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Managing Absence in Your Business

The recently released CIPD Absence Management Survey for 2014 found that one less day, on average, was lost in employee absence than in the previous year. Yet despite this apparent fall there has been a distinct rise in absence caused by stress and mental health problems and of the more recent phenomenon, “presenteeism”*. So, as an Employer, what can you do to identify the key issues for your workforce – and to develop targeted and cost effective ways to support your staff?....read more »
 
News Alert - today’s ruling on inclusion of overtime in holiday pay

Employers please take note - today's EAT ruling has widespread implications for all companies paying overtime to their staff!....read more »
 
Employers take note – yet more changes from the 1st October

• Employers losing equal pay claim - to undertake equal pay audit • SME’s able to claim up to £500 a month for Military Reservists • National Employment Savings Trust limit to change (Oct 2015) ....read more »
 
Update for September – Are you ready for the changes coming into effect from 1st October?

• Drop in Employment Tribunal Claims • National Minimum Wage changes • Time off for Antenatal appointments ....read more »
 
August's Hot News for Employers

• Now it’s the turn of OVERTIME to be included in Holiday Pay - what are the possible consequences for your business? • Summertime Workers – with fines doubled to £20k per breach - have you done your Illegal Workers Checks? ....read more »
 
Taking a proper lunch break is good for Business!

We all know that taking a proper lunch break is probably good for us, yet only one in six workers actually do it on a regular basis. While during the down-turn concerns about job security and trying to manage extra workloads may have led to staff skipping their lunch break - for many it has become a habit that’s hard to break! But if you want the best from your staff they should be encouraged to take proper lunch breaks. Otherwise their health and performance could suffer – and seriously impact on your business. ....read more »
 
This month's Hot News

Current “hot” news for Employers: • Zero Hours - exclusivity clauses to be banned in zero hour contracts • Flexible Working – new regulation kicks in • Employment Tribunals Awards – stricter regime for enforcement • Inclusion of Commission in Holiday Pay – potential minefield for Employers? What you need to know – and getting the right help and guidance to deal with it. ....read more »
 
Misconduct Outside of Work - dealing with the consequences

While you can regulate your employees' behaviour at work, their off-duty conduct is a different story. When serious staff misconduct occurs outside of work – perhaps when a heated dispute in the pub ends in alleged assault or a serious driving offence is committed - what action should an Employer take?....read more »
 
World Cup Brazil 2014 – is the temptation too great for your staff?

If you believe the lure of the World Cup will have no impact on your business - think again! Every time there is an event like this employers have found staff taking time off, whether permission had been granted or not. The lure of the semi-final is just too strong! ....read more »
 
ACAS Early Conciliation now in place

Since the launch of the ACAS Early Conciliation Service in April anyone thinking of making an employment tribunal claim has had to notify ACAS before doing so. For tribunal claims lodged on or after 6 May (unless an exemption applies) it is now a legal requirement for a claimant to have made an Early Conciliation notification to Acas - so no tribunal claims will be accepted unless the complaint has been referred to Acas and a conciliation certificate issued.....read more »
 
Flexible Working Rights – June 2014 amendment

The Government has confirmed the 30th June 2014 as the new implementation date for the introduction of the Extended Right to Request Flexible Working. So if you haven’t updated your flexible working policy to reflect the new right – now's the time to do so! ....read more »
 
Tribunal Claims - Result of Fees?

Last week, the MOJ published its annual statistics for employment tribunal claims. The statistics showed that claims in October - December 2013 had fallen by 79% compared with the same period in 2012. Sex discrimination claims were down by 83% and equal pay claims fell by 80%. ....read more »
 
Reminders HR Updates and Changes

Just a short reminded about some changes so far this year: TUPE - Changes affective 31st January 2014 Changes in statutory benefits Delay to extended rights to flexible working....read more »
 
TUPE – CHANGES DUE 31st January 2014

The amendments are contained in the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2013, and in summary are as follows: ....read more »
 
Notice Pay For Employees Who Are Ill

An interesting anomaly in employment rights that many employers fall foul of. If an employee is given notice whilst off sick or who goes off sick during the notice period how is the notice pay made up? Is it Statutory Sick Pay only or normal salary/wage? (Or indeed company sick pay where such a scheme exists)....read more »
 
Time off Over the Festive Period

Christmas time off can cause headaches and issues in busy workplaces, here are a few scenarios that may help you over the festive period. If you still have questions our experts are on hand to answer your queries on line.....read more »
 
