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Statutory Payment Rates

Statutory Payment rates are normally reviewed in April of each year. Below is a reminder of the current and up and coming position on Statutory Payments: Maternity / Adoption Pay: SMP/SAP is paid for 39 weeks provided that a colleagues qualifying conditions are met. This equates to: ○ Pay rate for first 6 weeks: 90% […]

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Paternity leave and pay is extended

Fathers will be able to benefit from up to 26 weeks’ additional paternity leave if the mother of the child returns to work before the end of the maternity leave period to which she is entitled. This will be available during the second six months of the child’s life and may be paid if taken […]

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Smoking ban extension will include workplace entrances

It was recently reported by Personnel Today that the Department of Health has pledged in its publication A Smokefree Future: A comprehensive tobacco control strategy that it will review smoking laws this year, which will include looking at whether to extend legislation banning smoking from enclosed public places and workplaces to cover areas like entrances […]

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Data breaches to incur up to £500,000 penalty

New powers, designed to deter personal data security breaches, are expected to come into force on 6 April 2010. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will be able to order organisations to pay up to £500,000 as a penalty for serious breaches of the Data Protection Act. For a data breach to attract a monetary penalty […]

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Temp’s right to equal treatment

Agency worker legislation laid before parliament recently will cause thousands of employers to review their staffing arrangements and could lead to a lesser reliance on agency workers, a lawyer has claimed. The Agency Workers Directive gives two million temps the right to equal treatment after just 12 weeks, and will come into force in October 2011. Employers have […]

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Ignorance of apprenticeship legislation could result in a £2,500 a day fine

Small businesses risk a £39.2m bill as a result of confusion over apprenticeship legislation, it has been claimed. Businesses have been warned they face a legal minefield if they are unaware of the requirements of taking on new apprentices. However, the organisation has warned that companies risk a fine of £2,500 for each day they […]

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RPI-linked compensation limits to fall in 2010

The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal falls from £66,200 to £65,300; The maximum guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day under S.31(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (where the employee would normally work, but no work is provided) falls from £21.50 to £21.20. The new limits apply when the […]

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Pre-Employment Health Questionnaire potential ban

The House of Lords recently added a clause to the Equality Bill that will potentially ban pre-employment health questionnaires. With less than 4 in 10 recruiters willing to employ people with mental health conditions it is surprising to hear that companies, campaign groups and the HR community are broadly in favour of this amendment. As […]

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Eye tests for commercial drivers

As recently reported in the CIPD People Management magazine, the results of a poll of 2,000 organisations by Specsavers Opticians found that 78% of employers were unaware of the recent development in legislation passed by the EU parliament that will come into force in 2011. These require commercial driving license holders to have eye tests […]

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Scottish Crackdown on Illegal workers

Since the legislation came into force in April 2008 Scottish companies have been fined a total of £670,000 for employing illegal workers. Most employers are aware that it is an offence to employ anyone who does not have the appropriate permission to work in the UK. Ensuring that all employee are legally able to work […]

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