Statutory maternity pay and sick pay frozen for 2016/17

Statutory maternity pay and statutory sick pay rates will not rise in 2016. The Government has proposed no annual increase in various statutory rates, including maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay. The current weekly rate of statutory maternity pay and other parental payments is £139.58, or 90% of the employee’s average… Continue reading

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National living wage will affect half of employers

More than half (54%) of UK employers say the national living wage, which comes into force on 1 April 2016, will have an effect on the paybill. That’s according to research by the CIPD and the Resolution Foundation think-tank, which suggested that the retail and hospitality sectors will be hardest hit. Four out of five… Continue reading

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Strengthening global career opportunities improves retention

Strengthening global career opportunities can help improve retention, says L’Oréal UK&I HRD Isabelle Minneci “People who have worked for us in two countries are around 20% more likely to stay with us,” she told HR magazine. “If it rises to three countries the retention rate increases by 25%, so we are able to see a… Continue reading

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Risk of tribunals increases with rise of flexible, insecure contracts, finds research

Study shows lack of control over work patterns harms employee mental health Employers could be facing a raft of employment tribunal claims from ‘the new workforce’ as research has found that ‘manager controlled flexible scheduling’ has a clear impact on employee mental health. According to research from the University of Cambridge, rising job insecurity and… Continue reading

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Firms losing three weeks per employee each year because of staff sickness

Unhealthy lifestyles and poor health are costing British firms £57 billion a year in lost productivity British companies are losing on average 23.5 days of productive time per employee each year because of staff sickness and ill-health, according to Britain’s Healthiest Company, a collaboration between VitalityHealth, Mercer, and The Sunday Telegraph. The research measured both… Continue reading

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