Voluntary Overtime and Holiday Pay

Recently the Employment Appeal Tribunal made a decision in regards to what should be taken into consideration when calculating holiday pay. The focus was on whether voluntary overtime should be taken into account as part of an employee’s normal remuneration for the purposes of calculating holiday pay. In the case in question the workers had voluntarily carried out additional duties over and above those detailed in their contract of employment.

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Emergency First Aid

HR Services Scotland offers our clients the opportunity for themselves or their employees to become trained in Emergency First Aid. This training is a one day course with our qualified trainer and they will go through with you many different scenarios and it can help you and your employees be prepared for any situation.

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Abolishment of Employment Tribunal Fees

A major change in legislation was announced yesterday with the Supreme Court ruling that Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful. The result being that employees will no longer be required to pay a fee to take their claim to an employment tribunal, leading to an obligation for the government to repay an estimated £32m to claimants who were unlawfully charged.

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Data Protection Legislation Changes

The processing of data by UK employers is currently controlled under the Data Protection Act (1998), with a series of principles in place to ensure that data is handled in a sensitive and responsible manner. As of the 25th of May 2018 this is set to change with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), this will present a single data protection law covering all EU nations. The current uncertainty regarding Brexit has led to much discussion over the implementation of EU regulations, however as negotiations are expected to take at least two years, the GDPR will apply directly to the UK until it leaves the EU.

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Converting Sickness Absence To Holiday Pay

A common situation employers are put in is when an employee is off sick and requests the sick leave to be taken as annual leave. The main reason employees request this is from a financial perspective as generally, holiday pay will equate to more than Statutory Sick Pay or alternatively if the employee is still under the self-cert period they will not yet be entitled to SSP so will not be receiving any form of payment as with most organisations sick leave is unpaid until a sick note has been provided.

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Fire Safety – Preventative measures

With the recent tragedy at Grenfell Towers in London and the evacuation of many other buildings in England that are posing the same risk, we are wanting to bring Fire Safety to the attention of businesses so hopefully you will be one step ahead of any incidents that may occur.

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Different Contract Types

An individual’s employment status determines their rights as an employee and their employers’ responsibility towards them. The type of contract given to new recruits should make clear their employment status. An employer can benefit from utilising the different types of contracts available to ensure the business needs are met in the most efficient way.

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The Importance of Work-Life Balance

 

What is Work-Life Balance?

Work-Life balance can be defined as dividing your time between work and family or leisure activities. It is not realistic or rewarding trying to arrange your time so that you spend an equal number of hours working as you do relaxing and so work-life balance does not necessarily mean an equal balance.

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