Employment Law

Who Do Tips Legally Belong To?

By Angela Clay / May 1, 2024
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The subject of tips and gratuities is on the mind of a lot of employers as the Government unveils plans to overhaul tipping practices, helping around 2 million people top up their income. Employers will have new rules to follow regarding sharing tips, gratuities and service charges among employees. This will make tipping clear to both the employee and the customer.  What is Changing and When? The proposed Bill introduces a plethora of new workers’ rights, one of which will…

Ensuring Salaried Employees meet National Minimum Wage standards

By Angela Clay / May 1, 2024
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We asked our advisor Julie Spence and here’s what she had to say: “Although the answer may seem simple Employers can often overlook salaried staff and only consider those that are paid hourly”. Over 524 employers were named and shamed by HMRC in March 2024 for underpaying employees—this left over 172,000 workers out of pocket and a sum of £16 million to be paid.   There’s a lot to consider, but as a general rule, you need to track every hour your employees…

How is Paternity Leave Changing in 2024

By Angela Clay / May 1, 2024
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Background In our last newsletter, we discussed some of the changes to statutory pay that occurred this April, notably the increase to £184.03 per week for maternity, adoption, and paternity pay. However, let’s go through the other changes that the Government has recently made to paternity leave. What are the Changes from 7 April 2024? The changes the government are introducing aim to give new parents more flexibility. How do I manage these changes? The first thing to do is…

Changes to Flexible Working Rules in 2024

By Angela Clay / April 30, 2024
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April 6th 2024, saw some landmark updates to employer legislation. One piece of legislation will change employer relations for good. The Flexible Working Amendment 2023 has made massive changes to flexible working, and employers must adapt. What is Flexible Working? Simply put, flexible working and flexible working rules are any type of working pattern that differs from a conventional one. In other words, ways of working that suit an employee’s needs. For example: Flexible working allows employees to adapt their…

2024 Statutory Changes : Everything Employers Need to Know

By Angela Clay / March 27, 2024
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It’s that time again, on April 1st the Government will introduce changes to statutory payment rates. It happens every year, and 2024 is no exception. Across our 40 years in HR, we’ve seen many changes to employment law. So, make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up, and we’ll walk you through all you need to know. Changes Coming in April Statutory Maternity Pay One of the most significant changes coming in April is statutory maternity pay. Although…

Understanding the 2024 National Minimum Wage Increase

By Angela Clay / March 18, 2024
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The most recent government guidelines represent a seismic increase in payment rates across the board. But it’s not as simple as doing a blanket increase in payroll. At HR:4UK, we have 40 years of experience dealing with payroll adjustments, and by outsourcing your payroll, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that you are compliant. In November of 2023, the British Government outlined its biggest-ever increase to the National Minimum Wage. The pay boost is worth up to…

Changes to tips and gratuities

By Angela Clay / March 1, 2024
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It is not uncommon in certain situations, e.g. when dining out, to tip your waiter/waitress. Within the UK, however, there are no current laws which state that the tips must go to the employees. As such, you may have found yourself asking the following question, “Do you get to keep your tips?” The government have unveiled plans to overhaul tipping practices to ensure all tips go to workers which will make the previous question redundant.    The reason behind the…

Working Illegally: The Dangers for Employers

By James Dawson / November 2, 2023
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Hiring illegal workers in the United Kingdom can have serious consequences for both employers and employees alike. While the government is committed to maintaining a strong and fair immigration system, employers are expected to play their part in ensuring a legal and compliant workforce. Unfortunately, right to work and immigration laws are often a tricky course to navigate, and many employers have already fallen foul of the law in notable cases. Today, we discuss the potential problems that business owners…

Share Codes and Right to Work: What it Means for Employers

By James Dawson / October 11, 2023
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As an employer, it is no secret that you are responsible for ensuring that your employees have a legal right to work in the country. The punishments for not doing so are harsh indeed: up to 5 years in jail and a potentially unlimited fine. As such, it’s imperative that you’re familiar with the necessary requirements to legally employ people in the United Kingdom.  To assist in this, companies can make use of a feature introduced in July 2019 as…

Share Codes and Right to Work: What it means for Employers

By Angela Clay / October 3, 2023
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As an employer, it is no secret that you are responsible for ensuring that your employees have a legal right to work in the country. The punishments for not doing so are harsh indeed: up to 5 years in jail and a potentially unlimited fine[1]. As such, it’s imperative that you’re familiar with the necessary requirements to legally employ people in the United Kingdom.  To assist in this, companies can make use of a feature introduced in July 2019 as…

MP Resigns due to Chronic Migraine: Is Your Workplace Doing Enough to Help Sufferers?

