Monthly Archives: February 2019

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Generally, pregnant employees have 4 main rights:

1. Paid time off for antenatal appointments
2. Maternity leave
3. Maternity pay
4. Protection from unfair treatment and discrimination due to pregnancy, including dismissal

The term, antenatal care doesn’t just cover medical appointment, it can also include parenting and birthing classes, if they are recommended by the doctor. It’s not just the pregnant mum, their partners, also have the right to attend two classes with them.

If you are pregnant, you employer does not have the right to change the contract terms and conditions of your contract just because you are pregnant. If they are found guilty of doing so, it will be considered a breach of contract and unlawful. It is also important that employers allow pregnant employees time off for their antenatal appointments and also to pay them their normal hourly wages during these appointments. It is worth noting that the pregnancy must be disclosed to the employer no later than 15 weeks from full gestation. This enables the employer to carry out risk assessment and be better prepared.

Pregnancy-related illnesses

A maternity leave, or the basic statutory maternity pay begins as soon as the employee is off work for a pregnancy related illness, if it is within the last four weeks of pregnancy.

Compulsory maternity leave

If the employee chooses not to take a statutory maternity leave, they should still be given 2 weeks off after the birth of baby. The rule applies to 4 weeks in case of factory workers.

Telling the employer about the pregnancy

It is vital that you inform the employers of your pregnancy at least 15 weeks before the baby’s due date. If this is not possible, for example, if the employee herself did not know she was pregnant, the employer must be informed as soon as possible.

Employees are also expected to tell the employer when they want to begin their maternity leave or pay. Employees are not allowed to take paid time off their work for antenatal appointments until they have informed the employer of their pregnancy.

Health and safety for pregnant employees

When the employee informs the employer that they are pregnancy, the employer should carry out a thorough risk assessment in order to keep the mother as well as the baby safe. Some of the risks to watch out for are:

1. Heavy lifting or carrying heavy objects one place to other
2. Standing or sitting for long periods of time without frequent breaks
3. Exposure to chemicals and other harmful substances
4. Long working hours

If there are risks involved, the employer should take some reasonable measures to remove them. The employee can be given lesser or changed working hours, a different work profile or total suspension from work if the other two are not a possibility. The suspension in that case must be of full pay if an alternative suitable work is not possible.

If you are pregnant and are afraid that you are at risk, it is suggested that you talk to your employer first. If your employer disagrees you must talk to your HR department, your union representative or take advice from your nearest employment solicitor.

Tribunal Claim Employment Law Solicitors can assist with all types of claims. Naturally, we pride ourselves on providing the best possible service to the highest standards, we can provide free employment law advice on all problems.

Call us on 0800 756 6605 or 020 3923 4777

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Heavy duty trucking is not the flashiest business on the block. Trucks are huge, loud, and omnipresent, but sometimes the most ever-present thing in our lives becomes invisible to us. If you own a trucking business, the last thing you want to be is invisible. Logistics is a cutthroat field. Though there is more need of logistics than ever before, there is serious competition for the “last mile.”

Technological innovations including autonomous vehicles and big data are poised to flip trucking on its head. The road ahead seems windier than ever. How, then, do you ensure that your trucking business is best poised for the future, and ready to be noticed? Below, we’ve got three great tips on how to market your trucking business.

Put your name where people are looking

People find out about your business through word of mouth. Plastering your banner on the side of one of your rigs may be a way to get your name out there, but more and more, people find the goods and services they need through the search box. If you are not online, you won’t be found, and if you are not found, you are not going to do any business whatsoever.

How, then, do you master the search engine game? The marketing pros at Straight Marketing LLC suggest building a digital profile through what’s known as search engine optimization, or SEO. SEO includes everything from becoming a Google verified business (where you claim a business as your own and file all of the correct information for indexing on platforms such as Google Maps) to link-building and content creation that drive searchers to your site. Whether you are hoping for local, regional, or national business, having a sophisticated plan for SEO will help you find customers, and customers find you.

Make your way to trade shows

A conference is a great way to network, whether that means drumming up new business, keeping in touch with your peers, or testing out your newest ideas. Trade shows are especially useful if you are looking to sell a product or service. The Trade Show News Network notes that 81 percent of trade show attendees have buying authority. Trade show are the hunting ground for people in the logistics business looking for new partners. Trucking conferences fit all sorts of niches, from gatherings of logistics software specialists to mechanics to advocates for women in trucking. As you probably already know as a trucking business owner, taking your show on the road can be lucrative.

Bid for an efficiency upgrade

Anyone who owns a trucking business is probably a very busy person. The time you realistically have to focus on marketing is probably in the low single percents. For that reason, we recommend upgrading your business intelligence, making the investment necessary to spend more time on back-office tasks that will pay off in the long run.

