National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage

National Minimum Wage The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is the minimum pay per hour most workers are entitled to by law. The rate will depend on a worker’s age and if they are an apprentice.   The National Living Wage The Government’s National Living (NLW) Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016 for all working people…

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2016 HR case studies

Disciplinary Appeal HR Service Centre was asked to advise where a client requested assistance with an appeal hearing and the legal requirements around the right to be accompanied. The employee had union involvement and had raised a grievance about not being allowed to represent their member at the Disciplinary Appeal. HR Service Centre provided the legislative guidance…

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Top 3 recruitment tips for SME’s

Employment has been steadily rising, reaching a rate of 73.5% in the second quarter of 2015 according to the Office for National Statistics. In July this year, the number of employed reached 31.1 million, seeing unemployment drop by 361,000 over the previous year. Employment and economic growth go hand in hand. Choosing to employ is critically…

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Shared Parental Leave regulations

Introduction The idea behind Shared Parental Leave is that it entitles mothers, fathers, partners and adopters to decide how to share time off work after the birth or placement for adoption. It is designed to give parents more flexibility in how to share the care of their child in the first year following birth or…

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Landmark Holiday Pay ruling

The EAT (Employment Appeal Tribunal) has handed down it’s judgment in the Bear Scotland v Fulton (and others) ruling that payments for overtime should be included in the calculation of for holiday pay and leave taken under regulation 13 of the Working Time Regulations 1998. At HR Service Centre we think that this is of major…

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Social media management in the workplace

Growth in the use of social media has been quite phenomenal over recent years. A really effective way to promote businesses, to attract people to events and to stay in touch, there’s no doubt that this way of communicating has its positive side.  However, Twitter has hit the headlines recently in the HR world, in…

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Who owns staff emails?

In most organisations there exists a policy about what’s acceptable and what’s not regarding the use of the employers’ technology for personal purposes. Generally, relying to a large extent on goodwill and reasonableness on both sides, the lines of such policies are becoming more and more blurred, particularly as more and more employees are starting…

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Are you keeping your lone workers safe?

Whilst this is a consideration throughout the year, but especially now the nights are getting darker, have you as an employer taken steps to safeguard all your employees including those who work alone and who may face additional risks? Formulating a Lone Worker Policy will help you ensure you comply with the law, but can…

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Do you get a headache from managing employee sickness?

According to the 2011 CBI Absence Survey, the annual cost of absence to the UK economy is £17 billion. It is also estimated that UK workers take an average of 6.5 days off for unauthorised absence each year. So what can you do to manage and reduce sickness in your workplace? Sickness can be a…

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Why your sales team is your greatest asset

Good salespeople are essential to any business, however they appear to be few and far between. Recent research by Cranfield Management School suggests that a massive 90% of sales staff have difficulties creating an effective pitch. “Top quality salespeople are focused. They know how to identify and target potential customers effectively, whilst understanding which customers…

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