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For more than 10 years we have provided companies of all sizes and in a variety of sectors with uncomplicated, innovative and affordable human resources advice and on-site support ensuring that your people are an asset to your company and not a liability.

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With the National Minimum Wage (NMW) now almost fifteen years old, and with another increase pending on 1st April 2017 HMRC have issued a list of the most elaborate excuses they've been given by employers for not paying the appropriate rates:

Fit For Work Scheme

Alan Kitto

The UK Government has announced that its Fit for Work will no longer be operating its free referral and assessment service from 15th December 2017.

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Staff Relationships

Alan Kitto

It's become increasingly common for us to be asked by clients to help them to deal with both conduct and performance issues caused by colleagues engaged in personal relationships or worse where personal relationships between colleagues have ended acrimoniously.

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The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill

Alan Kitto

On 13th October 2017 the UK Government published the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill, which is expected to become law in 2020, this will give grieving employees a day-one right to take up to two weeks leave in the event that they lose a child under the age of eighteen

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Employment Tribunal Fees Are Unlawful Say The Supreme Court

Alan Kitto

Earlier today, the Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by Unison, holding that the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals Fees Order 2013, which introduced the requirement for employees to to pay a fee to bring an employment tribunal claim and which led to a 70% reduction in claims is unlawful and will be quashed.

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Keeping Tabs on Social Media

Alan Kitto

Social media has many of us hooked. In many ways that's a great thing as there are all sorts of personal and commercial benefits to be gained from being active online. But as an employer you won't be alone in feeling anxious when it comes to these mediums of communication, wanting to ensure that your employees' efforts are properly channelled.

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Terrorist Firearms and Weapons Attack

Alan Kitto

Firearms and Weapons attacks are rare in the UK. 

The UK Government’s STAY SAFE principles tell you some simple actions to consider at an incident and the information that armed officers may need in the event of a weapons or firearm attack.  Download more details here

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Employment Status

Alan Kitto

There have been a number of cases reported in the press recently dealing with a grey area of employment law, that of Employment Status; these cases include Pimlico Plumbers and Charlie Mullins vs. Gary Smith and Uber vs Aslam ...

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Employment Law Update

Alan Kitto

April is one of the two months of the year (along with October) when typically we see changes to employment legislation. From 6th April 2017 ... 

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Congratulations Bevan ..

Alan Kitto

We're delighted that Bevan has now successfully completed the first stage of his professional qualifications, having last night passed his CIPD Certificate in HR Practice. 

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Agreed Reference Wording

Alan Kitto

Where agreed reference wording exists, it's imperative that employers respond to requests in accordance with their agreement, whether in writing or on the telephone; there are no 'off the record' conversations ... 

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What Counts Towards a 'Week's Pay' When Capping ET Compensation?

Alan Kitto

A claimant's losses will calculated according to the sums that they could reasonably have expected to received, had they remained in employment. This can include bonus payments (even if they are discretionary) and commission.

The extent to which commission and bonus payments may be taken in to account in calculating a 'week's pay' (i.e. when applying the statutory cap) is often difficult to determine under the Employment Rights Act 1996, but there are three key questions ...

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