How integrated HR administration drives faultless payroll

How integrated HR administration drives faultless payroll

Without doubt the majority of businesses now widely recognise that their greatest assets are their employees – hoorah! However, many employers are still falling at the most fundamental of hurdles by making costly payroll and payment related administrative errors, causing widespread issues. The fault often lies in employers – quite understandably – not fully understanding the complex, ever-evolving employment… Read more
Ink launches its inaugural White Paper – Investing in Pensions, Investing in People

Ink launches its inaugural White Paper – Investing in Pensions, Investing in People

The Ink Group are pleased to announce the publication of our inaugural White Paper: ‘Investing in Pensions, Investing in People – The role of Workplace Pensions in boosting employee wellbeing and productivity’.  To summarise, our White Paper is written for anyone involved in the running of Workplace Pensions. Our focus is on: Exploring the challenges facing the… Read more
One-month countdown to GDPR: a unique perspective

One-month countdown to GDPR: a unique perspective

At The Ink Group, our day to day activities involve handling large amounts of personal data. As you can imagine, we have been working hard to prepare for GDPR. We see GDPR through a number of different lenses: as an employer an HR adviser a payroll bureau a regulated employee benefits consultancy So, we… Read more
Upcoming changes to the Childcare Voucher Scheme – so what does this mean for me?

Upcoming changes to the Childcare Voucher Scheme – so what does this mean for me?

As any working parent will know, Childcare Vouchers are there to help with the cost of childcare by creating income tax and national insurance savings. Childcare Voucher schemes have existed for over 15 years but are soon to be replaced by the Government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme. Childcare Vouchers have historically been provided by accredited third party organisations. Employers choose a… Read more
Welcome!  Now show me your ID.

Welcome! Now show me your ID.

It’s important that employers are careful about checking the work eligibility of their new recruits.  Failure to do so – resulting in the employment of an illegal worker – can lead to an unlimited fine and imprisonment. But don’t over-react to this risk.  There are certain sectors where it is high – for example, where casual and/or unskilled work is… Read more
Why all SMEs should have integrated HR & Payroll services (& software)

Why all SMEs should have integrated HR & Payroll services (& software)

OK – let’s get the conflict of interest out of the way, Ink provides HR and Payroll services (and software) to SME businesses across the UK. That said, we still can’t believe how few businesses we talk to integrate their key people management functions and use technology to deliver a great user experience to both administrator and employee. We still meet… Read more
Family Leave: don’t let a friendly policy backfire

Family Leave: don’t let a friendly policy backfire

Poor old Network Rail.  Once upon a time it championed the cause of the working mother and, to prove it, paid significantly over and above the statutory level for maternity pay.  And then came Shared Parental Leave: a vehicle designed in some respects to redress the gender imbalance of child-caring and to enable professional mothers a quicker return to work… Read more

First Aid – it’s more than a tick in the box

We sent our Account Manager, Agnieszka, on a refresher First Aid course recently and asked her what she thought of the experience.  Was it just a process to be got through?  Was it just a tick in the box?  Not at all!  Here’s what she told us when we asked her more about it … Q: What’s the most significant… Read more
Employee engagement and Generation Z?

Employee engagement and Generation Z?

  It was the year that Titanic won Best Picture at the Oscars, Tony Blair was settling in to no.10 and The Spice Girls, All Saints and Robbie Williams topped the charts.   It was also the year that today’s college and school leavers were born. They are known as Generation Z – and they are starting to enter… Read more
It’s on my radar to think outside the box

It’s on my radar to think outside the box

Management speak is something that all of us in business are guilty of participating in every now and again. For some, it’s become their new language, whilst for others it can be a major turnoff. So, let’s run an idea up the flagpole and see who salutes – instead of having the traditional “swear jar”, why not have a “jargon… Read more