• Ultra Low Hours Contracts – How Will They Affect You?

    Tesco is caught up in more controversy this week, with the revelation of a popular new contract for part-time employees. Workers are being offered as few as 7.5 hours of work per week, keeping an employee’s weekly pay sufficiently low enough to avoid National Insurance contributions. This type of contract is labelled the ‘ultra low […]

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  • Pay During Shared Parental Leave

    Shared Parental Leave and Pay The government has announced the rate of pay for Shared Parental Leave (ShPP) and as expected it is set at the same rate as Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) which from Aril 2015 will be £138.18 or 90% of average weekly earnings, whichever is the lower. Anyone considering taking the new […]

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  • The new right to Shared Parental Leave may prove popular

    According to a recent survey by the law firm, Linklaters, almost two thirds of men and women say they would be interested in the new right to Shared Parental Leave (SPL). This is significantly higher that the Government’s estimate which was between 2% and 5%.  Around a third of those surveyed said that they would prefer to […]

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  • Holiday pay to include payments for non-guaranteed overtime

    If you are required to work overtime when it is offered to you, a recent ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal may entitle you to an amount for overtime within your holiday pay. If you work purely voluntary overtime, then your employer currently has no obligation to include an amount for overtime in your holiday […]

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  • Apprentices – Lib Dem promise

    Liberal Democrats promise to increase pay for apprentices. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable will, today, outline his plan for apprentices to receive higher pay The press release is saying that the Liberal Democrats want the apprenticeship rate to equal the rate for 16 to 18 year olds, they state that the Conservatives back the plan […]

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  • DLT and sexual harassment at work

    The former DJ and Top of the Pops presenter, Dave Lee Travis, was convicted yesterday of indecently assaulting a TV personality while preparing for a guest appearance on The Mrs Merton Show in 1995.  The woman did not pursue a complaint at the time.  Mr Travis has called the investigation against him a “witch hunt” and […]

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  • Zero Hours Contracts

    Zero Hours Contracts – Exclusivity Outlawed. By a provision of the Small Businesses, Enterprise and Employment Bill which will make an addition to section 27A of the Employment Rights Act, exclusivity clauses in zero hours contracts will be unenforceable by employers. But,what does this all mean? There has been a rise of zero hours contracts […]

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  • Shared Parental Leave

    Shared Parental Leave The draft Regulations for shared parental leave have been published and while there are no real changes from the expected legislation, there are some issues that may cause complications for employers. From an employee’s point of view the Regulations offer more options for new parents and adoptive parents with children due to […]

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  • Employment Tribunal Fees

    Employment Tribunal Fees Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013 and although they have been challenged as being illegal or discriminatory we currently still have to pay them. The fees are split into 2 types, the issue fee, which has to be paid when you lodge the ET1 and the hearing fee which has […]

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  • National Minimum Wage

    On 01 October the National Minimum Wage will increase to the amounts shown below. Make sure you are being paid the correct wage. If you think that there may be a problem call our employment experts on 0845 070 0505 (Please note: Calls to this number will cost approximately 4p per minute plus your telephone […]

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