HMRC Names And Shames National Minimum Wage Offenders

HMRC recently published its latest list of employers who are failing to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage, and a whopping £1.9 million is due to be handed out in compensation for workers who didn’t receive what they were really owed. It might come as a surprise to learn that household name Argos topped the list of offenders, after the company admitted to requiring staff to attend briefing meetings at the start of their shifts, and wait around for security searches to be completed at the end of the…

Don’t fall foul of non complete clauses

Employment law and legislation is an endlessly-moving feast, and no 21st century business owner or manager can afford to take their eye off the ball, lest we find ourselves unwittingly falling foul of shifting case law and legislation. Non-compete clauses are an excellent case in point. Also sometimes known as restrictive covenants, or post termination restrictions, they can be a real and valuable business necessity, particularly in firms where eemployee’s may acquire confidential information about key business interests such as the identity of clients, client requirements and pricing, product /tech/ideas…

The five things you should know about disciplining an employee

1. The first question you need to ask yourself is why you want to discipline this employee. There needs to be a very clear reason and sound evidence to discipline any employee. Before making such an important decision, it is best to check with an HR or Legal professional as to whether your reasoning for the disciplinary action would be deemed reasonable in the eyes of the law. 2. Although employees with less than two years service can be dismissed fairly easily and without any legal comeback, you should think…

10 illegal questions NOT to ask at interview

Introduction If you’re in the process of recruiting new staff members for your business, you’ll know that the interview process can be more than just a little bit daunting. You need to find the best people for the job as quickly as possible, but you’re also aware that you need to stay on the right side of the law and ensure that your processes aren’t in any way discriminatory. The truth is that most business owners have the best intentions when it comes to recruitment, and want to give everyone…

October Legal Updates

1st October 2016 the Government will introduce several employment law reforms including changes to current legislation concerning the National Minimum Wage, immigration and gender pay gap reporting. The changes will affect companies of all sizes so there’s no better time to make sure your business is up-to-date and compliant. National Minimum Wage Increases The Low Pay Commission made recommendations to the government regarding the National Minimum Wage and the new rates will go into effect from 1st October. It is a criminal offence not to pay employees NMW and both…