On the seventh day of Christmas, my employee brought to me…Christmas party misconduct

If your CEO was an HR professional, they would probably cancel Christmas parties but as they are not, you will need to be prepared to deal with any issue arising. Thankfully, the majority of Christmas parties take place with very little drama. However, issues which can arise include office disagreements being replayed at the bar,… Continue reading

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Commission and holiday pay case heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal

Lock v British Gas judgment could provide clarity but may be appealed again An answer in the long running saga on whether commission should be included in holiday pay came a step closer recently when the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) heard an appeal in the case Lock v British Gas Trading. The judgment is expected… Continue reading

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Two thirds have never received personal finance education

While many employees want personal finance help from their employers, few receive this Two-thirds (64%) of UK employees have never received personal finance education, according to research commissioned on behalf of the Open University Business School (OUBS) and Share Radio. The research also found that, while four in five (81%) employees want personal finance help… Continue reading

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Apprentices are not just for Christmas – By Ruth McCann

Apprenticeships enable you to manage talent in your business and effectively bring new and refreshed skills into your business pipeline, as well as a way to invest into your company’s future. To have an apprentice in your workplace there are some key questions to consider: What is apprentice? An apprentice is someone who receives on… Continue reading

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Almost half of young workers not eligible for workplace rewards

Almost half (48%) of 25- to 34-year old workers are not eligible for the rewards and benefits offered by their employer This is according to One4All Rewards’ Push The Button report, which found that 29% of UK workers cannot make use of the rewards and benefitsprovided by their employer, with the figure rising the younger… Continue reading

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HR professionals not happy with pay levels

Salary and recruiting trends from Hays reveal HR professionals feel underpaid, underdeveloped and ready to move roles More than half (53%) of HR professionals in the UK will enter 2016 dissatisfied with their pay, according to the Hays Salary & Recruiting Trends 2016 report, seen exclusively by HR magazine. Typical pay for an HR director… Continue reading

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Female HR professionals earn 11% less than men, says survey

Women in the HR profession earn on average 11% less than men – the equivalent of £4,534 per person in cash terms, XpertHR’s annual HR salary survey has revealed. But the gender pay gap for the profession as a whole is almost entirely accounted for by differences in pay between men and women in the very… Continue reading

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Osborne confirms apprenticeship levy in Spending Review

Large employers will have to commit to spend 0.5% of their wage bill on funding apprenticeships, it has been confirmed in today’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review.  Chancellor George Osborne said the so-called “apprenticeship levy”, which was first brought up in this summer’s Budget, would come into force from April 2017, and that a £15,000 threshold for employers… Continue reading

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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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