Blog entries by sjbeale

  1. On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. It is designed to give tighter security to personal information. Data controllers and data processers are responsible for ensuring personal data is held securely. For organisations that breach the GDPR the fines...
  2. In a landmark case the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights) have deemed that employers can read employees’ private messages whilst they are work. This has implications for UK employees who use Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to communicate with family and friends during...
  3. The Pension Regulator has recently published its findings in relation to small business awareness of[IMG] pension auto enrolment. Worryingly the research shows that only 29% of small businesses with a staging date in 2016 know when that is. Awareness of the auto enrolment process is highest...
  4. The Pension Regulator has recently published it latest quarterly bulletin which shows that employers are failing to understand their automatic enrolment duties.[IMG] It seems that the Pension Regulator has found that many employers assume their duties only relate to staff who are eligible to...
  5. Driving at work is one of the most dangerous activities as a quarter of all vehicle mileage travelled annually on UK roads is for work purposes and a third of all crashes involve a vehicle that is being used for work. Every week around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involve drivers who...
  6. Workers have won a groundbreaking case at the Employment Appeal Tribunal to include overtime in holiday pay. This means all people working voluntary overtime could claim for additional holiday pay. Currently, only basic pay counts when calculating holiday pay. The details of the ruling,...
  7. As an HR consultant one of the hot topics that my clients speak to me about time and time again is sickness absence. This is a big problem across the UK and creates a significant cost to businesses of all sizes. However the type of business that is most affected is one that is in the SME...
  8. In 2015 1.5 small and micro sized businesses must face implementing pension auto enrolment. It[IMG]seems according to the media that many employers are not ready for pension auto enrolment. A Pension Regulator report shows that half of micro businesses do not even know when they are meant to...
  9. Flexible working for all was implemented on 30 June 2014. Previously it was only available to women with children and carers, now all employees with 26 weeks continuous service can make a request. Many employers may be panicking at this prospect but there is no need as any request can be turned...
  10. If you have school age children and you work you will no doubt have noticed what appears to be the huge number of school holidays the children seem to have. In Northamptonshire the children have just enjoyed a two week Easter break, the May day bank holiday weekend and in another few weeks time...
  11. Much of the work that I do as an HR consultant is reviewing employment contracts and employee handbooks. This can be due to taking on a new client with existing documents as well as providing this service to existing clients. Here I provide five reasons to review an employment contract....
  12. The incidence of cancer is on the rise. The cost to the UK economy for employees dropping out of of work due to the illness is £5.3bn. Most of us know someone that has been affected by it and it is important to know how to deal with cancer in the workplace. At a recent seminar organised by...
  13. E-cigarettes are causing a storm. They have been introduced to help people give up smoking and sales have soared over the last ten years. Currently there are 1.3 million people in the UK that use the devices according to Action on Smoking and Health, therefore, employers need to understand...
  14. Michael Gove recently announced the introduction of performance related pay in the teaching industry from September 2014http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/jan/15/teachers-pay-performance-michael-gove Instead of automatic annual increments progressing through the grade, teachers will be...
  15. There will be an increase in employment tribunal costs soon. The level of compensation an employment tribunal may award is due to go up on 6 April 2014 under the Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2014 (SI 2014/382. The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal will rise from...