• Autumn Statement 2016 date confirmed.

    Autumn Statement will be on Wednesday 23 November 2016. Regulations are likely to be altered so that particular employee benefits, such as mobile phone contracts, health checks and gym memberships, will lose their tax relief status. It is anticipated that the changes will be effective from April 2017, but the Reward & Employee Benefits Association…
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  • New national minimum wage rates from 1 October 16.

    The following national minimum wage (NMW) rates would come into force on 1 October 2016: The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 years will increase to £6.95 per hour. The development rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase to £5.55 per hour. The rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase £4.00…
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  • Stop shocking workplace discrimination of pregnant women, say MPs.

    The Women and Equalities Committee has called for UK women to have protections similar to those in Germany after a ‘shocking’ increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination over the past decade. MPs demand urgent action, calling on the Government to publish an ambitious, detailed plan within the next two years or risk a further rise in…
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  • Creating a culture of collaboration!

    What is collaboration? Collaboration is when people work together with the same goals and vision. Collaboration requires communication and a fluid movement of ideas, which are grounded in respect and honesty. What are the benefits of collaboration? Improves productivity, engagement, skills and teamwork. Encourages sharing, flexibility and adaptability of ideas. Fuels creativity. Builds trust. Things…
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  • Employees using sick leave to care for elderly relatives.

    One sixth of staff now have caring responsibilities for older family members, says survey, with scant support in place Employees are resorting to using annual and sick leave to look after elderly relatives, according to a survey that reveals the growing impact of caring responsibilities on the workforce. The study of more than 1,000 people…
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  • Government pledges to act on employment rules that could be stifling British innovation.

    Business Secretary Sajid Javid announces plans to look into employment rules that could be stifling British entrepreneurship. Business Secretary Sajid Javid has today (24 April 2016) announced plans to look into employment rules that could be stifling British entrepreneurship by preventing employees from starting up their own business after leaving a job. In a move…
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  • National minimum wage increase – 1st April 16.

    On 1 April 2016, the National Minimum Wage will increase to reflect the National Living Wage. The minimum wages from 1 April 2016 will be: age 25+ = £7.20 per hour 21 – 25 = £6.70 per hour 18 – 21 = £5.30 per hour less than 18 = £3.87 per hour apprentices = £3.30…
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  • Government seeking consultation on proposed changes to the taxation of termination payments.

    The government is considering how they can make the tax and National Insurance contributions (NICs) treatment of termination payments simpler and fairer and wants to hear your views on how that can be achieved. The consultation particularly seeks views on: removing the distinction between contractual and non-contractual termination payments and whether this will make it…
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