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  • 19 Apr 2014
    With defamation in the press last week, it seems timely to consider the topic of references, and how those of us who are happy to give verbal references can inadvertently end up in hot water. In this article we give our top tips to obtaining verbal references (always advised) and giving them (rarely advised!)

  • 17 Apr 2014
    The conflicting pressures of low inflation, higher pension costs and increasing competition in the jobs market (recruitment is on the increase) present a dilemma for small employers deciding what to do with this year's wages. In this article we analyse the market trends and look at the arguments for and against an inflation+ rise this year.

  • 7 Apr 2014
    From 6th May Early Conciliation in employment disputes will be mandatory. Yesterday it was launched initially on a voluntary basis. What does this mean for employers?

  • 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?