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The New Year, what will it bring...

At the end of each year we find ourselves reflecting on our achievements, mistakes or missed opportunities of the last 12 month and looking forward to what the year ahead may hold.

We will make resolutions that we don’t keep such as living a healthier life style and going to the gym knowing deep down it won’t happen. But most of us will at some point be faced with an employment related issue such as seeking a new job with better prospects or progressing within our existing Company or a more sinister issue such as a grievance.

Harries HR aren’t going to come to the gym with you but we can help you to make sure that your employee/ employer statutory requirements are met and is something you can successfully cross off your ‘to do’ list.
What’s changing in 2014

On 31 January 2014 TUPE changes, including those relating to service provision, employee liability information and collective agreements, will come into force.

On April 2014 Flexible Working will be extended to all employees not only those with children of an appropriate age have a legal right to request flexible working.

In spring 2014 Mandatory ACAS pre-claim conciliation comes into effect meaning anyone starting a claim in the Employment Tribunal will be required to attempt to resolve through mediation first.

This is coupled with the introduction of fees which came into force in the summer of 2013 which was aimed at reducing the number of Tribunal claims.

In April 2014 ‘False Self-Employment’ Consultation begins as the HMRC believe that tax is being unlawfully avoided by both individuals and businesses by using workers through employment agencies and claiming those workers are self-employed. Initially the focus was on the construction industry but has now spread to other sectors.  If your Company uses ‘self-employed’ agency workers, then you need to be aware of this.

Zero hour consultation closes on 14 March 2014. The government has acknowledged that there is a legitimate place for zero hour contracts, which offer flexibility for both employers and employees. The consultation which was launched on 19 December 2013 is not aimed at banning zero hour contracts but rather, at making sure they are fair to employees. 

If you have an HR or personnel related issue and need expert advice without the high hourly rate of an employment solicitor, then call Harries Human Resources for a free and confidential consultation.

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