If your payroll books are not digital yet, they should be. Moving from paper to digital accounting creates a streamlined system where everything is stored in more-or-less permanently. This productivity increase can also help you save money and reduce the incidence of humor error. We recommend looking into digital HR and payroll services such as Gusto or ADP.

You should also consider FleetPal, a software solution for heavy-duty trucking industry which includes a suite of cloud-based software that provides asset maintenance technology. FleetPal’s tools are built to help you manage your trucks and repair shop more efficiently. Their tools can help you track and schedule maintenance needs, categorize service events, and even track warranties. By moving all of these back-office needs on to the cloud, this software helps heavy-duty trucking businesses run more efficiently and intelligently.

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Signing the lease for your first apartment can be exciting — and expensive. In fact, Americans spent a collective $485.6 billion on rent in 2017. And while most people know they shouldn’t spend more than 30 percent of their gross income on housing, that percentage is difficult to stick to when American wages haven’t kept up with the cost of living. More Americans are renting now than at any point since 1965, possibly because they aren’t yet financially stable enough to become homeowners.

But the truth is that you have to learn to walk before you can run. A first apartment is considered to be an adult milestone, indicating newfound freedom and independence. It’s a great chance to learn responsibility and other life skills. Plus, it provides you with an opportunity to discover your personal aesthetic and decorate your space in a way that brings you joy.

Although Americans are now spending more on their homes than they are on their wardrobes, that doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg in order to furnish your new place properly. You can easily make your home look luxurious and unique without going over your budget. From wall art and plants to furniture and other decor, here’s how to save money without sacrificing on style.

Slowly add multifunctional furniture

Furniture is a huge expenditure for most people. In 2017, US spending on furniture amounted to $515.46 per consumer unit. But if this is your first place, you might have to spend more to ensure you have everything you need. After all, you probably won’t want to skip having a bed, a sofa, or a desk. Since most apartment dwellers are rather short on space, one of the best ways to save some money is to invest in pieces that pull double duty. A coffee table that folds up into an elevated desk or a couch that converts into a futon can help you stretch your dollar a bit further. Alternatively, an ottoman or bench with built-in storage space or a bed with shelving attached can allow you to find more room for all of the items you’ve accumulated without having to waste money on unattractive storage totes or a separate self-storage unit.

There are more affordable and attractive options for this kind of furniture, which can make it a whole lot easier to curb your desire to overspend. However, you shouldn’t feel pressured to buy all of these pieces right away. Invest in the basics first, assess your needs, and save up for some other items that can add both function and aesthetic appeal to your new home. This can give you something to work towards financially, rather than feeling an economic burden from the start. The average household with credit card debt has approximately $6,929 in revolving balances, but starting out slowly will allow you to buy the pieces you need and pay them off before adding more.

Find some second-hand treasures

You may have new digs, but that doesn’t mean older pieces can’t come along. It may be tempting to buy a bunch of new decor items online, as it’s one of the most convenient ways to shop. But you may also have to deal with shipping costs, delays, possible damage, and questionable quality. Ordering online can be a bit of a gamble, which isn’t exactly the ideal approach when you’re trying to keep costs down. In addition, you might be more tempted to spend more than you should when the transaction can be completed with one click.

Instead, why not try your luck at finding some second-hand pieces in your local community? Check out thrift shops, antique stores, or garage sales for some unique pieces that can add character and charm to your home. It’s important to examine these pieces carefully for any flaws, of course. If you’re worried about cleanliness, stick to items you can easily sterilize. You may also want to consider visiting some locally owned furniture stores, rather than popular big box stores, to see if you might be able to score a deal. There are even apps and social media groups that offer low prices on new or slightly used items. While it might take you a bit longer to find what you’re looking for, you can have a bit of an adventure and pay a lot less than you would for reproduction items that don’t have the same sense of history.

Buy smaller furnishings at pivotal times

Although sofas, easy chairs, beds, armoires, and other pieces may be important, you’ll need more than those bare necessities to make your first apartment look truly stylish. Whether you’re a natural minimalist or love lots of knick-knacks, you’ll need some other items for visual interest. Bare walls and empty shelves can look sterile and depressing, which is really the last thing you want when you’re living on your own for the first time. You don’t need to go overboard and buy unnecessary accoutrements, but picking out some key items with which to decorate can make your apartment really feel like home.

You won’t need to spend a lot of money here, either. Old books, candles, and small potted plants will bring your shelves to life, while rolled canvas prints and framed photographs can make your apartment walls look both beautiful and add a personal touch. Although it’s a good idea to add to your collection over time, there is another way to save money on items like these: know when to shop. Sales typically occur after major holidays and during the middle of summer, when retailers want to get rid of old stock to make way for new. Keep a sharp eye out for discounts and blow-outs so you won’t have buyer’s remorse.

Remember that you don’t need to go for broke to decorate a home that impresses your loved ones. With these tips in mind, your first apartment will look like a million bucks without actually having to spend it.