Now is the time to think about taking on an Apprentice

Have you ever thought about training someone up through an Apprenticeship with the aim of offering them a permanent role within your business in the future? Despite common belief, Apprenticeships are not just for trades people or hairdressers, and nowadays Apprentices can be of any age too! With A level results having just been announced … Read more

Holidays Impacted by Covid-19

With the government regularly reviewing its covid-19 guidelines in relation to travel to and from the UK, what will you do if, for example, an employee’s holiday is cancelled before departure or they have to isolate in a hotel for 10 days on their return?  Before the holiday season gets into full swing, now is … Read more

Free Rapid Covid Testing for all Businesses in England

All businesses in England, regardless of size or their number of employees, are to be given access to rapid coronavirus tests free of charge. The scheme will run until the end of June. To set this up for your business, you will need to register by 31st March. This link takes you to the registration page: Register for Rapid … Read more

Redundancy Support Package – Thinking of making jobs redundant? If so, don’t cut corners. Help is at hand!

The redundancy process is definitely NOT the time to take shortcuts. You might save yourself some time and effort in the short term, but failure to follow the correct redundancy processes could result in a tribunal for unfair dismissal. That will not only take up even more of your time,but is likely to cause undue stress … Read more

Preparing for HMRC Furlough Audits

With over 10,000 reports to the Furlough Fraud Hotline (mainly by employees being asked to work while furloughed) HMRC are pressing ahead with their audits of businesses. If a business is found to have fraudulently claimed financial support, they face being issued with a penalty of up to 100% of the amount claimed and potentially … Read more

Employment Law Changes 2021

Graham Irons (Partner and employment law expert at Howes Percival) has kindly published a summary of the employment law changes to look out for this year. These include: – Furlough scheme extension (potentially)– National Minimum Wage– Tax Changes – IR35– Changes to non-compete / exclusivity contract clauses– Employing EU national (changes have already been introduced … Read more

Furlough / Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Additional clarification issued 10th November 2020

The Government issued further guidance in relation to the Furlough / Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 10th November 2020. The key points are listed below and links to full details on the government’s website are at the bottom of this message. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until 31 March 2021.  From 1 November 2020 … Read more