What phased retirement means for employers


Phased retirement refers to ways in which an employer can provide older workers with greater choice about the way in which they manage the transition from full-time work to leaving work altogether. This could be by way of reduced hours or duties, or even a different job role. The following guide for employers provides advice […]

How much notice to change working hours?

03 Notice to change working hours

Making a change to a term in an employee’s contract, such as changing working hours, is called a ‘variation of contract.’ If their contract contains an agreed number of hours they are to work each week, then you cannot arbitrarily reduce them. You must follow a fair procedure to change contract terms and ensure you […]

Dependency leave: guide for employers

Dependency leave

This guide for employers looks at the rules relating to dependency leave, including who counts as a dependant and how best to manage requests for dependency leave. What is dependency leave? By law, the employee has relatively limited statutory rights when it comes to dependency leave, although establishing exactly when and to what extent these […]

Resolving pay disputes (HR guide)

pay disputes

Pay disputes at work require swift action on the part of the employer to understand the reason for the complaint, and to identify and rectify any issues or errors. The following guide on pay disputes sets out employees’ rights and entitlement to pay and the basis upon which a claim for unpaid wages could be […]

National minimum wage rates

national minimum wage rates

By. law, employers must pay a minimum amount for the hours someone works. For workers aged 23 or over, this is called the National Living Wage (NLW). For workers aged under 23 and for apprentices, this is the National Minimum Wage (NMW). Minimum wage levels are reviewed annually by the Government. The rates are increasing […]

Statutory employment payments 2023-2024

statutory employment payments

Statutory employment payments 2023-2024 Employers must ensure they are paying the correct rates for statutory employment payments, and take action to review and update policies and documents to reflect changes in the prevailing rates. Statutory sick pay (SSP) From April 2022, statutory sick pay is set at £99.35 per week. From 2 April 2023, SSP […]

Payment in lieu of notice: PILON guide for HR

pilon payment in lieu of notice

PILON Guide for employers Dismissing an employee or having an employee resign can cause complications, especially if it’s the result of a workplace dispute or disagreement. Sometimes it can be easier to end the employment before the employee’s notice period. This is where making a payment in lieu of notice, or PILON, can be useful. […]

Hiring young workers

hiring young workers

Employing young people can provide a number of advantages to a company, including the ability to satisfy staffing demands, build an employer brand, and construct a talent pipeline, as home-grown talent can be a cost-effective approach to replace any future skills gaps. In the UK, workers under the age of 18 enjoy special legal protections, […]

Overtime pay & rules: employers’ guide

overtime pay

Overtime is when someone works beyond their normal contracted hours. For managers, overtime can easily become difficult to manage, particularly when dealing with workers’ pay and holiday entitlement if they have worked additional hours over and above their contracted working time. In this overtime pay guide for employers, we will help you understand employees’ rights […]

Do employees have the right to disconnect?

Right to disconnect

The right to disconnect has become a much-debated employment issue in recent years. With remote working a pervasive practice since the pandemic, boundaries have increasingly blurred between work and home life for more workers than ever, resulting in growing cases of stress and burnout. This has raised questions over whether workers should be given a […]