Holiday pay and Overtime

  You cant have missed recent the publicity surrounding the ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) on holiday pay and overtime (Bear Scotland Ltd v Fulton and other cases).  It was the latest instalment in a line of cases that have looked at what must be included in holiday pay under the UK’s Working Time Regulations (WTR).…

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Investors in People

  People Matters have always believed in the principles of Investors in People and we have worked with several companies to achieve and maintain the world best people management accolade. Niel has put together a plan, and is currently working with Bolton based IT company Eventura to be one of the few companies in the…

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People Matters new collaboration.

Accountants and business advisor’s Bennett Verby has agreed an exclusive tie-up with People Matters Human Resources Consultancy.   Stockport-based Bennett Verby said the agreement with People Matters and its founder Niel Cope is designed to significantly expand and grow its human resources division as more businesses look to recruit and develop staff in the post-recession…

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Flexible working rules change

  From 30 June all employees with at least 26 weeks’ continuous employment will be able to apply for flexible working.   At present, only parents with children under 17 and carers can do this. This legislation means that employers have a statutory duty to consider flexible working applications and employees have the right to appeal…

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Personal Taxes changes

The personal income tax allowance is going up in April from £9,440 to £10,000 and is also scheduled to rise by the increase in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) from 2015-16 onwards. In addition, the ceiling for paying the 20% basic rate of income tax will fall again (as it has done for the past few years)…

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New Employment Laws April 2014

  People who  want to bring a case of unfair dismissal or discrimination now have to first notify the conciliation service Acas to see if the dispute can be resolved. The Government said these changes would help avoid “stress, time delays and excessive costs”. Previous government measures include the introduction last year of fees for workers looking to take…

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Sickness absence

Each year, more than 130 million working days are lost to employee sickness and long term absence costing UK employers around £6.5bn.  The cost of absence can be significant and has a damaging effect on performance, productivity, profit and adds additional pressure on colleagues. Absence can take the form of short term one or two…

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