May 2018: HR Brief Bites for Busy Business Owners

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

Welcome to the May 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 manage Bank Holidays.

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

In the news this month! – Childcare Vouchers

Childcare Vouchers are appreciated by many working parents. The Childcare Voucher scheme which allows parents to pay for childcare from their pre-tax salary was due to close for new entrants on 5th April, 2018. During a recent debate in the House of Commons, the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds agreed to extend the scheme by six months.

Childcare Vouchers had been due to be replaced by another system called Tax-Free Childcare but a number of issues have been encountered including website issues.

The exact date for the closure of the Childcare Voucher scheme was not given but it’s anticipated it will be sometime in October 2018.

Watch this space for more information!

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. Like me you have probably been inundated with letters and emails from organisations telling you about their updated privacy notices are asking for your consent to continue to send you emails.  GDPR is not just about marketing. It 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 here.

If you are still not sure about where to start, then please get in contact. We are sure we can help you out!

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

How to…manage bank holidays

With the May long weekend looming, here are some of the common issues that arise for employers.

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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