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One Stop Shop to Home Working

Working hard, or hardly working? That’s often a misconception when someone says they are ‘working from home’. Daytime TV, online shopping, never ending coffee breaks, all from the comfort of bed. But, working from home isn’t always as luxurious and … Continued

Worker status and IR35 Audit

The Government is cracking down on employment practices. Big changes are due in April this year: employers will have to issue all new employees with a written statement of employment particulars from day one; employers will have to change the … Continued

Lone Workers: How to Prevent Hazards in the Workplace

Lone Workers: Pay special attention to the vulnerabilities and risks facing any lone worker(s) on the premises or elsewhere – A ‘lone worker’ is defined as any employee in a situation where physical assistance would not be immediately available, which … Continued

Five no-cost ways to motivate your employees

Here are five things a small-business owner can offer to motivate their employees, by Paul D Foster.   1 Flexibility The old school philosophy is you have to put in long hours because that’s what the boss had to do when … Continued

When to use “Garden Leave”

One of the most frequent questions we are asked on our advice line is “How do I handle resignations?” Well, you have three options when an employee resigns (or is dismissed). The first is to make them work their notice. … Continued

Statutory Pay Rates. Do you know the facts?

STATUTORY PAY (next review April 2015) Maternity/Adoption pay – SMP/SAP is paid for 39 weeks. Pay rate for first 6 weeks of SMP: 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings. SMP remaining weeks/SAP: £138.18 or 90% of average weekly earnings, … Continued

Shared parental leave – what you need to know

The idea was conceived, gestated in Parliament and will be born on 1 December. Shared parental leave will shake up parental rights, so you need to get your head around it. Let’s get you started.  What is shared parental leave? It’s the … Continued