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Help available from Ben for those affected by coronavirus

Date: 07-Apr-2020

As is to be expected, Ben is seeing an increase in demand for their support, both online and over the phone, and are working to assist those affected by the current situation.

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Workplace 'social distancing' to become law in Wales amid worker concerns for safety

Date: 07-Apr-2020

The Welsh Government is to enforce 'social distancing' at work with a law requiring employers to abide by the two metre rule where "reasonable".

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Social distancing guidance for businesses in Scotland

Date: 07-Apr-2020

Social distancing guidance for businesses in Scotland has been updated to help provide clarity on protecting employees in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

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COVID-19: Easy read guide to the coronavirus and actions to take

Date: 07-Apr-2020

Public Health England have produced an easy-toread guide which sums up what to look for, what actions to take and who to notify and when.

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Rules on carrying over annual leave to be relaxed to support key industries during COVID-19

Date: 01-Apr-2020

Government to amend regulations to allow annual leave to be carried over into the next 2 years
measures will ensure workers won’t lose their leave entitlements
move gives flexibility to business at a time when it is needed most

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COVID-19: To Furlough or not to Furlough

Date: 01-Apr-2020

Everyone is talking about furlough, but what does it mean, who will benefit, is commission included and how will it be paid? IAAF Service Support Partner, Lawgistics, have developed a quick Q&A on the subject based on the information available at the moment.

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COVID-19: A letter to everyone from Ben

Date: 01-Apr-2020

The automotive charity Ben has sent out the following open letter:

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COVID - 19: How do I inform employees they are to be put on Furlough Leave?

Date: 01-Apr-2020

Lawgistics have already seen a keen interest from companies interested in utilising the recently announced Job Retention Scheme, for many it appears the only viable option of saving the jobs.

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COVID-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme

Date: 27-Mar-2020

Yesterday evening the Chancellor announced a new Self-employment Income Support Scheme to support self-employed people who have been adversely affected by COVID-19.

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COVID-19: Support for businesses

Date: 27-Mar-2020

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

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COVID-19: General advice for members

Date: 23-Mar-2020

In light of the speed of changes with regard to the ongoing situation, members are urged to check regularly for the latest government information and advice and to promptly follow all recommendations given.

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COVID-19: Emergency government funding available to businesses

Date: 23-Mar-2020

As the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic continues, many businesses say they are teetering on the brink as revenues plunge following the stay at home advice.

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COVID-19: Advice for employers from Lawgistics on sick-pay and self-isolation

Date: 23-Mar-2020

The IAAF's legal helpline provider, Lawgistics, has produced the following advice for employers with regard to the Coronavirus.

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COVID-19: Advice to employers from Lawgistics regarding redundancies and layoffs

Date: 23-Mar-2020

Lawgistics have developed some FAQs for businesses considering redundancies.

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Working from home? Trying to recruit or manage meetings?

Date: 20-Mar-2020

Follow these useful tips from Glen Callum Associates on keeping your business moving.

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Whocanfixmycar.com issue advice to network members on COVID-19

Date: 16-Mar-2020

IAAF service member company, Whocanfixmycar.com, have issued the following advice to their network members and suggested that there might be information of interest to IAAF members regarding how to deal with COVID-19 in the workplace.

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Ben - Dealing with priority debt

Date: 26-Feb-2020

Priority debts are those that have the most serious consequences if you don’t pay them. They don’t have to be the largest or have highest interest rates, but if you don’t pay them it could lead to serious problems.

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Ben is increasing its mental health services for automotive industry people

Date: 30-Jan-2020

Ben is extending mental health services to respond to growing need
New digital services will enable Ben to support more people with mental health issues
Ben’s online self-help, digital platform, telephone and face-to-face mental health services offer individuals more choice in how they receive support

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Alcohol & Drug Testing In The Workplace - HR advice from Xecutive Search

Date: 12-Dec-2019

Employers have a general duty under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 (HSWA) to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees

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Insight into the relative dearth of technicians in the CV industry: an article by Andy Lees of PG Automotive

Date: 12-Dec-2019

What do you think the reasons are for the recruitment issues in the industry?

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Ben’s new Whitepaper reveals that mental health could cost automotive industry employers up to £1.2bn a year

Date: 15-Oct-2019

A whitepaper released by automotive charity, Ben, has found that mental health is still one of the biggest issues affecting the industry’s workforce and could cost employers as much as £1.2bn a year collectively.

