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2020 UK employment law changes

Three changes to UK employment law due in April you need to know about

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In the last 10 years, the UK has seen the first December General Election since the 1920s, watched countless hours of news coverage on the topic of Brexit and witnessed Larry the cat assume office as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. Yet the dawn of a new decade heralds some important changes and new additions to UK employment law that come into force in April 2020 including amendments to the Working Time Regulations 1998 and Employment Rights Act 1996. Read on to find out what the law currently states, what changes will come into effect on Monday 6th April…

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What should you do if an employee is overpaid?

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What should you do if an employee is overpaid? Even in today’s modern world, payroll still incorporates a huge amount of manual processing each month to ensure that employees are paid on time and to the correct amount. However, occasionally payroll mistakes can lead to employees being overpaid in their wages. It’s important for employers to understand why overpayments may occur and how they can properly claim back any monies in order to prevent legal action and disputes. Throughout this guide, we’ll explore a number of precautions an employer can take If they believe an employee has been overpaid. What…

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What can HR learn from the demise of Thomas Cook?

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This week has seen the collapse of one of the longest standing businesses in the UK: Thomas Cook. Established in 1841, the company that was once the face of the UK high street announced it had entered liquidation with immediate effect shortly after 2am on Monday 23rd September, leaving 9,000 people in the UK without a job. But what can HR professionals learn from the demise of such an historic organisation? Communication is key When times of difficulty arise, the worst thing you can do is keep it under your hat and pretend it isn’t happening. Thomas Cook staff were…

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What is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?

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The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, often referred to as the HASAWA, or HSW is the main piece of UK legislation detailing the duties of employers regarding health and safety in the workplace. Its general principle is that employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees. It also covers other people visiting the workplace premises such as temporary workers, casual workers, self-employed workers, clients, visitors and the general public. The primary context of each of the provisions within the HSW is that each duty is qualified by the…

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Shared Parental Leave – The Top 10 FAQS on Shared Parental Leave and Pay

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Shared Parental Leave is still relatively a new concept, one you don’t often hear about unless you are in HR circles, but it has been in place for a good couple of years now, so what exactly is it and why is it still relatively unheard of? In April 2015, the UK brought in new rules for parents taking leave after the birth or adoption of their child.  A flexible and equal approach to allow both parents to assist (and enjoy) childcare with a legal right to return to work policy providing families with a new way to manage ‘maternity leave’….

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