Monthly Archives May 2015

Legal Round-Up April enforcement dates, new legislation, and the latest case law from courts and tribunals

Legal Round-Up April enforcement dates, new legislation, and the latest case law from courts and tribunals April saw the shared parental leave rules reached the ‘expected week of childbirth’ trigger, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 became law just before Parliament shut down for the general election, an employment tribunal released the first part of its judgment on the Lock holiday pay case, and new statutory pay and tribunal compensation limits increased. April changes A whole raft of employment law changes were ushered in on 5 April: Shared parental leave rights applied to babies due, or children matched
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Can employee benefits really drive employee engagement?

Can employee benefits really drive employee engagement? The relationship between employers and their employees is similar to a marriage, in that it needs to be a two-way partnership. For the relationship to work, both parties need to know what they are committing to, and both the employer and the employee need to be honest about what is important to them: their plans, their idiosyncrasies, their likes and dislikes and their ambitions for the future. Then, if everything fits perfectly (or thereabouts), day one will mark the first step in a happy and mutually-beneficial relationship. MetLife have been studying the multi-faceted
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5 million signed up to Auto Enrolment pensions

5 million signed up to AE pensions Nearly 5.2m people have been enrolled into a workplace pension scheme under auto-enrolment, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show. Auto-enrolment was launched in 2012, initially with only the largest businesses enrolling their staff into a workplace pension scheme. By 2018, when the roll-out is complete, it is expected up to 9m will have begun saving. Pensions minister Steve Webb said: Over the past five years we have carried out root and branch reform to create a pensions system that is fit for the future. Millions more people are now putting
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Small businesses discover hidden benefits of auto enrolment after implementation

Small businesses discover hidden benefits of auto enrolment after implementation Research from Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions reveals British SMEs are finding more benefits to auto enrolment after their staging date than initially expected. Only a quarter of businesses (25%) that have not yet auto enrolled believe that the new requirement is a positive benefit for small businesses, with this figure more than doubling (54%) once they have been through the staging process. The research polled over 2,000 senior decision makers from small and medium sized businesses on their latest outlook and experiences of auto enrolment. Of those that agree
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Childcare change is coming, are you ready?

  What are the changes? The Government will launch the Tax-free childcare scheme in autumn which will see them subsidising 20% of a child’s childcare on costs of up to £10,000 per year, providing savings of up to £2,000 per child. Parents will pay into an account when they are using childcare and the government will add the additional 20%. Once this scheme is launched, no parents will be able to join the existing Government backed Childcare Voucher scheme. Used by more than 500,000 parents in the UK, Childcare Vouchers are a key tool to help parents back into work
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