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NMW penalties soar
January 2014

Employers who fail to pay the National Minimum Wage (NMW) will soon face penalties of up to £20,000. Continue reading...

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Further details of shared parental leave system published
December 2013

The government has responded to its consultation on the administration of shared parental leave and pay by announcing, among other things, that it will restrict the number of times that an employee is entitled to change his or her parental leave plans. It is thought that this may assist to create certainty for employers. Continue reading...

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Holiday pay should include commission
December 2013

Advocate General Bot from the European Court of Justice has suggested that Article 7 of the EU Working Time Directive (No.2003/88) should be changed to reflect the fact that commission should be taken into account when calculating the correct remuneration for paid annual leave. Continue reading...

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ACAS consults on change to Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures Code
December 2013

ACAS has recently opened a consultation to revise the Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures after it was suggested that the Code did not accurately reflect the law on the right to be accompanied in disciplinary and grievance hearings, and in particular the law relating to the need to make a reasonable request. Continue reading...

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New guidance on health and safety in the workplace
December 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance for employers on protecting the health, safety and welfare of workers. Continue reading...

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Updated information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems
December 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised the Legionnaires’ disease Approved Code of Practice (ACOP). The clarity of information within the ACOP has been improved by the publication of technical guidance online as opposed to within the body of the ACOP, with the focus of the ACOP being upon more general guidance. Continue reading...

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Updated guidance on controlling hazardous substances in the workplace
December 2013

An update has been issued regarding information on controlling substances that are hazardous to the health of workers in order to help businesses comply with legal requirements within the workplace. Continue reading...

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Landlords warned by HCA over value for money performance
December 2013

A combination of welfare reforms and changes to social housing subsidies have put the sector under unprecedented financial pressure, prompting the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to write to around 20 housing associations about their “Value for Money” (VfM) performance. Continue reading...

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New guidance on health and safety
December 2013

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance for employers on protecting the health, safety and welfare of workers. Continue reading...

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Autumn Statement puts businesses in charge of apprenticeships
December 2013

Businesses were given a boost in the Autumn Statement as an extra £40 million was pledged for a further 20,000 apprenticeships in 2014. Continue reading...