Engage your employees through Auto Re-enrolment

Engage your employees through Auto Re-enrolment Auto-re-enrolment provides a great opportunity for employers to review their pension scheme setup, to help re-engage with staff.  Organisations should consider, for example, whether they have appointed the right provider with which to auto-enrol. Has the provider offered the employer the necessary or expected level of support for both the organisation and its employees? Has the provider’s technology coped with employee volumes and opt-out requests? If not, how can the employer address these issues as part of its re-enrolment project, assuming that it has a project under way, or at least in the pipeline? Has the provider
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Do you have clearly defined social media policies in place?

Do you have clearly defined social media policies in place? The use of social media in the workplace is fast-expanding so it’s no surprise to see the first social media case involving the use of Twitter to reach the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The case is Game Retail Ltd v Laws involving an employee who was dismissed after posting offensive, non-work related tweets outside of work time. The EAT overturned an employment tribunal’s decision that a dismissal for posting the abusive tweets was unfair. The case is useful because it highlights an important difference between Twitter and Facebook – a difference
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The Pensions Regulator (TPR) fines 166 firms for AE compliance failure

TPR fines 166 firms for AE compliance failure  A total of 166 employers were fined for failing to comply with their workplace pensions duties in the last three months of 2014, The Pensions Regulator has said. So far, since auto-enrolment started being rolled-out in 2012, 169 employers have been given £400 fines. Charles Counsell, director of automatic enrolment for TPR, said: “My message to all employers is that failing to declare within five months of your staging date means you risk being fined, which is why we recommend you start your automatic enrolment planning and preparation 12 months before staging.
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Small and micro employers aware but not prepared for AE

Small and micro employers aware but not prepared for AE The staging process for auto-enrolment is about to increase in breadth, but small and micro employers may not be adequately prepared for the change, according to a report from pension-provider Nest. Of employers yet to stage, 83% do not yet have an active scheme in place; and although 91% of small employers (with fewer than 50 employees) and 85% of micro employers (one to four employees) are aware of the reforms, only 18% feel they completely understand what it means for their business. Around 43,000 employers have staged so far,
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Pensions Regulator to begin micro auto-enrolment push

Pensions Regulator to begin micro auto-enrolment push All small and micro businesses are to receive letters from The Pensions Regulator in the coming months as part of a new campaign to give them key information on auto-enrolment. The Regulator will write to more than 1.5m addresses across the UK from the end of January, aiming to ensure that by the summer all employers know their staging date, as its own research has shown that “significant numbers” of small and micro employers are unaware. The new all-employer mail out is in addition to existing communications on the subject and also asks
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In a recent survey two-thirds (65%) of respondents said they managed absence through the combined efforts between HR and line managers.

In a recent survey two-thirds (65%) of respondents said they managed absence through the combined efforts between HR and line managers. Two-thirds (65%) of respondents manage absence through the combined efforts between HR and line managers, according to research by HR, talent management and payroll software provider Midland HR. Its Understanding absence management study, which surveyed more 120 HR professionals, also found that 85% rely on reports to assist with communicating about the state of absence. The study also found:  66% of HR executives desire real-time information about absenteeism across their organisations, while 54% would appreciate alerts to new figures and trends. Respondents have varying ways
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76% of employers notice pensions auto-enrolment admin burden

76% of employers notice pensions auto-enrolment admin burden More than three-quarters (76%) of staged employers are now noticing an administrative burden caused by the impact of pensions auto-enrolment, according to research by Close Brothers Asset Management.  Its latest Business barometer survey, which surveyed more than 400 UK employers, found that this is an increase of 7% since September 2014. In addition, 45% of respondents are now seeking to review their auto-enrolment processing system, up from 43% in September. Of these, 32% plan to review their systems within the next year. A further 5% will also review their system if they change payroll provider. The research
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The rules on employing ex-offenders

The rules on employing ex-offenders Public opinion is driving Ched Evans’ future but employers must follow set principles The controversy surrounding the football clubs who have attempted to sign Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United striker convicted of rape, highlights the difficulties of recruiting a high profile personality with a conviction. In his case, the impact of sponsors, fans and public opinion were relevant, and while this won’t happen in most employment situations, there are many issues that employers do need to be aware of in the law relating to employing ex-offenders. Offenders The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 introduced
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The time has come to communicate auto enrolment…better

The time has come to communicate auto enrolment…better A survey conducted by Sage UK found that only one in 100 independent financial advisers believe small businesses are well prepared for automatic enrolment, and just one in five (21%) agreed that small firms were aware of the legislation, writes Matthew Mitten, director of Enrolsme. Given the fact that many small businesses will need to comply over the next few years, or face heavy fines for not doing so, I find these stats, and the general lack of awareness when it comes to the legislation concerning. Auto-enrolment is here to stay and
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Act now on Childcare Vouchers

Act now on Childcare Vouchers Are you looking to provide an employee benefits scheme?  Act now to ensure your employees can take advantage of current schemes before they are no longer available! Tax-free childcare will see the Government subsidising 20% of an employee’s childcare costs, providing a saving of up £2,000 per child, each year. To access these savings, parents must spend £8,000 per year. The current Childcare Voucher system can save each parent up to £933 per year for an outlay of only £2,916, therefore many parents will be better off continuing to use Childcare Vouchers, such as those
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