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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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No workplace facility to express breastmilk was harassment

No workplace facility to express breastmilk was harassment

The Health and Safety Executive’s guidance is that employers should provide private and clean facilities (other than toilets) for returning mothers to express breastmilk and a fridge to store it.   Although there is no legal obligation on employers to do so, a recent case shows that employers who fail to do this could be...

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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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HMRC and ACAS National Minimum Wage seminars

HMRC and ACAS National Minimum Wage seminars

HMRC and ACAS are holding two webinars for employers on the new National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates.  The seminars will look at the more common mistakes made by employers when it comes to the minimum wage and, crucially, how businesses can avoid them. There will also be a question and answer session, plus links to...

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HMRC’s latest Employer Bulletin released

HMRC’s latest Employer Bulletin released

The February edition of the Employer Bulletin brings the latest HMRC updates and guidance to support employers, payroll professionals and agents. Included in the February edition are important updates on: changes to the Employer Helpline processes preparing for your last Full Payment Submission or Employer Payment Summary reporting expenses and benefits and grossing up benefits...

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Mental health support from ACAS

Mental health support from ACAS

ACAS has launched a new campaign to support small businesses and organisations with mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.  The guidance for businesses can be found on this link. There is also a communication toolkit for businesses which includes various assets. The law Employers have a ‘duty of care’. This means they must do...

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