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How can you tell if your staff are disengaged?

We are hearing much about employee engagement and the importance of engaged employees as a means of driving productivity at work.  But according to a new survey, only 10% of employees in Western Europe are engaged at work. So how … Continue reading

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Fraudulent personal injury claims – insurers bite back

An employee of the car manufacturer, Mini, who tried to sue his employer for £1million in damages has had his case struck out after he was caught faking his injury. The employee claimed that he suffered an electric shock which … Continue reading

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How do you deal with religious holidays?

In the UK there are a wide range of different religions that may have celebrations or holidays, affecting the workplace. Religious participation will vary with the individual’s beliefs and the festival in question and employers are not legally obliged to grant … Continue reading

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The age of Whistleblowing employees

There have been widespread reports recently of whistleblowing in the NHS and an award of £1.2m was made in a whistleblowing case against an NHS trust in Cornwall, to a whistleblower who was sacked for disclosing poor practice. The Public … Continue reading

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Gender Pay Gap reporting: what now?

Almost every newspaper, news feed and business journal reported on the Gender Pay Gap last week. But what will happen now? Will anything change? The Regulations have succeeded in highlighting the different business’ structure and seniority and salary of women … Continue reading

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VAT fraud prevention for online businesses

New rules will make online marketplaces accountable for value added tax (VAT) fraud committed by sellers using their platforms. The rules are intended to clamp down on sellers based in the UK or overseas who fail to pay the correct … Continue reading

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When is the gender pay gap most noticeable?

According to research, the gender pay gap is most noticeable when women working full time, turn 50. At that point they will, on average, be earning more than £8000 a year less than their male counterparts, according to the TUC. … Continue reading

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Statutory wage increases benefit productivity and industrial design

Wage rises under the UK government’s National Living Wage have added £40m to the pay bill in Scotland, but have also helped create happier and more skilled staff. Up to 2.5 million workers will benefit from increases in statutory minimum … Continue reading

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Gagging clauses should be illegal in sexual harassment cases.

A leading human rights organisation (Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) has said that employers should be legally prevented from asking employees to sign confidentiality or ‘gagging’ clauses in sexual harassment cases. The main thrust of EHRC’s recommendations is to … Continue reading

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Scottish Tax Rates’ changes effective 6 April

The Scottish Government Income Tax rates and bands come into effect from 6th April 2018. This will change the way various reliefs. The rates and bands for Scottish tax in 2018/19 are: Earnings band                           Band name                                      Rate Up to £11,850                                … Continue reading

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