2020 rates for SMP, SPP, ShPP, SAP and SSP released

10 January 2020

The Government has published the proposed statutory rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP), which come into effect on 5 April 2020, the first Sunday in April. The rate is set to increase from £148.68 to £151.20 per week.

Minimum wage non-compliance on the rise

9 January 2020

After falling consistently between 1999 and 2015, failure to pay the minimum wage is increasing, and fines for those underpaying are too low, according to new research by an independent think tank, the Resolution Foundation.

Top CEOs have already earned the average annual wage

8 January 2020

For many people, 6 January will have been their first day back at work after the Christmas holidays: for a lucky few, however, it is the day that their earnings for 2020 surpass what it will take the average worker the whole year to earn.

Workers warned to check holiday dates

3 January 2020

Anyone looking to get away in the spring and thinking that the early May bank holiday would be ideal for a long weekend needs to think again this year as the Government has decided to move it from its usual first Monday in May spot.

What can employers expect in the New Year

2 January 2020

As we mentioned in our review of December’s Queen’s Speech (see Queen sets out the Prime Minister’s plans ), the Government did not set out its plans for the forthcoming sessions of parliament in any great detail.

NLW will rise to £8.72 in April 2020

2 January 2020

The Government has, in its response to the Low Pay Commission’s Autumn 2019 recommendations, confirmed the new increased rates of National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW). These new rates will be effective from 1 April 2020.

In praise of shorter hours at the office

24 December 2019

The American Heart Association has warned that long working hours at the office are linked to both regular and “masked” or hidden high blood pressure.

Benefits of accredited training

23 December 2019

Employers are being encouraged to have their internal and external training accredited as this will provide both the learners and the companies involved with a range of benefits that can add to the value and quality of the programmes.