TUPE – Hidden Liabilities

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[ Editior’s Note: A few typing corrections were made on 15/01/2019] One drop of water can cause wide ripples. Similarly, a transfer of staff under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations can produce hidden liabilities for the new employer. Managers involved in such a transfer (TUPE as it is known) should be familiar with the need to ensure that all the key liabilities are included in the indemnities provided by the organisation transferring staff. Tease Out Hidden Liabilities The type of […]

Employment Terms & Motivation

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Welcoming New Staff Most managers want new staff to have a positive experience of their recruitment and acceptance of the offer of a job. Employees will not resign usually from their current job until they receive a clear offer of the new job. To provide reassurance, give both the job offer and details of their terms at the same time. You can turn that into a more motivating experience by a simple action. Phone the individual to check that he/she […]

Living Wage – New Rates Announced

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Increases to The Living Wage Rates The new rates of the Living Wage were announced recently.  Employers who have subcribed to paying the Living Wage are expected to start paying the new rates before 1st May 2019.   The new rates are: London  £10.55 per hour – increase = 35p per hour; Elsewhere £9 per hour – increase = 25p per hour. There is no differentiation according to the age of an individual. Several companies, such as Lidl, have announced already […]

Termination Payments – New Liability for Tax and National Insurance

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The exemptions from paying tax on termination payments, especially pay in lieu of notice, have been reduced significantly as of 6th April 2018 and made more complex in some instances. Take a quick quiz to see if you need to read more about the changes.  Are non contractual payments in lieu of notice taxable?  If an employee or an employer terminates employment before the end of the proper notice period, are any payments in lieu of that notice taxable?  What […]

Key HR Facts Updated for New Statutory Rates from April 2018

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If you want to find the latest awards that an Employment Tribunal can make or the potential cost of a dismissal or the statutory rights of staff to leave and pay from April 2018 then visit our Key HR Facts pages. Those contain summarised rights and the up to date rates on key employment rights on the following pages: Statutory Leave and Time Off Statutory Rights and Tribunal Awards Spent Periods for Convictions Working Time and Rest Periods They also […]

National Apprenticeship Week Ends – Any Impact?

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Are appprenticeships an important way for young people to gain a productive foothold in their working life? Schools, colleges and employers as well as the young person have a role to play but so often apprenticeships are seen as ‘nice to do’ but fail to inspire and build the skills of the young person. Managers often find the experience embarassing as they try to keep the individual occupied but are not really sure how they should develop the individual’s skills […]

April 2018 – Increases in National Minimum Pay Rates

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The new rates of pay have been published by the Government.  Those will come into effect from 1st April 2018. You can see the new rates at this link to one of our websites which publishes Key HR Facts. Free PDF Copy of Key HR Facts Key HR Facts provide a useful summary in one place of hr facts such as the National Minimum Pay Rates, statutory leave periods and rates of payment. Would you like us to send you […]

Holiday Entitlement – Enhanced Protection in New Court Decision

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The entitlement to holidays and pay has been given extended protection by the recent decision of the European Court of Justice.   The Court restated the basic principles and has made it clear that neither employers not States have authority to diminish the right to paid holidays. Which Employers Will Face Higher Costs? Many employers provide the appropriate holiday entitlement and pay to their staff and workers.  However, some place obstacles in the way of staff taking leave in order to […]

Refunds Begin of Tribunal Application Fees; Shady Employers Beware

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The First Phase of Refunding Has Begun The Government has started a trial of reimbursing individuals who were charged and paid a fee to enter a claim at an Employment Tribunal.  This is as a result of the Supreme Court deciding that such fees were an unreasonable obstacle to accessing justice in cases in which employment rights had been breached. The first phase will be conducted over the next 4 weeks and will involve about 1.000 past applicants. It is […]