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HR Summer Updates

27 June 2011

HR Summer Updates

HR SUMMER UPDATES KEY CHANGES Working Time Regulation to be Revised The Working Time Regulations (WTR) are to be amended to update them in light of case law (such as Pereda and Stringer) which has established that workers unable to take their annual leave because of sickness etc. in the current year must be able to carry it forward into the following leave year

Insider May 2011

25 May 2011

Insider May 2011

Drop in sick leave Coping with the time that employees take off sick can be a major issue, especially for smaller employers. So it might come as good news to learn that the average amount of sick leave in the private sector appears to be on a downward trend.

Selling Your Business

25 May 2011

Selling Your Business

Selling your business? The impact of the current economic climate and the fact that many baby boomers are now retiring is having an increasing effect on the number of business owners looking to sell and pursue other interests. The effect of government policies, turbulence of stock markets, low savings returns and the lack of available finance for business acquisition for small businesses means that disposing of a business interest requires careful planning and timing.

Directors Responsibilities

24 May 2011

Directors Responsibilities

DIRECTORS’ RESPONSIBILITIES Directors are appointed to manage and run limited companies. With that comes a range of serious responsibilities: some specific to the abilities of the individual while others are a matter of legal obligation. This guide concerns itself with the latter.

Insider May 2011

3 May 2011

Insider May 2011

Government launches anti-red tape website It is described as one of the banes of business life: regulation compliance. The form filling and admin tasks involved in meeting the rules that govern businesses, critics say, direct vital resources away from the main task of winning new customers and developing enterprises. So, as part of its efforts to boost the private sector, the Government has asked the business community to identify which regulations it feels should be scrapped as part of a campaign to reduce red tape. To help businesses pick out those rules that impose the greatest administrative burden, the Government has set up what it has called its red tape challenge website.

PAYE Update

2 May 2011

PAYE Update

2011 PAYE update From April 2011, many significant changes will be made to the operation of the PAYE system. There are also changes from 2012 that you should be considering now. Compensation rate From 6 April 2011, ‘small employers’ may reclaim 103% of statutory maternity pay. The rate had been 104.5% since 2002. A small employer is broadly one whose total national insurance payable in a year does not exceed £45,000. Other employers may only reclaim 92%, which remains unchanged.

HR Spring Changes

1 May 2011

HR Spring Changes

KEY CHANGES Changes to Maternity and Paternity Leave Provisions In April there were two changes to Maternity and Paternity leave provisions. Fathers of children with an expected week of birth beginning on or after 3 April 2011 will be allowed up to 26 weeks’ additional paternity leave in the first year of the child’s life if the mother has returned to work from maternity leave. On the same date, the rates for statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will increase from £124.86 to £128.73 per week

Insider April 2011

1 April 2011

Insider April 2011

Warning over cost of new business record checking regime. Plans by HMRC to scrutinise the record keeping of smaller firms could prove costly for many enterprises, it has been claimed. In its response to HMRC’s consultation on the proposals, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) said that the plans are flawed.

Budget March 2011

23 March 2011

Budget March 2011

The Chancellor devoted a proportion of his 2011 Budget to measures that he and the Government hope will stimulate growth and hasten the recovery. His statement included a number of business tax changes designed to encourage both investment and innovation. He also took action to tackle some of the effects of the rising cost of fuel.

Measure your return on Marketing Investment

1 March 2011

Measure your return on Marketing Investment

In these financially precarious times businesses are constantly looking for ways to streamline operations and cut unnecessary expenditure while at the same time seeking to improve profitability, increase (or at least preserve) market share, and lay the foundations for future growth.

New Rules on Capital Allowances

1 March 2011

New Rules on Capital Allowances

There have been some significant recent changes on capital allowances that could influence your decisions on buying business assets in the immediate future.

Insider March 2011

1 March 2011

Insider March 2011

Government to press ahead with new company accounts filing system The Treasury has decided to keep to its timetable for the introduction of a new system for the filing of company accounts. This is despite the fact that a number of tax bodies have written to the Government urging a delay.

Insider February 2011

1 February 2011

Insider February 2011

Fuel duty will ‘hamper’ smaller firms. Small businesses could find themselves laying off workers and cutting down on investment if fuel duty continues to rise, a leading business group has warned.

The Finance Bill 2011

1 February 2011

The Finance Bill 2011

The coalition government has taken the new and welcome step of publishing draft clauses for next year’s Finance Act.

2011 PAYE Update

1 February 2011

2011 PAYE Update

There have been a number of developments during the last year - here is a brief overview of the changes.

Corporation Tax Reform

1 January 2011

Corporation Tax Reform

At the same time as the 29 November Office of Budget Responsibility report the Government announced details of some of the reforms to corporation tax. Among the changes announced is a plan to make corporation tax more “competitive.” This comes on top of other significant changes already announced, such as using iXBRL for filing corporation tax returns next year and proposed changes to the rules on connected companies.

Pension Changes

1 January 2011

Pension Changes

From 6 April 2011, tax relief for pension contributions is restricted

Insider January 2011

1 January 2011

Insider January 2011

Savers get extra protection There isn’t much to cheer savers at the moment: rock bottom interest rates and stubbornly high inflation have combined to keep returns on funds at a puny low.

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