Archive: Sep 2014


  • Apprenticeships – Conservative Conference 2014

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    More apprenticeships to be available  – Conservative Conference 2014. This year’s conservative conference has been beset by defections sex scandals and the ‘resignation’ of William Hague. However in amongst this there has been a few nuggets that may help business. The news that the Conservatives will increase the number of apprenticeships available by reducing welfare […]


  • DLT and sexual harassment at work

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    The former DJ and Top of the Pops presenter, Dave Lee Travis, was convicted yesterday of indecently assaulting a TV personality while preparing for a guest appearance on The Mrs Merton Show in 1995.  The woman did not pursue a complaint at the time.  Mr Travis has called the investigation against him a “witch hunt” and […]


  • National Minimum Wage – Labour Party

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    Fresh from the fight in Scotland Ed Miliband has decided, thanks to a eureka moment while talking to a member of Burger King staff, that the National Minimum Wage is too low. So he has pledged that a new Labour government will make sure it is increased from the rate due on 1st October this […]


  • Shared Parental Leave Guidance

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    The shared parental leave regulation will impact on employers whose employee has a baby on or after 5 April 2015 – so we are talking about employees who are pregnant now. There will be a choice for parents to take either the normal maternity leave, shared parental leave or a mixture of both. Parents of […]


  • Tribunal claims drop but become more expensive to defend

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    According to figures produced for the Trade Unions Congress (TUC),  which are based on the latest figures from the Ministry of Justice, there has been an overall reduction of 79% in the number of employment tribunal claims since fees were introduced in July last year.  Issue fees for those wishing to submit claims range from £160 […]


  • Tax breaks for firms that fight obesity

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    The Chief Executive of NHS England is calling for tax breaks for businesses who encourage their employees to slim down. Obesity is “the new smoking” and threatens to bankrupt the health service says Simon Stevens the Head of the NHS. In a forthcoming report on the future of the NHS he will be suggesting tax breaks for […]


  • Managing Bereavement

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    Managing bereavement in the workplace can be quite complicated as everyone deals with the death of a loved one in a different way. In some circumstances the stress caused by the loss of a close relative can even lead to en employee becoming disabled under the Equality Act 2010 Acas has just released a new […]


  • Time Off for Antenatal Appointments

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    Pregnant employees/agency workers have a statutory right to paid time off to attend antenatal appointments. This time off is not dependant upon length of service for employees or the amount of time that they work. Agency workers must however have completed a 12 week qualifying service period. The prospective father, husband or partner has no legal right to accompany and so in […]


  • National Minimum Wage

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    National Minimum Wage The National Minimum Wage is due to increase on 1st October 2014 – in a couple of weeks time. You should remember that even though the National Minimum Wage increases midweek, the 1st is a Wednesday, you need to start paying from that date or before. This years increases are: Adult workers […]


  • Reservists

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    New rules come into force on 01 October 2014 for employers who lose employees, who are reservists, when they are called to active duty. Currently employers are reimbursed up to £110 per day for the cost of replacing an employee who is taken off to active duty, the reservist is paid directly by the MoD, […]