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The Four Stages of Employee Engagement

You’ve hired a great team with the right skills and experience; your products and services proposition is focused and effective; but how do you maintain and guide the level of energy and commitment required from your employees to achieve your business goals? To do this, you need your workforce to be prepared to deliver the […]

Employee Benefits

Pay and benefits: Which are the most popular?

Why do companies need to offer employee benefits? It’s an employee’s market. Unemployment is at a low and job seekers are able to search through thousands of jobs on their phone in an instant. They quite literally hold the power in their hands. And whilst employee benefits will never outweigh a fair and competitive salary, […]

Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting

The Government consults on the Ethnicity Pay Gap

Last month the government published a consultation regarding whether organisations should report on pay gaps between people from different ethnic backgrounds. We consider how the proposal could impact employers if this came into force. Following the introduction of gender pay gap reporting in April 2017, the government has now published its consultation paper on reporting […]

National Minimum Wage for Sleep In Care Workers

National Minimum Wage for Sleep In Care Workers

The Court of Appeal has held that a “sleep-in” care worker in residential accommodation was not entitled to be paid the national minimum wage while sleeping. In Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake; Shannon v Rampersad and another t/a Clifton House Residential Home, the Court of Appeal held that a “sleep-in” care worker in residential accommodation […]

Statutory Pay rates

Increasing statutory pay rates

New statutory rates have been published for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2018 in addition to new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. Currently, the weekly rate of statutory maternity pay is £140.98 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure […]

employment law changes april 2016

7 Employment Law Changes April 2016

April is a key date in the Government’s calendar when new employment legislation is introduced. Here’s an overview of the employment law changes being rolled out in April 2016. The National Living Wage With effect from 1st April 2016, the National Living Wage of £7.20 will apply to those workers aged 25 and over. This […]

salary reviews in schools

Managing Salary Reviews in Schools

Annual salary reviews have recently been taking place in many of the schools we support.   With the changes to the Teachers’ Pay and Conditions that have taken place in recent years, automatic pay increases for teachers and members of the leadership team are a thing of the past. Schools now have much greater flexibility to reward […]

National Living Wage

The National Living Wage – what should I be doing about it?

It’s been a few months now since George Osborne announced the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) with effect from April 2016.  Since then, a number of big brand companies have been keen to embrace this legislation by announcing new pay deals which will bring the pay of their workforce in line with or, […]

Holiday pay and commission

Holiday pay and commission – should holiday pay include commission? A recent case between Lock and British Gas is helping to define new regulations on holiday pay in relation to commission. Understanding commission Commission is defined as an amount of money an employee receives as a result of making sales, which can make up some […]

UK Gender Pay Gap Widening

There’s bad news for women in the workplace, according to a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development article. The Office for National Statistics has revealed that the gap in earnings between full time male and female workers has grown to 10%, compared with 9.5% in 2012. While it’s welcome that full time earnings rose […]