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Award winning innovation from Lawgistics

Date: 04-Oct-2019

Lawgistics, the IAAF's legal helpline provider, is proud to announce that HR Manager, their cloud-based compliance management software, has won Product Innovation of the Year Award at the Car Dealer Power Awards.

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Ben launches Critical Response Service to help automotive employers support their people in times of crisis

Date: 02-Oct-2019

Automotive industry charity, Ben, has officially launched its Critical Response Service, to support employers and their employees in times of crisis.

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What’s in a name? Advice from Andy Lees of PG Automotive

Date: 02-Oct-2019

I’d like to start by posing a question – does anyone actually know the difference between the following roles: regional sales manager, area sales manager, district sales manager?

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No-Deal Brexit Impact On Employment Law

Date: 23-Sep-2019

Our colleagues at Xecutive Search have given their views on the potential impact of a no-Deal Brexit on Employment Law.

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Summer tax incentive for parents

Date: 09-Aug-2019

Our colleagues at Xecutive Search have drawn our attention to the fact that HMRC is reminding parents and employers of the benefits of Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), especially over the school summer holidays. Might your employees be missing out on a government freebie?

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Ben launches Annual Impact Report 2018-19

Date: 23-Jul-2019

Report demonstrates the impact of Ben’s support on automotive industry people during the year
Report thanks supporters for donating over £3m
Ben shares health and well-being insights with the automotive industry

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Ben launches new online support for people with depression – the predominant mental health issue worldwide

Date: 04-Apr-2019

Ben has launched new online support on its website to help automotive industry people who are struggling with depression – an issue that affects 350 million people across the world. In the UK, depression affects about one in 10 people at some point in their life.

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Tips For Managing Sickness/Absence

Date: 15-Mar-2019

High levels of short-term sickness absence can be a costly problem for organisations. This article looks at the steps employers can take to manage short-term sickness absence.

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An employee serving under two years may still lodge an unfair dismissal claim

Date: 15-Mar-2019

It is, of course, common knowledge that employees with under two years of continuous service cannot bring a claim for unfair dismissal. This is generally true, however in some, albeit strictly limited cases, a claim for unfair dismissal can be started regardless of the length of service.

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Tips For Managing Sickness/Absence from Xecutive Search

Date: 06-Mar-2019

High levels of short-term sickness absence can be a costly problem for organisations. This article looks at the steps employers can take to manage short-term sickness absence.

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Updated Code of Practice on Preventing Illegal Working

Date: 31-Jan-2019

Employers have a key role to play in preventing illegal working in the UK. They do this by carrying out right to work checks on people before employing them, to make sure they are allowed to do the work in question.

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Automotive jobs salary guide 2017-18

Date: 16-Jan-2019

Want to know how much you could make working in the automotive industry? Or what the average salary ranges for different roles are?

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HSE and Thermal Comfort - the six basic factors - advice for employers and employeees from Lawgistics

Date: 11-Jul-2018

The most commonly used indicator of thermal comfort is air temperature – it is easy to use and most people can relate to it. However, air temperature alone is not a valid or accurate indicator of thermal comfort or thermal stress. It should always be considered in relation to other environmental and personal factors.

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GDPR and your company car tracking policy

Date: 11-Jul-2018

Company vehicles are usually fitted with tracking devices using GPS (Global Positioning System). This can be an insurance requirement and brings down insurance costs, but tracker devices offer other benefits to companies in terms of operational efficiencies and safety and security benefits.

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Family payments: deductible or not?

Date: 17-May-2018

A 2018 tribunal case has ruled that payments a father made to his son for promotional work were not deductible for tax purposes. What went wrong, and what can you take away to advise your clients?

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Ben news hub - Supporting employees in uncertain times

Date: 02-Mar-2018

Ben's latest blog looks at how the current period of uncertainty, both politically and, in some parts of ther industry, economically too might impact employees. Whatever the reasons, a feeling of uncertainty is unpleasant and worrying for anyone experiencing it. Employees worried about their future are likely to be stressed, which will affect their overall wellbeing and their ability to stay focused and productive at work.

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Ben news hub - Supporting employees in uncertain times

Date: 26-Feb-2018

Ben's latest blog looks at how the current period of uncertainty, both politically and, in some parts of ther industry, economically too might impact employees

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2018/19 payroll changes

Date: 31-Jan-2018

The Autumn Budget 2017 announced changes to tax and NI limits. What do you need to know to prepare for the 2018/19 payroll year?

