Wage Costs Likely to Increase

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With many employers struggling to cope with reduced revenue and often static costs, news of increases in wage costs will raise tensions. Two upward pressures are changes from April 2021 to the age ranges for the national minimum pay rates and the increase from November 2020 of the voluntary Living Wage. The National Minimum Wage […]

Confused Re Furlough of Staff?

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Guidance for managers and staff on being placed on furlough can be confusing especially when you are worried about what to do for the best. There are several sources of help though to help you consider your options. In this post, I shall outline some sources of help. In a later post, I shall discuss […]

Driverless Car or Lax Driver?

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Unsafe Drivers and Cars The report on a fatal crash in March 2018, in the USA, involving a vehicle with an automated driving system has now been published. The likely causes appear to be a combination of inattention by the backup driver, inappropriate actions of the automatic driving system and inadequate safety policies of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]