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Dealing with Severe Weather Conditions

It’s coming to the time of year when arctic conditions play havoc with our roads, transport and importantly our employees attempts to attend work. If you don’t already have a policy in place, you should consider having one put in place as soon as you can as this could help… Read More

Minimum Wage to Increase to £6.31 News Release

The Government has announced that the National Minimum Wage will rise by 12p an hour to £6.31 for adults and by 5p to £5.03 for 18-to-20-year-olds from October 2013. Business Secretary Vince Cable has said “Nobody in the country should be paid less than the minimum wage”.  He added, “Apprenticeships… Read More

April 2013 – Key Changes in Employment

A number of changes are taking place during April 2013. Some of these, such as the new Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure and “employee shareholder” employment status, have now been pushed back.  However,  you should be aware of the changes that are going ahead which include:   The collective redundancy consultation period… Read More

Important Dates for your Diary

8 March     Maximum amount of unpaid Parental Leave permitted for each child increases from  13 to 18 weeks in line with the updated EU Parental Leave Directive. 6 April        Statutory Sick Pay rises from £85.85 to £86.70 6 April        The new Collective Redundancy Consultation rules apply. 7  April       Lower rate for Statutory Maternity, Paternity… Read More

Dispute Resolution

The Government has announced that the compensatory award for unfair dismissal will be capped at either the claimant’s annual salary or the maximum award (currently £74,200) in place at the time,whichever is lower. It has also issued a consultation paper, Early Conciliation, setting out how the process of making a tribunal claim… Read More

Parental Leave Proposals

The Government has published the Children and Families Bill 2013, containing proposals on shared parental leave, flexible working and adoption leave.  The right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees from 2014 and from 2015 parents will be able to share up to 52 weks’ leave. At… Read More

New-look TUPE

The Government has published proposals for changing TUPE 2006, following on from its consultation in November 2011.  The Government plans to remove the service provision changes from TUPE, accepting there needs to be a lead-in time for its removal.  Understandably, this would be a major change however the justification for… Read More

Collective Redundancy

The Government has confirmed that the consultation period for 100 or more redundancies will be reduced from 90 days to 45 days. The consultation period for 20-99 redundancies will remain unchanged at 30 days. The draft regulations covering the change come into force on 6 April 2013. The Government has… Read More

Christmas Parties 2012

With the party spirit and Christmas celebrations all around us, organisations often find themselves dealing with specific issues at this time of year – the ever jolly Christmas Party   As human resource specialists, we find organisations are being caught out by not having appropriate policies in place. 5 Christmas Party Tips… Read More

Minimum Wage from October 2012

Increases to the minimum wage rates, which take effect from 1 October 2012 has been announced by the Government:- £6.19 – the standard main rate for workers aged 21 and over £4.98 – the 18-20 rate (no increase from 2011) £3.68 – the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under… Read More