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New government guidance to help businesses over employment rights

New government guidance to help businesses over employment rights

Businesses and workers, particularly those in the gig economy, will benefit from greater clarity over their employment status, thanks to new guidance, the government has said. A person’s employment status is what defines the rights and employment protections they are entitled to at work including pay, leave and working conditions, and therefore dictates the responsibilities that...

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Supreme Court ruling on holiday pay for seasonal staff

Supreme Court ruling on holiday pay for seasonal staff

The Supreme Court has published its judgement on Harpur Trust v Brazel, which has significant implications for the tourism and hospitality industry. The Supreme Court ruling essentially agreed with the previous Court of Appeal’s view.  Specifically, they said: “In short, the amount of leave to which a part-year worker under a permanent contract is entitled...

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Supporting staff through the menopause – Acas advice

Supporting staff through the menopause – Acas advice

Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) upholds that it is important for employers to support staff through every stage of the menopause. It says that having early and regular follow-up conversations with staff to understand their needs can help make sure support and procedures are in place so they can continue to do their...

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Fit notes to be signed by more healthcare professionals

Fit notes to be signed by more healthcare professionals

Workers will soon be able to be signed off from work by healthcare professionals other than their GP.  From 1 July 2022, existing regulations will be amended to allow registered nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists to sign a worker’s ‘fit note’, the prescribed form of evidence for statutory sick pay and social security purposes....

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Electric vehicle rates – Treasury confirms no change

Electric vehicle rates – Treasury confirms no change

The following question was raised by Valerie Vaz MP: “To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made on the potential merits of increasing the reimbursement of business travel in fully electric company cars.” Helen Whately MP responded on behalf of the Government: “The Government introduced the Advisory Electric Rate (AER) in...

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Record recruitment difficulties adding to firms’ woes

Record recruitment difficulties adding to firms’ woes

4 out of 5 (78%) firms that attempted to recruit facing difficulties in finding staff   Hospitality, construction and manufacturing firms most likely to report difficulties (80% or higher) Smaller firms reporting increasing wage pressures are making it harder to compete for staff  Latest figures released by the British Chambers of Commerce show the pressure on firms struggling to recruit...

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