Category: Newsletters

Why identifying competence is not just a health & safety matter

Competent and Competence The Oxford English Dictionary defines “competent” as being adequately qualified or capable and effective. Competence is considered a legal requirement under English common law. The general requirements for competent persons came from the general duties imposed on an employer in s.2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Regulation 7(5)… Read more »

Auto-Enrolment Update

The wonderfully titled Employers’ Duties (Implementation) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 change the dates, set out in the 2010 Regulations, for increases in the minimum level of contribution for pensions auto-enrolment (AE). The scheduled dates are changed to align the increases with the beginning of the tax year. As a result, the increase that was planned for… Read more »

Well-Being & Productivity

There is growing awareness of the importance of individual well-being inside and outside the workplace. In working to get the very best out of their organisation, many managers are choosing to adopt practices to increase the well-being of their staff. A comprehensive Government sponsored study in 2014 suggested improvements in well-being will result in improved… Read more »

Modern Slavery

The Government is acting to stamp out slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Legislation requiring organisations to report on what they are doing to tackle modern slavery in their supply chains is now law. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 represents the first step to eradicating the use and abuse of forced and child labour… Read more »

Apprentices in 2016

Growing Your Business Huge change is coming to the early careers landscape. The Government wants 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. According to the Skills Funding Agency, 80% of those who employ apprentices agree that they make the workplace more productive. There are numerous advantages arising from bringing eager new people into your business, and… Read more »

Holiday Pay and Commission

In November 2014, in our Newsletter No. 87, we reported on the case of Bear Scotland, which said that overtime should be included in holiday pay calculations, if it is a normal part of an employee’s remuneration. Since then, many of our clients have changed the way they pay holiday pay in respect of such… Read more »

Budget & Employment Law Update – 2016

2016 Budget Announcements Termination Payments Chancellor George Osborne has announced that from April 2018, termination payments over £30,000 will be subject to employer’s National Insurance Contributions as well as Income Tax, which is already payable. Under £30,000 will still be free of tax. He said in his speech that “the rules are complex and the… Read more »

Accident Investigation and the Wider Implications

Managers may be required to investigate all sorts of issues, ranging from an employee or customer complaint, a quality issue, through to an accident or near miss. In just about all cases, the chain of events leading up to the incident may not have been planned, but the investigation, with the benefit of hindsight, can… Read more »

A ‘well-being vacuum’ in the Workplace

Despite increased business awareness of the importance of actively supporting health and well-being in the workplace, there remains a stubborn ‘implementation gap’ in UK workplaces, which is threatening individuals’ health and long-term business sustainability. This is according to a new report from the CIPD, Growing the health and well-being agenda: From first steps to full… Read more »

The Living Wage

In the Budget last summer, it was announced that a “Living Wage” will replace the current levels of National Minimum Wage (NMW). The Government is to introduce a ‘National Living Wage’ premium, on top of the NMW for workers aged 25 and over from 1st April 2016. This means that the minimum wage for workers… Read more »