For Employers

IR35  What employers need to know
IR35 What employers need to know

There was a fairly seismic change in the tax rules for employing contractors at the start of this month and its already causing headaches.

Under the new IR35 arrangements, if you hire self-employed people and are a medium or large-sized enterprise, its now your duty to make sure you do so on the correct tax basis.

The change means that anyone you take on consistently should be employed on a PAYE basis rather than being left to look after their own tax affairs.

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Can I insist my staff are vaccinated against Covid?
Can I insist my staff are vaccinated against Covid?

As the rollout of the vaccination continues and starts to include more of the general working population a key question is being asked by employers around the country.

Can I force my staff to get the jab?

The short answer is no. Any medical intervention generally requires the consent of the individual and if your employee doesnt want to have the jab that is their choice.

But the real-world situation is a lot more nuanced than that. Your staff may feel strongly that they do not want to work with anyone who has not been vaccinated and feel that you are putting them at risk if you dont insist that everyone has the jab.

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Why should I hire an apprentice?
Why should I hire an apprentice?

The pandemic is continuing to leave a huge mark across the nations business community.

Jobs have been lost, businesses mothballed, and spending slashed as worried workers rein in their expenditure amid the ongoing uncertainty of what might happen next.

So it might seem an odd time to be thinking about taking new staff on. But by using the apprenticeship scheme companies can not only give a valuable opportunity to new starters, but also do so in a cost-effective way.

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Why Domestic Abuse is a workplace issue
Why Domestic Abuse is a workplace issue

Should your company have a policy regarding domestic abuse?

You might think its an unnecessary question. Its domestic abuse, so it has nothing to do with work. Right?

But you couldnt be more wrong.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that an estimated 1.3 million women in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2018.

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Get ready for the unknown
Get ready for the unknown

And so here we are.

An independent nation once again, determining our own trade policy and securing our own agreements with countries all over the world.

Our final transition out of the EU marked with those bongs from Big Ben at 11pm on December 31 means that almost everything you knew about doing business will have changed in some way or another.

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For Employees

IR35  What it means if you are self-employed
IR35 What it means if you are self-employed

If youre self-employed and particularly if you work through a limited company or Personal Services Company you wont need us to tell you that IR35 came into force at the start of this month.

The new arrangements are meant to crack down on contractors and employers exploiting a loophole in the tax rules which make it more efficient to hire a contractor through a limited company.

HMRC thought this was being abused, and contractors who were essentially employees were dodging significant tax liabilities.

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Jab for Jobs  is it legal?
Jab for Jobs is it legal?

Its been the big debate of the last few month: Should jabs for jobs be compulsory.

On the one hand are the group who says nobody should be allowed back into the workplace until they have had their Covid vaccination.

That way, they argue, everyone will be safe and have peace of mind.

On the other side are those who claim making jabs compulsory for all workers is discriminatory, would be impossible to police and could pit staff member against staff member.

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Why an apprenticeship could be for you

We have a strange relationship with technical and vocational qualifications in this country.

Too often we look down our noses at the sort of schemes which produce the skills, training and knowledge we desperately need to make our economy work.

Take apprenticeships for example. How many parents are happy to see their child take up an apprenticeship if they also have the chance to go to university?

Yet there are considerable advantages to an apprenticeship which should make it an attractive option for any youngster.

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Help at hand for victims of domestic abuse
Help at hand for victims of domestic abuse

Lockdown has been a pretty gruelling affair for almost all of us.

The ever-present fear of the virus, long periods of isolation for many, disruption to schools and colleges and the need to adjust to new working practices or being on furlough has taken a toll across the nation.

But for the millions of people who have been and are the victims of domestic abuse, being locked down with their abuser is almost unimaginably awful.

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Good news  for now  for employees after Brexit
Good news for now for employees after Brexit

Heres some good news to start the new year (and heaven knows, we need it).

Brexit and the end of the transition period on December 31 is unlikely to have a huge effect on your rights as an employee.

At least for now.

Most of the employment laws which were in place prior to our final transition out of the EU will simply be adopted as UK law for the time being and will remain in place until the UK Government decides to change or amend it.

Of course, nobody can predict the future with any certainty (a lesson weve all learnt over these past 12 months) but there is unlikely to be an immediate rush on the Governments part to start tearing up all the employment legislation we have inherited whilst being a part of the EU.

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Video conferencing no excuse for sexism
Video conferencing no excuse for sexism

It might be new technology, but the emergence of Zoom, Microsoft Teams ad all the other video conferencing platforms weve had to get used to over the past eight or nine months has brought the return of an old foe.

Sexism, it seems, is back in the workplace (not that it ever truly went away).

Women across the country have been reporting a series of uncomfortable experiences whilst using video conferencing for work during the pandemic.

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