International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

What’s stopping you from recruiting? Joanne Moss looks at the most common reasons why businesses don’t recruit

Statutory rates April 2023

Statutory rates April 2023

The new statutory rates for 2023/2024 have been published. Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement pay will increase from April 2023 to £172.48 per week (previously £156.66). The rate for statutory sick pay will increase to £109.40 per week (previously £99.35) Amendments to minimum wage and national living wage have also been increased. […]

Christmas parties in 2022…

Photo of office staff enjoying a Christmas party

For many of us, it’s been three years since we’ve been to a proper ‘Works’ Christmas do’ so we are fully expecting emails from worried clients when things haven’t exactly gone to plan! If it’s a work-arranged party, work policy and procedures extend to those events. Alcohol, coupled with a more relaxed atmosphere, can influence […]

Bank Holiday announcement for 8th May 2023

Photo of a 2023 calendar on a desk.

What are bank holidays? The very first bank holidays in the UK were introduced in 1821 and included holidays to celebrate royal events and Christian festivals such as Easter. The days were confirmed as 18 days a year in 1830 and then reduced to four in 1934.  The term is quite literally days on which […]

How to successfully onboard your new recruit

How to successfully onboard your new recruit

First day Onboarding is the process of integrating new starters into your organisation and helping to familiarise them with your culture and processes. Onboarding can start before the first day and continue well into the employment journey. Spend time thinking about what impression you want your new recruit to have of you. It helps to […]

Cost of living crisis

Supporting your employees As general living costs soar, many employers are considering what they can to do support their teams over the coming months (and beyond).  One contact has agreed to pay all utility bills for their employees until the new year, others are considering one-off payments to help with the cost of bills.  “Trivial” […]

Annual leave update

Annual leave and pay Our previous blog covering the basic background on the statutory right to annual leave and frequent questions around this still stands (at this moment in time – watch this space!) however recent case law is important to note. Entitlement is 5.6 weeks* in the UK currently.  This is pro-rated for part […]