April 2018: HR Brief Bites for Busy Business Owners

Welcome to the April edition of HR Brief Bites for Busy Business Owners.

In this month’s edition we cover making sure you are aware of common pitfalls which mean employers are not paying the minimum wage; the impending GDPR and what this means for your contracts of employment and some helpful guidance on how to make sure that you follow the ACAS code of practice when you are involved in a disciplinary situation with a member of your staff.

For more information or help on anything I talk about in this newsletter please contact me on 07899 665506.

There have several well publicised cases recently where HMRC has fined employers for paying under the National Minimum Wages despite the employers genuinely believing they were complying the law. These employers were caught out because they had not factored in all of the working hours or some of the deductions they were making to employees’ pay. ACAS has produced a guide aimed at employees which I would encourage you to read if you do pay the National Minimum Wage as it includes some helpful pointers.

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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) – Why you need to review your contracts of employment

I’m sure it has not escaped your attention that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May this year. This piece of legislation has significant implications for the way that businesses process personal data about their clients and staff. In particular, you will not be able to reply on the consent clauses in your contracts of employment. Instead you will need to create what is known as a “Privacy Statement”.

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has a wealth of information for businesses about how to prepare for GDPR at here.

If you are still not sure about where to start then have a look at the practical workshops run by Conformitas and Associates. You will come away from a workshop having started and, depending on the complexity of your business, maybe even have completed:

  • An analysis of the flow of personal data in to, within and out of your business.
  • A register of the data that your business holds about your employees, prospects and customers and why you hold it.
  • The information you require for Privacy Notices specific to your company.
  • An analysis of the high-risk business processes that involve personal data.
  • An action plan of items you need to work on back in your business

Every month we highlight some guidance which business owners need to be aware of. This month we are looking at:

How to…make sure you follow the ACAS Guidelines in a disciplinary process.

Having to hold a disciplinary meeting is never fun at the best of times and it can cause business owners a lot of stress and worry. One of the key causes of that stress is knowing that getting the process wrong can land you in a lot of trouble. This month’s “How to…” guide talks about some of the main areas where employers can go wrong and it’s a handy check list to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes.

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If you found this newsletter helpful or for more information on anything I’ve talked about in this newsletter please contact me on 07899 665506 or visit our website.

Best wishes

Tracy Madgwick

Crafnant Consulting – HR solutions for your business