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Christmas temps: Hoople can help!

With the festive season fast approaching, a reminder that Hoople Resourcing is able to provide staff cover for short and long term needs in all sectors. If you have any requirements over the festive season due to increased demand, staff absence or holidays, please do contact us

DBS update service

In 2013,  the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formerly known as CRB, introduced an on-line update service to make it easier for individuals requiring a check to keep their certificate up-to-date.

The service is offered via an on-line subscription and also allows employers to check a certificate on-line, with your consent. You can use your certificate again when you apply for a new position within the same work area, where the same type and level of check is required.

Registration lasts for one year and costs £13, starting from the date your DBS certificate was issued. 

Benefits of joining

  • Saves you time and money
  • You can take your DBS certificate from role to role within the same work area where the same type and level of check is required
  • Employers can make instant on-line status checks of DBS certificates linked to your subscription
  • Enhances safeguarding processes
Further information on the service can be found here

Important changes to the National Minimum Wage 
Don't forget that with effect from the 1 October 2015, new National Minimum Wage rates came into force. This is ahead of plans for a new National Living Wage, which will be introduced from April 2016.

The Government has stipulated that from 1 October the following rates apply:
  • Employees aged 21 or over - £6.70 per hour (previous rate £6.50)
  • Employees aged 18-20 - £5.30 per hour (previous rate £5.13)
  • Employees aged under 18 - £3.87 per hour (previous rate £3.79) 
  • Apprentices (first year of apprenticeship - all age groups) - £3.30 (previously £2.73)
  • Apprentices whose apprenticeship continues beyond 12 months and who are aged 19 or over will be eligible for the national minimum wage for their age group.
From April 2016, the National Living Wage makes it mandatory for all workers over the age of 25 to be paid a minimum of £7.20 per hour. 
In the news 

Denmark is happiest place in the world to work

A recent report confirmed that Danish workplaces continue to be ranked as the happiest in the world. Denmark's position at the top of the polls has been pretty unassailable since the first UN World Happiness Report in 2012. 

To find out why, read the full story here.

October's Top Ten HR questions

Find out the top ten HR questions asked on XpertHR website in October - including questions on holidays and holiday pay, modern slavery and overtime.

Christmas gifts that will make your staff smile!

Tired of giving the usual bottle of wine or box of chocs.  Read this article in October's HR magazine for original present inspiration.

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