Employee Benefits

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Managing employees’ social media use during sickness

An employee is off sick when a colleague approaches you and tells you that they have seen photos on social media of the employee at a music festival.  The photos …

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Managing employees who choose not to take leave

The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) states all employees have the right to statutory paid annual leave. If an employee works five days a week they are entitled to 5.6 …

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How To Calculate a Redundancy Payment In Lieu Of Notice

Where an employee is dismissed with a payment in lieu of notice, to calculate his or her length of service for the purposes of statutory redundancy pay, the employer should …

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Grand-parental Leave: the Next Big Thing?

Grandparents will be able to take shared parental leave under plans announced at the Conservative Party conference. The announcement follows indications in the summer that the Government was looking at …

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Could You Be Breaching The NMW and Not Know It?

Retailer Monsoon Accessorize has been “named and shamed” by the government for failing to pay more than a quarter of its UK store staff the national minimum wage (NMW). In …

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How to manage bank errors in relation to salary payments

In August 2015 thousands of employees’ salary payments were held up in a banking glitch which resulted in many individuals experiencing financial loss and additional expenses. In a situation like …

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Why is Employee Engagement So Important For Your Business?

With nearly 80 per cent of the UK’s GDP driven by the service sector, you would think that employees would be highly engaged and motivated however a recent survey tells …

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Is Your Business Ready For Rugby World Cup?

The 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks off in September here in the UK.  Employers need to plan ahead to minimise disruption. Avoid problems arising in relation to this year’s competition …

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Tax-Free Childcare – What’s The Deal?

Tax-free childcare is part of the government’s long-term plan to support working families and will provide up to 1.8m families across the UK with up to £2,000 of childcare support …

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What Are The Rules On Carrying Untaken Annual Leave When Off Sick?

Untaken Annual Leave The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that where an employee chooses not to take statutory annual leave during sick leave, he or she can carry forward …

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Compulsory National ‘Living Wage’ as of April 2016

A new compulsory National ‘Living Wage’ of £7.20 per hour will be introduced next April for all working people aged 25 and over, the Government has announced. In his first …

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How To Calculate Holiday Pay

In addition to current legislation, a number of recent court judgements should be considered when calculating holiday pay. This means that the rules employers and workers follow to calculate holiday …

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How To Build a Better Team

Have you ever wondered how some work groups exhibit effective teamwork and others remain dysfunctional? Effective teamwork is both profoundly simple and difficult at the same time. These ten tips from …

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DVLA’s Share Driving Licence Goes Live

This new service allows GB driving licence holders to share their information held at DVLA with whomever they wish, putting users firmly in control. Although the Share Driving Licence service …

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Is your employee’s vehicle shameful?

Many employees drive their own vehicle on work related-business, to visit a client’s premises, attend courses or conferences, or attend meetings. However, not everyone keeps their vehicle in showroom condition – …

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What Does The Abolition Of the Paper Driving Licence Mean?

From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photo-card driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display …

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Do you have to manage diabetes as a disability?

Diabetes, medically classified as a disease, affects around 3.5 million people in the UK. Often referred to as a ‘condition’ as it can be managed but not cured.  As an …

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Useful info on the Government’s Fit For Work service

The Fit for Work service, previously known as the Health and Work Service, was launched at the end of 2014 and has been welcomed by the private sector. It is …

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What employers need to know about Shared Parental leave changes from April 2015

Shared Parental Leave will enable eligible mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to choose how to share time off work after their child is born or placed for adoption. This could …

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What you need to know about deductions on payslips

Did you know that the Employment Rights Act 1996 (commonly referred to as ERA) states that an employee must receive an itemised payslip (statement of pay) on, or before, the …

Supporting gender reassignment in the workplace

Over recent years we have seen the need for a better understanding of trans employees within the workplace. There is often a lack of understanding and knowledge on how to …

Cycle to Work schemes are back in fashion

The following article was written by Martin Moore, Employee Benefits Consultant, Beckett Financial Services. With the rising cost of living and a huge shift in employee expectations in the last decade, …

What is the best way to manage relationships at work?

What is the chance of meeting that special someone at work? Following a Totaljobs Survey of more than 5,000 people, 22% of people report meeting their partners at work. More …

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