New rights for expectant fathers

The 1st of October sees new rights for fathers. An expectant father or partner to a pregnant woman, will be entitled to take time off work to accompany the expectant mother to attend up to 2 antenatal appointments up to a maximum of 6.5 hours for each appointment. However, in contrast to the rights of […]

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Have you got Shared Parental Leave covered?

The Regulations for Shared Parental Leave is a new entitlement coming into  force on 1 December 2014.  The thinking behind Shared Parental Leave is to give parents a more flexible approach to how they share the childcare during the first year of their child’s life. Who will this affect?  The new regulations will apply to […]

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Holiday pay and non-contractual overtime – the jury is out

At the time of going to press, there has as yet been no firm decision on the question of whether overtime (regular but not part of the contract) should be included in holiday pay calculations. The matter is in the process of being considered by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) but it may still be […]

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The National Minimum Wage increases on 1 October 2014

£6.50 for workers 21 and over £5.13 for workers 18-20 yrs £3.79 for 16-17 yrs olds £2.73 for apprentices under 19 or 19 and over who are in the first year of apprenticeship These represent an increase of 3% for those who are 21 and over and just under 2% for younger workers. This increase […]

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Why use an HR professional?

There is a multitude of reasons going well beyond the “people are our most important asset” concept. Here are just a few: Better selection Lower turnover Greater employee engagement Better communications and teamwork Resolution of roadblocks Higher productivity Improved bottom line, sometimes dramatically Small wonder then that the median salary for an HR manager (in […]

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