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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sports Direct – the Dilemma of Organisational Flexibility

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[Text amended August 2018] Many organisations need flexibility in staffing to accommodate seasonal and other variations in workload, product launches, staff holidays and illness etc. To meet such needs, senior managers should be able to introduce a range of contracts such as variable hours, zero hours, temporary and/or fixed term contracts and/or use agency workers. The issue is not whether such contracts should exist but whether they are used in a responsible manner. This is not a new dilemma nor […]

Results Based Commission to be Included in Holiday Pay

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Posted on 25/02/2016 by HR Professional The Employment Appeal Decision in British Gas Trading v Lock means that results based commission must be paid during holiday periods.   You can read more about the implications of the court decision in this link to an earlier article. Employers now need to consider whether the terms of their commission schemes provide appropriate protection for the company and the employee to avoid inflated costs and also diluting the motivational effect of the scheme. Your […]

HR Policies – a Level Playing Field or a Competitive Field?

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News broke this week that France will allow companies to re-negotiate a longer working week and overtime rates of pay thus starting to erode the 35 hour week for ‘blue collar’ staff.  That report made me smile as I recalled:   Advising a French service company on adopting the 35 hour week   and reducing employment costs; The cries, many years earlier, from Germany and France for a level playing field in Europe on labour costs.and particularly stating that the UK […]

Casual/Zero Hours Staff – A Balanced Approach

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Posted on 30/05/2015 by HR Professional Note this is an updated version of an article ‘Zero Hours – A Casual Discussion’ published on 30/11/2013 Zero Hours Contracts are Still Legal How will you make effective use of such staff to meet your service needs and balance your needs as an employer as well as the needs of individuals on such contracts?     Changes have been introduced from 26th May 2015 and further changes are proposed to halt abuse by the […]

Minimising Staff Absence – The Manager’s Choice

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The first step in addressing staff absence issues is to gather the facts. That may seem obvious but in practice managers seem uncomfortable with holding a detailed discussion with the individual. The result is that referrals are made to occupational health departments with poor information and without having first considered other options. A discussion will help you to see the way forward. Assess the individual’s understanding An informal discussion will give you the opportunity to assess what the individual understands […]