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Euros

Why is this significant for employers? England’s campaign starts Friday when we play Serbia and history has shown that major sporting events can disrupt working patterns. Depending how the previous games have gone it could be a crucial match or a non- event  (don’t be...

What to expect from Labour

We now know the general election will be on July4th.The polls are predicting a Labour victory and although neither party has yet to publish their manifesto Labour have issued various documents including Equality at work on Friday spelling out their intentions in the...

April Changes

Every April the government adjusts various employee related allowances the most significant are set out below The National Minimum Wage for 21 and over – up to £11.44 per hour For 18 to 20-year-olds – up to £8.60 per hour For under-18s – up to £6.40 per hour For...

Challenge 2024

2024 may be more challenging than you think While we all know that inflation, interest & business rates are going to continue to have a big impact on our cashflow compounded by the rise in minimum wage rates, there are a number of other HR regs coming down the...

National Minimum Wage Increase

Yesterday the Government announced that it has accepted the Low Pay Commission’s recommendations on minimum wage rates to apply from 1 April 2024. This is the largest ever increase to the minimum wage in cash terms. The National Living Wage will apply to all workers...

Year End Parties

It’s that time of the year again. The year end party season is about to start. As always in January there will be the fallout from photocopier incidents or worse, physical or sexual assaults on fellow employees as a result of too much drink. However, employers please...

Passionate about employment contracts

Regular readers of my posts will now I am obsessive about the need for up to date employment contracts. I was recently approached by a client who had failed to pass on the contract I had prepared to his employee. The employer, because he had just put the prepared...

New Protction for parents and carers

There are three Government-backed Private Members' Bills that will give parents and unpaid carers new protections at work regarding extended leave entitlements and redundancy protections. These Bills received Royal Assent on 24 May 2023. However although the bills...

Too hot to Work?

Too Hot To Work? – An Employer's Guide With temperatures continuing to stay high in parts of the UK this week, at the start of the summer whether employees work from home, in an office or another workplace, rumours often circulate about employees' rights in relation...

New Family Friendly Legislation

Three Acts (stemming from Private Members’ Bills) received Royal Assent on May 26th. Although they are now law the regulations explaining how to operate them have yet to be published therefore this bulletin is at this stage for information only. The Neonatal Care...

How to dismiss staff fairly and avoid stress

Five Fair Reasons for Dismissal To dismiss an employee fairly the business has to show that the dismissal falls into one of the five categories detailed below and to have followed a due process. Employees cannot bring a claim for unfair dismissal if they have less...