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 show the rates for the previous year (see the figures in brackets). You can share Key HR Facts with your […]

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 and outlook on their next steps. Do Your Apprenticeships Provide a Valuable Exposure? If apprenticeships are to become both a […]

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 a free PDF copy of Key HR Facts?  Yes – then enter your e-mail address and name, in the right […]

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 discourage them or managers fail to understand fully their duties as an employer.  The Court has made it clear that […]

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 a trial before the second phase, in which refunds will be made to all eligible individuals and organisations, begins later […]

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 compouding the situation. HR Practices May Focus on the Wrong End There are many aspects to managing people which require […]

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 be given serious consideration and that the suggestions actions will be followed up. Governors have a challenging role and may […]

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.  By 2020, the over 50s will comprise almost one third of the working age population and almost half of the […]

Distracting but Necessary Compliance Issues to Address

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In this quarter, senior managers will have to grapple with a flurry of issues that do not further the organisation’s goals but which need to be addressed to avoid potential adverse publicity and other consequences. Peripheral Issues to be Addressed The following matters will need to be considered in the coming months as the implementation date for some is in April 2017. Employment of apprentices and the Apprenticeship Levy. Gender Pay Reporting. ** Data protection – new European standard and regulations. Changes to Immigration rules and increased costs for employers. Increases in the National Minimum Wage rates. Mental health issues […]