Addition of New Template Documents

In order to keep our members compliant and able to access templates and documentation that will support their HR management we have added a new series of downloadable templates to the website.....read more »
 
Living Wage

The Living Wage Foundation has announced today that over 30,000 low-paid workers stand to get a pay rise of up to £400 a year because they work for companies signed up with the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage Employer.....read more »
 
Future Changes to TUPE

Change of Contractor As if it is not difficult enough to understand TUPE the government has announced its detailed proposals for future changes that may or may not simplify TUPE. The most significant announcement is the proposed abolition of the Service Provision Change rule. ....read more »
 
New Tribunal Powers

Section 16 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, adds a new section 12A to the Employment Tribunals Act 1996, which empowers employment tribunals to impose discretionary financial penalties on respondent employers where they are found to have breached a worker's employment rights and the tribunal is of the opinion that the employer’s breach has one or more aggravating features. ....read more »
 
Reminders For October

A little reminder of upcoming changes in October 2013.....read more »
 
Employee Shareholders

This came into force on 1st September 2013. As from this month, a new type of employment contract, known as an 'employee-shareholder' contract, is an option for employers. ....read more »
 
Compromise Agreements

As from 29th July 2013 Compromise Agreements will be known as "settlement agreements".....read more »
 
Changes In Employment Tribunal

New Fees With effect 29th July 2013 Claimants will start paying a fee to submit a claim to an employment tribunal. Fees will also be payable by respondents in some circumstances.....read more »
 
Disclosure and Barring Service Update

The Disclosure & Barring Service’s (DBS) new online Update Service will be available from the middle of June 2013. From that date (17th) anybody who applies for a DBS check may subscribe to the Update Service for an additional fee of £13 per year. This will enable their criminal record certificate to be kept up to date so that it can be used when they change jobs or role within the same type of workforce. ....read more »
 
Tribunal Fees Update

Subject to the necessary Parliamentary approvals the new fees will apply to claims lodged on or after Monday 29 July 2013....read more »
 
Best Excuses for Missing Work ...

We do like to share the 'lighter side of working life' with our members on occasions. Thinking that these 'odd days' of sunshine my cause an increase in sudden 'sickness days', we thought that we would share these with you - some of the many excuses that clients have reported over the years. ....read more »
 
Upcoming Changes to Statutory Payments and Entitlements

A reminder of increases in statutory payments and entitlements:....read more »
 
Changes to Terms and Conditions: Dismissal and Re-engagement Was Fair

The following case gives some comfort to employers who may fail (unintentionally) to strictly follow “good practice” due to having limited resource in management with a good knowledge of HR. It also highlights the need for first of all starting with a good business reason for making the changes. ....read more »
 
Bank Holidays

We often receive questions concerning entitlement to Bank and Public Holidays. Should they be included in the statutory entitlement to 5.6 weeks? Should they be paid? May we require employees to work on such holidays?....read more »
 
Key Changes in the 2013 Budget

A summary of budget changes that may affect you and your employees....read more »
 
Reduction In Collective Redundancy Consultation Periods

The changes are expected to come into force on 6 April 2013 ....read more »
 
Pension Automatic Enrolment - Update

The Government has announced the revised annual earnings thresholds for automatic enrollment for 2013/14:....read more »
 
Criminal Record Checks

There have been some changes to terminology following the merger of the CRB and ISA ....read more »
 
Changes to Statutory Payments and Entitlement 2013

Some notes for your diary regarding Payments and Entitlement changes for the coming year....read more »
 
Latest on Government Review of Employment Law

The Government has recently announced its current position of employment law. We provide a summery within this news item.....read more »
 
National Minimum Wage Rates

A reminder that these rates of pay are due for review 1st October ....read more »
 
Olympic Time Off

Are you prepared for the Olympic Time Off? How do you handle employees who wants to take time off to watch the Olympics.....read more »
 
Employment Tribunal Fees To be Introduced 2013

The Government plans to introduce such fees from summer 2013. Fees will be applied at the issue of the claim and also prior to the hearing. These will be payable in advance. The system will allow for those on low incomes to be excused payment and tribunals will be given a discretionary power to order the unsuccessful party to pay the costs of the successful party incurred by way of Tribunal fees. ....read more »
 
Review of Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure

This is well underway and a new set of draft Rules is with the government. If approved, the new Rules would include the following changes: ....read more »
 
