National Minimum Wage — the latest

11 September 2018

Suzanne Tanser reports on the latest regarding the National Minimum Wage (NMW), providing a rundown of decisions, deadlines, and data you need to be aware of.

The state of care in urgent primary care services: findings from CQC inspections

10 September 2018

A Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on The State of Care in Urgent Primary Care Services, based on data gleaned from its inspections of urgent care centres, GP out-of-hours and NHS 111 services has been published. Such services deal with minor injuries and illness, and may also be defined as a type 3 A&E, known as urgent treatment centres, minor injuries units and walk-in centres. Most are deemed as “stand-alone” services, ie outside of NHS hospital trusts. Deborah Bellamy looks at the report’s findings.

Brexit, migrant workers and the economy

22 August 2018

There has been an exodus of Eastern Europeans from the UK since the Brexit vote. Gudrun Limbrick considers what the likely implications are for employment in this country.

Will smaller businesses be required to report their gender pay gap?

15 August 2018

The gender pay gap reports earlier this year found that the UK has one of the highest gender pay gaps in Europe. The latest report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee recommends widening the net of companies needing to report their pay gaps to include companies with 50 or more employees.

Ways to eat well at work

17 July 2018

Most of us eat at work every day, whether it’s packed lunches, canteen food or snacks provided to see us through long meetings. Perhaps, urges Vicky Powell, employers should be giving more thought to exactly what staff are eating during the working day, in the interests of boosting physical wellbeing, mental health and productivity.

Safety and car parks

17 July 2018

Car park owners, and any contractors operating car parks on their behalf, have a responsibility to ensure that car parks are safe to use. Mike Sopp looks at the potential hazards, the impact of safe design and use, and the benefits of inspection and monitoring.

Is this the end of childcare vouchers?

16 July 2018

The terms of the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme had originally meant that from 6 April 2018, new entrants to employer provided childcare vouchers schemes would not be permitted. However, this amendment has been deferred by six months until 4 October 2018. Paul Tew, small business consultant and freelance advisor, looks at how this change will impact on the issue of employer provided childcare vouchers and whether it will remain a valued employee benefit in kind.