Thursday, January 21, 2016

Rates for Statutory Sick Pay & Maternity Pay Frozen

Government Proposed no Increase in Family Friendly and SSP

Last month the Government announced its proposal for benefit and pensions rates for 2016/2017.  This includes the statutory payments that employers are obliged to make for Sick Pay, Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay, Adoption Pay and Shared Parental Pay.  The current levels are to be unchanged for this year.  That is £88.45 per week for SSP and £139.58 per week for the other Statutory "family friendly" payments.

The lower earnings limit, which is the trigger for entitlement to these payments, will also be frozen at £112 per week.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Time to Review Staff Contracts and Handbooks

When did we last take a look at your HR documents?

The New Year is always a time to consider the future.  To pause and take stock, and to plan for the year ahead.  This New Year it may be a good time for us to look again at your HR documents to check that they are still fit for purpose.  There have been many employment law changes over the last few years, and organisations change and develop all the time, so it is possible that your HR documents are ready for an update or a general refresh.

Do you have a robust social media policy that still makes sense in terms of the rapid changes we have seen in that field?  Do you have enough flexibility built into your contracts to allow you to vary staff's hours of work or location?  Are their job descriptions up to date?

If you need any help or would like to arrange a review please do get in contact.