Directors with HR backgrounds are "seriously under-represented" in the boardrooms of the UK's largest companies, making up less than 1% of their board members. This is according to research from HR recruiter Ortus, which found that, of the 595 board More...10 May 2012 14:38
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has described plans to pay teachers on results as "total nonsense", following the release of a report by the House of Commons Education Committee that looked at methods of recruiting and retaining the best teach More...01 May 2012 16:14
Employers have called on the Government to clarify exactly what it intends to introduce in the way of tax breaks on healthcare plans.
The Government has indicated that it wishes to provide greater incentives to encourage employers to invest in healt More...01 May 2012 10:00
From October 2012, new legislation will require employers to automatically enrol their staff in pension schemes. Kate Upcraft covers some of the common concerns regarding the new law.
In 2005, Lord Turner's Pensions Commission recommended that the G More...10 April 2012 09:00
More than one-sixth (17.5%) of employers in the private and voluntary sectors believe that the cost of pensions auto-enrolment will place limits on the pay awards that they offer to employees in the coming year. This is according to XpertHR's pay More...23 March 2012 11:15
Business groups have welcomed certain announcements in the Budget, such as the 5p cut to top rate tax, but have warned that it doesn't go far enough to reduce the regulatory burden on employers.
Chancellor George Osborne confirmed earlier today that More...21 March 2012 16:12
The Government has announced that the national minimum wage for young workers will be frozen when the new adult rates come into force later this year. The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to keep the minimum More...19 March 2012 11:43
Pensions auto-enrolment will add "another layer of red tape and bureaucracy" for employers, breaking the Government's promise to reduce the burden of red tape on businesses, an employment lawyer has claimed. Daniel Barnett, barrister at Outer Temple More...07 March 2012 11:51
A larger percentage of the workforce is accessing employee assistance programmes (EAPs) than they were four years ago, according to consultancy Right Management.
The firm's "Clinical director report" has calculated that in the past year 30,000 emplo More...28 February 2012 09:09
Employment lawyer Sarah Ozanne looks at the implications of the new pensions auto-enrolment system.
The pensions auto-enrolment regime is scheduled to begin from 1 July 2012 and will ultimately apply to all employers. The regime is being phased More...27 February 2012 11:11
Employees are enjoying the highest pay rises seen since December 2008, according to research published today. Data from the XpertHR February 2012 pay trends survey shows that the median pay rise in the three months to the end of January 2012 stood at More...24 February 2012 13:54
The majority of employers would like to see tax breaks introduced in order to encourage firms to invest in private medical insurance, new research argues.
More than 1,000 HR executives were polled by healthcare provider Simplyhealth and more than More...01 February 2012 09:00
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) chief executive Stephen Hester may have bowed to public pressure and waived a £1 million bonus, but how much can executive pay really be reined in? Employment lawyer Emma Sanderson looks at Vince Cable's proposals to limit b More...30 January 2012 13:17
The Government today issued amendments to the timetable against which employers must enrol their staff in workplace pension schemes.
The Government says that the amendments have been made in order to allow smaller businesses more time to prepare for More...25 January 2012 15:41
The Government's plans for an overhaul of the executive pay system have been announced.
The proposals were first outlined in September 2011 by business secretary Vince Cable and more detail has been provided in a speech given to MPs.
Speaking in More...24 January 2012 12:02
Private sector pay bargaining got off to a good start in January as pay rises hit their highest level in three years, despite remaining stagnant throughout much of 2011.
This is according to XpertHR's latest pay trends report, which found that the m More...20 January 2012 00:01
Employers need to review staff communications about the economic pressures on pay in order to keep them motivated when awards are constrained, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has warned.
The CIPD's Employee Atti More...04 January 2012 11:34
On 1 January 2012, new rules on the VAT treatment of certain benefits provided under salary-sacrifice schemes will come into force. The changes follow a ruling in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that, where an employer operates a salary-sacrifice More...31 December 2011 13:50
Despite the pressure on budgets caused by the downturn, more than four employers out of five are continuing to protect staff with competitive health and benefits packages, latest research has suggested.
The study, by insurer Unum and Personnel More...20 December 2011 10:30
Every year brings with it some important new employment legislation for the employer to negotiate. Whether related to unfair dismissal, pensions, employment tribunals or redundancy, 2012 presents new legislation relevant to all organisations, large or s More...20 December 2011 00:01