Changes to Payroll Reporting to HMRC

During 2013 HMRC will require employers to submit payroll information online or through the BACS system each payroll run (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) instead of annually and the P35 will disappear. CHANGES TO PAYROLL REPORTING TO HMRC (RTI) RTI (Real Time Information) is a new payroll reporting system to be introduced by HMRC during 2013 and refers to the submission of employee pay related information at the time of payment rather than at year end. HMRC's principle aim of the move to RTI is to support the introduction of Universal Credits in October 2013, a government drive that is only possible if pay related information is available in real time.....read more »
 
Changes to Employment Law 2012

As usual there will be a number of key employment legislative changes in 2012, as well as public consultations continuing or opening on some of these proposals. See a summary of the main developments in 2012 .......read more »
 
CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL RULES

The Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 have been laid before Parliament and will come into force on 6 April 2012, in respect of claims submitted to an employment tribunal on or after that date. ....read more »
 
EMPLOY A "NEET"

The government has announced a scheme aimed at getting unemployed teenagers with poor educational records in to full time employment by paying employers to take them on. A "Neet" for those of us who are not familiar with the term are teenagers in England with poor qualifications who are currently not in education, employment or training.....read more »
 
SOCIAL MEDIA DISMISSALS

Social networking sites such as Facebook are an increasingly important part of everyday life - particularly for younger generations. People use them to communicate; moan and complain and to keep in touch with friends. Unfortunately from time to time employees will step out of line and make their feelings known about their employers. What action should employers take?....read more »
 
INCREASES IN STATUTORY MINIMUM PAYMENTS EFFECTIVE FROM 1ST FEBRUARY 2012

Just a reminder that a number of increases in statutory rates were implemented 1st February 2012 and the next round of increases will take place at the beginning of April. These include statutory redundancy pay and sick pay... ....read more »
 
FEES FOR CLAIMS AT EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL

The Ministry of Justice is currently consulting on whether or not and at what level disgruntled ex employees will have to pay fees up front in order to make a claim against their employer. Claims can currently be lodged without cost to the employee which is out of line with claims through Civil Courts such as the Small Claims court which requires a fee. Claimants will not like this but perhaps employers will also be unhappy as (if they lose the case) they will end up reimbursing the employee for their Tribunal fees........... ....read more »
 
NEW COMPENSATION LIMITS FOR TRIBUNAL CLAIMS

1st February 2012 brings the usual changes on compensation limits. The website will be updated accordingly but here is an update for your diary. ....read more »
 
DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE OF AN EMPLOYEES BELIEF

It does not get any easier for employers! In a landmark decision an Employment Tribunal has decided that a fervent anti fox hunting campaigner was protected from discrimination because of his beliefs in animal welfare. Mr Hashman was employed by a garden centre and was a keen animal rights campaigner. He had given evidence in support of prosecutions for illegal hunting. When his employers discovered his fervent anti hunting views he was dismissed. He argued that his dismissal was because of his belief in animal rights and that the dismissal was discriminatory... ....read more »
 
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MYTHS

Just a few questions and responses you may need to use over the festive period for staff issues around parties and holiday activities... Log in and be prepared!....read more »
 
UNPRODUCTIVE WORKERS TO LOSE THEIR RIGHTS?

A leaked government report argues that sacking unproductive workers would mean more capable people would replace those sacked, boosting economic growth. However Downing Street says changes to unfair dismissal rules are "unlikely". The government has previously stated it is committed to reforming employment laws and has already announced extending the right to claim unfair dismissal to at least two years (where we have been before!) In fact the report goes further - calling for an end to unfair dismissal altogether.....read more »
 
EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS - PROPOSED CHANGES

A fee for bringing an employment tribunal will be charged for the first time from April 2013, Chancellor George Osborne was condemned by unions for attempting to silence the vulnerable with his announcement on employment tribunals at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.....read more »
 
QUICK REMINDER OF OCTOBER CHANGES FOR YOUR DIARY

With effect 1st October 2011 : Implementation of Agency Workers Directive and National Minimum Wage increase....read more »
 
MANAGEMENT SUMMARY OF KEY EMPLOYMENT LEGISLATION - 2011

To Lay-Managers Employment law must seem to be constantly changing. The following document may help as an aid-memoir - particularly to newly promoted managers. It is laid out alphabetically for ease of use... ....read more »
 
HOLIDAY PAY LONG TERM SICK

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently determined that a worker who had been on sick leave for an entire leave year was entitled to a payment in respect of that previous year's full annual holiday entitlement, when shortly after the start of the new leave year her employment was terminated... ....read more »
 
LEGAL REPRESENTATION AT DISCIPLINARY HEARINGS

Interestingly a decision of the High Court supported by the Court of Appeal concerning legal representation at a Disciplinary involving somebody who could potentially be barred from practicing their profession as a result of dismissal has been overturned by the UK Supreme Court.....read more »
 
