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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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Can’t stand the heat? – What the law says about working in hot weather

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Matthew Hendra from our Employment team takes a look at the latest forecast and helps you understand what employers need to do to keep their employees safe.

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Is it legal for restaurant owners to make deductions from the salaries of employees when customers leave without paying?

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Under section 13(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 an employer may not make a deduction from an employee’s wages unless:
• It is required or authorised to be made by a statutory provision or a relevant provision in the employee’s contract, which covers things like tax and NI; or
• the employee has previously consented in writing to the deduction.

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Who’s feeling Uber-active?

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With Uber on the brink of a historic IPO on the New York Stock Exchange, employment lawyer Nikita Sonecha asks if driver activism leading up to the offering or during the AGM is going to be a disruptive force for this vast, but relatively delicate company.

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Uber confident: is the transportation disruptor worth investing into?

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Uber’s looming initial public offering (IPO), scheduled for next week, has been making headlines for months, with speculation intensifying since its main rival in the US, Lyft, went public in March, raising $2.3 billion at the price of $72 per share.

Uber expects to put a final price on its shares on Thursday 9 May and to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange the next day.

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Use it or lose it? Not so simple when it comes to annual leave

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Just when we thought the law on holiday pay was settled, it has reared its head once again. The latest decisions by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) suggest that employers and HR professionals need to do more than put appropriate policies in place.

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What about the human casualties when a business goes into administration?

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The casualties keep coming in the UK’s stricken high street. Last month, 71 of Patisserie Valerie’s loss-making stores and all its concessions were closed immediately, and though the remaining 122 stores continue to trade while a buyer is found, about 3,000 employees are affected.

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What will the post-Brexit employment landscape look like?

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On Monday 28 January 2019, the Parliament voted in favour of the proposed immigration bill. This bill is now being considered by a Public Bill Committee which will scrutinise the Bill line by line and is expected to report to the House of Commons by Thursday 7 March 2019.

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The EU Settlement Scheme has been extended – what can you do to help your workforce?

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British firms are backing their EU workforces by offering to pay their application fees for the EU Settlement Scheme which is today being extended to all European workers living in the UK in its third and final testing phase.

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Government announces its Good Work Plan in response to the Taylor Review

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After months of consultation the Government has published its response to the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. The ‘Good Work Plan’ makes commitments to enacting legislation to implement most of the recommendations from the Taylor Review but has provided little detail on the legislation itself or timescales for implementation.

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It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid … or is there?

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Contributing authors: Lauren Harkin

As an employer, you may be liable for the behaviour of your employees outside of working hours.

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The “Ryanair 6” and the damage social media can cause your brand

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The danger of social media should not be underestimated. This was recently highlighted by “the Ryanair 6” over the course of the last 4 weeks whereby despite Ryanair finding that the 6 had staged a picture of them being subjected to appalling working conditions and dismissing the 6 for gross misconduct; the damage was already done.

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