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Small businesses often overlook how good HR practice could support their growth

Small businesses have a people management “blind spot”, often overlooking how stronger HR practice could support their growth, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)’s head of public policy told MPs earlier this month. Speaking to the business, energy and industrial strategy committee, Ben Willmott said many small business owners failed to recognise the… Continue Reading

New Statutory Pay Rates from April 2018

From April this year the weekly rate for Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Shared Parental Pay rose to £145.18. National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates are now as follows: [/fusion_text][fusion_table] Aged 25 and over Aged 21 – 24 Aged 18 – 20 Aged Under 18 Apprentices From April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70 [/fusion_table][fusion_text]… Continue Reading

Increase of automatic enrolment contributions – 6 April 2018

The minimum contributions that you and your staff pay into your automatic enrolment workplace pension scheme are increasing. This is also sometimes known as phasing. It is your responsibility to make sure these increases are implemented. When do the increases take effect? Minimum contributions are increasing in two phases. The first increase must be in… Continue Reading

Christmas Parties – a source of headaches?

After working hard all year long, Christmas seems the ideal opportunity to celebrate with colleagues and enjoy a much-needed break from the normal work routine. However it’s important that employers exercise caution …. Hosting parties that involve large amounts of alcohol can create a whole host of legal issues later down the line and, from… Continue Reading

HR support for SMEs – a costly luxury or an affordable essential?

Penny Whitelock, the director of Crystal Clear Business Solutions argues that the cost of NOT hiring an HR specialist is far greater than that of an HR manager’s salary. In 2016, the National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses (FSB) reported that there were 5.5 million SMEs in the UK, employing 15.7 million people… Continue Reading

A new law to support grieving parents

It is expected that a statutory right to take up to two weeks’ paid leave after the death of a child will become law in 2020. It is proposed that parents will be able to take two weeks of paid time off in the event of the death of a child under 18. Employees will… Continue Reading

Ryanair mess up over annual leave

Earlier this month, Ryanair confessed to a significant management failing after they “messed up” the planning of pilots’ holidays. They announced that they would be cancelling up to 50 flights a day for the next six weeks and revealed that this had cost Ryanair €25m. Pilots who have a four-week block of holiday coming up… Continue Reading

Is your business complying with workplace pension auto enrolment duties?

Compliance with auto enrolment duties has come under the spotlight across the UK following investigations of businesses in London and Manchester and spot checks very recently in Sheffield and Birmingham. Those who fail to comply are facing serious fines. In the first three months of 2017, The Pensions Regulator issued 4,673 fixed penalty notices and… Continue Reading

“There is evidence to suggest that good HR practice and people management in SMEs are key factors in strong business performance and can lead to increased productivity.”

- CIPD people Skills Project 2017

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