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR AGENCY WORKERS

With effect 1 October 2011, agency workers (after 12 weeks in a given role with the same hirer) will gain rights to equal treatment with the permanent employees that they work alongside. Equal treatment will include such as pay, holiday entitlement and working time including rest periods but will not cover non-cash rewards such as private medical insurance. Research carried out has suggested that very few organisations will be impacted by these new regulations with most employers using agencies for genuine short term cover. However those organisations employing Agency workers on a regular basis need to carefully manage their requirements and perhaps budget for additional costs.....read more »
 
CHANGES TO REDUNDANCY RULES AND COMPENSATION FOR DISCRIMINATION

The chancellor has announced that the government will be reviewing levels of compensation for workplace discrimination, and also statutory consultation periods. They will also be looking at TUPE (law governing the transfer of employees from one owner to another) The government says it wants to remove unnecessary bureaucracy within current employment law.....read more »
 
SO WHY PAY LAWYERS?

Hight costs to pay lawyers to defend against Employment Tribunal claims are not unusual. Despite what the newspapers say the majority of claims are quite small. Particularly where this does not involve any form of discrimination. Even here most pay outs would be less than what you would have to pay a lawyer.....read more »
 
APRIL REVISED STATUTORY RATES

View the revised rates for Maternity,Paternity and adoption pay. Along with SSP and Tax allowances.....read more »
 
CHANGES TO PATERNITY LEAVE RIGHTS

As from April 3rd 2011 mothers will be able to share their maternity leave and pay with the father or other person responsible for the upbringing of the child. The new legislation also applies to children adopted by couples in different sex relationships and to couples in same sex relationships and/or civil partnerships The new entitlement will be called Additional Paternity Leave (APL) and will be in addition to the current entitlement to Paternity Leave and Pay. ....read more »
 
REDUNDANCY SELECTION POOL

In the recent case the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that an employee's dismissal by reason of redundancy was unfair because her employer had failed to consider pooling her role with that of a more junior member of her team. The employee was a Human Resources Manager and she worked with the assistance of a Human Resources Executive..... ....read more »
 
ANTI-BRIBERY POLICY

One of the last acts of the Labour government was to pass the Bribery Act 2010, which should enable courts to respond more effectively to bribery both at home but also abroad. It was passed with support from all parties, who acknowledged the UK needed to meet its international obligations, particularly under the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.....read more »
 
FUTURE CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL SYSTEM

The Government has this week announced plans to implement changes to the employment tribunal system subject to a consultation period.....read more »
 
REVISED STATUTORY RATES

The following statutory payment rates will be increased during 2011: ....read more »
 
2010 EMPLOYMENT LAW SUMMARISED

We thought that December would be a good time to remind employers what changed during 2010 or what was announced to change in HR terms: ....read more »
 
GENDER PAY AUDITS SCRAPPED

The Government has announced that gender pay audits will not be compulsory under the new Equality Act 2010. The original draft of the Act made it possible for the Government to require all employers with more than 250 staff to report their gender pay gap starting from 2013.....read more »
 
ABSENCE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

We have received a number of enquiries concerning payment of wages for employees who have been unable to get in to work due to the weather. The employer will first of all need to determine whether or not the reason given is a reasonable one given what is known about the conditions at that time.....read more »
 
DO'S AND DONT'S FOR THE HOLIDAY PERIOD

Most employees look forward to the holiday period if only to get a break from work! Generally speaking most organisations will have some form of get-together prior to Christmas and these can often lift morale and provide an opportunity for rewarding employees. However things can go wrong and we should not forget our responsibilities to our employees - nor should we forget what a claim happy society we live in. Just a few pointers to remind you:....read more »
 
ROYAL WEDDING PUBLIC HOLIDAY

It has been announced that there will be a special bank holiday on 29th April 2011 to celebrate the royal wedding and another one in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.....read more »
 
FULL PAY ON MATERNITY LEAVE TO INCREASE TO 20 WEEKS?

The European Parliament has backed the plan to increase maternity leave on full pay to 20 weeks. Estimated costs to the UK would amount to £2.5 billion a year if this comes in to law.....read more »
 
INCREASE IN QUALIFYING SERVICE FOR UNFAIR DISMISSAL?

