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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The sight of workers gathered outside the office enjoying a cigarette is a familiar one. But are employers right to allow staff to take extra breaks and is it fair on non-smoking colleagues?

If your organisation deals with personal data, you need to fully understand your legal obligations. Failure to do so could land you with a severe penalty – as one Essex council discovered.

When negotiating the terms of a commercial lease, early legal advice is of paramount importance.

Analysis of Government data has revealed that up to 20,000 nursery workers, around 10% of the total, are being paid below the National Living Wage in England.

It is always worrying when a government proposes new legislation with a title preceded by “Great” – usually a sign that drastic changes are required.

When an employee agrees to a reduction in gross pay in return for the employer providing a benefit of some kind, this is a salary sacrifice arrangement.

About 1.8m business premises will have now been assessed with new rateable values.

The falling number of corporate insolvencies between 2011 and 2015 is attributable to various factors.

Long before the Chancellor’s U-turn on Class 4 NICs, his predecessor set in train tax changes to reduce tax losses from the “gig” economy.

Last year the UK Government confirmed that it will be adopting the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – Brexit won’t save you!

With political events in the UK moving at alarming speed, commentators are still speculating on what leaving the European Union may mean for the housing market and the construction industry.

A plumber has won a legal battle for workers’ rights in the latest significant court ruling on freelance employees in the UK.

When a new collaboration starts it is an exciting time. All parties are keen to explore the potential that the relationship holds and start enthusiastically sharing and developing their ideas.

One of the Chancellor’s first major announcements in 2016 was the launch of the updated National Cyber Security Strategy, setting out “the Government’s plan to make Britain secure and resilient in cyberspace” up to 2021.

Stage 2 of the SZC consultation began in November 2016 and is open for comment until February 3, 2017, see their website www.sizewellc.co.uk.

2016 was a year that defied predictions and, as 2017 begins to unfold, it looks as if change will once again be the only constant.

The National Fraud Authority reports that property fraud is worth £1bn each year. In 2015 the Land Registry reported a three year high in property fraud cases.

There are a number of changes afoot in the world of employment law, and HR departments will take the brunt of preparing the paperwork.

We are often asked to advise business owners about how to bring younger members of their family into the business.

The logistics chain is being targeted and this will have a huge effect on the way that warehouse and transport & logistics operators do business with their overseas clients. Since September 15 2016 HMRC has acquired new powers under s.48 Value Added Tax Act to seek to combat what it sees as abuse of the system of declaring import VAT and duty by e-commerce traders who are located outside of the EU and who sell goods online to British consumers.

The National Fraud Authority reports that property fraud is worth £1bn each year and in 2015 the Land Registry reported a three-year high in cases.

Gender diversity has been on the boardroom agenda for many years now but, with more than half of Suffolk’s largest companies, and 36% of all UK businesses, still without any women at senior management level, something clearly isn’t working.

The process of negotiation and give-and-take involved in finalising contracts can be demanding and time-consuming.

Philip Hammond will today deliver his first ever Autumn Statement but, with the economy ticking along smoothly and Brexit negotiations around the corner, we believe the Chancellor is unlikely to make any dramatic announcements in his speech this afternoon.

An Employment Tribunal has ruled that Uber drivers will now be entitled to holiday pay, rest breaks and the National Minimum Wage (NMW)/National Living Wage (NLW).

When news of the forthcoming Apprenticeship Levy first broke, it was seen by many as just another burdensome tax on business, but the new system could give firms a much-needed chance to create valuable, industry-led training opportunities to help plug the skills gap.

One of the major concerns that people who own assets in the EU have is whether their wills will remain valid once we have left the EU.

With the festive season fast approaching, employers often use this time of year to undertake a review of business performance and plan for the future, which can include reducing business expenditure.

The Government has now published its response to the initial consultation on simplification of the termination payment tax rules.

A GP surgery has been fined £40,000 for the unauthorised disclosure of a patient’s personal data.

The number of women suffering from pregnancy discrimination in the workplace has almost doubled in the last decade.

The Brexit vote has left many questions, with the making and application of law being a major imponderable.

The impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union remains the subject of much discussion. But while Brexit may in future affect companies doing business in the UK and the EU, changes are already under way which are potentially more significant for the international tax landscape, resulting from the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative.

It is unlawful to subject someone to discrimination on the ground of their philosophical belief – but how wide can the interpretation of a philosophical belief stretch?

Termination payments on the termination of employment, most often contained in settlement agreements, usually consist of a compensation payment and a payment in lieu of notice.

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