PeopleTalk – October 2012


This month, sees the start of the Pensions Reforms.  We also have some outstanding special offers, one for new customers and one for our loyal clients.  Donna is delighted to have been voted one of the Top 100 Mums in Business – more in the newsletter.

Once again we’d just like to mention our Facebook page which we invite you to come and like, and you can follow us on Twitter too! We’d be delighted to hear your comments so feel free to email us at [email protected].

Hot off the Press!

We are absolutely over the moon to announce that Donna Obstfeld of DOHR has been voted one of the Top 100 Mums in Business in the Mums Club Business Mums Awards 2012. Short-listed in the ‘Expert in their Field’ category Donna, her husband and children are delighted with her progress in these National Awards. Donna recognises the art of balancing the requirements of her business with the needs of her family and loves the variety and challenge that both “work” and “play” produce.  There is a continual need to be highly organised and to keep juggling and re-prioritising – Donna says she wouldn’t want it any other way, she thoroughly enjoys being a busy, working Mum.

Refer a client and Free HR Healthchecks

We are delighted to introduce our new Refer a Client scheme – If you refer a business to us and they become a client we will give you £25 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers if they take out a retainer.  We are also offering an HR Healthcheck for October- November, for all new customers.  Book an  FREE HR Healthcheck with DOHR and make sure you are compliant with legislation.


Pensions & Auto-Enrolment

New Pensions legislation comes into force from October 2012 following the Pension Commission’s review.  Currently, the state pension is £107 a week (figs as of April), the aim is to help combat the concerns surrounding poverty in the elderly. While they are able to opt out, all employees will be automatically enrolled in a pension put into place for them by their employer.   It is mandatory to offer a suitable pension scheme so employers will need to make the necessary adjustments (not just to payroll systems), it will also affect remuneration packages.

For further information on when you need to enrol (your staging date), how your business will be affected and employee eligibility (there are some non-eligible employees although everyone has the right to be included) please visit our website and download our information sheet.  We can help you with auto-enrolment, remuneration and other pension related issues, contact us at [email protected] or 01923 504100.

National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates rise from 1st October 2012.  The new rates are as follows:

£6.19/hr                           age 21+

£4.98/hr                            age 18-20

£3.68/hr                            age under 18 (workers above school leaving age)

£2.65/hr                            apprentices





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