On 2nd November, 2010 Lord Young confirmed on Radio 4's Today programme that the Government is planning to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from one to two years. Apparently the timetable for a decision has not yet been announced and Lord Young said that no decision will be taken without first having a consultation period. In the event that this goes ahead it will not require a change in the law - the Minister for Employment Relations will simply need to order it so. ....read more »
 
NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT SAVINGS TRUST (Nest)

The government has announced that Nest is due to start next year, with a phasing in completing September 2016. Nest is (according to NEST themselves) "the new low cost pension scheme any employer can use to meet new legal duties that start to be introduced from October 2012" "being designed specifically to meet the needs of low-to-moderate earners and their employers" It will operate as a trust-based occupational pension scheme run by NEST Corporation, a trustee body that puts scheme members first. ALL employers who do not have their own at least comparable scheme will need to take part with no exceptions for small businesses.....read more »
 
DATE OF DISMISSAL

What is the date when dismissal is effective from? This may be very important for a number of reasons - particularly when it comes to Employment tribunal claims. Employees need to lodge claims within three months of their termination date therefore if they decide to make their claim right at the end of the three months and there is some dispute over when their last day was then this could lead to some costly arguments and additional hearings. It could also make a difference as to what an employee is entitled to in terms of notice pay; holiday pay and redundancy pay.....read more »
 
EQUALITY ACT - Q&A's

Some recent questions and answers to our Experts shared....read more »
 
MINIMUM WAGE

With effect from 1 October 2010, the national minimum wage adult rate will rise from its current level of £5.80 per hour to £5.93 per hour, an increase of 2.2%.....read more »
 
FLEXIBLE WORKING

British companies still work the longest hours in Europe, yet our productivity levels are one of the lowest. Businesses complain about stress-related sickness costs and claims and indeed this costs British business around £12 billion every year. Yet little is done to tackle the reasons for stress and employers continue to look upon employees suffering from stress as claimants rather than victims of often poorly managed operations. Allowing employees to work in a way that allows them to accommodate their domestic needs is not only good for them, their families and their children; it is good for business too.....read more »
 
FIXED RETIREMENT AGE TO GO

The Government confirms plans to scrap the default retirement age in the UK and sets October 2011 date....read more »
 
WHAT IS A "REASONABLE RESPONSE?"

In claims for unfair dismissal Employment Tribunals must determine if the employer acted within a band of “reasonable responses”. ....read more »
 
WORLD CUP ABSENCES?

Up to 10% of the UK’s workforce will take “sickies” during the world cup. ....read more »
 
PAYING PEOPLE OFF / SERIAL CLAIMANTS

A couple of news items that will interest you regarding side effects of employment laws.....read more »
 
NEW BRIBERY ACT

Recent legislation creates a new offence of failure to prevent bribery....read more »
 
BAN ON AIR TRAVEL

Guidance for Employers....read more »
 
CHANGES TO STATUTORY MATERNITY PAY

A committee of the European Parliament has recently (Feb 2010) passed draft legislation that will extend maternity leave to 20 weeks on full pay across Europe.....read more »
 
NEW SICK NOTES

With effect 6th April 2010 GPs will be introducing a new type of sick note.....read more »
 
HR UPDATE FOR 2010

A Summary of the HR legislation changes for 2010....read more »
 
REDUCTION IN LIMITS FOR UNFAIR DISMISSAL

This year, for the first time there has been a reduction in statutory limits/payments....read more »
 
WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS

A Reminder that the Vetting and Barring Scheme was introduced in October....read more »
 
ALTERNATIVES TO REDUNDANCY

Redundancies have increased, but there are alternatives.....read more »
 
LYING TO EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL

Boss Faked Employment Contract....read more »
 
REPLACING STRIKING WORKERS WITH AGENCY WORKERS

Replacing Striking workers with Agency workers....read more »
 
CREDIT CARD TIPS

Are credit card tips regarded as 'earnings'?....read more »
 
RETIREMENT AGE HELD BY HIGH COURT

Age discrimination, retirement....read more »
 
EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG PEOPLE

youth, young workers, working hours.....read more »
 
ILLNESS DURING HOLIDAY

entitlement to paid leave during illness....read more »
 
RECRUITMENT OF FOREIGN NATIONALS

Potential Discrimination....read more »
 
REDUNDANCIES - FAILURE TO CONSULT

FAILURE TO CONSULT....read more »
 
SWINE FLU

What can you do as an employer to deal with the effects of swine flu on your employees and business?....read more »
 
HOLIDAY PAY FOR LONG TERM SICK

Employees on long term sick ARE entitled to holiday pay.....read more »
 
NEW EMPLOYEES - MEDICAL HISTORY

Are employers entitled to ask about a prospective employees medical history?....read more »
 
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