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Employment contracts – the basics

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An employment contract is simply an agreement between an employee and their employer. Usually an employment contract is issued at the same time as an offer of employment is accepted but, if this is not the case, the contract must be issued within two months of the start date for all employees (not including self-employed or agency staff BUT including part-time or temporary employees regardless of how many hours they are working) who have been employed for more than one month. Whilst most employment contracts are in writing (and we would recommend this to avoid any ambiguity and also to…

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Agency workers regulations – are you compliant?

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1st October 2011 marked a watershed in the treatment of agency workers by employers. If you are an agency worker, or employ agency workers here’s the ‘in a nutshell’ summary that you need. 12 weeks is the critical period of employment, after this period has elapsed an agency workers’ entitlements change in respect to the following: Rate of pay Rest periods and breaks (paid or unpaid) Working hours Holiday entitlement Night work liability Quite simply, their entitlement must become identical to that of a full time employee in the same role, if not you may well find yourself on the…

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Apprenticeships – do they add value?

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Successive Governments have been keen to press the importance and value of apprenticeships to UK business, but do they actually add value or are they simply a scheme that large firms feel obliged to participate in? It is important to look at the context and aims of an apprenticeship scheme, removed from any political intention. Such schemes seek to train young people, who may otherwise fall into the not in employment education or training (NEET) category, to a nationally recognised level in an area of employment shortfall. When you think of apprenticeships the first thing that people envisage are the…

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How should HR deal with Olympic absences?

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With the Olympic events taking place in the UK this summer, employers may experience higher absence rates. Though previous events such as football tournaments have presented similar problems, the sheer scale of the Olympics could cause more widespread issues than encountered in the past. So, how can employers manage this effectively and prevent ‘pulling a sickie’ from becoming the latest Olympic sport? Whilst employers are under no legal obligation to offer time off for sporting events, it will be beneficial to adopt a flexible approach and try to accommodate planned absences wherever possible. This will be the best method for…

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Basic legal obligations for an employer

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Whilst employing your first member of staff is an exciting time for you, employment law can be a bit of a minefield and can be a complex and often daunting place! There are so many laws and regulations which you need to consider so we thought we would share some of the simple basics with you and then, over the coming weeks, we will go into some of these in more detail. You must register with HMRC as an employer. All employees (this does not include self-employed or agency staff) who have been employed for more than a month should…

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