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Government launch employment tribunal fees review

The Ministry of Justice has finally announced a long-promised review of the impact of the introduction of employment tribunal fees and has published terms of reference. It will look at how successful the introduction of fees has been in achieving the original objectives, while maintaining access to justice. The original objectives were: – To transfer…

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Apprenticeships to be protected in law

The Government has announced that the term ‘apprenticeship’ will now be protected in law. Apprenticeships will be given equal legal treatment as degrees, which will strengthen their reputation and ensure apprenticeships are recognised as a career path equal to higher education. The term ‘apprenticeship’ will be legally protected through the Enterprise Bill. This will give…

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Universal Credit Update

Universal Credit is a radical new service that reduces poverty by making work pay. It supports people who are on a low income, or out of work and ensures that people are better off in work than on benefit. Universal Credit is based on income not the number of hours people work, and ends the…

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Shared Parental Leave: Are you prepared?

New regulations on Shared Parental Leave are coming into effect, allowing parents the option to share the mother’s maternity leave. The new rules apply to couples with babies due, or children matched or placed for adoption on or after 5 April 2015. Under the new rules, mothers will still take at least two weeks of…

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All Jobcentres to be shut down?

Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Britain’s unemployed back to work. The proposal, backed by allies of chancellor George Osborne, is being considered for potential inclusion in the party’s election manifesto for 2015, in what…

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What do the Election Results mean for the UK job market?

It’s been nearly a month since the Conservatives won with a clear majority vote. With David Cameron taking the reins for a further 5 years, what does this mean for the UK job market? Plans to scrap jobs-tax altogether (national insurance contributions) for under 21s making it easier for companies to extend job offers to…

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The Benefits of an Apprentice

Did you know that 1 in 5 employers are hiring apprentices? Click here if you would like help finding an Apprentice! Apprentice schemes are quickly becoming the favorable option to further education and also becoming a favorable recruiting option for employers seeking dependable staff. 76% of companies who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace…

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Katherine Duff – Interview Tips – Part 2

Continued from Katherine Duff – Part 1 During the interview Give them enough time to answer your questions and allow for nerves, especially at the beginning Be prepared to repeat or rephrase your question if they don’t understand what’s being asked Encourage them to talk – although the interview is a two-way process, the candidate…

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Katherine Duff – Interview Tips – Part 1

Part One A huge thank you to all the staff at Vivico for featuring me as their VIP client in the last newsletter!  They’re a great team to work with and they give a lot of support to me and as a result, to our Keeping HR Simple clients. As a HR Consultant, I’m only…

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