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 […]

Hallmarks of Effective HR Management Practices

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Are your managers locked into hr management practices or intiatives that sounded good or seemed to work well in other organisations but just do not produce tangible results in your organisation?   Despite managers’ time and effort, you do not see progress towards achieving your service or business goals.  Common causes are: those practices are not suited to your organisation’s context; hr initiatives are taking managers’ focus away from operational issues; some hr practices are pulling in different directions and […]

Teachers Under Pressure; Are School Governors Doing Enough?

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Do you know any school teachers?  Do they seem more stressed now compared to say one year ago?  It seems to be accepted that teaching is a pressurised profession and that many members experience stress.  The suggested causes vary such as Government policy but the article referred to below suggests alternative causes and some suggestions how a balance can be restored. Head Teachers and School Governors may find the article provocative but the author trusts that the questions posed will […]

Older Employees – Organisational Asset or Liability?

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Shortage of People and Skills Ahead In recent years the focus has been on apprenticeships and job opportunities for young people, which are both important.  However, that has distracted managers from another pressing issue – the skills and ‘corporate glue’ provided by older workers.  The number of young people coming into the workforce is shrinking.  By 2022, 14.5 million more jobs will be created, but only 7 million younger workers will enter the workforce – a gap of 7.5 million. […]