SMEs Failing to Conduct Employee Exit Interviews

Small Businesses are suffering because they are failing to carry out employee exit interviews with departing staff, recruitment outsourcing firm PPS has warned. PPS managing director, Amanda Marques, said their research showed there was a “feedback vacuum” where employees are leaving jobs without businesses finding out why. “It’s costing firms millions by greatly affecting productivity,” she said. “The CIPD recruitment survey in 2009 found that the average cost of recruitment is £6,000 per employee. Considering employees are the lifeblood and the biggest expense in the majority of organisations, finding out what they are thinking and keeping them happy has never been so important. Employers who keep their staff onside are always the most successful.” Cha... »

Acas Guidance helps Employers Manage Summer Holidays

Employers can access free advice about staff rights to take time off during the school summer holiday period, following the publication of guidance from Acas. The new content on the Acas website includes advice on employee rights to annual leave and flexible working, and has been published to coincide with the summer holiday period when employers are likely to receive more requests for time off to look after children. The guidance contains answers to common questions such as whether employers can refuse a leave request or whether an employee has the right to take time off if their childminding arrangements fall through. “Many businesses receive an increase in holiday requests over the summer and an employer often has to balance the needs of the business with keeping a healthy and mot... »

Employers Guide to World Cup Launched

A new guide to help employers deal with staff absence during the World Cup has been launched by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The guide, Employment and the FIFA 2010 World Cup, produced in association with Abbey Legal Protection, is split into two categories: how to handle both authorised staff absence and situations where employees may simply fail to turn up to work on match or post-match days. The FSB said it had designed the guide to help employers avoid tricky employment issues arising from unplanned absences during the month-long tournament, which starts on 11 June. “Sorting out these issues before the first game kicks off means everyone can relax and enjoy the matches, while making sure jobs still get done in the workplace,” said Mike Cherry, FSB policy chairm... »

Employers Offered Free Redundancy Advice

Employers Offered Free Redundancy Advice

Employers who may be forced to make redundancies this autumn can now get free support following the launch of an online redundancy advice service, by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). While mainly aimed at employees, the Dr Redundancy service also offers a range of tools and support for business owners, including a legal advice telephone helpline, as well as access to free counselling and guidance on how to adapt the business following staff redundancies.     Employers are also encouraged to use the service as a means of support for staff being made redundant or those who are at risk of losing their jobs.  CMI chief executive, Ruth Spellman, said that in the current economic climate, redundancy was a reality that many employers and employees had had come to term... »

Don't Drop Your Guard on Swine Flu

Don’t Drop Your Guard on Swine Flu

Employers have dropped their guard over swine flu when they should be preparing for staff absence rates of up to 50 per cent this autumn, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned. Research from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) also found that 57 per cent of employers have either ‘weak’ plans in place or no plans at all to deal with the swine flu pandemic. Cases of swine flu are expected to increase as children return to school over the next few weeks. CIPD senior policy adviser, Ben Wilmott, said that the high absence figure was a “worst-case scenario”, based on combining Government swine flu statistics with other types of absence, such as seasonal colds, and parents being forced to take time off to care for sick dependants. But ... »

Employers Planning Redundancies face Increased Costs

Employers Planning Redundancies face Increased Costs

Small firms intending to lay off staff face increased costs, following a rise in statutory redundancy payments. Since the 1st February, the amount employers must pay staff who qualify for the maximum redundancy payment increased from £330 per week to £350 per week. Redundancy payments are calculated according to the employee’s age and number of years’ continuous employment with the business. Employees are required to have two years’ continuous service to be entitled to a redundancy payment. According to law firm Mace and Jones partner, Mark Hatfield, many employers will have rushed to make their redundancies before 1 February in order to make cost savings. "Many employers had made plans to make redundancies and knew they had to do it between Christmas and... »

Employers Unaware of Penalties for Hiring Illegal Migrants

More than a month after the Government introduced additional penalties for employing illegal migrants, businesses are still not aware of the risks of breaking the law, employment law firm Croner has warned. Under measures introduced in June, employers who hire illegal migrants without making sufficient checks on their employment status risk being ‘named and shamed’ on the UK Border Agency’s website. Businesses that negligently hire illegal migrants also face fines of up to £10,000 per illegal worker under the Government’s new immigration regulations, which came into force at the end of February. Employers who knowingly hire illegal workers can face an unlimited fine and a two–year prison sentence. “Many employers are still unaware of February&rsquo... »

Sick Pay Guide for Employers

Information Further Help For more information about SSP you can also visit the Department for Work & Pensions website at www.dwp.gov.uk For more information about employment rights employees and employers can contact Acas, go to www.acas.org.uk or phone 08457 474 747. Statutory Sick Pay calculator The Statutory Sick Pay calculator is available on the HMRC website – go to www.hmrc.gov.uk/calcs/ssp.htm The calculator will help employers work out if their employee is entitled to SSP and if so, provide a schedule of the weekly payments that employers should make. It will also help you work out if employers are entitled to recover any of the SSP they have paid to all their employees in each tax month. Employees and employers in Northern Ireland Arrangements in Northern Ireland are bas... »