• Learning at Work Week – ‘Shaping the Future’

    As well as this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, it is also Learning at Work Week, which draws attention to the importance and benefits of learning and training in the workplace.   Learning at Work Week, which takes place every May, is organised by the Campaign for Learning, and this year the theme is ‘Shaping the Future’.   All […]

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  • Common cause of stress and anxiety at work is workload

    As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Acas has published research which finds that 60% of employees who have felt stressed or anxious in the last year attribute this to their workload.   Against the backdrop of a high-level vision for mental health, Acas commissioned a YouGov poll to find out more about individuals’ current […]

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  • Positive mental health in the workplace

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an opportunity for employers to take steps to tackle the work-related causes of stress in its organisation and encourage staff to seek help at the earliest opportunity.   According to a report from the Mental Health Foundation in 2016, the value added to the economy by people who are at […]

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  • Opting out of pensions auto-enrolment

    You are required to automatically enrol eligible employees into a workplace pension scheme. But what’s the position if one of your employees wants to opt out of auto-enrolment? An eligible employee can opt out of pensions auto-enrolment once enrolled (they can’t stop this process beforehand). Once notified, the pension provider makes then necessary arrangements. An […]

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  • Proposals for over-50s to pay extra National Insurance to cover social care

    A social care green paper commissioned by the Rt Hon Damian Green MP suggests a range of methods to fill the immediate funding gap in the social care system, one of which is to impose a 1% National Insurance surcharge on those over 50.   The new report, ‘Fixing the Care Crisis’ for the Centre […]

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  • Government urged to force matching of voluntary pension contributions

    Pensions Expert has reported that according to investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown, the government should force employers to match voluntary pension contributions made above auto-enrolment minimums.   “The reality is that contributions of 8 per cent of earnings will not deliver an adequate income for a median earner”, said Hargreaves Lansdown – and opposing increasing the 8 per […]

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  • Rise in number of people being paid below minimum wage

    A new report from the Low Pay Commission finds that the number of people paid less than the statutory minimum wage in the UK increased in 2018.   In April 2018 439,000 people were paid less than the hourly minimum wage they are entitled to, a new report from the Low Pay Commission (LPC) finds. Of these, […]

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    Companies struggling to meet their gender pay gap obligations

    Even though Gender pay gap reporting is now in its second year, recent research undertaken by MHR Analytics shows that some companies are still struggling to file their results.   Following MHR’s recent poll of 1000 people, the results show that 21% of people say their company struggled to file the mandatory report by the […]

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  • Numbers contributing to workplace pensions continue to increase

    The results of the latest research demonstrate that whilst numbers contributing in to workplace pensions continue to increase, both in the public sector and the private sector, there still can be found a huge differential in the amounts being contributed with the public sector returning the highest contibution levels.   The April Statistical Bulletin for workplace […]

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  • Businesses urged to plan ahead to avoid delays to Easter payments

    With Easter 2019 just around the corner, Pay.UK – the leading retail payments authority behind Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit – is urging business owners to plan ahead if they are to avoid missing payments to staff and suppliers over the long Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Both Good Friday (19 April) and Easter Monday (22 April) […]

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