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Latest News Archive
|Statutory Sick Pay Support Removal|
Statutory Sick Pay Support Removal
With effect from 6th April 2014, it is no longer possible for employers to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from the government, through the Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS).
Published Apr 14, 2014 - 10:46 AM
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|Auto Enrolment Update|
Auto Enrolment Update
Auto Enrolment (AE) is entering into a busy time for 2014, as the last of the ‘smaller sized’ large organisations (over 250 employees) finish staging in. With an estimated 30,000 companies employing between 50 and 250 workers needing to have completed their staging process in 2014, many leading pension providers are taking a hard line and demanding at least 6 months’ notice to quote for, and provide, an appropriate scheme. If employers leave it too late, they may end up having to choose between a very simple NEST scheme, or an expensive and more complex investment product. Our message to our clients is not to leave auto enrolment to the last minute, as the pension providers are already starting to turn businesses away and there is much to do. In a recent report about lessons for SMEs around auto enrolment, the CIPD urges small and medium sized companies to start planning now, in order to avoid unnecessary costs and guarantee access to the best advice and pension scheme for their business.
Published Apr 07, 2014 - 12:07 PM
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Every year the HSE publish the number of people who are killed at work, and the numbers have gradually fallen for some time now. However, the real hazard at work is, in fact, work-related driving, yet this is still not counted in the HSE figures. As I have said on many an occasion, driving is the riskiest activity that any of us will undertaken in our lives, and most of us undertake some amount of driving activity for work. Sadly the statistics back me up.
Published Apr 07, 2014 - 11:56 AM
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|Briefing: Use Talent Wisely|
Use Talent Wisely - There Isn't Much About
By Guy Liddall BA (Law) PMA
Group MD, MTS Management Services Ltd
I have been recruiting people for over 30 years. There has always been a crisis of talent – almost every recruiter will say “There isn’t as much about as there used to be”.
I have never subscribed to that view. Every generation is different, consider the mullet headed, six inch stack generation of the 70s, to the “loads-a-money” kids of the 80s, to the responsible 90s generation, to the socially media connected generation of today.
Published Mar 27, 2014 - 03:57 PM
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|Employing Ex Offenders|
Employing Ex Offenders
The periods of time during which convictions remain ’live’ have been governed by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act since 1974 but have changed from 10th March 2014. The changes, contained in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment Act 2012, mean that some offences will now only have to be disclosed for just two years after the completion of a custodial sentence. The changes are designed to improve the employment opportunities of ex-offenders and presumably to help them avoid falling back into their ‘criminal ways’.
Published Mar 25, 2014 - 05:27 PM
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|Disability & Reasonable Adjustments|
Disability & Reasonable Adjustments – Cut off time for claims
Until a recent EAT (Employment Appeal Tribunal) decision, employees had to bring a claim within three months of receiving the employer’s decision in respect of making reasonable adjustments for disabled employees.
Published Mar 25, 2014 - 10:30 AM
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|A Case of Victimisation after Age Discrimination Claim|
Car body repairer Pat Jessemey, brought proceedings for unfair dismissal and age discrimination against Rowstock Ltd in Oxfordshire after the vehicle business dismissed him on the ground of retirement. He then went to an employment agency for help in getting another position and, a director from his former firm gave the agency a bad reference because of the discrimination complaint. When he discovered that Rowstock had provided an unfavourable reference, he brought a further complaint that he had suffered post-employment victimisation because he had claimed age discrimination.
An Employment Tribunal found that his dismissal was both automatically unfair and age discriminatory and awarded him nearly £25k in compensation. However, the victimisation claim was rejected, despite the tribunal's finding that Rowstock had provided a detrimental reference because he had pursued tribunal proceedings. In the tribunal's view, it had no jurisdiction to award any remedy because it happened after he had left the business.
Published Mar 25, 2014 - 10:07 AM
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|Early Conciliation - New Rules|
The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation : Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) have been published, confirming that Early Conciliation (EC) will come into force on 6th April 2014. Under the new rules, anyone wishing to file an employment tribunal claim will need to notify ACAS first before issuing a tribunal claim, albeit there is no obligation to actually engage in conciliation.
Published Mar 03, 2014 - 04:36 PM
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|Dispelling Work-Related Stress Myths!|
The so-called stress epidemic has become a headline favourite in recent years. Many column inches are taken up highlighting how we are all under too much pressure at work. Stress has become the catch-all word to justify poor performance and sickness absences.
Published Feb 17, 2014 - 11:53 AM
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|Extension of Flexible Working|
ACAS has finalised its code of practice and guidance for handling flexible working requests. The right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees, not just those caring for a child or an adult in need of care. But the Government has delayed the start date of 6 April 2014 to ‘later’ this year.
Published Feb 10, 2014 - 02:42 PM
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