vivoHR & Training Blog

Summer is all fun, fun, fun until work gets in the way!

Summer has arrived in style this week, despite not being able to sleep the Vitamin D is feeling pleasantly restocked! The high temperatures aren't set to last but summer is here and we (hopefully) have a few months of warm days and long nights ahead of us, but we also...

National Work From Home Day

Today is National Work From Home Day, we’ve mentioned before that we are advocates of the work from home option, the flexibility, no long commutes, the home/work balance are just a few of the many benefits and it seems that now more employers are recognising them too...

We just want to recruit!

Trying to recruit? Candidate availability is at an all time low according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). This has certainly been the experience for many of our clients over the last few months, with some jobs seeming more difficult to fill than...

Contracts for the Self Employed

The self employed "gig economy" is coming in for yet more criticism it seems. MPs have criticised contracts at Uber, Deliveroo and Amazon as being unintelligible - with the House of Commons Work & Pensions Committee describing the Uber contract as "gibberish"! It...

Basingstoke Business Expo

On 30 March Sam is speaking at the Basingstoke Business Expo. If you are a business owner who, like many other small business owners feels worried about the thought of needing to employ people, join Sam as she takes you through options that may mean employment isn't...

Changes to Salary Sacrifice Schemes

From 6 April 2017 the Government are limiting some salary sacrifice arrangements - this will limit the number of benefits for which there are tax & NI contribution advantages when managed under a salary sacrifice scheme. Schemes for pension saving, certain...

Statutory Pay Rate Increases

As well as the minimum wage rate increases we wrote about on here the other day, new limits come onto force for statutory pay rates on 6 April 2017 as follows: Maternity / Paternity / Adoption / Shared Parental Pay - rises to £140.98 per week Statutory Sick Pay -...

Worker or Employee – do you know the difference?

Worker or Employee? These two terms are often used interchangeably (particularly by the media reporting yet another scaremongering story!) but they do have different meanings in terms of employment status and therefore in the eyes of an employment tribunal....

GCSE Grades are changing this year

Grades for GCSE are changing from the A to F system to a 9 to 1 system.If you are an employer and you recruit younger employees (maybe apprentices) you need to be aware of this. It's being phased in gradually - this year some students are receiving grades 9 to 1 in...