Employment Law – new vetting scheme

Changes to employment law are underway. From the 12 October 2009 new measures are being introduced to vet the suitability of persons working with children or vulnerable adults. It is to be called the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) and will be administered by a new public body to be called the Independent Safeguarding Authority…

Disputes at work – the new rules

The regulations that govern how employers handle discipline, dismissal and grievance issues in the workplace change as from 6 April 2009. The new system is designed to be more straightforward and flexible, the aim being to help employers resolve disputes before they reach the point of an employment tribunal. The hope is the new rules…

National Minimum Wage changes April 2009

All employers should be aware that changes have been introduced to the penalties that will automatically be levied after 6 April 2009 if you fail to observe your obligations regarding payment of National Minimum Wage rates. From 6 April 2009, a new automatic penalty will be levied where HMRC compliance officers find arrears of the…

Tips for new employers

The basic rules for employers with new employees are important for any business. There is no ‘Casual Labour’ exemption, if you take an employee on with intention of keeping them for just a couple of weeks on a temporary basis – the rules still apply. If the correct PAYE and NIC is not deducted off…

Making people redundant

Many businesses are being forced to reduce costs, and make employees redundant.  As an employer what are the rules on making people redundant? The notes that follow highlight a few but not all of the considerations that affect redundancy pay outs: Q. Do we deduct tax or National Insurance from redundancy payments? A. No –…

What happens to the tax you pay?

How many of us would feel happier about paying our taxes if we felt the Government was as eager about spending the money wisely and carefully as it seems eager to collect taxes from us? The amazing incredulous truth is that every penny of income tax the Government collects from us each year it spends…

How to recruit the best!

Getting good people into your organisation is crucial, people are the business. If you want to attract the sort of job applicant who will require the minimum of training to get up to speed, who will be happy with their job, and who will fit into your workplace, then don’t underestimate the importance of knowing…

Does Social Networking Pose A Threat To Your Business?

Currently there’s a lot of buzz in business circles about the value of using social networking services (SNS) as a channel to drive sales, promote brand and network for business opportunities. Much of it comes from marketers who are excited about the target marketing possibilities of these sites — they gather so much data about…

What Employees Want

The difference between working with engaged people and a group of alienated, uninterested ones isn’t just the difference in productivity you can expect from each – it gets right down to making the difference between feeling you want to go in to work or stay away to avoid becoming depressed by the unenthusiastic atmosphere. Managers…