Whether it's protecting staff working or travelling abroad, dealing with distribution disruption or increased production demand - here are some tips of how to best support your business during the Coronavirus outbreak
The severity of summer ills can have a major impact on staff health……. and on your business’ productivity! So how can you best support staff through the summer months and preserve efficiency in your workplace?
As an HR Professional, the last thing we wish to be faced with is a situation where an employer has dismissed somebody unfairly.
So, if you want to avoid the pitfalls of unfair dismissal - reading our article is a must!....read more »
The last spell of bad weather raised many concerns about what to do if staff can’t get in or when the business has to temporarily close.
But it isn’t just bad weather that causes closures – as KFC experienced when their chicken deliveries failed to turn up!
So how can you ensure you “weatherproof” your business against such short-term assaults?
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Understanding the root cause of a performance problem, and knowing how to effectively deal with it, will enable you to create a positive working environment where people feel supported and valued – and able to perform at their best!....read more »
Staff take time off work for all sorts of reasons – they or a family member get sick, emergencies arise, or they just need days off to deal with stuff. But what should you do if an employee fails to return to work and then is impossible to contact?....read more »
How much do you know about employee holiday entitlement?
With the holiday season about to take off now’s the time to check that your interpretation of holiday pay and entitlement is correct and not one of the common myths.....read more »
A ground breaking decision at a London tribunal involving the online app, Uber, has cast doubt about other organisations using self-employed operators – are they self-employed or actually employees?....read more »
The recent court cases featured include discrimination over sick leave plus cases highlighting an issue which, according to a recent TUC survey, is a seemingly growing trend in the workplace - that of sexual harassment at work.....read more »
As our population and workforce age, a rising number of staff are having to take on the additional responsibility of carer for sick or disabled parents and other loved ones. The impact of this on people’s ability to work is becoming an increasingly critical issue for employers.....read more »
It seems advances in electronic communication have become more rapid and sophisticated by the hour these days! But with these changes comes a more sophisticated way to bully as well. So, as an employer, what can you do to protect your staff against modern forms of this type of harassment?....read more »
Despite the dramatic drop in Employment Tribunal claims, when they do go against the employer, the effect on the business can be devastating. So a decrease in tribunal claims is no excuse for complacency!....read more »
Looking at the “Hot Topics” for 2016 including: - Accessing Staff Emails; new National Living Wage; simplification of Tax & NI; calculating holiday pay; hiring migrant workers; Travel-time for mobile workers.....read more »
When it comes to dealing with disciplinary matters it’s often the case that the inexperience of managers in many small/medium sized businesses, can lead to successful claims against them at Tribunal.
That’s where having the benefit of access to an experienced HR Professional- such as our Ask the Expert service – comes into its own!
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Unraveling the mysteries of employment legislation can be challenging at the best of times! Here we give Employers some clarity on holiday pay and prepare for a Government consultation on Termination Payments.....read more »
• A lot of focus recently has been on Zero Hour Contracts and how bad they are for employees - but we don’t hear a lot about the benefits such contracts bring to both parties
• The European Court of Justice has ruled that obesity can, in severe cases, constitute a disability - now, for the first time, it has been reaffirmed by a UK employment tribunal
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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 »
• 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)
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• 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?
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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.
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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 »
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 »
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!
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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