CV Writing Service

Wurkplace provide a CV writing service to a variety of delegates.  Whether there’s a gap in your employment, minimal employment or you just don’t know where to start, Wurkplace’s CV writing sessions could benefit you hugely!  Employers won’t typically spend more that 30 seconds looking at a CV so first impressions are everything!

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HR Changes 2017

What are the HR changes 2017?

2017 sees a whole host of new policies.  Although HR changes 2017 mainly focus on larger organisations, they should still be reflected in your documentation regardless of organisation size.

Wurkplace can ensure your handbook is updated for maximum impact, and to ensure policies reflect:

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Annual Leave Entitlement Renewal

It’s that time of year again,  for staff’s annual leave entitlement to be renewed.  Trying to ensure that those holidays won’t bunch can be difficult.  You’re already spending all your time managing teams and running the business so I bet you’re struggling to find the time to do this alongside day to day duties.

Many employers benefit massively by the implementation of our HR system.  This technology allows you to manage staff and their annual leave entitlement with a click of a button.  It also provides reports and notifications to inform you:Health and Safety Training

  • When employee holidays start bunching
  • Bench marking within sector
  • Sickness and Absence
  • When a return to work is required
  • Staff turnover
  • Salary increases
  • Busiest month

Wurkplace can provide full implementation, administration of staff data and training for system use to ensure you can manage your staff quickly, and efficiently, reducing manual processing and paperwork.

To book a free demo of the system, go here.

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Immigration Act 2016

The changes to the Immigration Act 2016 came into force on the 12th July 2016.

The main change to the act is the penalty for hiring an illegal worker.  You can now face up to five years’ imprisonment for knowingly/ignorantly hiring illegal workers.  This includes having ‘reasonable cause to believe that the employee is disqualified from employment by reason of the employee’s immigration status’.

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Handling Bereavement Leave Requests

However difficult it may be to handle bereavement leave requests, it is a time sensitive matter.  Employees grieving will generally be too distracted to continue with their work duties so it will benefit both the business and employee to discuss time off.

Like sickness, everyone deals with the loss differently.  Whether someone is still in shock, struggling to control their emotions or dealing with it in a very matter of fact way, you must be understanding.

While being sympathetic you should also be patient.  Discuss how to keep in touch and consider how best to return to work.

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Time off for Employee Medical Appointments

Do I have to give time off for employee medical appointments?

Employees do not have a statutory right to time off for medical appointments but it may be included in their terms and conditions in the Employment Contract.

You may consider asking employees to get ‘end of the day’ appointments if an out of working hours appointment is not available.  This will cause minimal disruption.  It is at your discretion to pay for this time off or not.

Any employees that are pregnant have a right to be paid for a reasonable amount of time off to attend antenatal appointments.  This can include relaxation classes and parent craft classes.

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Self Assessment: Tax Return

Were you shocked when you did your tax return this year with how well your business performed for the year end?

Knowing the position of your business helps you make and tweak important decisions.  Bookkeeping, once you have got your head around it, can be a simple and straightforward task.  It is easy to make simple mistakes with your accounts if you are not organised.

Simple things like printing off your bank statements and filing them in numerical order.  This can be a two minute job when completed every week, but left until nine months after the year end it becomes a major time consuming task and headache.  Making sure that you number your Sales Invoices in sequence makes it a lot quicker and easier to reference for both your year end and your clients.  The majority of time when organising someone’s accounts is spent chasing up outstanding queries that given the amount of time that has passed since the expense was incurred, no Tax return memeone can actually remember what it relates to.

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HR Changes in 2017

National Living Wage & National Minimum Wage

The first HR changes of 2017 are to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage.  From April 2017, the National Living Wage will increase by 30 pence.  The rate will go from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour.  The National Minimum Wage will also increase from:

  • £6.95 to £7.05 for 21 – 24 year olds
  • £5.55 to £5.60 for 18 to 20 year olds
  • £4.00 to £4.05 for 16-17 year olds
  • From £3.40 to £3.50 for apprentices

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Hiring Ex Offenders

In 2016, a survey commissioned by the Department of Work and Pensions found that 50% of employers wouldn’t consider hiring ex offenders.

Currently, the work and Pensions Committee is calling for rewards to be given to businesses hiring ex offenders.  the committee stress that more needs to be done to encourage employers to change their current recruitment practices.

Survey Statistics:

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Employment Law Update: Proof of Eligibilty to work in the UK

When you hire an employee, you must keep certain information on file and review as and when necessary.  This includes proof of eligibility to work in the UK, which can come in the form of a Passport and Visa documents or the long Birth Certificate.   Along with this proof, you should also keep a record of:

  • Application forms
  • Medical Forms
  • DVLA Records (if necessary)
  • Personal Records, including Emergence contacts

Wurkplace offer letter and form templates to UK businesses.  ENQUIRE HERE.

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