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
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.Contracting holds plenty of attractions, not least the freedom to choose your contracts, your... View Article
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
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
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
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
Pension Auto-Enrolment Deadlines for Small Companies Fast Approaching
Ever since the Pension Act 2008 came into effect in 2012, every employer in the UK was legally required to put certain employees into a pension scheme and make a contribution. The process was called auto-enrolment.What confused many employers was that even though there was a big media announcement that it was a legal requirement,... View Article
4 Pitfalls To Avoid When Hiring An Intern
There has been a lot of negative press concerning the use of interns in recent years: Topshop and Reed were among the high profile companies named and shamed by an internet campaign, reported in the Guardian newspaper a few years back, which exposed unpaid and very low paid internships.As a small employer, the last thing... View Article
National Living Wage – What’s it All About?
Big changes are afoot this year in the world of worker pay. You’ve probably heard of the Living Wage, right? This is a voluntary hourly rate set by the Living Wage Foundation, a non-governmental social enterprise. It’s £9.20 per hour in London and £8.25 outside the capital and employers choose to pay this wage on... View Article
How To Say ‘Yes’ To All Staff Holiday’s Request Over The Christmas Period
There is a very real danger that employers can end up being the ‘bad guy’, over the Christmas period, as expectant staff approach managers with competing holiday requests. If your business doesn’t have the slack in it’s schedules to give everyone the holidays they want, and you have to turn down holiday requests as a... View Article