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    Statutory Maternity Pay: guidance updated

    The section ‘Baby born in or before the QW’ has been updated to help clarify the average weekly earnings in the relevant period. Baby born in or before the QW If the baby’s born in or before the QW, there are special rules to the 4 terms and conditions listed below. The employee must: Give […]

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    New help for small businesses launched by HMRC

    A new online tax forum and dedicated webchat service for small businesses and the self-employed has been launched by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The small business online forum is a quick and easy way for small businesses to get answers to their tax questions as well as help with: Starting a business Support for […]

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    Employers must now include voluntary overtime in holiday pay calculations

    Unite Union has called on employers to urgently get their ‘house in order’ over holiday pay after it secured a landmark legal victory meaning employers must now include voluntary overtime in holiday pay calculations. The ruling is of major significance to workers nationally, many of whom receive payments for voluntary duties while working, but do not […]

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    Holiday pay calculations could change for workers

    The Taylor report ‘Good Work’ addresses some of the issues around individuals missing out on key employment rights such as holiday pay and how extending the pay reference period could be one solution. The review team for the Taylor report heard evidence that the current employment status framework and the rights of individuals under each […]

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    Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill introduced to Parliament

    For the first time, parents who are employed and have suffered the death of a child would receive statutory paid leave to grieve, under a new law being supported by the government. Currently under the Employment Rights Act, employees have a day-one right to take a ‘reasonable’ amount of unpaid time off work to deal with […]

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    New plastic £10 note featuring Jane Austen unveiled

    The new polymer £10 note has been unveiled by Bank of England governor Mark Carney. The note, which follows the polymer £5, will be issued on 14 September 2017 and has a portrait of Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death. It is also the first Bank of England note to include a tactile feature to […]

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    References and inaccurate sickness information

    When providing another employer with a reference about a current or former employee, you can reveal how many days they were absent in a particular period. But what’s the risk to you if get that information wrong? If you miscalculate the amount of sickness absence an employee has taken, it could lead to a tribunal […]

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    Holidays and auto-reply rules

    When an employee goes on holiday they should set an auto-reply or out of office response on their work e-mail. How can you ensure these messages are clear, provide accurate information and don’t cause any offence?  Issue staff with some general e-mail auto reply rules that set out what must be stated in the response, […]

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    How is a day’s pay calculated?

    There will be occasions where you’ll need to withhold a day’s pay, for example, if an employee takes unpaid leave. According to the Supreme Court, how should pay for that day be calculated? A day’s pay is calculated at the rate of 1/365th of the annual salary, unless the employment contract says otherwise. However, this […]

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    Legal rights when undergoing fertility treatment

    An employee has just advised you that she will soon be undergoing fertility treatment. Is she entitled to paid time off for this purpose? And what about the partners of those undergoing fertility treatment – do they have any rights?  Employees who are undergoing fertility treatment have no legal right to any time off – […]

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