well as those produced on site,…

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December 23, 2013

Could you get paid for sleeping?

It seems that it’s OK to sleep on the job in certain situations, according to the outcome of a recent Employment Appeal Tribunal. The Tribunal (EAT) decided that employees required to "sleepover" at a specified location in the course of their work are entitled to be paid the National Minimum Wage for such hours, regardless of whether their sleep is interrupted. The outcome in this case (Whittlestone v BJP Home Support Ltd) will be particularly relevant to those employers in the care and security sectors.…

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