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IR35 Rules - As Clear as Mud?

IR35 Rules - As Clear as Mud?

Since their introduction in 2000, the IR35 rules have been changed on a number of occasions, most recently in 2017 and 2021. Frequent changes, flip-flopping, excessive complexity, and a lack of clarity has caused much confusion for businesses. Read on to help clear things up. Continue reading

Top Legal Tips for Startup Businesses

When starting out in business there are many decisions to be made, some of which can have a significant impact on the success of the new venture. Legal issues are particularly important, and entrepreneurs should spend some time considering this aspect. In this post, we will examine some of the legal decisions facing new business ... Continue reading

Why You Should be Looking at ESG - Environmental, Social and Governance

What is ESG About?“ESG” stands for “Environmental, Social and Governance”. The ESG acronym is being increasingly used as a shorthand term for a wide range of issues relevant to how a business can have a net positive impact on the world and how it can demonstrate that it is having that impact.All ESG issues relate in some way to ... Continue reading

SME Tips for Weathering the Coronavirus Storm

IntroductionThe outbreak of COVID-19 and the ensuing pandemic is unprecedented in recent times and its economic impact is similarly unheard of. The Office for Budget Responsibility recently warned that the pandemic could lead to the UK economy shrinking by 35% by June 2020.For many businesses of all shapes and sizes, in a variet ... Continue reading

Working from Home with Children

IntroductionWorking from home is the new normal for thousands of people in many sectors and industries. The laptop on the dining table is the new workstation on the desk; Zoom is the new conference room; and the kids are the new colleagues.For some, this will be a delightful change, and indeed there are many who thrive on the fl ... Continue reading

Budget 2020 – Extraordinary Measures and the Coronavirus

In the Budget address on 11 March, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced £7 billion of extraordinary measures to support the economy through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.What Measures Have Been Announced?The following key measures were announced:The cost of statutory sick pay (SSP) for coronavirus-related abse ... Continue reading

Preparing Your Business for the Coronavirus

The current strain of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, is part of the same family of viruses that includes the common cold and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). There are now three confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the UK and the outbreak has spread across China and to at least 18 countries globally.If the new strain ... Continue reading

Ethical Veganism is a Protected Characteristic

Earlier this month, an employment tribunal ruled that ethical veganism is a non-religious philosophical belief that should be protected under the Equality Act 2010. For a belief to be protected under the Act, it must meet several tests including being worthy of respect in a democratic society, being compatible with human dignity ... Continue reading

Employment Tribunal: Vegetarianism is Not a Philosophical Belief

A recent employment tribunal, in Conisbee v Crossley Farms Ltd and others, has found that vegetarianism is not a “philosophical belief” under the Equality Act 2010. Interestingly, however, the tribunal suggested that veganism is more likely to be protected under the Act.Mr Conisbee, who is vegetarian, resigned from his ... Continue reading

New Laws on Non-Disclosure Agreements - What Will They Mean for You?

Non-Disclosure Agreements or ‘NDAs’ have become something of a touchy subject in recent years owing to their increasingly frequent appearances in high-profile cover-ups and abuse scandals. In particular, NDAs are said to be widely used to cover up allegations of unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace and ... Continue reading

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