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Promoting Positive Mental Health at Work: For the Benefit of All

KATHERINE  SHEERIN
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World Mental Health Day was marked on 10 October 2017 amid growing general awareness of mental illness, its impact, and greater willingness to discuss a subject which, especially in the past, has carried a stigma. This year, the theme is mental health in...

Equal Pay - An Issue Businesses Cannot Afford to Ignore

KATHERINE  SHEERIN
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Hardly a week passes when equal pay is not in the news. A recent example of this is the debate over BBC top earners’ salaries, published in July 2017, which has leant momentum to calls for greater transparency on gender pay divergence, not only in the...

Employment law...Important dates for 2017

Danielle Lister
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What is happening? Date: Employment/Immigration - Immigration skills charge applies to Tier 2 (general) and healthcare surcharge is added to Tier 2 (intra company transfers) visa category. April 2017 National Living Wage -...

INCREASES TO MINIMUM WAGE AND OTHER STATUTORY PAYMENTS

Ewan Carr
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From 1 April 2017, the following minimum wage increases are due to take effect:- for workers aged 25 and over the national living wage increases to £7.50 per hour (up from £7.20) for workers aged 21 to 24 the rate increases to £7.05 per...

Two important rulings on the issue of Religious Discrimination in the Workplace

Danielle Lister
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We have just seen the European Court of Justice (ECJ) consider two separate cases involving claims of religious discrimination in the workplace. In the first case ( Achbita and anor v G4S Secure Solutions NV ) the ECJ held that a company policy which...

Employment status: ACAS guidance updated; HMRC publishes new online employee status tool

Ewan Carr
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ACAS, the advisory, conciliation and arbitration service, has launched its updated guidance on employment status in light of the large amount of publicity (most of it negative) surrounding the gig economy in recent months. The guidance aims to help...

Hiring and firing - International workers

Louis Harman
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Hiring Most businesses will already have a set procedure for hiring new members of staff. This may include the following broad steps: Advertising Preparing a Job Description and Person Specification Reviewing CV’s Invitations to interviews ...

Apprenticeships: a change in funding from April 2017

Natalie Gibbons
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In 2015 the government announced plans to introduce an Apprenticeship Levy on employers in an attempt to expand the ‘quantity and quality’ of apprenticeships in the UK. The levy will be introduced on 6 April 2017, requiring all employers with an...

Residential landlords: is your tenant running a home business?

Andrew Morley
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Since the beginning of the Century it is estimated that the number of households in the private rented sector has doubled. With rising house prices and the squeeze on social housing it is clear that the so called Generation Rent is here to stay, many such...

You've Done the Work - Now Get Paid

Andrew Morley
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You have a skill, a product or an idea. But how do you convert a full order book into cash? Here at Chattertons we look to grow with our business clients to see them improve their overall financial prosperity and returns. Key to this is credit control and...

Gender Pay Gap Reporting

Natalie Gibbons
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On 6 December 2016 the government published the revised draft regulations on gender pay gap reporting which are due to come into force on 6 April 2017, subject to being approved by Parliament. What is meant by the gender pay gap? The gender pay gap...

Employment Law - What to expect in 2017

Danielle Lister
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2017 looks set to be another busy year for Employment law.  The following are some of the main topics which will impact significantly on Employment law, and which we can expect to hear more about throughout the course of 2017: Brexit: We can expect...

EU Brexit: What it could mean for Free Movement

Louis Harman
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For those EU Citizens currently residing in the UK, along with their families, the EU Referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016 is set to open up a lot of questions about their Immigration status in the UK and their ability to remain and work. At this stage, it...

Solicitor joins employment team in Grantham

Manisha Chauhan
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Local law firm, Chattertons Solicitors, are pleased to announce the appointment of  Manisha Chauhan  to their team in Grantham. Manisha qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and has since been specialising in all aspects of  employment law...

Brexit: will we see employment laws exit stage left?

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For the first time in a generation, we are facing the real possibility of the UK leaving the EU. When we consider its potential impact on UK employment law, there are many differing opinions and we wait with interest to see the outcome for ourselves. The EU...

Tier 2 Visa Reforms for Skilled Non-EU Workers

Louis Harman
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Early this year we reported that the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) had published a review of Tier 2 (Skilled Worker) migration which had recommended, amongst other things, a minimum salary uplift for future visa applicants. The Home Office have...

New Rules for UK Companies

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UK Companies, limited liability partnerships and Societates Europaeae will, from 6 April 2016, be required by law to identify and maintain a register of all individuals that own or control them. The register is known as a “PSC Register” (Person...

Death of the tax return?

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Tax specialist Carolyn Byrne explains about the future of the tax return. When I first started my career working in tax each pair of employees shared a PC - a marked difference to today’s office where it’s usual for each employee to...

How to host a claim-free Christmas Party

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Christmas time is here again, bringing with it all the usual tinsel covered fun and frivolity. In keeping with modern tradition, many employers will be holding Christmas parties for their employees to celebrate the end of hopefully another successful year....

Right to rent

Edward Conway
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From 1 February 2016, all private  landlords  in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property (right to rent). The  Immigration  Act 2014 prohibits private landlords of...

Employment Allowance Increase

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One piece of good news for businesses from the Autumn Statement was the increase in the  Employment  Allowance from £2,000 to £3,000 with effect from April 2016. Most businesses that pay Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NIC)...

The Autumn Statement - 25th November 2015

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Often thought of as a “mini-Budget” the Chancellor’s 2015 Autumn Statement effectively means that George Osborne has now presented three Budgets in one fiscal year, and, depending on the date of the spring Budget, potentially even running...

HMRC clamps down on e-market traders

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HM Revenue & Customs have turned their attention to e-market traders in their campaign to tackle tax evasion. The HMRC ‘e-marketplaces’ campaign is targeted at people who are trading online to sell goods and services as a trade...

Zero Hours Contract Guidance

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The Government has issued new guidance about controversial zero hour contracts. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skill published a comprehensive guide on 15 October 2015, and it is available through the gov.uk website. At a time when 2.4% of...

Driving to work may count as work

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Workers who do not have a fixed place of work or have to travel to perform their duties (‘peripatetic workers’) may now count the time they spend travelling to and from their first and last customers as ‘working time’. This...

Site Licence Changes For Residential Parks

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Major changes coming into force on 1 April will make the regulations on controlling mobile home sites much tighter. The Mobile Homes Act 2013 makes significant changes to the law on mobile homes. A new licensing scheme is coming into force on 1 April 2014...