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The Living Wage is Almost Upon Us

We’d previously written about the forthcoming introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW), which comes into effect on 1st April 2016. Last autumn, the government introduced a fairly steep rise in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), probably to help make the step up to the new NLW a little bit easier for business to accommodate…. Read more »

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Changes in free child-care – good or bad news?

Ahead of the November spending review we had a quick look back to one of the government’s announcements in the summer budget.  The proposed inrcease in free child-care seemed like a good idea at the time. Since the annonucement a lot of concerns have arisen regarding a potential funding gap. Will the spending review provide… Read more »

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New ACAS Guidelines

It’s great to see ACAS issue this most recent guidance – http://tinyurl.com/olxkjqb For many years we at Cream HR have been advising our customers to follow exactly this route. We always seek to ensure that our customers apply the law correctly to avoid unnecessary risks.  

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National Minimum Wage changes – are you ready for the Living Wage?

The National Living Wage comes into effect next April (2016). This significant change applies to over 25’s only and it is important that you are aware and ready to implement and accommodate the change. A useful article we wrote can be found on The Telegraph web site here  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/volvo-business/focus-on/11921609/how-will-national-minimum-wage-changes-affect-smes.html

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Apprenticeships – A Great Opportunity & A Note of Caution

  There has been considerable publicity surrounding apprentices recently and the number of businesses recruiting apprentices has increased enormously. My understanding is that the Prime Minister wants there to be 3 million apprentices in the UK. Apprentices can undoubtedly provide considerable benefit to many organisations and give employers a chance to train, grow and develop… Read more »

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Scotland Scraps Employment Tribunal Fees

Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon announced that employment tribunal fees in Scotland would be ended, as she unveiled her government’s forthcoming legislative programme. You may be aware that Unison recently lost its legal challenge to tribunal charges in England. Whilst many people feel that charging in England is here to stay, Unison intend to challenge that ruling and… Read more »

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Disciplinary meetings – how to avoid an Employment Tribunal

We regularly face situations where businesses have got themselves into a mess regarding disciplinary matters at work and recently published an article to help employers on the Volvo sponsored SME Business site for The Telegraph – the link is here. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/business/volvo-business/focus-on/11727656/work-disciplinary-matters.htm For specific advice and guidance on dealing with disciplinary matters it is always wise… Read more »

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