IR35 | 10 Rules for Contractors

November 22, 2018
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On our blog earlier this month we discussed the effects of changes to the HMRC IR35 tax regulations on contractors and consultants following announcements in the Budget. These changes to the HMRC IR35 rules will have an impact not just on contractors but also business owners too. Here we provide you with 10 rules (below in italics) relating to this area of tax law and outline some of the complexities for w...

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IR35 Using Contractors | Budget 2018

November 6, 2018
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Philip Hammond has spoken … and the changes to the IR35 regulations and off-payroll hiring introduced to the public sector in 2017 will now also apply to “large” and “medium” sized private sector enterprises with effect from 2020. We discussed the importance of professional business legal advice when considering the basis with which you work with different groups of people such...

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Coming and Going: Working with Temporary Workers (Part 1)

June 21, 2018
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Temporary working relationships are valuable resource for new and expanding small businesses. They help businesses expand incrementally without adding greatly to the coast and complexity of running the organisation at times of fluctuation and great change. You can find that the regulatory environment concerning funding, corporate governance and so on is complicated enough, without triggering the need to comply with numerous...

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Changes to the GIG Economy? | Louise Paull

February 20, 2018
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There has been much in the press lately about the GIG ECONOMY, affecting an estimated 1.1 million people. Most recently the Government published its response to the Taylor Review. As set out in my previous blog, ...

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The Gig Economy | The Pros and Cons of Taking on a Self-Employed Contractor

November 23, 2017
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The rapid rise of temporary work arrangements, or the ‘gig economy’, offering flexible work is coming under increasing attack, as the Employment Appeal Tribunal recently confirmed that Uber drivers were workers, and not self-employed. So, what are the advantages to a business of engaging someone on a self-employed basis? They provide a busine...

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace | What You Absolutely Need to Know as an Employer!

October 23, 2017
Sexual Harassment in the workplace

In light of recent allegations within the film industry and the resulting outpour of information about sexual harassment in the workplace, it is necessary to look at these incidents from the perspective of an employer, but what do you need to know? How do you prevent or deal with these kinds of sensitive and difficult issues in your workplace? Although it shou...

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The Taylor Review…..What Does It Mean For Employers?

July 13, 2017
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The Taylor Review, also known as the ‘Good Work’ Report, published on 11 July 2017, has recommended changes to employment law to protect those workers that it considers are most vulnerable and at risk of exploitation. The Government has said that it will take the Review’s recommendations seriously. But at this stage all the recommendations in the Review are just that – recommendations. The Review makes no changes to the law, but it could be a sign of things to come.

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Consultancy contracts: The top 5 things you need to consider

July 6, 2017

Getting a consultancy agreement signed before any services are provided should be a priority for any consultant or client. A contract protects both parties by setting out their obligations clearly, and reducing the risks of any misunderstandings or dispute. Without it, you are relying on a verbal agreement, which is unlikely to be the same agreement in the minds of both parties, or cover all of the issues.

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What are the implications of Brexit for Employers and Employees?

May 12, 2017
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On 29 March 2017, Theresa May, served Article 50 notice to exit the EU. It is the first time that an Article 50 notice has been served in the history of the EU. The full consequences of the serving of the notice remains to be seen. It will mean that there will now be two years of negotiations.

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Court of Appeal decides that a ‘self-employed’ plumber has worker rights

February 13, 2017
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Last week, the Court of Appeal said that a ‘self-employed’ plumber who worked for Pimlico Plumbers (PP) was a worker. A worker sits between an employee and someone who is self-employed.

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Is it illegal to force women to wear high heels in the workplace?

February 1, 2017
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Women being forced to wear high heels at work has been the subject of a report by a parliamentary committee. The committee looked at whether it was illegal for an employer to require its female staff to wear high heels.

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What’s the key to creating a healthy working environment?

December 2, 2016
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The physical, emotional and mental health of people within an environment is paramount in ensuring that it works efficiently. A healthy company generally functions well and shows regard for its employees, and it’s likely to retain those workers and get the most out of them to reap the rewards in terms of productivity.

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How does the Employment Tribunal decision on Uber workers affect you?

November 2, 2016

Last week, as was widely reported in the news, the Employment Tribunal decided that Uber drivers were workers. Uber had claimed that the drivers were not its workers but that they were self-employed, in business on their own account.

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What contracts do I need as a freelancer?

October 18, 2016
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Getting a contract signed before you provide services should be a priority for any freelancer or consultant. A contract protects you by setting out your obligations clearly and reducing the risks of a misunderstanding with the client.

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Tips to Get Your Employees Heading in the Same Direction

October 3, 2016
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Getting people to work together for a common cause isn’t easy. We all have different characteristics, different motivations, particular tensions and differences of opinion that can make working together especially tricky!

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