Employees take advantage of flexible working

There is a high demand among employees for flexible working arrangements, research by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) and Citrix has found. The research, which surveyed almost 1,300 employees in the UK, showed that flexible working arrangements such as flexi-time or working remotely are popular with most employees: 96% of respondents who[…]

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Holiday pay should include overtime, tribunal rules

Thousands of businesses are facing additional costs after a tribunal ruled that overtime should be included in holiday pay calculations. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled that employers must factor in overtime when calculating holiday pay, instead of only taking basic pay into account. The tribunal also said that employees could make backdated claims if[…]

Employment Allowance benefits businesses

More than 850,000 businesses have benefited from the Employment Allowance in the scheme’s first 6 months, official figures have revealed. The Employment Allowance reduces the national insurance contributions (NICs) bill for eligible employers, who can claim a class 1 secondary NICs reduction of up to £2,000 through their payroll software. The figures reveal: 856,000 businesses[…]

Recruitment growth hits 5 month high

Recruitment for permanent roles grew at the fastest pace in 5 months in July 2014, according to a report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. The survey, based on data collected from employers and recruitment consultancies, found that the number of people recruited into temporary jobs reached a 7 month high. In July 2014: available[…]

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SMEs unprepared for older workforce

SMEs recognise the benefits of employing workers over 65 but many are not yet ready to meet the needs of an ageing workforce, a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found. The vast majority (86%) of SMEs questioned acknowledge the benefits of an age diverse workforce but only 25% have[…]

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Employment law changes in effect

A number of changes to employment rules and regulations came into force with the start of the new financial year on 6 April. The changes affect many areas of employment law, from employment tribunals and discrimination, to everyday areas such as auto-enrolment and maternity pay. Key changes: Statutory maternity and paternity pay have increased from[…]

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Minimum wage rises to £6.50 an hour

The national minimum wage (NMW) for adults will rise by 19p an hour to £6.50 on 1 October 2014, the Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced. The Government has agreed to follow the three per cent rise proposed by the Low Pay Commission last month. This will be the first time in six years that[…]

Case Study: Employee LinkedIn Account

Whitmar Publications Ltd v Gamage and others – Former employee ordered to give employer log-in details of a LinkedIn Account. Mr Gamage, Ms Wright, and Mr Crawley were long-term senior employees of Whitmar Publications Ltd. They all resigned on 7 January 2013, stating their intention to set up a competing company, Earth Island. It came[…]

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