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  • Newsletter - Daily average agreement for NMW/NLW purposes
    Where a worker performs “unmeasured work” for national minimum (NMW) and national living wage (NLW) purposes, you can enter into a daily average agreement of hours with them using our new document. What is this all about?
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  • Newsletter - Is salary information always confidential?
    The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that information about a co-worker’s salary isn’t always confidential. With this in mind, we’ve drafted a Pay Secrecy Clause. If you use it in your employment contracts, is it always enforceable?
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  • Newsletter - Unauthorised absence warning
    If an employee fails to respond to a request asking them to provide a statement of fitness for work (fit note) after seven days’ sickness absence, you can issue our new Letter Chasing Statement of Fitness for Work. What does it say?
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  • Newsletter - Reporting suspected bribery
    As part of your procedures to prevent bribery, staff should be actively encouraged to report any suspected incidents of bribery. Our new Bribery Report Form enables them to do this easily. What do you need to know?
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  • Newsletter - Variation to adoption leave start date
    Employees who have selected an adoption leave start date have the statutory right to vary it. They can do this by completing our new Change of Adoption Leave Request form. How much notice must they give you?
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  • Newsletter - Annual leave carry over for sick employees
    The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that the carry-over of annual leave can be restricted to four weeks’ holiday in all sickness absence situations. Do we need to update our Holidays Policy in light of this decision?
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  • Newsletter - Contractual reporting procedure
    It’s worth including our new Reporting Procedure in your employment contracts. It puts the employee under a specific duty to regularly report to their line manager. Why should you do this?
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  • Newsletter - Q&A - adoption leave and annual leave
    Q&A - adoption leave and annual leave..Q. Does an employee who is absent on 52 weeks’ adoption leave continue to accrue their annual leave entitlement during this period? A. The statutory minimum entitlement of 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave under the Working Time Regulations 1998 continues to accrue during both the ordinary and additional adoption leave periods. Any contractual annual leave that you may provide in excess of this also continues to accrue, as employees are entitled to benefit from all of...
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  • Newsletter - Q&A - failing to prevent bribery consequences
    Q&A - failing to prevent bribery consequences..Q. Where a commercial organisation is found guilty of the corporate criminal offence of failing to prevent bribery by an associated person, what is the potential penalty? A. The corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery can attract a potentially unlimited fine. However, as this specific offence can only be committed by a relevant commercial organisation, senior officers of that organisation cannot be held personally liable for the organisation’s failure...
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  • Documents - Pay secrecy clause
    Pay secrecy clauseThere's no general implied term that employees must keep details of their salary confidential. So if maintaining confidentiality of salary and benefits information is important, you need an express contractual clause to cover the point. Be aware though of the Equality Act exception to the enforcement of pay secrecy clauses.Express clause neededYou can't simply assume your staff are obliged to keep salary details confidential, whether this is their own salary or information they learn about...
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