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Employment Status and Statutory Rights

Employment status and the effect on companies Employment status has a big effect on companies especially when it comes to statutory rights. Considering the gig economy, which is growing rapidly, two companies have dominated the news in recent weeks for this reason – Uber and Deliveroo.  One has drivers who are workers, the other has riders who are self-employed. So, what does this mean for other companies who may have…

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termination payments

The Finance Bill 2017 and Termination Payments

Termination payments change The government announced in 2016 that changes would be made to the rules relating to tax and national insurance contributions (NIC) on termination payments that will take effect from 6 April 2018. Currently a pay in lieu of notice (PILON) payment can be paid tax free as damages for breach of contract if the PILON clause is non-contractual.  This enables the notice pay to be included within…

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bereavement leave

Bereavement Leave

New allowance for bereaved parents – bereavement leave The right to take up to two weeks’ paid leave (bereavement leave) after the death of a child is expected to become law in 2020 – this will be one of the most generous in the world The Parental Bereavement Bill, which was first introduced to parliament in July, is scheduled to have its second reading on 20 October – this will create…

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Positive mental health

Positive Mental Health Promotion

Spotting and supporting employees – positive mental health Modern life is a stressful place and it is estimated that one in four of the population will encounter a mental health issue within their lifetime.  Therefore, there is greater onus on employers to understand and adapt to this increasing epidemic – there is more emphasis on a requirement to support those with mental health issues and promote positive mental health by…

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Health and Safety Audits

What are health and safety audits and why should I do them? Health and safety audits define compliance with health and safety legislation as well as determining if your work activities relate to your planned arrangements (such as how you manage hazardous substances) and whether they are being implemented effectively to achieve your policy objectives. It can help you manage safety more effectively and should be performed at least annually…

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recruiting

Recruiting – how will you tackle it?

Monetary and time costs can be high when recruiting The expense of recruiting can make quite a dent in the budget when trying to recruit the right person for a vacancy, as Suffolk county council recently found out to their cost.  It is reported* that not only did they spend £32,000 looking for a new chief executive but as no-one met the exceptionally high standards that the council had, they…

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sickness absence

Sickness Absence

Sickness absence due to ‘morning sickness” In light of the news that the Duchess of Cambridge had to cancel a recent appointment due to suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), or as more commonly known, extreme morning sickness, I wondered just how this affects the average employer; and just what support can be offered to both employee and employer. It is reported that over *30% of women in paid employment will…

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Fire safety

Fire Safety Fines

Is there a difference in a health and safety fine compared to a fire safety fine? A question that I have been wondering about for some time. You would you’re a health and safety person! Well, yes I suppose I am and proud of it! Back to my quandary. It would appear that two companies were co-handed a record fine for inadequate fire safety (May 2017) after a fire broke…

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Probation Periods

Why do we have probation periods? Although there is no statutory requirement to include probationary periods in an employment contract, this process is recommended to monitor a new or newly promoted employee’s performance. There is no set period that a probation should be for and therefore it should be based on the seniority, skill set and performance required for the role. For example, a junior role may require a shorter…

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Stacking Safely

Pallet stacking safely is paramount Accidents can happen if stacking safely is not adhered to.  Earlier this year a company was fined £2 million when two stacked plastic bales fell and crushed a man to death. What happened? The bales were stacked three high and around eight or nine deep, however the method of stacking was poor and they were unstable. It was found that there wasn’t any interleaving, the…

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