Month: October 2017

The Compensation myth – compensation payments are too high

In this weekly series, we look at the seven compensation myths as first detailed in a joint release by the Association of Personal Injury Solicitors (APIL) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). We revisit the myths and see if they still hold true in the hope that the phrase ‘compensation myth’ will finally be put to bed. In last week’s article, we debunked the myth that workers are too ready to claim compensation, by comparing the drop in numbers across a wide range of compensation claims statistics from 2014 to present day. This week, we take a closer look...

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Minimum wage leaving young workers behind

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has spoken out against the national minimum wage (NMW) as it prepares to give evidence to the Low Pay Commission (LPC). An increase to the national minimum wage will be coming in April 2018, but the top rate will apply only to those over 25, something the TUC believes is putting those in the 16-20 and 21-24 brackets at risk of being left behind. As a result, they are calling on the LPC to extend the top rate of minimum wage to include all workers aged 21 and over. One in eight A recent...

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Managing Mental Health at Work

According to research from the OECD, poor mental health has, to date, been the most common cause of absence within the UK in 2017. This is always a difficult area of employment law for employers to navigate, and one fraught with emotion. Most employers want to create an environment that fosters a good work ethic and supports staff members when they are struggling. However, employers are also concerned that this doesn’t impact on the profitability of the company; after all redundancy is hardly going to help any employee’s mental wellbeing. Following recent guidance from ACAS on promoting positive mental...

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Employers take note: Bereaved parents set to gain new rights to leave and pay

On 13th October the Government issued a press release declaring proposals for the introduction of a new leave allowance which is said to be one of the most generous in the world. The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill is expected to have its second reading in the House of Lords on 20th October and once Royal Assent is achieved the Act will introduce new rights to workers in the UK providing two weeks paid leave to bereaved parents. At present employees are entitled only to unpaid emergency leave in connection with making arrangements following the death of a...

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Community Chest: How to become a better manager

In this edition of Community Chest, we look to the business community (via Business.com as is customary) to see what valuable insights they can offer on how to become a better manager. Honest Self Evaluation It’s easier to see issues in others than to identify them in ourselves. Encourage your employees to evaluate you, as you do them. To give them peace of mind, make the questionnaires anonymous, with the ability to add their own comments – be ready to take any comments squarely on the chin! People Skills If you have them, develop them, if you don’t, get...

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