The Value of a University Degree

The value of a university degree has changed over the years.  University is no longer the only option for ambitious school leavers.  Wurkplace offer support for businesses employing apprentices in the workplace by supplying contracts and manager guides.

Historically, it has been found that on average, graduates earn £200,000 more than a non-graduate over a lifetime.  However, having a degree isn’t the only way into a professional career as more and more organisations offer higher level, apprenticeships or school leaver schemes allowing people to learn on the job.  

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Apprenticeship Levy

The aim of the Apprenticeship Levy is to encourage organisations to help meet the governments target of creating 3 million Apprenticeships in 5 years.  Employers with an annual payroll of more than £3 million will pay 0.5{49e487dc58d82578f23c5c406439cfce3a665cb867e5bfeca07e901d95efa4b4} of the amount above that level into a digital pot.  The Government will also top up the pot by an additional 10{49e487dc58d82578f23c5c406439cfce3a665cb867e5bfeca07e901d95efa4b4} a year.

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Tattoos in the Workplace

Employers recently seem to be embracing a diverse workforce, this includes tattoos in the workplace.

According to research taken from the Huffington Post, 80% of the younger generation of Professionals did not think that piercings and tattoos affect their chances of getting a job.  However, having visible tattoos has shown a negative effect on employment selection.

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Gender Pay Reporting

Marketing staff are analyzing the data to business planning.

The Gender Pay Reporting Regulations are due to come into force in April 2017 and will apply to business with 250 or more staff.  From the commencement date, employers will have 12 months to publish the report.  Employers should also be conscious that they may have to include data from April 2016 onwards.

The figures from the reports must be published onto the businesses website where they should stay for 3 years to show progress.  Supporting evidence should be submitted annually to the government.


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Right to be Accompanied

Employees have a legal right to be accompanied during a disciplinary and grievance hearings.  Not allowing employees this right could leave you facing tribunal claims and fines.  Wurkplace can support your business through the whole process from the creation and delivery of letters, to dealing with requests for accompaniment, to holding the disciplinary or advising.

Wurkplace also has a free manager’s guide in the resource section.

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Working at Height Regulations

Working at Height Regulations 2005

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 applies mainly to employers or the person in charge. This includes facilities managers of building owners who may contract others to work at height.

Wurkplace offers Health and Safety services to businesses that work at height.  From online Working at Height training courses to risk assessments and audits.

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ISO 14001 Standard

The ISO 14001 standard sets out the criteria for the European Union’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS).

There will come a time when certain suppliers and consumers will only use your product or services if you have this accreditation.  Wurkplace can assist your organisation in meeting the current standards set out in ISO 14001:2015 through audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, environmental challenges and climate change so your business will comply with applicable laws, regulations and other environmental oriental requirements.

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Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive Covenants are terms in an employee contract that provide a certain level of protection for employers.  Anyone who leaves a business knowing the strategies, technologies and client list, will be very appealing to competitors in the same industry.

Typically, a restrictive covenant is a contractual clause that prohibits an employee from working with competing companies for a period of time after termination of employment.

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Pension Auto-Enrolment

By 2018 all businesses are legally obliged to have a workplace pension in place – otherwise known as pension auto-enrolment.

Auto-enrolment is a complex and time consuming process to put in place and maintain.  Wurkplace offer an outsourced payroll service that is compliant with auto-enrolment so you avoid any unnecessary non-compliance fines.  Wurkplace deal with all necessary staff communications that need to be sent out at specific times during the auto-enrolment journey.

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Legionella Risk Assessment

Legionella is a bacteria that contaminates water and if inhaled can cause legionnaires disease which is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.  Any man-made water systems are likely to provide an environment where Legionella can grow.  This is why Legionella risk assessments and Legionella awareness training are imperative to identify, prevent and control risks.

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