For years, employers have not really had to think about providing support to their employees around financial and mental well-being. This of course could be a legacy culture from when individuals worked for their employer and in return employers offered what they needed: a salary plus some health benefits and a final salary pension once they left.
Published: 29 June 2018
The Supreme Court’s decision last month in Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood was not just academically interesting, but also serves as another useful reminder to all HR practitioners of the importance of ensuring that any notice to terminate employment has been properly communicated to the employee in a clear and timely manner.
Published: 17 June 2018
We have all read the challenges made against Uber, Deliveroo, Addison Lee and Pimlico Plumbers by members of staff. The issue is not new and boils down to whether certain self-employed staff should be considered as employed (and subject to employers NI) and in turn whether they should then have employment rights and benefits.
Published: 30 May 2018
From the 6th April 2018, employers and employees will be required to increase contributions into their Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme. The total overall contributions will rise from the current minimum of 2 percent of qualifying earnings to 5 percent; as at April 2019, they will increase again to a minimum of 8 percent.
Published: 22 February 2018
Restaurant chain Cattle Grid began in and around London, and is now expanding across the UK. The company decided that HR needed to prioritise employee experience, in order to build on that all-important customer experience and to meet growing expectations and competition and to drive this ambitious business forwards.
Published: 29 January 2018
Every employer would swear that putting employees at the heart of corporate L&D to drive results is essential. But L&D is failing to deliver the development experiences and career progression that today's employees put at the top of the list of must-haves. Little wonder then that valuable talent is leaving.
Published: 24 January 2018
The future of employment requires greater responsibilities of the employer towards the employee. Forward-thinking employers have recognised that delegating some of their employment responsibilities to others, those requiring time and resources without generating revenue, is the way to success.
Published: 10 January 2018
Organisations that have good employee engagement generally thrive. This is because an engaged workforce has the commitment and pride in the organisation to willingly go the extra mile and actively want to stay with the organisation to build their career. What challenges do organisations and HR leaders face when striving to achieve engagement?
Published: 9 January 2018
It comes hot on the heels of the recent appeal from Uber directly to the Supreme Court (a spectacular leap-frogging of the Court of Appeal) to try to overturn the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) finding that its drivers are, in fact, workers. There is already significant uncertainty amongst employers as to whether contract staff are indeed, self-employed contractors or are actually workers. Or, even worse, employees.
Published: 1 January 2018
With many areas of the UK economy unable to meet recruitment needs through the resident labour market, the ability to hire skilled personnel from overseas has become business critical for many companies. Employers must first seek permission from the Home Office to recruit workers with specific skillsets from outside the EEA, by applying for a ‘Sponsor Licence’. If granted a licence, the employer is essentially signing up to take on a number of prescriptive – and in all honesty, onerous - compliance duties on an ongoing basis.
Published: 16 November 2017