Tags: Guidance

New guidance on settlement agreements from Acas

Workplace expert, Acas, published new guidance to accompany the introduction of its new Code of Practice on Settlement Agreements. Settlement agreements are legally binding contracts which can be used to end an employment relationship on agreed terms, and the new guidance is designed to help employers and employees understand when to use settlement agreements and…

New online guidance makes it easier to understand health surveillance

New online guidance has been launched to make it easier for employers to understand what they need to do to check and protect their workers’ health. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidelines on health surveillance, which is needed where, even after all precautions are taken, there is still a risk that…

PQM launches guide on pension communications

A new guide has been launched by the Pension Quality Mark (PQM) to help companies communicate more effectively with their staff about pensions. The PQM guide to good communication is the first guidance note published by PQM, the industry’s mark of excellence for defined contribution (DC) pensions. It aims to tackle the issue of poor…

Guidance on managing religion in the workplace launched

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published new guidance to help employers and employees deal with the expression of religion or belief in the workplace, and therefore avoid conflict and costly court cases. This guidance has been issued with the hope that it will help clarify an area of law that is extremely complex.…

ACAS releases new guidance for ‘tellers’ of bad news

ACAS has released new guidance for employers, trade unions and employee representatives on how best to deal with redundancies. Downsizing or restructuring can be a challenge at all levels of an organisation, and Redundancy handling, a new advice booklet from ACAS, gives wide-ranging guidance for the ‘tellers’ of bad news. One section highlights the crucial,…

Step-by-step guide to recruiting and hiring your first employee

If you’re a start-up owner who has decided to hire your first employee it can often be difficult to know where to start. How do you know how much to pay your employee? And what sort of interview questions should you ask? The hiring process can easily become intimidating for first-time start-up owners. That’s why…

Youth employment- compulsory careers guidance in schools a step in the right direction

At the moment, many young people in the UK are finding it difficult to step onto the first rung of the career ladder. With growth stalling and continued economic turbulence in Europe, employers are cautious about hiring new staff; particularly those with little experience. Youth unemployment hovers stubbornly around the 1 million mark and competition…

Youth Contract is a step forward, says REC

The Government has today formally launched its Youth Contract which aims to provide nearly half-a-million new opportunities for 18-24 year-olds. The scheme also includes wage incentives worth up to £2,275 each, for employers who can offer job-seekers from the Government’s Work Programme a job lasting at least 26 weeks. Tom Hadley, Director of Policy &…

Simplyhealth publishes tax fact sheet for businesses

Healthcare provider Simplyhealth has published straightforward guidance for employers about the tax implications of providing health benefits to staff. The fact sheet titled ‘taxation implications for company paid healthcare’ provides guidance for small to medium sized companies providing healthcare benefits. It explains the tax implications for both employers and employees and covers Insurance Premium Tax…