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The Hybrid working revolution – do employment contracts now need to change
Carolyn Brown

29 July 2021

With the Government-mandated working from home guidance ending, many employers have seen an increase in hybrid working requests. Do you need to change your employment contracts?

Who do employment businesses employ under a contract of service and why does this matter
Carolyn Brown

30 June 2021

Who do employment businesses employ under a contract of service?

Act now on Covid support errors: HMRC steps up compliance activity
Carolyn Brown

29 June 2021

The government has so far paid out around £80 billion in Coronavirus support to millions of people across the UK. HMRC has written to more than 60,000 SEISS (Self-employment Income Support Scheme) and CJRS (Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme) customers to ask them to check they have claimed correctly or whether, as initial checks suggest, they may have claimed too much.

Off-payroll working – what is the impact of the small companies accounting regime?
Carolyn Brown

04 May 2021

The legislative changes for off-payroll workers in the private sector will not apply to client end users who are small companies. For those, the current legalisation in Chapter 8 of ITEPA 2003 remains applicable. The size of the company (and in the case of a parent company, the size of the group headed by it) in terms of its turnover, balance sheet total and average number of employees determines whether it is classed as small.

Professional harm through adverse personal employment claims
Carolyn Brown

04 May 2021

Employment Tribunals publish their judgments online. They include a full narrative of the dispute. Last year, a lawyer damaged his professional reputation due to a Regulator’s rebuke after an Employment Tribunal found he had unfairly dismissed and discriminated against his nanny.

Do you know how long your workers are working?
Carolyn Brown

04 May 2021

The UK Working Time Regulations 1998 are measures to improve the safety and health of workers at work. In this article we cover the importance of why employers need to accurately record working time.

Directors paying for corporate statutory breaches
Carolyn Brown

04 May 2021

Personal liability for directors who induce corporate statutory breaches of their workers’ rights in bad faith.

CJRS 4: are further tweaks to the system just window-dressing?
Carolyn Brown

27 April 2021

Every employer furloughing from May must check and, if necessary, recalculate the reference pay of their variable paid furloughed staff - a substantial task for businesses not yet able to fully open, and for sectors still unable to operate. This looks like window-dressing by government.

Major change to variable paid employees’ CJRS grant claims calculations from 1 May 2021
Carolyn Brown

23 April 2021

From 1 May 2021 there will be a major change to CJRS for variable paid furloughed employees. Ensure you use the right calculations so that your claims for May 2021 onwards are valid.

Job retention scheme
Carolyn Brown

16 April 2021

On 22 March 2020 the Chancellor announced a new job retention scheme for all UK employers whatever their size. It operates instead of redundancy or lay off.

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