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More rights for employees – carer’s leave

01/10/2021 – The new right, to up to a week’s unpaid carer’s leave, will apply to any employee seeking to care for a qualifying person, and will be introduced when parliamentary time allows. myHRdept will be working with clients to establish their preferred approach to the new statutory right.

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Furlough scheme ends today (30th September 2021)

30/09/2021 – What’s benefited 11.4m people, cost £70 billion, is responsible for tax and NI rises and ends today? Yes, the furlough scheme, which undoubtedly prevented hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of pandemic-related job losses. Yet 1 million remain (until tomorrow) on furlough leave and many sectors, particularly those related to the travel industry, are still struggling and will for a while yet.

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1m vacancies, 1.5m on furlough….

15/09/2021 – We have a perfect storm in the labour market & the return of inflation and high taxation – the very real potential to return the boom and bust economic conditions of decades past.

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More rights for employees – carer’s leave

01/10/2021 – The new right, to up to a week’s unpaid carer’s leave, will apply to any employee seeking to care for a qualifying person, and will be introduced when parliamentary time allows. myHRdept will be working with clients to establish their preferred approach to the new statutory right.

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Furlough scheme ends today (30th September 2021)

30/09/2021 – What’s benefited 11.4m people, cost £70 billion, is responsible for tax and NI rises and ends today? Yes, the furlough scheme, which undoubtedly prevented hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of pandemic-related job losses. Yet 1 million remain (until tomorrow) on furlough leave and many sectors, particularly those related to the travel industry, are still struggling and will for a while yet.

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1m vacancies, 1.5m on furlough….

15/09/2021 – We have a perfect storm in the labour market & the return of inflation and high taxation – the very real potential to return the boom and bust economic conditions of decades past.

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9 out of 10 employees admitted to drinking alcohol while working from home.

03/09/2021 – HR publication Personnel Today reported that 9 out of 10 employees questioned admitted to drinking alcohol while working from home, and the OECD reported increased alcohol receipts across many countries including the UK. A UN report found that drugs use increased 400% between 2017 and 2020, leading many to conclude that the number of employees still under the influence of something after a night out, or indeed a night in, must be rising.

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Rishi’s ‘return to the office’ campaign thwarted by his own department

02/09/2021 – With the government unable to rely on its staff to lead a return to the workplace, it seems unlikely that private sector bosses will have much scope to follow Rishi’s desire to return to the office, other than on a voluntary basis for those staff who prefer not to work at home. In the meantime with almost all of myHRdept’s clients reporting their intention to stick with a 3:2 or a 2:3 model in order to avoid losing staff to more flexible employers, it seems that hybrid working is not just for now, it is forever.

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Menopause employment tribunal cases rising

18/08/2021 – Tribunal cases are great at pulling in the headlines, but considering 70% of working women will undergo menopause its something of a mystery why we’ve not been talking about it more widely. If the reports that 1 in 4 women experiencing symptoms are considering a change in employment, shouldn’t we be more engaged with the topic, and shouldn’t we be looking at ways to support women undergoing menopause to make sure they don’t leave? 

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Hybrid working & flexible working requests

11/08/2020 – It seems that new into our vocabulary is the ‘3:2 diet’ and the ‘2:3 diet’, which refer to days per week in the office and at home – A recent YouGov poll suggests that only a fifth of employers will seek to return workers full time to the office, and a plethora of household-named businesses have declared their own hybrid working arrangements …..

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Flexible apprenticeships – another white elephant?

09/08/2021 – The government, following an extensive consultation, intends to legislate to create flexible apprenticeship, under which we will see the creation of flexi-job apprenticeship agencies. Will this lead to a popular new form of apprenticeship contract, or will it be another white elephant? Time will tell whether the £7m scheme will prove to be a success.

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Minimum Wage Breaches – 191 firms named and shamed

07/08/2021 – 191 firms have been ‘named and shamed’ by the government’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department for minimum wage breaches, although that might seem a little unfair to some whose breaches were technical omissions rather than deliberate acts of employee denial……

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England due to reopen on 19 July, while millions remain furloughed

06/07/2021. This month the state’s contribution to a furloughed workers wages drops to 70% to a cap of £2,187.50 for the month, with employers picking up 10% (up to £312.50) plus the NI and minimum pension contributions. In August and September the government contribution will be 60% to a cap of £1,875 for each month, with employers picking up 20% (or up to £625.) 30th September will be the final day of the scheme, and let’s hope we never have to see another one.

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Is flexible working set to become the default? 

26/06/2021. If enacted, changes changes to flexible working regulations are likely to allow employees to lodge a flexible working request on day 1 of their employment. There is some suggestion that the default position would be that flexible working should be permitted, with the onus moving away from the employee, who currently has to justify in their request why flexible working will work, onto the employer, who would have to show at the outset their objective reasons for why flexible working would not work.

