HR News

Collated by the Sagegreen HR team

We cover all the issues around employment law that could affect UK Employers

MIND THE – gender pay – GAP!

New regulations New Government Regulations that come in to force on 1st October 2016 will impose a duty on employers to report information on the difference in pay between male and female employees. This is intended to show a ‘snapshot’ of what employees...

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Fit for work

Fit for work GPs and employers throughout England and Wales can refer their employed patients and employees who have been, or are likely to be, off sick from work for four weeks or more for a voluntary occupational health assessment. Further details of the...

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E is for Equality

What is equality and why should we care The term ‘equality’ is bounded around Boardroom and HR departments across the country usually when an employer is talking about how far and wide ranging their employee population is. More often than not, equality is...

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Dismissals – are you burying your head in the sand?

It took few years of working in HR to stop being an ostrich and get comfortable, well as comfortable as one can get, to deal with dismissals. I think the turning point was when I saw, on many occasions, how employees who were given another chance used it...

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Cigarettes – I’m having a fag

Smoking in the workplace - love it or hate it... Everyone has an opinion but just read below how this small, 10cm piece of tobacco has caused big problems in recent years... When I first started work in an office, the lady opposite me smoked 30 cigarettes...

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Have you thought about staffing levels?

The tax year-end often coincides with financial year-ends. You may be thinking 'that is still a while away,' but actually, now is the time to start planning. There are a number of factors that could impact your staffing costs, which are quite often the...

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Age – It’s all about respect

Age is the one thing that affects all of us, whether we are young, middle-aged, or older we all have perceptions about people of other ages. I remember as a young child thinking that people in their 40’s were old.  As I am turning 50 this year, I clearly...

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Christmas Party HR Hangover

Pre-Christmas Hangover? Our Prescription It is the season to be jolly but, being an employer at this time of year can, quite frankly, be a bit of a headache. We haven’t even got to the BIG DAY yet, but some employers are already reporting hangovers from...

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Non-Verbal Discrimination is in the spotlight

It is not just what you say that can have implications?  A recent case in the news has brought this type of discrimination into the spotlight.  A man from Southend recently won damages of £7,500 against a locksmith shop where the claimant had suffered...

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Changes To Shared (Grand) Parental Leave

It is all happening in the press… you may have seen in recent headlines that the Government is planning to extend shared parental leave to include grandparents. How will this impact your workplace? With statistics showing an aging workforce this may be an...

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The National Minimum Wage rise is imminent…

Increase to the National Minimum wage The National Minimum Wage is set to increase on the 1 October 2015.  It is the usual annual affair but an important one to note in your diary.  The hourly rate for over 21s will go up by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour. The...

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Don’t panic – It’s only an appraisal!

Appraisal time soon comes around Appraisals often conjure up an air of formality, a tick box exercise or a time-consuming bureaucratic process.  Managers and staff alike are filled with dread and fear when ‘appraisal time’ is looming and they receive...

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Long term absence and accrued holiday pay

Accrued Holiday Pay Following the case of Plumb v DPG Ltd, it has been ruled that from July 2015, those employees on long term absence with unused annual leave can only claim back up to 18 months of the unclaimed accrual. It has also been...

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Indirect Discrimination

What is indirect discrimination? Unlike direct discrimination (treating someone less favourably because of certain attributes of who they are), indirect discrimination may not be as obvious. It occurs when an organisation's policies, procedures and...

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Zero Hours Contracts – Ban on Exclusivity

Ban on Exclusivity Clauses in Zero Hours Contracts New rules banning exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts came into effect on the 26th May 2015 to stop employers from preventing hourly staff from working for another employer. What are the specific...

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Redundancy Consultations – Rule Changes

Changes in Redundancy Consultation Rules Are you a business with multiple sites? Are you considering redundancies? You may have been questioning whether you need to include all your employees from all your sites for redundancy consultation. What you have...

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Calculating Commission with Holiday Pay

Calculating Holiday Pay Commission is to be taken into account when calculating holiday pay. There has been much reported about the Lock v British Gas case, but the long –awaited decision has been released. Take note as this may impact your business! The...

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Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

ACAS Changes Acas has amended the Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, and the revised version was brought into force on 11 March 2015. These changes are likely to mean the Policies and Procedures of most businesses need to change....

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