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Jacks Law

You may be aware that the government has pledged to introduce from April 2 weeks bereavement leave for any parent who loses a child. The parental bereavement leave and pay regulations, which will also be known as ‘Jack’s Law’ in memory of a child whose mother...

What Can We Expect from the Conservatives

Now that the Conservatives have won the election I have attempted to show below their commitments in their manifesto around the area of employment. It is a lot less than if Labour had won but nevertheless you should be aware of what they have promised and be in a...

Christmas 2019 HR Advice

With the Christmas party season soon to be upon us I thought it would be a good time to reissue the normal precautionary advice to employers . We are now well aware of allegations of abuse from touching a knee to rape in the entertainment and political areas. The...

National Minimum Wage

Introduced by the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) aimed to set out a minimum hourly rate of pay that an employer must legally pay its workers. The introduction of this requirement is seen as one of the most significant advances for...

Thomas Cook Collapse

Help my employee is stuck abroad  because of the collapse of Thomas Cook As we know there are many British holidaymakers stranded because of the collapse of Thomas Cook and at present it is unclear when they will be back home. If you an employer how should you...

How to avoid the company reputation from being trashed

What can you do to safeguard your Company’s reputation? In this era of social media it can only take a few uncomplimentary tweets or a casual unfortunate remark on Facebook to go viral to trash your organisation’s good name and reputation. Companies are particularly...

Preventing Illegal Working in the UK

Are you up to date with the changes?   There have been some recent changes in respect of preventing illegal working in the UK– are you up to date with these changes? Do you really know what the law says and what you actually need to do to protect your business?...

Workplace Pay & Holidays 2019

It really is summer despite the weather and staff are planning their holidays. In the past it was thought to be fairly easy to calculate holiday pay but following recent case developments what was something quite simple has become much more complex....

What is IR35

You will have heard about IR35 I have tried to set out below the current understanding. I realise for most small companies it won't come into effect yet however you do need to consider what effect if any the changes will have on your operations and what steps you...

Uplift in Redundancy Pay limits April 2019

Compensation limit increases April 2019 As April fast approaches, employers should make sure they are ready to implement the increases to the calculation of redundancy payments, as well as some other important statutory changes which will come into effect next month....

Increase in Statutory Rates April 6th 2019

The government announces increases in statutory rates every April I have set out the new rates effective April 6th below Statutory Sick Pay Rate increases to £94.25 per week for those eligible Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay Statutory Adoption Pay,...

What is a protected conversation and how can I use it?

Frequently, employers and employees may get to a point where ‘the writing is on the wall’ and it often suits both sides to have a frank discussion over what it would take to amicably bring the relationship to an end. The law recognises that parties should be free to...

My Employee is sick what can I do?

Sickness and Absence Management Do you know how much absenteeism costs you ?Do you have a process to measure it?Do you have policies to address it?We all get sick and employers should always be sympathetic to anyone who is sick and deal with it in a professional and...

Easier way to check right to Work

The government has announced changes to modernise the “right to work” checks needed to avoid employing illegal workers in the UK. The changes will take effect from 28 January 2019.The changes to take place on 28 January will mean that employers can use an online...