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IR35 Contracts – the key legal issues to look out for

In determining whether a person’s contract work will fall under the governance of IR35, a number of key factors are identified to establish the true employment status of the worker, including issues such as the right to substitution, control, mutuality of obligation and other factors which may or may not indicate ‘self-employed’ rather than ‘employed’... View Article

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27.02.2017
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What every contractor needs to know about business insurance

If you’re a contractor, you’re part of one of the fastest growing tribes in the UK. There are currently nearly 2m contract and freelance workers across the country; that’s 6 per cent of the workforce, contributing a whopping £100bn to the economy[1].Contracting holds plenty of attractions, not least the freedom to choose your contracts, your... View Article

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26.02.2017
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Brexit: What are the consequences for UK employment law?

Unless you have been living in a cave this week, you will have been following the blanket media coverage of the most important event in recent memory in the UK.  So while we anxiously await the outcome of whether Diego Costa has a future at Chelsea we can focus on the other issue which has... View Article

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18.01.2017
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Brexit and trademark protection: what you should know

The consequences of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will no doubt be felt globally, and across many spheres. With an ambiguous exit strategy to navigate, fresh calls to extend the transition period, and recent court rulings compounding unease, the full extent of Brexit repercussions remains to be seen.The most popular scenarios to have arisen... View Article

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17.01.2017
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Office Party Survival Guide For Small Employers

“Tis the season to be jolly,” is a festive message we can all get behind. But, along with the joy of the proverbial office party, comes with it the extraordinary risk of alcohol-fuelled bad behaviour, because according to academic research people who drink in environments not normally associated with drinking – like office parties –... View Article

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21.11.2016
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5 Tips To Keep Staff Motivated Over The Festive and New Year Period

Christmas preparation seems to be starting earlier and earlier each year. No sooner have we packed away the sunglasses than the Christmas advertising starts. Before we know it, the John Lewis annual Christmas tear-jerker advert has staff huddled round the computer screen with hankies.Thankfully, for businesses the frenzied festive period doesn’t really start impacting employee’s focus... View Article

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21.11.2016
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How many holiday days are staff entitled to and what do I need to pay them?

The LawCurrently, UK legislation states that employees are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks holiday/annual leave entitlement each year. This is inclusive of Bank Holidays or any days that the business usually closes. How do I calculate the minimum holiday entitlement?If a person normally works for 5 days in any 7-day week then they will... View Article

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16.10.2016
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Employee needs to take some time off? Here’s some guidance on sick pay.

What is Statutory Sick Pay (“SSP”)? All employees, irrespective of age, are entitled to claim SSP as long as they have average earnings of at least £112 per week (from 6 April 2016) and an employer has a legal duty to pay at least this amount to an employee who becomes ill and is absent from... View Article

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04.10.2016
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Dismissing staff from a UK company: The Do’s and Don’ts

Firing staff can be a particularly stressful experience for small businesses and new employers, especially as personal friendships might be involved.  The process for dismissing staff in the UK can be confusing and a lack of understanding of this process, or a reluctance to seek any professional advice along the way, often results in an... View Article

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06.09.2016
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Take advantage of the tax breaks while avoiding the pitfalls: Investment through SEIS

There’s been a lot of excitement recently about the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (“SEIS”). The tax benefits can be significant, with the scheme exemplifying the Government’s plans to encourage investment in early stage start-ups.  Unsurprisingly however, an extensive list of conditions is attached.  Navigating these can be tricky so we’ve had look at some of the... View Article

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06.09.2016