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Employers should prepare for upsurge in tribunal claims

Date: 04-Aug-2017

The fees for those bringing claims have been ruled unlawful after the Supreme Court upheld a challenge by trade union Unison that the charges were discriminatory. The government has said it would take immediate steps to stop charging and to refund payments.

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Get fit for work and for life: Ben highlights new health check programme for industry in latest physical health campaign

Date: 17-Jul-2017

Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people, has launched a new campaign today which will spotlight the importance of good physical health to a person’s life.

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Trade Union Act (March 2017)

Date: 24-May-2017

The latest Trade Union Act measures came into force on 1 March 2017

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Gender pay gap (April 2017)

Date: 24-May-2017

From 5 April 2017, businesses and charities with 250 or more employees will be required by law to publish and report on their gender pay gap

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Apprenticeship advertising (April 2017)

Date: 24-May-2017

From 1 April 2017, it will be against the law to falsely advertise work as a statutory apprenticeship

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Apprenticeship levy (April 2017)

Date: 24-May-2017

Businesses with an annual ‘pay bill’ over £3 million must pay the apprenticeship levy from 6 April 2017

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The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) (April 2017)

Date: 24-May-2017

The NMW changes every April and currently depends on two things: the employee’s age, and whether they’re an apprentice.

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The new National Living Wage (NLW) (April 2017)

Date: 24-May-2017

Employees must be aged 25 or over to get the NLW, and the new hourly rate is £7.50.

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Immigration skills charge regulations (April 2017)

Date: 24-May-2017

This primarily affects businesses employing Tier 2 migrant workers in skilled jobs.

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Tax-free childcare scheme (April 2017)

Date: 24-May-2017

In terms of employment law, definition can be quite loose. So whilst this mainly affects parents rather than employers, it is a key change for many self-employed parents.

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Ben news hub latest - Financial Health

Date: 20-Mar-2017

Ben have posted their latest blog on financial health which advises on how to get the most out of pensions.

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Increase to Compensation Limits and Tribunal Awards

Date: 01-Mar-2017

The annual increases to compensation limits and minimum awards that are payable under employment legislation have just been announced, and will take effect from 6 April 2017

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Key Employment Law Issues For Employers in 2017

Date: 06-Jan-2017

Brexit, Status and the Gig Economy, Gender Pay Gap Reporting, Apprenticeship Levy and Salary Sacrifice

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The Uber Tribunal Decision

Date: 02-Nov-2016

An Employment Tribunal has ruled that two drivers who provide services to Uber are 'workers' within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996

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UK Employment Law to be Reviewed

Date: 14-Oct-2016

Theresa May has appointed Matthew Taylor, a former key adviser to Tony Blair, to lead a major review into zero-hours contracts, the rights of the self-employed and people who work for new technology platforms, like the Uber ride-hailing service.

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Tax On Termination Payments

Date: 26-Sep-2016

The government has started consultation on its proposed changes to tax treatment of termination payments.

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Childcare vouchers do not need to be provided whilst employee on maternity leave

Date: 27-Jun-2016

This was a controversial decision by the Employment Appeal Tribunal and is possibly ripe for further challenge in the not too distant future.

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Who is permitted to drive your vehicles?

Date: 27-Jun-2016

There is occasionally a misconception amongst motor traders that a certificate of motor insurance permits any authorised driver to use any vehicle which is held in the policyholder’s care, custody or control.

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Will leaving the EU change employment law?

Date: 27-Jun-2016

It is very unlikely that the exit from the EU will cause widespread changes to employment law quickly; the majority of the employment law we have that comes from the EU will still form part of UK law unless and until it was amended or repealed.

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When can an injured member of staff return to work

Date: 10-Jun-2016

If a member of staff has been signed off from work for a number of weeks with an injury but wishes to return back to work before, what should you do?

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"Non compete" clauses

Date: 12-May-2016

Lawgistics have recently highlighted some issues around "non compete" clauses in contracts of employment.

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Drug Driving Laws

Date: 04-Apr-2016

New drug driving laws came into effect on the 2nd March 2016

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Compassionate leave

Date: 04-Apr-2016

Employees have no statutory right to compassionate leave, so a request can be refused. Although this is the legal position, it is often seen as being unfair.

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Pulling a ‘Sickie’ May Be Gross Misconduct…

Date: 22-Mar-2016

Employers occasionally suspect that an employee’s illness is not genuine, or that the employee is malingering, but believe that there is little that can be done.

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Dealing with disability related absences

Date: 09-Feb-2016

Dealing with disability related absences

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