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ACAS Guidance - Legal Highs

Posted by on January 14th 2016 in Blog Posts, Employment

ACAS has released new guidance for employers on the increasing use of “legal highs” and the possible effect that they may have on employees and the workplace.

Background

Legal highs are substances which emulate the effect of illegal drugs when they are taken, but are not in fact categorised as illegal themselves. The drugs have a wide range of effects on users, and have now found themselves a very firm spot in the drug market. In fact in 2014 alone, in England, Scotland and Wales, a total of 129 individuals died in situations involving psychoactive substances.

Worryingly, the number of legal highs...

Equal Pay Day 2015 - Where Are We Now?

Posted by on November 9th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Equal Pay Day 2015 - Where Are We Now?

Monday 9 November 2015 marks this year’s “Equal Pay Day” – a day wholly designed to highlight the difference in pay between men and women across the country.

Falling in or around the start of November each year, statistics released in accordance with 2014’s Equal Pay Day stated that on average, women were being paid £2.53 per hour less than men, and that in general, the UK had fallen out of the top 20 countries in the world for gender equality.

The key question therefore arises - one year on (and now 45 years on from the introduction of the Equal Pay...

Travel to First and Last Clients of the Day is Deemed Working Time

Posted by on September 15th 2015 in Blog Posts, Employment

Travel to First and Last Clients of the Day is Deemed Working Time

In Federacion de Servicios Privados del sindicato Comisiones Obreras v Tyco Integrated Security SL and another, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) considered whether time spent travelling by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time.

Background

Tyco (comprised of Tyco Integrated Security SL and Tyco Integrated Fire & Security Corporation Services SA), a company which installs and maintains security systems at customers’ premises in Spain, shut down its regional offices in 2011, assigning all of its employees to one central office in Madrid.

Due to the nature of the company’s work, employees are required to travel to various locations...

Business Tax Returns - What's the Real Story?

Posted by on August 19th 2015 in Blog Posts, Insolvency

Business Tax Returns - What's the Real Story?

Whilst many of us gladly welcome the summer season, for many small and medium enterprises (“SMEs”) across England, this time of year does not necessarily bring the same sense of appeal.

31 July 2015 – doomsday or just another date for the diary?

Friday 31 July 2015 marked the deadline for SMEs paying self-assessment tax to have filed their returns for the year. Accordingly an up-front payment for 50% of their annual tax liability was required in a one-off, lump sum.

Payment of this tax is notoriously problematic for many enterprises across the country. In fact, it is not unheard of for an...

Insolvency 2015 - What's Next?

Posted by on June 17th 2015 in Blog Posts, Insolvency

The Insolvency Service Statistics – what do they say?

On 29 April 2015, the Insolvency Service released their latest statistics for quarter one of 2015. The statistics echoed what many had already predicted – further drops in company and personal insolvencies across England and Wales, and a suggestion that a more buoyant economic market is arising.

With the total company insolvencies at their lowest since the fourth quarter of 2007, (with 4,052 less than quarter four of 2014 alone) and personal insolvencies decreasing for the third consecutive quarter (to the lowest since quarter 4 of 2005), the statistics show an...

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