Monthly Archives September 2015

Warning of Auto Enrolment ‘train wreck’ in January

Warning of Auto Enrolment ‘train wreck’ in January The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals has warned of widespread non-compliance in auto-enrolment from January, as thousands of small businesses prepare to hit their deadlines. During the CIPP conference on auto-enrolment in London, industry leaders said small businesses would struggle to meet the demands of enrolling their staff into a pension. Steve Brice, business development manager at Bristol-based LP Auto-Enrolment Solutions, warned it could be a “train wreck as there is widespread non-compliance among the smallest businesses”. He said: We have had two years of auto-enrolment so far and all the largest
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Cost of childcare still a problem for 61 per cent of working mums

Cost of childcare still a problem for 61 per cent of working mums Government proposals ‘too focused’ on early years rather than school-aged children, report finds The high cost of childcare is still the main barrier preventing mothers from returning to work, according to annual survey results from jobs site workingmums.co.uk. Despite government proposals to introduce free childcare for three and four year olds, and a tax-free childcare initiative, 61% of women currently not working said childcare costs were making it difficult for them to return to employment.   The research suggests that too much focus has been on relieving
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New HR study finds UK employers shifting away from annual performance reviews to ongoing dialogue

New HR study finds UK employers shifting away from annual performance reviews to ongoing dialogue Top performing UK employers no longer rate employees, instead provide coaching and development opportunities Continuous feedback replaces yearly event Performance redefined as an employee’s impact on team and ability to collaborate Forced performance rankings of employees are becoming a thing of the past. Instead, top performing UK employers are moving towards more transparent goal setting and more regular feedback as part of simpler and less formal performance reviewing. This is the conclusion of a new report on Performance Management by the Top Employers Institute. The study is
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More than one in ten employers miss deadline for Auto Enrolment

More than one in ten employers miss deadline for Auto Enrolment Some 13% of employers start preparing for auto-enrolment after their staging date has passed, according to research Analysis of NOW: Pensions’ client base found 19% completed their application in the month before their staging date, while 30% took action six months or more ahead of theirs.  Some 16% started their planning three to six months before their staging date while 6% did so between two and three months ahead. Another 16% took action between one and two months in advance of their staging date.  According to The Pensions Regulator
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Great North Run 2015 HR Director running in aid of St Barnabas Hospice Trust (Lincolnshire)

Great North Run 2015 HR Director running in aid of St Barnabas Hospice Trust (Lincolnshire) This weekend, on 13th September, Adam Davey, Petaurum Solutions’ HR Director, is donning his trainers once again to run in the world’s largest half marathon, the Great North Run, for the 11th time.  Having raised around £10,000 over the past years, he is once again raising vital funds for St Barnabas Hospice. St Barnabas Hospice provides specialist care to people with a life limiting illness. In the last 12 months they have cared for over 5,500 patients and their families across Lincolnshire. The world’s leading
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Providers not open for SME auto-enrolment business

Providers not open for SME auto-enrolment business Most advisers – 77% – predict that growing numbers of pension providers will not offer auto-enrolment schemes to businesses with fewer than 30 employees, according to research conducted by Defaqto on behalf of Now: Pensions. A third of the 248 advisers surveyed already believe there is not enough choice for employers nearing their staging dates, with 82% claiming providers have been cherry picking auto-enrolment business. Guaranteed acceptance was the most important factor given by nearly a third of the auto-enrolment schemes that advisers have written so far, closely followed by the level of
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Is it THAT urgent? Staff admit to checking emails on the loo!

Is it THAT urgent? Staff admit to checking emails on the loo! New research from Mind makes for uncomfortable reading – the mental health charity has found that more than 1 in 7 of us (15%) who receive work emails sometimes check them while in the toilet. An online YouGov poll of 1,095 English and Welsh workers also showed that nearly 2 in 5 (38%) of those who receive work emails admitted that they often checked them outside of work. The poll data also revealed that only half of respondents (50%) said that their manager respects that they have a
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Something for the weekend…

Something for the weekend… From paid surrogacy leave to non-medical egg freezing and unlimited holiday, there are some unusual employee benefits lined up for workplaces in the future. According to an American study by the Society of Human Resources Managers (SHRM), many US-based employers are likely to introduce quirkier benefits to attract and retain staff. The study also looked at trends for the more established benefits in the market. It found that contraceptive coverage has grown since 2011, as has the use of standing desks and telecommuting. The research found that the ten most unusual and lavish perks bestowed on
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