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Updated rights for expectant fathers

30th October 2014
Fathers can ask for time off to accompany a pregnant partner to antenatal appointments On 1 October 2014, a new statutory right was introduced entitling expectant fathers and partners of pregnant women to take unpaid leave to accompany her to two of her antenatal appointments. What is the right? The entitlement is to unpaid time off for one or two… Read more

Increases in National Minimum Wage

9th October 2014
Employers in Newark and Southwell! Do you know how much you should pay your employees? Do you employ anyone on the National Minimum Wage? Increases in National Minimum Wage From 1st October, the following new hourly rates will apply: £6.50 p.h. – Standard (adult) rate (workers aged 21+) £5.13 p.h. – Development rate (workers aged between 18 – 20) £3.79 p.h. – Young… Read more

E-cigarettes in the workplace – advice for employers

27th August 2014
Seven years on since the smoking ban came into effect in July 2007, the sight and smell of smokers in public buildings and enclosed workplaces in the UK is a distant memory. However, while indoor venues are now tobacco free, many of those trying to quit smoking are increasingly turning to ‘vaping’ and using e-cigarettes as an alternative. Janine Lawton,… Read more

Right to request flexible working extended

27th June 2014
Flexible working arrangements come in many forms and can relate to the location, hours and time of work. Common examples include working from home, part-time working, flexi-time, compressed hours, job sharing and shift working. Under the current rules, the right to request flexible working is limited to those with children under the age of 17 (or 18 if the child… Read more

World Cup 2014 and the workplace – a guide for employers

12th June 2014
From Thursday 12 June until Sunday 13 July 2014 the World Cup is to take place in Brazil. As the opening ceremony is upon us, employers may wish to give some thought as to how they respond to requests for annual leave, sickness absence and internet use during the course of the tournament. Annual leave Although employers will already have… Read more