• The Pension Regulator (TPR) receives more than 100 allegations of employers coaxing workers to opt out of pension schemes.

    Influencing staff to opt out of their auto-enrolment (AE) pension scheme, or to stop paying contributions, without them then joining another qualifying scheme, is illegal under section 54 of the Pensions Act 2008, even if the employer is not successful. If found, employers can expect to face a fine or even criminal proceedings. In response […]

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  • One in twelve workers miss out on legal holiday entitlement

    New TUC analysis estimates that 2.2 million employees are not getting the minimum paid leave entitlement they are due and over half of this number are not getting any paid leave at all. The analysis also shows: Workers are losing out on nearly £3bn worth of paid leave a year 9.2% of female workers and 7.2% of […]

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    In 2010 approximately five million staff days were lost due to overheating

    In 2010 approximately five million staff days were lost due to overheating The Environmental Audit Committee has recommended that government should issue formal guidance to employers to relax dress codes and allow flexible working when heatwave alerts are issued. The Environmental Audit Committee has published its report into ‘Heatwaves: adapting to climate change’. Employers must […]

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  • Employment rate at new record high

    Official figures released by the Office for National Statistics, report that the overall employment rate is at 75.7%, a new record high. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remains at its lowest since 1975. And, since 2010, the majority of employment growth has been in both full-time and permanent roles. The women’s employment rate has remained at […]

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  • Too hot for work? Find out your rights…

    As the sun shines, many of us are having to head into work rather than to the beach. Find out if you’re being looked after.   Is there a maximum temperature for offices?  Although employees are not expected to work when the temperature drops below 16C (or 13C if they do physically demanding work), there […]

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    UK workers could save millions a year if payroll loans replaced high cost credit

    UK workers could save more than £250 million a year in interest rate charges if companies introduced a payroll loan scheme like the Co-op. By providing colleagues with the ability to repay loans direct from their salaries, the Co-op is able to offer a practical alternative to high cost forms of borrowing, which can adversely impact […]

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  • Record 22,400 minimum wage workers to receive millions in backpay

    New figures released show that 239 employers have been found to have underpaid National Living and Minimum wage to 22,400 employees. The back pay identified by HMRC was for more workers than in any previous single naming list and has generated record fines for employers of £1.97m. Employers underpaid workers by taking deductions from wages for uniforms, […]

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  • The truth about a popular holiday leave myth

    As employees scramble to book their holidays in the sun, the summer months can be a headache for employers. On the one hand, you want your staff to take a break and enjoy themselves. But on the other, you don’t want to end up with an empty workplace. So can you refuse an employee’s request […]

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    Is it illegal to take back a pay rise from your staff?

    Every employee loves a raise. It’s one of the best ways to reward your hard-working staff. And it stops them from having their heads turned by businesses offering higher salaries. But there may be times when you feel the need to retract a pay rise, either as a punishment or out of necessity. So does […]

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    One million married couples still eligible for £900 tax boost

    Around three million couples across the UK have boosted their finances with Marriage Allowance, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced. More than a million married and civil partnered couples are still eligible for the free tax break worth up to £238 a year. And thanks to the start of the new tax year couples can […]

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