The big pensions shake-up – is it time for a review?

Planning for retirement is always important, but with big changes happening this month regarding pensions in the UK, and more possibly afoot in the future, now is a particularly good time to consider or review your retirement plans. What’s happening? Auto-enrolment of employees into a pension scheme will begin for employers with more than 120,000[…]

Minimum wage

The Low Pay Commission – the independent advisory body to the Government – reviews the national minimum wage according to inflation on an annual basis. The rates that come into force from 1 October 2012 are: The adult rate for workers aged 21 and above will rise 11p from £6.08 to £6.19 per hour The[…]

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Auto-enrolment begins

1 October sees the first round of eligible employees automatically enrolled into a workplace pension scheme, as employers with more than 120,000 in their PAYE scheme are required to auto-enrol. These larger employers will have been working hard to put provisions in place for the change, but with smaller businesses gradually following suit, what is[…]

Youth Scheme Fails / Apprenticeships Made Simpler

Youth Contract scheme fails to ignite employer support A third of employers don’t know about it, and a third have no interest in it. That’s the judgment on the Government’s Youth Contract employment scheme, launched in April to try and reverse the ever-growing numbers of young unemployed people in the UK. A survey of 600[…]

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Minimum Wage / Tribunal Fees

On the horizon The new National Minimum Wage rates from 1 October 2012, are as follows: An increase from £6.08 to £6.19 per hour for workers 21 and over It remains at £4.98 per hour for 18-20 year olds It remains at £3.68 per hour for under 18s An increase from £2.60 to £2.65 for[…]

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Case Study – Assamoi v Spirit Pub Company (Services) Ltd

This was a case for constructive dismissal that demonstrated that employers may prevent a breach of trust and confidence by making amends for the mistreatment of an employee: Mr Assamoi, a kitchen worker at a pub company, raised a grievance against his immediate manager following various disputes that had arisen between them. A senior manager[…]

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Paralympics Legacy – checklist

Many people were inspired by those participating in this summer’s Paralympics. Should the opportunity arise you might wish to employ a disabled person. Below are a few pointers to consider: Have a clearly defined role just as you would with other employees, but be prepared to be flexible In the selection process, ensure there is[…]

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Preparing for Christmas – best practice

With the celebrations for the summer games coming to an end, our thoughts turn to some aspects of year end planning.  For many businesses this often includes early planning and booking for celebrating the approaching year end and the company party season. But beware as this can lead to a number of problems… Every year[…]

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Red Tape Regulations

New business regulations typically come into effect on two common  commencement dates (CCDs) in April and October each year. Below is our summary of some recent and upcoming legislation changes from 1 October 2012 that may affect your business and your customers. As part of the Red Tape Challenge, the Government is continuing to review[…]