Bullying in work
on the increase
LEGAL and workplace health
experts are warning that bullying in work is on the rise in
Merseyside. Liverpool law firm Maxwell Hodge has seen a number
of employment law cases where workplace bullying has been an issue.
The firm’s findings are backed by Merseyside workplace health
organisation, Health@Work, which has been dealing with a host of
stress related bullying issues and is working to tackle bullying in
In surveys by the Samaritans it’s estimated that 8 in 10 workers are
affected by workplace bullying and 18.9 million working days are
lost each year as a direct result.
Maxwell Hodge and Health@Work have teamed up to tackle the issue and
are running a free seminar for Merseyside people on workplace
bullying on Friday, 21 October 2011, from 9 to 10 am. This will be at the
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce building, on Old Hall Street.
Health@Work’s programme manager Keith Gorman said:- "Cases of
bullying appear to be on the increase and this is in line with
national statistics which show that bullying increases during tough
economic times. Any instance of bullying can have a huge
impact on staff morale and the bottom line. We are trying to raise
more awareness around the issue and offer our support to employers
and employees to help stamp out bullying in the workplace."
Maxwell Hodge employment law specialist Laura Chalkley said:-
"Maxwell Hodge has dealt with several cases which have involved
reported bullying and we are delighted to be able to collaborate
with Health@Work on this project. The problem of workplace bullying
can have far-reaching effects and if left unchallenged, it can have
a serious effect on people’s personal lives and in some instances
can result in costly court cases for businesses concerned." Places on the seminar can be booked via the Liverpool Chamber's
employers urged to ditch ‘A N Other’
EMPLOYERS in the North West
are being urged to get their PAYE paperwork in order, after more
than 500 returns incorrectly claimed to employ "A N Other"
Every year, employers send PAYE data to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC),
which gives details of employees’ tax and national insurance
contributions. However, it is not always accurate. This can cause
problems for the employee, for example, incorrect amounts being
deducted from their pay. It can also use up valuable employer and
HMRC time and money putting the error right.
As well as 507 "A N Others", employer returns submitted across the
UK for 2009/10 revealed the following incorrect information:-
► 128 staff entered as Mr, Ms or Mrs "Dummy"
► 572 people whose surnames only included the letter X, ranging from
"Mr X" to "Mrs XXXXXX"
► 75 staff with the surname "Casual", 11 "Cleaners", 9
► 824 employees with the surname "Unknown"
► 40 people were apparently 200 years old or more after incorrect
dates of birth were submitted.
Jim Harra, HMRC’s Director of Customer Operations, said:-
"Most employers in the North West get their PAYE returns right. The
few who don’t can cause problems for their employees, for example,
incorrect deductions of tax. Around 80% of errors in employee data
are due to an incorrect name, date of birth or national insurance
number – straightforward information that can be collected and
checked quite easily.
So, whether you are employing ‘Mr or Mrs J Smith’ – or even ‘Mr or
Mrs A N Other’, please use the full and official name on your PAYE
paperwork. First names are very important, especially for common
We really want employers to check that they are sending us the right
details for all their employees, to make life easier for them, their
employees and HMRC."
For more information on getting your employer data right, visit:-