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Haslemere news … from the Chamber and its members

Bookmark this page and check it frequently to stay in touch with the latest news about the Haslemere business community. You’ll find items from the Chamber together with news about member businesses. If you are a member, please post as often as possible to your profile page: your contributions will be added to this news feed automatically.

Bank Holiday Sickness Absence

Bank Holiday Sickness Absence

If an employee is ill over a Bank Holiday are they entitled to receive time off in lieu? Employees are statutorily entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday in any annual leave year (Working Time Regulations 1998).  That figure is inclusive of bank holidays - 28 days for a...

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Work Related References

Work Related References

For the most part, employers have no legal obligation to provide a reference and are entitled to refuse. There are some exceptions to that rule.  People working in the finance sector must provide a reference and people working in an environment where there are...

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Protecting Your Staff from Abusive Customers

Protecting Your Staff from Abusive Customers

We none of us want or need abusive customers/clients but, unfortunately, it happens from time to time.  If abuse comes from an internal source it is relatively easy to deal with but if the abuse comes from a third party such as a client or customer, the situation can...

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Statutory Sick Pay Changes

There are some changes taking place to Statutory Sick Pay. From 24th March employers with fewer than 250 employees will no longer be able to reclaim Covid related SSP from HMRC. From 24th March Covid related sickness absence will only attract SSP from Day 4 in line...

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Annual Statutory Pay Uplifts 2022/2023

Annual Statutory Pay Uplifts 2022/2023

As usual, statutory payments will increase at the beginning of April.  I have set out the new rates below. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP):  This will increase to £99.35 per week, up from £96.35. Please note that if you employ zero hours contractors or casual staff they are...

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Can Employees Refuse to Return to the Workplace?

Can Employees Refuse to Return to the Workplace?

Now that employees are no longer being told by government to work from home if possible, what can employers do if an employee refuses to return to the workplace?  Lots of people as still very anxious about Covid 19 and particularly so if they are immuno-suppressed or...

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Boxing Day runners return to conquer Hindhead Common

Boxing Day runners return to conquer Hindhead Common

It would take more than chilly weather and an overly large Christmas meal to stop local runners and fundraisers from joining in the annual Boxing Day Run. This year hundreds of people braved a damp December morning to complete the challenging 3.5 mile run across...

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Changes to Statutory Sick Pay – URGENT Information

Changes to Statutory Sick Pay – URGENT Information

The government have implemented some short term changes to the management of statutory sick pay.   The changes came into force on 17th December but seem to have been slipped in under the radar so there is a low level of awareness. These changes have been made in order...

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Tickets go on sale for the Hindhead Boxing Day Run

Tickets go on sale for the Hindhead Boxing Day Run

The Hindhead Boxing Day Run, which raises money for Holy Cross Hospital in Haslemere is all set to return this year. Registration is now open for people who want to enter the Men’s or Ladies’ category, or the ever-popular drinking run which includes a pint of winter...

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