HMRC requires that employers register their employee benefit schemes and, where relevant, that they submit annual returns in relation to them. From this year, as with other Government and non-governmental agencies, HMRC requires that the submissions be made electronically.
Readers will remember that Employment Tribunal fees were controversially introduced in July 2013. Since then, for the majority of cases, there has been an upfront fee of up to £250 to raise a claim followed by a further hearing fee of up to £950, both payable by the Claimant. Since the introduction of these fees there are has been a sharp decline in the number of claims being raised.
2012 was an exciting year in the UK. The country was abuzz with Olympic fever, the Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne, and our very own Andy Murray became the first British man to win a Grand Slam Tournament in the best part of 100 years.
Unfortunately employment issues, such as those arising from disciplinary or grievance matters, are something which every employer, no matter how good, is likely to experience at some point. Given the likelihood that such issues will arise it makes good business sense to be prepared. A failure to prepare can mean that these issues become disruptive to your business as well as time consuming and expensive to resolve. In our experience a failure to prepare for these issues also increases the likelihood of claims being raised in the Employment Tribunal. Continue Reading
Going on holiday? Lovely. When? Where? For how long? Oooh, was that on some kind of deal? …and so it goes with regards holiday small talk. Until you and your colleague(s) realise there’s only so far you can take it for a trip to Wales in winter. To stay with the in-laws. Comparatively exotic for some I’m sure, it nevertheless isn’t the stereotypical jet-setting jaunt you’d sworn you would do next year amidst the recriminations of the previous visit.
As 2015 dawns, if you are thinking of selling your business this year, what are some of the things you need to know? What are the issues that we are currently seeing affecting transactions and how do you avoid those issues?
Progress towards implementation of the £1.13 billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal seems to be gaining momentum this week with the appearance, on the Public Contracts Scotland website, of an advert by Renfrewshire Council, one of the participating local authorities* for services connected with the Glasgow Airport Investment Area project – Lead Consultancy (Multi Disciplinary Services, Roads & Bridges).
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published updated guidance on calculating the national minimum wage (NMW). The guidance is intended to assist employers comply with their obligation to pay employees the NMW where applicable. The guidance now includes a new section on the family member exemption and the guidance has been updated regarding the position for those required to sleep between duties.