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How Artificial Intelligence Chat Bots are Disrupting HR

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"]Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years you may have heard about the development in Artificial Intelligence in the news. One area of AI that’s come on leaps and bounds are Bots. Bot’s are automation software that is designed to take over many administrative tasks allowing workers to get up to speed on the things that really matter and be more productive. Having been...

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Changes to Statutory Payments from 1 April 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"]Changes to Statutory Payments from 1 April 2018 From April 2018, there will be a rise in the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay. With effect from 1 April 2018 statutory maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental pay will rise from £140.98 to £145.18, and the weekly rate for the first 6 weeks will be 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings. Statutory...

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What is GDPR and our role as a business.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"]What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest change in data protection laws for 20 years, and when it comes into effect on May 25th, 2018, it intends to give European citizens back control over their personal data. Its impact won’t just be felt in Europe though, as it will have wider implications for companies across the world that hold data on the continent.   Why should businesses...

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Are tribunal fees unlawful?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"] Following recent actions on the 26 July, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor. Unison’s appeal was a challenge to the lawfulness of Employment Tribunals fees. The Court has found that the fees unlawfully hinder access to justice and the relevant Fees Order – the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013, has been quashed.   It is unlikely that tribunal fees...

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Does Voluntary Overtime count towards Holiday Pay?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"] The question whether voluntary overtime and normally worked (normal remuneration) for the purpose of calculating holiday pay? During a recent case held at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts the EAT has said yes. The Respondents were Operatives that had been working for the Council. Their roles were electricians, plumbers, roofers and similar who, as well as working day jobs, also worked entirely voluntary overtime which paid additional standby and callout...

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When is it legally too hot to work?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"] It’s hot maybe too hot. As your probably aware it’s hot. Working in an office environment is like hell on earth especially when you're a ginger nut like me. Some may be lucky enough to have air-conditioned office spaces but what about us who have nothing but a cracked window or jarred door.  Wipe the sweat of your brow because things are going to get hotter. I'm sorry to have...

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£23,000 for employee’s 97p mistake

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"] A tribunal has ordered retail giant Ikea to pay an employee who was sacked for stealing a milkshake that cost 97p over £23,000 in compensation. What monumental error did this employer make? Some big mistakes Every so often we report on cases or events where the employee's involved have made simple but fatal errors, some of which have ended up costing thousands of pounds in compensations. In March 2016 a report...

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Advice for employers about the Control of Vibration Regulations 2005

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1482321337664{padding-right: 10% !important;}"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"] The information below will help employers understand their roles under the Control of Vibration Regulations 2005. This regulation came into force in 2005. If your business is involved in using hand-guided power equipment and powered machines with process hand-held materials then this information will help you remain compliant. If your business involves the regular and frequent use of hand-held power tools this information will be...

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Accommodation Offset Rates Explained

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1482321337664{padding-right: 10% !important;}"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"] Introduction Many hospitality operators often provide accommodation for staff, this has been done for many years. If we take Butlin’s in Minehead as an example they have somewhat 800 staff living at the resort. Most employees can’t afford to pay for accommodation so as part of their employment agreement Butlin’s supply the accommodation as their business is in the provision of accommodation anyhow for their guests. How...

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UK Gender Pay Gap

[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3" css=".vc_custom_1482321337664{padding-right: 10% !important;}"][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text el_class="textsize"] What is the Gender Pay Gap? The gender pay gap is an equality degree that indicates the difference in average earnings between women and men. The UK gender pay gap is at its lowest stage ever - just over 18 percent. The gender pay gap does not show variations in pay for similar jobs. Unequal pay for women and men has been unlawful for 45 years.   What are the...

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