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Business advice

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In a bid to promote a culture of transparency in the workplace, and to encourage organisations to tackle the underlying causes of the gender pay gap, regulations came into force last year requiring organisations in Great Britain with 250 or more employees to publish data on the pay of their male and female employees.

The Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 grants an automatic right of renewal to tenants of business premises, known as “security of tenure”, unless the landlord and tenant agree, before the lease is granted, to exclude the statutory right to renew.

Brexit could bring an additional cash flow burden for businesses buying goods from the European Union and there will be further changes in 2019.

If you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution, why not decide to carry out an employment status review?

Any employer with at least 250 employees must report under the Gender Pay Reporting (GPR) regulations by April 4, 2018 (for the private and voluntary sectors) or by March 30 (for the public sector).

Welcome news came in the Budget for first time buyers of residential properties when the Government announced that there would be no Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable by those who purchased a residential property for £300,000 or less.

In his first Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced welcome changes to venture capital tax reliefs for knowledge-intensive companies (KICs).

Allegations of sexual misconduct have dominated the news agenda in recent weeks. The behaviour of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and a dossier of British MPs has highlighted the dangers that follow when a culture of harassment is allowed to develop in the workplace.

A recent judgment from the EAT (Employment Appeals Tribunal) has somewhat surprisingly slipped under the radar.

Despite some recent signs of “progress”, the Brexit negotiations have a long way to go yet.

We are told a Great Repeal Bill is in the offing following Brexit.

As the use of drones is increasing, Rebecca Palmer, senior associate at Prettys Solicitors explores the legal landscape around their use.

New Corporate Criminal Offences (CCO) legislation took effect on September 30, designed to overcome the difficulties in attributing criminal liability to companies and partnerships when their employees, contractors and other “associated persons” are seen to be facilitating tax evasion.

Advertising is crucial to the lifeblood of any business but if you fail to play by the rules the punishments can be severe.

In recent months, there has been a spate of cyber-crime stemming from ransomware infiltrating large businesses on a global scale.

HMRC has adopted EU proposals to extend distance selling rules to online or mail order sellers of goods who promote a separate delivery service to their customers.

There is a sea change coming for all businesses operating in e-commerce fulfilment, and ignoring the effect of this new scheme is not an option for any business that wants to trade within the law.

If you are a business owner, there will almost certainly come a time when you want to exit from the business. A sale often results in the best financial return.

In April 2016, the Government introduced the new register of people with significant control (PSCs) as part of the UK’s company and LLP requirement to record and publicise corporate information.

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.

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