Government announces a new type of Employment Contract

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced plans for the introduction of a new type of employment contract, called an ‘owner-employee’ contract.

With these new types of contracts employees would give up their rights on unfair dismissal, redundancy, the right to request flexible working and time off for training. Also included is the requirement to provide 16 weeks’ notice of a firm date of return from maternity leave, instead of the usual 8 weeks.

In exchange for this, employees will be given between £2,000 and £50,000 of shares that would be exempt from capital gains tax.

‘Owner-employee’ contracts will be optional for existing employees, but established businesses & new start-ups can choose to offer only this type of contracts for new hires.

Legislation to bring in the new type of contracts will come later this year so that companies can use them from April 2013.

You can read more in the government’s press release.

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And the winner is…

Well what a night we had at The South Wilts Business of the Year Awards. To say we are a little excited would be an understatement. Not only did we manage to snag ourselves ‘finalists’ in Small Business of the Year Award & the E-commerce Award, we only went and WON… yes i said WON the Marketing Excellence Award!!!! We are over the moon!

We don’t like to brag… ok we do, and why shouldn’t we, this is a proud moment for us! We work hard to make sure our customers have the most professional & friendly service we can offer, we like to stand out from the crowd and offer you something other HR companies don’t. With this recognition we know we’re achieving this! Here’s what the guys over at The South Wilts Business of the Year Awards had to say about us…

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Ensuring your staff achieve a good attendance record

Does your nursery have an absence problem? How much is absence costing you? It is important to monitor just what is going on.

It can cause so much disruption, especially to a nursery when one member of staff phones in sick. It is therefore important to ensure that it is well managed and absence levels kept under control. If you have employees who are regularly off sick it can really affect the morale of those who are left to cover their workload, and staff can see managers failing to deal with it as a weakness in their leadership.

Steps to take

Your absence policy should set out what the nursery expects from employees, explaining what they must do if they are sick, who they must contact and by what time. I would also recommend including this procedure in the employment contract discussed at induction.

One way to start controlling absence is by conducting a return-to-work interview on the employee’s first day back at work, even if they have only been off for one day. Managers need to be investigative and counselling in their approach during the interview, to help uncover any underlying health or work problems an employee might have. The purpose of the interview is to:

  • Enable the employee to explain the reason for their absence.
  • Ensure the employee is well enough to be back at work and see if they need any further support. In the case of a long-term sick absence, or recovery from a serious or traumatic illness, some people may benefit from coming back on different hours to help them readjust to work.
  • Assess whether the reason given is genuine.
  • Complete a return-to-work interview form.
  • Emphasise the importance of attendance and why it is continually monitored.
  • Raise any concerns about their attendance record and decide if further action is needed.

You must be fair and consistent, and treat all staff the same. By regularly monitoring absence all you will start to see a decline in staff sick days, which will save you money.

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