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  • 20 Mar 2014
    George Osborne announced yesterday that he would encourage employers to engage under 21s. Employers who employ or engage employees under the age of 21 at or after 6 April 2015 will not be required to pay employer NICs on the earnings they pay to those employees offering attractive advantages to employers. But how much will this actually save, and what are the employment law implications, for example if an employer considers dismissing an older worker?

  • 20 Mar 2014
    At only £2.65 per hour apprentices offer great value for employers, and yesterday the Chancellor announced funding for an additional 100,000 places, including degree level apprenticeships (equivalent to bachelor or masters degree), establishing an alternative route to the graduate jobs market while avoiding the need for young people having to incur university tuition fees, but is this something that represents an opportunity for your business?

  • 19 Mar 2014
    The real cash value of wages hasn't increase since 2007, but wages are expected to be on the up this year - this is likely to fuel extra competition in the employment market and businesses should be realistic about their own wage offerings if the trend in wages starts to outstrip inflation.

  • 13 Mar 2014
    The introduction of fees for claimants in July last year has had a significant impact on the number of tribunal claims, which showed a drop of more than 60% in single claims in the quarter covering October to December 2013 when compared to the same period the year before.

  • 11 Mar 2014
    Small employers are often tempted by ‘HR insurance’ offerings providing employment tribunal protection cover. It’s not hard to see why, employment is complex, legal advice is expensive and headline-grabbing tribunal awards are not uncommon. It would appear on the surface that a monthly payment to an insurance provider is far more appealing than dealing with the fallout of an employee taking the business to tribunal. A good thing then, but are we seeing the whole picture?