Redundancy – Forfeiture of Pay

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[Note – extra points were added to the article on 14/10/2019 & 16/10/2019] Being made redundant is usually an unwelcome event for indviduals. In the midst of an unpleasant and, sometimes, numbing experience, an individual has to absorb his/her options and best course of action. Concern about getting another job can lead to an individual leaving early and not realising that an he/she may forfeit the entitlement to redundancy pay. Some staff at Thomas Cook were angered by a similar experience per a recent report. [1] Entitlement to Redundancy Pay The legal principles governing the entitlement to redundancy pay are […]

Brexit – Preparing for the Journey

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Information is appearing about what employers need to do whether we leave with or without a deal. Some of the advice is quite clear and shows that some employers may not have to take action in the short term or even for a year or more. Some advice will seem general rather than specific for those seeking to get on with their preparations. Even so, it is worth while taking stock of the key aspects of your operations to see which issues you need to check and whether any changes should be made in the short term or can be […]

Trial of Live Chat and Messaging

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We are trying out a new live chat and messaging service which will enable your queries to be answered within a reasonable time. We are gradually editing the different screens that will appear depending on how you access the chat service and the nature of your query. Please bear with us if some of the text seems stilted. Editing the screens and pop up text takes awhile as we try out the situations in which text may appear. The service will not be used fully until October. © 2019 HR Management Dimensions Websites:  HR Management Dimensions Key HR Facts – […]

The Humber Bridge and River – but where are the ships?

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I have crossed the Humber Bridge many times when visiting my parents and/or clients. It is always an impressive sight as you see the whole bridge in the distance and then drive along the bridge with a panoramic view up and down river The Humber Bridge is 1.38 miles long and the carriageway is up to 30 metres above the water level. At one time, it was the longest single span bridge in the world and is a remarkable feat of engineering but there is one thing missing … Missing Ships Rarely have I seen a ship or sailing boat […]

Payslips to Show Hours Worked

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Employees must be able to check whether they have been paid the correct amount which means that all employees and workers now have the right to see the hours they have worked and been paid for on their pay slips. Employers are required to show the number of hours worked, as well as the earnings, if an individual’s pay varies depending on the number of hours the individual works. This new right applies from the first pay period occurring on or after 6th April 2019. It also means that payslips now have to be provided to workers and not just […]

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 liabilities to examine are relatively well documented. However, there are a few that employers fail to identify usually because they […]

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 has received the offer and details and ask if he has any questions about the particulars of employment. This allows […]

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 that they will increase their pay rates to that level. The Living Wage v The National Minimum Wage In contrast, […]

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 is post employment notice pay?  Is post employment notice pay taxable?  Is basic pay only or all pay taxable if […]