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Employment tribunal cases reduce for Q1, & covid judgements roll in

First quarter statistics show a 13% decrease in single claims (9,100) versus 2020, however, the overall trend in the last few quarters is still up, probably due covid-related unemployment and changes to working conditions. The tribunal system is currently sat on 44,000 cases, an eleven year high. With the furlough scheme ending in September, we expect a further peak.

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23/03/2021 – IR35 – Off Payroll Working. New rules from April will extend IR35 to the private sector, meaning that all contractors who provide services to a client

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Covid Vaccination Policy

09/03/2021. Covid Vaccination Policy. In an earlier article (Link: can an employer force an employee to be vaccinated) we suggested that employers will be able to encourage employees

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04/03/2021 – Furlough scheme to continue until end September In yesterday’s budget the Chancellor announced the extension of the furlough scheme which will now continue in its current

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Furlough scheme extended

1st November – CJRS to be extended until December Yesterday the government announced that, in tandem with a new period of lockdown from Thursday 4th November, the old

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Back home you go….

22nd Sep 20: Return to homeworking imminent…. Boris Johnson is expected this afternoon to encourage employers to continue with home working arrangements in an effort to stem the

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Covid safe workplace

28/07/2020 Guidance for employers – Covid safe workplaces To bring workers back to work employers must ensure that the workplace is Covid safe. Employers must carry out a

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We haven’t really had time to write much in the way of insightful content this week because we’ve been so busy with redundancy programmes, but we thought we’d

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How to unfurlough staff

23rd April 2020 – How to unfurlough staff It may seem premature to think about unfurloughing staff, but some of our clients are already transforming – pubs, breweries

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Furlough template letters

25th March 2020 We have had multiple requests for furlough template letters and redundancy template letters since publishing our earlier articles on furloughing staff and other options to

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New Parental Bereavement Leave

Bereavement leave will be introduced in 2020, the government has now announced, but employers should establish a suitable policy in 2019. Our article covers the detail. As the

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And there’s more..

4th May 2007 With so many pressures and priorities on small businesses is it any wonder that the daunting, and lets face it, apparantly dull and unnecessary task

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Unauthorised breaks?

Since our publishing the article below the Court of Appeal has overturned the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s decision in this case, ruling that although the final warning given to

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is the government

10th January 2014 The possibility of extreme weather conditions disrupting business is often a concern at this time of year, but with floods across the UK and snow

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recruitment

21st January 2014 You may recall our October article outlining Government plans to cap auto enrolment pension charges, and the subsequent November story concerning the resulting industry debate. Now the story develops

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New hire gone wrong?

7th February 2014 With the best recruitment practices in the world, mistakes do happen inside and outside of the probation period. Do we persevere with an unsuitable person, run the

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Indian boss beaten to death

And you think you’ve got employee relations problems – CEO killed over working hours 17th June 2014 Fed up of whinging employees complaining about their wages? Think yourself

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Can you Adam and Eve it?

Can you Adam and Eve it!?…Victims of accent bias need legal protection 9th July 2014 This could well be the latest unrecognised discrimination: Geordies, Liverpudlians and Cockneys are

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Employment high

21st July 2014 The employment rate has hit a record high at 73.1 per cent in the three months to May, according to official figures. The Office for

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Half of Britons feel regret

25th July 2014 A recent study commissioned by the financial technology company Kalixa, revealed that half of Britons’ are so unhappy at work that they believe their career

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Daylight Savings

Better designed offices could boost both physical and mental health of workers. 11th August 2014 An early night after a hot bath, curling up with a good book

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Power of the pension

15th September 2014 More low-income workers are now putting enough away in savings for their retirement than in 2012 – a vindication of the government’s auto-enrolment plan to

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can employees be forced

24th October 2014 A recent case brought to Tribunal stems from an alleged simple act of omission. A Muslim employee claims she was not invited to the Company’s

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The use of e-cigarettes

10th March 2015 It was only a matter of time before electronics got its clever bionic fingers on cigarettes. Now e-cigarettes are everywhere – including at work. But

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Top hiring mistakes

16th April 2015 Are you recruiting the right people for your business? How do you know? Employers, even smaller employers, need to ensure that they balance their team

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Playing Politics

What the General election could mean for employers 17th April 2015 The General Election will influence the number of employment tribunal cases in the UK – these have

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

16th September 2015 In response to customer feedback we have made some important changes: We have shortened employment contracts where we can As a result some of the

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And in the red corner…

7th December 2015 In our first case, ZSL Vs Westlake, two female employees from ZSL ended up having a fight at a staff Christmas party. The claimant, Ms

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Living Wage is here

From today 1st April 2016 the National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour which applies to all who are 25 and older. Basically this an extra minimum wage category

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