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Will SME’s be able to avoid TUPE?

Last week we blogged about the expansion of the Red Tape Regulation freeze, this now covers SME’s with less than 50 employees. Now under the Employment Law overhaul it is expected that TUPE regulations will be included under this “freeze”. Under current regulations, if a business if bought over, all the employees are protected under […]

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Governments NI Scheme

The government have introduced the “employment allowance”, this allowance was announced in the 2013 budget and offers £2,000 per year towards a businesses’ national insurance contributions. This is a significant investment especially for SMEs; the intention was to encourage businesses, especially smaller businesses, to recruit more staff. A survey of SMEs published by Direct Line […]

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Our 5 Simple Tips on Compromise Agreements

What are Compromise Agreements? A compromise agreement is a contract between employer and employee. The employee receives a compensatory payment in exchange for giving up their employment rights to make a claim to tribunal.   Five key things to remember when dealing with a Compromise Agreements. Entering negotiation – treat this as a grown up conversation. […]

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What does the 2013 budget mean for you?

Yesterday George Osborne announced details of the 2013 budget. He started off with good news; revealing the government will freeze the duty on fuel for 5 years and scrapped the planned rise on the duty on beer. So far so good! However, the really interesting points came when he discussed the plans for small businesses. […]

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What you need to know about RTI PAYE changes.

Changes to the current payroll system are being made which means from the 6th of April companies that are registered as PAYE will have to provide real time information to HMRC. What? Employers are now required to report deductions prior to or at the time of paying staff, rather than reporting deductions once a year. […]

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Shared Maternity Leave Proposal

Plans for shared parental leave announced by government The Government has proposed a new Children and Families Bill this will offer both parents the opportunity to care for a new born baby. The plans will allow parents to ‘mix and match’ the care between them for during the first year. It also aims to extend […]

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Dress Code – It’s a Balancing Act.

There has been a lot made of the “Eweida” ruling at the European Court of Human Rights this week but how does this affect your business? As an employer you must be aware of the Equality Act 2010 which protects employees from discrimination in the workplace. This week we have seen from the European Court […]

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Legal Implications of Social Media

Recruitment: As nearly everyone has some kind of social media page, it is easy for employers to find out a bit more about potential employees before even considering them for interview. Remember just because the information is out there, it doesn’t mean you can use it to discriminate against a potential employee. Discrimination against applicants […]

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Harassment in the Workplace

So yet another change to the Equality Act 2010; the Government have confirmed that they will remove employer’s liability for the harassment of their employees by third parties. Sounds good, another burden removed from businesses, but who does it benefit? The Law Society have claimed that under the existing laws the employer is not held […]

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Still Confused about Auto Enrolment?

  Here  is a simple breakdown on what is required from you and when: WHEN : Depending on the size of your business Auto Enrolment comes into effect from 1st October, see staging dates here. WHO: Check your employee’s eligibility for auto enrolment: are not already in a pension at work are aged 22 or over […]

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