Employees

Automatic pension enrolment: Employer duties outlined in guidance

The Pensions Regulator has published guidance for businesses that will be subject to automatic pension enrolment duties which are being phased in from this October.

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Workers to reclaim holiday if they fall sick on leave

Workers who fall ill whilst on holiday will have a legal right to take additional paid leave at a later date, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.

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HR management vital for SMEs

Small businesses should not overlook the 'fundamental' role that human resources (HR), or people management, can play in driving long term performance, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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School leavers should be taught basic work skills

The education system should be doing more to teach youngsters the basic skills needed in the work place, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Employers to be given greater powers to remove staff

The Government has announced plans to introduce new legislation making it easier for firms to dismiss under-performing workers.

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Half of employers to relax working practices during the Olympics

More than half of employers are to adopt a more flexible approach to working practices for staff during the Olympics and key football matches, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Committee report sceptical of length of apprenticeships

MPs have criticised the length of apprenticeship programmes after a report found a fifth of apprenticeships lasted for six months or less.

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Businesses leaving employees in the dark about rewards and pay

Companies failing to communicate with employees about their remuneration package, including salaries and benefits, are 'wasting' their money and failing to reap the benefits, research carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has claimed.

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Millions of taxpayers in line for early tax refund

HMRC has confirmed that more than three million tax refunds are to be sent out as of next week - two months earlier than previous years - due to an earlier review of the amount of tax paid for 2011/12 via the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system.

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Falls in employee sickness levels stall

The long term downward trend in workplace sickness absence is stalling, according to a report, fuelling concerns that the Government should be doing more to reduce the cost of sickness to employers, taxpayers and the economy.

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