By James Dawson / September 29, 2023
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Conservative MP and Minister for Levelling Up Dehenna Davison resigned last week, citing chronic migraines as the chief reason for her being unable to continue her work1. The 30-year-old MP for Bishop Auckland’s sudden and surprising resignation has raised concerns over how migraines are handled in the UK, the extent of their effects and how businesses can better accommodate those who suffer from them. In this article, we take a look at the scale of the issue, and offer advice…

National Minimum Wage Breaches: Ten Top Tips for Employers

By James Dawson / September 28, 2023
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In light of our newsletter discussing National Minimum Wage (NMW) breaches, we’re highlighting the major factors that employees should consider to avoid falling foul of the law. Indeed, ensuring that your employees receive at least the minimum wage is not just a legal obligation, but also a moral one. Failing to do so can result in serious consequences, and not just financial ones: many businesses across the country have already faced becoming part of the government’s ‘name and shame’ list,…

The Employee Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023: Top Tips for Employers

By James Dawson / September 12, 2023
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Following on from our previous newsletter discussing the upcoming changes to flexible working, this article will instead focus on how the effects of the new legislation can be dealt with and what changes employers may need to make before the proverbial hammer strikes.  The Changes to Flexible Work and What it Means for Employers As it currently stands, workers are able to request flexible working once in any given 12-month period, and employers have up to three months to respond. In addition, employees must also explain…

Breaching Minimum Wage: Is Your Business at Risk?

By James Dawson / August 31, 2023
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One of the more common misconceptions people have towards minimum wage law is that they assume salaried positions don’t have to correspond to hours worked. In other words, many employers seem to think that a job with a salary means that employees always get their salary, regardless of hours worked. This is, quite simply, not the case: instead, the hourly rate must always correspond to the national minimum wage regardless of the figure of the salary. In this article, we…

Contentious Resignations: Advice for Employers

By James Dawson / August 31, 2023
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“I quit!” Two words no employer wants to hear. Resignations happen all the time, but when an employee quits on the spot, something has gone badly wrong. Resignations are generally seen as an employee’s voluntary act to terminate their employment contract; however, there are situations where a resignation can become contentious, leading to disputes and even potential legal consequences for employers. A resignation that can be considered contentious is one which does away with the normal process for employees – that…

The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023

By Angela Clay / August 31, 2023
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Over the course of the pandemic, many of us in regular employment had, for perhaps the first time, the opportunity to partake in what is now deemed ‘flexible working’. This meant that for at least a portion of the week, employees could work from home, given the requisite tools to do so. Many businesses have never looked back. Now, The Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 is set to usher in a new era of workplace flexibility in the country,…

Garden Leave in the UK: Understanding its Implications for Employers

By James Dawson / July 28, 2023
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If you’ve been in business for a while, you’ll likely have encountered instances where an employee, usually a director or manager, suddenly seems to be off work before vanishing altogether. Why? They could well have been placed on “garden leave”. In the realm of employment law, garden leave is a term used to describe a situation where an employer instructs an employee who is leaving the company to serve their notice period away from the workplace while still receiving full…

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Why Enough is Enough

By Angela Clay / July 1, 2023
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Despite living in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the ensuing push for greater recognition of sexual harassment in the workplace, the problem is still all-too real for many people in the world of work. Almost a quarter of employees feel that challenging issues like bullying and harassment are swept under the carpet in their organisation [1]. Is your business taking the steps it needs to prevent and deal with instances of sexual harassment? Since the Equality Act of 2010, the…