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Business advice

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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.

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

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.

Business opinion

Friday, January 12, 2018

The dreaded post-Christmas credit card bills are beginning to arrive. Moneysavingexpert’s Martin Lewis explains how to tackle them.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Our reader wants to know if self-investing and making active investment decisions over their pension, rather than putting faith in a pension company, would be a good idea. Carl Lamb of Almary Green responds.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Learning more about how East Anglian companies can become better places to work stands to benefit us all, writes Mark Shields.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Where should you invest your emergency fund to get the maximum return within easy reach? Carl Lamb from Almary Green explains.

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