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The 2017/18 statutory rates

April 2017 sees the national living wage (NLW), national minimum wage (NMW), statutory sick pay (SSP), statutory maternity pay (SMP) and statutory paternity pay (SPP) all change. It’s been confirmed that the national living wage (NLW) – which must be paid to all workers aged 25 and over – and the four national minimum wage (NMW) rates will all increase…

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National Minimum Wage Changes – 1st October 2016

All NMW rates will go up from today and this is the last time that NMW rate changes will take effect in the month of October. The new rates are as follows: the adult rate which is payable to workers aged 21 to 24 will rise from £6.70 to £6.95 p.h. the youth development rate which is payable to workers aged 18…

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Are you getting the most from your training?

A CIPD survey out this month tells us that job satisfaction has taken a downward slide, with the number of employees looking for a new job hitting a two-and-a-half year high. The research found that lack of development opportunities was a significant factor in people’s decision to look for pastures new, with less than half those surveyed feeling they were…

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Holiday Pay Ruling – what will it mean for you?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has today handed down judgment in Bear Scotland v Fulton and Baxter, Hertel (UK) Ltd v Wood and others; and Amec Group Ltd v Law and others (the UK Holiday Pay Claims). The decision of the EAT is that many elements of pay which are currently excluded from the holiday pay of many workers must…

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Auto Enrolment

We thought it would be useful to blog a few series of FAQs relating to Auto Enrolment from the CIPD How do you assess workers for auto-enrolment where pay is backdated? When assessing a worker’s eligibility for auto-enrolment, the employer must consider what earnings are actually payable (that is, due and expected to be paid) in the pay reference period.…

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Dealing with Stress at Work

Stress is defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as the “adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them”. Stress is not an illness, it is a state. If stress becomes excessive and prolonged, it can lead to physical and mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression or heart disease. Work-related stress is…

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Employment Law Update – Top 10 things to know

Employment Law Update – Top 10 things to know Every year brings with it some important new legislation for employers to negotiate. Whether related to employment tribunals, employee-shareholder contracts, family-friendly rights, payroll or criminal record checks, 2013 presents new legislation relevant to organisations both large and small. Read our guide to the 10 key updates to make sure you are ready for…

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What will you do in 2013?

 According to a study by Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, 78% of us fail to keep our New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s kicking a bad habit, sorting out our finances or hitting the gym, this figure is alarmingly high but does it ring true to us all?. Are you like me and make a list of…

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