The new Shared Parental Leave – top 10 questions answered

Are you prepared for the NEW legal right to Statutory Shared Parental leave and pay? Shared parental leave and pay 2015 – Overview This new legislation was enabled by The Children and Families Act 2014 back in March 2014 and brings with it a significant change to how parents care for their child in its first year. Known as Statutory Shared Parental Leave and Pay (SSPL&P) it came into force on 1st December 2014 and is relevant to babies born or adopted post 5th April 2015. So employers can expect queries and requests for this leave from this month (January … Read More

The New Fit for Work Service – top 10 questions answered

Managing sickness absence  10 key things you need to know about the new Government’s Fit for Work Service An Overview Sickness absence is reported as losing UK businesses 130 million work days per year.  So managing absence costs in your business is vital.  And every business knows,  it is not just the cost of SSP or sick pay, but the negative impact unplanned absences have on productivity, performance and the team. Reported to have cost 170 million to implement, the new Government’s Fit for Work Service has been designed to offer free support to employers and employees.  The focus is to … Read More

Maternity Guide for Employers

Maternity guide This HR Micro Guide is designed to give you the employer an overview of current Maternity rights as of September 2014. I’m pregnant.  Wonderful news, but now you, the employer, need to manage this.  You need to know their Statutory Maternity Rights. What are Ordinary Maternity leave, Additional Maternity Leave and Statutory Maternity pay?  And who is entitled to what!    You will need to know terms such as ‘Qualifying Week’, ‘Expected Week of Confinement’, ‘Relevant Pay period’.  Also, what are your employee’s contractual rights, what are KIT days? Do you need to keep their job open?  What happens … Read More

Flexible working: June 2014 changes

Flexible Working 2014   This HR Micro Guide is designed to give you the employer an overview of the legal employment law change to the right to an employee’s right  request flexible working. The change As from 30 June 2014, any employee with at least 26 weeks’ service will have the statutory right to request flexible working arrangements. The right previously only applied to the parents of children under 17 (18 if the child was disabled) or to those with caring responsibilities for an adult. It also replaced the former very formal statutory procedure an employer had to follow when … Read More

Auto Enrolement for SMEs

Auto enrolment    This HR Micro Guide is designed to give you the employer an overview of the legal employment law requirement to Auto enrol your workforce into a suitable pension scheme.   Background to Auto enrolment The Lord Turner 2005 Pensions Commission recommended the Government needed to change peoples’ view of not saving for a pension. Eventually this turned into a new statutory obligation on all UK employers and the Auto enrolment scheme was born. From 2014 onwards it is the turn of the SMEs.  It is based on your given staging date fixed by the HMRC as per your employee … Read More

Contract of Employment: Do you need to issue a contract to your employees?

 HR Micro Guide: Employee contract of employment This HR Micro Guide is designed to give you the employer an overview of the legal employment law requirement to issue a Principal statement / written statement of employment particulars to your employees.  And the business benefit of including this information in an Employee  Contract of Employment. Do you need to issue a Contract of Employment? To start with, the moment work is offered to a potential employee, and it is accepted, a legally binding contract of employment is formed. It does not have to be in writing.   However, Section 1-4 of the … Read More