Blog

HR Advice, Latestest News & More

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...

Changes to Statutory Rates 2023/4

National Minimum Wage, SSP, SMP etc. rates 2023/2024 The Department for Work and Pensions has published its annual rate increases for 2023/2024. The rate for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement pay will increase to...

Happy Holidays

Thank you for your support and interest in our activities in 2022.We hope you  your partners and families have an enjoyable holiday season and return refreshed to face the challenges of 2023 Instead sending out cards or gifts this year, we at NewmanHR will be making a...

Proposed Changes to Flexible Working Rules

The government has published its response to last year's consultation on updating flexible working laws.  Here is a summary of its response: the right to request flexible working will become a Day One right (it is currenty only available to employees with 26 weeks'...