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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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  • Training fees, maternity leave and discrimination

    Many employees that fund training insist on reimbursement if the employee leaves within a certain period. With the right agreement this is perfectly legal but what must you not do if the employee then goes on maternity leave? In this situation you must not pause the tie-in period specified in the training costs agreement. Any […]

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  • The GDPR reference exemption

    Under the GDPR employees have rights to access personal data. However, the new Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) carves out a specific exemption for references. What do you need to know? The DPA excludes confidential employment references from the GDPR subject access provisions. They don’t have to be disclosed by either the provider or the […]

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  • Overpaid in last salary payment

    We’ve discovered that due to an administrative error an employee who left recently was overpaid in their final salary payment. How can we recover the money? If you discover that an employee was overpaid in a final salary payment, contact them with a view to reaching a repayment agreement. Court action can be taken if […]

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  • Carers in the workplace and what employers can do to support

    Further to a Call for Evidence consultation in 2016, an action plan has been published which sets out how the government will improve support for carers in England over the next 2 years. The plan details the action that employers can take to enable carers to balance their caring and employment responsibilities, which include: To increase the […]

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  • World Cup

    Is your workplace prepared for the World Cup?

    The 2018 World Cup will take place in Russia between Thursday 14 June and Sunday 15 July. Football match start times in the UK will vary between 1 pm and 8 pm. Acas advises employers and small businesses to plan ahead and have agreements in place that cover requests for time off, sickness absence, website […]

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