Inquiry into high number and cost of whiplash claims

The House of Commons Transport Committee will look at how the number and cost of whiplash claims in the UK can be reduced. The inquiry follows a December 2012 whitepaper from the Ministry of Justice, which described Britain as the “whiplash capital of the world”. The whitepaper reported that, between 2006 and 2012, there was[…]

Employers to design own apprenticeship schemes

Employers will be able to design and develop their own apprenticeship standards and qualifications, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced. The decision follows last year’s review by entrepreneur Doug Richard, which found apprenticeships should be more focused on the needs of employers in order to encourage take-up, address skill shortages and boost growth. Government[…]

Millions leaving work to care for family members

Millions of UK adults are leaving employment or reducing working hours to care for an elderly, disabled or seriously ill family member, according to research from Carers UK and business forum Employers for Carers. The research found: 2.3 million adults have given up work to become carers three million have reduced their working hours 22[…]

Budget 2013 round-up

Chancellor George Osborne introduced Budget 2013 as one for an ‘aspiration nation’; for those who aspire to ‘own their own home, get their first job, or start their own business.’ Economic update As always, the Budget was delivered alongside the latest economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility, and the outlook looks decidedly tough.[…]

Employee recognition programmes and why should you have one

An employee recognition programme is defined as: Communication between management and employees which rewards them for reaching specific goals or producing high quality results in the workplace. Ironically, it is when times are toughest and high productivity is most important that employee recognition is most likely to be neglected. Christmas parties are cancelled and bonuses[…]

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Unfair dismissal compensatory award increases

The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal has increased from £72,300 to £74,200 where the effective date of termination occurs on or after 1 February 2013. Other changes include: an increase in the maximum amount of a ‘week’s pay’ for the purposes of calculating a basic or additional award of compensation for unfair dismissal or[…]

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Returning to work after stress-related absence

If staff take time off because of work-related stress, getting them back to work as quickly as possible is important. A well-managed early return to work will reduce the risk of the absence lasting longer than one month, after which it is considered long term. In general, people find it more difficult to return to[…]

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Pay As You Earn update

Real Time Information (RTI) Between April and October 2013, almost all employers must make the switch to submitting their PAYE returns using Real Tim­­e Information (RTI). This applies even to the smallest employers. RTI usually means that PAYE information must be reported to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) ‘on or before’ the point the payment[…]