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5 August 2019 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Upcoming tax changes put employment status in the spotlight again

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Employment status and IR35 has hit headlines again. The Government has confirmed that the IR35 tax regulations will be extended in April 2020. Changes to IR35 were made in the public sector in April 2017, and similar changes are now due to be introduced for medium and large businesses in the private sector.

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12 March 2018 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Termination payments and tax – changes are approaching

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You may think you know the position on termination payments and tax; up until recently it has been relatively simple to calculate. However, the Government has recently embarked on a series of reforms which bring about significant changes to the tax and NICs treatment of termination payments. Ironically, the Government’s aim was to simplify the legislation; however, the new rules remain complex.

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26 July 2017 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Breaking news: Supreme Court rules tribunal fees are illegal

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A ground-breaking decision from the UK’s top court has been announced today which is forecasted to be the most significant judgment in UK employment law in the last fifty years. The ruling means that the tribunal fees introduced in 2013 are now illegal and importantly, those who have already paid the fees over the last four years, will have to be reimbursed. What are the consequences for employers and individuals? For starters, the Government have estimated at least £27m will have to be repaid to thousands of claimants.

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8 June 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Be flexible with staff during the 2016 European Championship

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Watching football

With the European Football Tournament starting tomorrow (10 June 2016), and some matches due to take place during normal working hours, employers are anticipating some disruption to the workplace over the coming weeks. Lauren Harkin shares some tips for managing employee absence and keeping up productivity.

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24 March 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

The Budget: what does it mean for HR?

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The Budget 2016

With the Budget announced last week you may be wondering what the employment-related announcements are and how they might affect you as HR professionals. We bring you a summary of the main employment budget points to be mindful of.

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28 January 2016 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Tax now payable on injury to feelings awards

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settlement negotiations

Whether as a result of protected conversations, disciplinary or capability processes, grievances or tribunal proceedings, as an employer you may find yourself engaged in ‘negotiations to settle’ with current or former employees. Employees may allege that they have suffered an “injury to feelings” as a result of what they see as unlawful treatment, and settlement monies may be apportioned between financial losses, legal fees, and pre- and post-termination injury to feelings, to take advantage of the tax rules.

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21 September 2015 1 Comment Posted in Employment

Is it unfair to dismiss an employee for coming into work smelling of alcohol?

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empty beer glass

Many employers now have a policy which makes it clear that drinking alcohol at work, or being under the influence at work is an act of gross misconduct. The test for a ‘fair’ dismissal is that, following a fair investigation, the employer reasonably believes that misconduct has occurred, and dismissal is a reasonable sanction.

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6 July 2015 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Holiday pay – should employers include voluntary overtime in holiday pay calculations?

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Holiday

Regular readers of our bulletins will be fully aware of the long-running issue of what to include in holiday pay.

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6 May 2015 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

Making redundancies and the meaning of “establishment”

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Making redundancies

Do you remember the Woolworths and Ethel Austin case? It has been making its way through the courts for some time and we now finally have the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision.

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19 December 2013 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

In trouble over twitter: dealing with inappropriate comments on social media

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It was reported in the national news this week that the head chef at The Plough, Great Haseley near Oxford, who was recently sacked for refusing to work on Christmas day, has responded to his dismissal by posting derogatory comments from the pub’s own twitter page about the business.

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17 December 2013 0 Comments Posted in Business

Dealing with a disciplinary when there are safeguarding issues

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There are important considerations for Schools when contemplating dismissing a member of staff when there are safeguarding issues. If, for example, a School is contemplating the dismissal of a member of their teaching staff on grounds of misconduct, if the allegations are proven and the individual is summarily dismissed, the consequence of that dismissal is likely to be that the individual will not work in their profession again.

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23 September 2013 0 Comments Posted in Employment, Opinion

You’re fired: dismissing underperforming staff

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We’re all familiar with Alan Sugar’s popular TV show the apprentice, and that inevitable moment at the end of the show when Sir Alan points his finger and utters the words “Your Fired!”. Lauren Harkin, associate in iur Employment team, looks at how easy it actually is to sack employees.

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