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Merlin House, 1 Langstone Business Park
Newport

01633 459012

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:

The Effects of Alcohol in the Workplace

Alan Kitto

One of the essential HR policies that we advise all companies to have is a policy on ‘Alcohol at Work’, covering what is and isn’t allowed and also the consequences of non-compliance. The following statistics, taken from the Willis Towers Watson Employee Health, Wellbeing and Benefits Barometer 2019, are cause for significant concern for most employers:

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It's Hot Outside (and Inside Too)

Alan Kitto

With temperatures outside souring to 30 degrees and more, we’ve had an increased number of enquiries around how hot it has to be before employees can complain about their working conditions. The following information from ACAS may be helpful when deciding what you may be able to do in your workplace to make working conditions more bearable.

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Dealing With Trauma at Work

Alan Kitto

A serious accident or worse, a death in the workplace would be most employer’s worst nightmare and yet most employers don’t plan for how to deal with these eventualities should they happen.

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Employment Law Update

Alan Kitto

Our April 2019 Employment Law Update summarises the changes to employment law, including changes to the National Minimum and Living Wage and statutory rates that take effect from the beginning of April 2019.

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The Menopause at Work

Alan Kitto

Women over the age of 50 are now one of the fastest growing segments of the workforce, and most will go through the menopause during their working lives; sadly many won’t be able to meet their full potential unless they get the right support from their employer …

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Managing Beyond Stereotypes

Alan Kitto

We recently came across an article entitled ‘How Millennials want to Live and Work’. It’s key findings were that there are six functional changes that ‘Millennials’ now want. These are ….

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EU National Employees and BREXIT

Alan Kitto

EU nationals will be able to continue to live and work in the UK after 29th March 2019 but will need to apply for settled status if they wish to remain living and working in the UK after 30th June 2021.

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Crisis at Christmas Donation

Alan Kitto

As we have in previous years, rather than sending gifts or cards to our customers this Christmas, we’ve made a donation to the Crisis at Christmas appeal to make sure that ten homeless people all receive from us ….

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Gay Cakes and Vegans

Alan Kitto

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal’s decision in what is being reported in the press as the ‘gay cake’ case.

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Employment Tribunal Update

Alan Kitto

The minutes of the most recent Employment Tribunals User Group meeting show that the most recent ET statistics show 165% increase in single claims, not quite back to the pre-tribunal fee levels but approaching that level.

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Putting the HR into Christmas

Alan Kitto

During the Christmas period companies face a minefield of potential HR challenges and we feel the best way to deal with these is to be prepared. Typically the challenges come from four main areas …

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Time Limits in Employment Tribunal Claims

Alan Kitto

Earlier this year, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) gave some much needed guidance as to the correct interpretation of two new clauses in the Employment Rights Act 1996, that relate to how the time limit for filing an Employment Tribunal claim is extended following the introduction of the requirement for an ACAS early conciliation to take place ahead of any such claim.

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