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    What’s the latest on pay rises?

    When you are contemplating pay rises, it’s useful to know what other employers are doing. New research has revealed the median pay rise for the first quarter of 2017. What is it? The median pay rise in the private sector for the first quarter of 2017 is 2%; this is likely to remain static for […]

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    Long-term sickness absence and dismissal

    The Court of Appeal has decided that an employee who was sacked following over a year’s sickness absence was unfairly dismissed. Does that mean you can’t ever dismiss employees who are on long-term sickness absence? This ruling doesn’t mean that you are stuck with all long-term sick employees forever. You can dismiss where there is […]

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    The new “Tax-Free Childcare” scheme

    On 21 April 2017 the new Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme was launched. It will come into force in stages and is quite different to the existing childcare voucher scheme. How much involvement will employer have in FTC? Unlike the existing employer-supported childcare (ESC) voucher scheme, employers have no involvement in the running of TFC. The […]

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    Employee’s rights during suspension

    Where you believe that an employee may have committed an act of gross or very serious misconduct, you can suspend them. If you take this decision, what rights do they have during the period of suspension?   A suspension is a precautionary measure – not a form of punishment or disciplinary action – the employee […]

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    Employees, colleagues and historic criminal offences

    You’ve knowingly employed someone who previously committed a criminal offence. Unfortunately, a couple of your other employees have now found out and are refusing to work with this individual. What should you do?   First, meet with all involved and listen to their concerns. Remind them that they must try to work together regardless of […]

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    What happens if you don’t comply with automatic enrolment?

    Enforcement Action The Pensions Regulator will investigate willful and non-willful non-compliance. They are within their rights to carry out inspections and request certain information from employers. TPR will enforce non-compliance in a number of ways: Informal action: TPR will correspond with the employer to issue guidance and help by telephone, email, letter and in person. […]

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    The employee who altered an important contract

    You’ve entered into a commercial contract with a third that says “any changes must be agreed in writing”. If an employee verbally agrees to change something later, e.g. payment terms, will it alter the original contract? Anti-oral variation clauses aren’t worth the paper they’re written on – so anything an employee verbally agrees to change […]

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    Paid time off to attend a funeral?

    Apparently, nearly 20% of employees have been forced to take annual or unpaid leave to attend the funeral of a close relative or friend. This suggests there is a right to paid time off to attend a funeral – but is there? Employees don’t have a statutory right to paid time off to attend a […]

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    Salary Sacrifice: benefits removed

    From 6 April 2017 the income tax and employers’ NI advantages that currently apply to salary sacrifice schemes will be limited, but which benefits in kind (Biks) won’t be affected? Employer-provided childcare, pension savings (including advice) the cycle to work scheme and ultra-low emission cars taken via salary sacrifice are unaffected. There are no changes […]

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    The 2017/18 Statutory Rates

    In April 2017 the national living wage (NLW), national minimum wage (NMW), Statutory sick pay (SSP), statutory maternity pay (SMP) and statutory paternity pay (SSP) will all change. What’s happening? It’s been confirmed that the national living wage (NLW) – which must be paid to all workers aged 25 and over – and the four […]

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