March 21, 2014

How does the 2014 Budget impact SMEs?

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Budget speech in Parliament this week, with a favourable outcome for SMEs. He boosted two key areas of commercial activity – business investment and exports, both of which have badly underperformed in recent years. The Chancellor doubled the Annual Investment Allowance and, from the start of the new tax year,…

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March 19, 2014

Budget 2014: Predictions

It’s the day of the UK 2014 Budget and the big question is – will the Government favour the electorate or SMEs? There’s just 14 months left until the next election which could influence Chancellor George Osborne’s financial decisions. But the Coalition’s reliance on small businesses to drive the country out of recession may be…

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March 18, 2014

Payroll has become more time consuming for some, says HMRC

Payroll processing is taking longer than ever for some firms since the introduction of Real Time Information (RTI) last year, according to HMRC research. Out of the 446 employers surveyed by HMRC, 25% found that reporting their End of Year returns takes much longer now that they have to do it in real time. The…

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February 28, 2014

Builder could be jailed for serious safety failings

A Lincoln builder has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence after a bricklayer fell three metres from faulty scaffolding, breaking his back in three places. Robert Wilkin, 70, of Lincoln, was left paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life following the incident at a warehouse…

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Spring and summer safety tips

The days are getting longer and the clocks will soon go forward, so it’s time to dust off those spring and summer gardening tools. Hopefully, it will be a pleasant warm one after all the rain and flooding people have suffered should it be a very sunny one remember sun protection for out door working.…

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National Minimum Wage penalties on the rise…

Higher penalties are being imposed on employers who fail to pay National Minimum Wage rates. Employers could be publicly named and shamed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills or even face prosecution. Why do we have a National Minimum Wage? National Minimum Wage legislation was essentially introduced to stop exploitation of workers and…

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Confused about new Early Conciliation laws?

Workers with employment disputes will soon be required to fill out an ‘Early conciliation form’ – with basic details of the claimant and the company – before they can submit an employment claim to an Employment Tribunal. The mandatory early conciliation form, proposed to come into force on 6th April 2014,  will not require details…

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February 27, 2014

Employment Tribunal Fees to stay…for now

Employments Tribunal fees were introduced last year, requiring claimants to pay fees up front. In reaction, UNISON challenged the validity of the imposition of fees, but was eventually unsuccessful. UNISON said that the fees are “unjust and discriminatory” and had been widely criticised as having denied people access to justice. Given that the majority of people who…

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Extending the right to request flexible working

The right to request flexible working is soon to be extended to all employees with 26 weeks’ service – not just those caring for a child or dependant adult. Although the extension was expected to come into force this April, the changes have been delayed until 30th June 2014. What will change? The current “right…

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February 19, 2014

Save up to £2,000 on National Insurance

Employers could soon save up to £2,000 on their National Insurance contributions (NICs) through a new Government initiative. A new Employment Allowance will be available from 6 April 2014 for eligible employers, allowing them to dramatically reduce Class 1 NICs.* Can I claim? Any business or charity that pays employer Class 1 NICs on employee…

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February 11, 2014

Emergency safety announcement – Dangerous work platforms

An emergency safety alert has been issued after a mobile elevating work platform overturned at its maximum height, killing the operator. Emerging findings from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigations have found that there may be a serious fault with ‘Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP)’ owing to incorrect measurements. Owners and users of…

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February 10, 2014

Cloud-based HR solution leads the way

UK-wide sales of Moorepayhr have continued their significant market growth, increasing by over 100% from last year. The cloud-based HR solution, launched by leading payroll and HR company Moorepay less than two years ago, is now adding value to more than 2500 small and medium sized businesses. Designed to eliminate many of the day-to-day administrative…

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