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Two thirds of businesses “unprepared for GDPR”, survey suggests

5th February 2018

A survey carried out by professional services firm EY has suggested that two thirds of businesses are ‘unprepared’ for the upcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018, and will strengthen the obligations on all businesses in regard to the safeguarding of individuals’ personal… Read more »

Consumers to benefit from ban on credit and debit card surcharges

15th January 2018

Consumers are set to potentially benefit from a ban on credit and debit card surcharges, which will take effect from 13 January. From this date, UK businesses will no longer be permitted to charge consumers extra for paying by credit or debit card for goods or services online, or in a small shop. In July… Read more »

GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO EXTEND AUTO-ENROLMENT SCHEME TO YOUNGER WORKERS

18th December 2017

In a new report, the government has proposed to extend its pensions automatic enrolment scheme to include younger workers. Under auto-enrolment, employers in the UK are required to automatically enrol all eligible members of staff into a workplace pension scheme, and pay a minimum contribution into the fund. Employees do, however, have the right to… Read more »

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Businesses unaware of making tax digital requirements

14th December 2017

A survey carried out by market research organisation Ipsos Mori on behalf of HMRC has suggested that a significant number of UK small businesses are ‘unaware’ of the forthcoming Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements. From 1 April 2019, MTD for VAT is set to come into effect for businesses with a turnover above the VAT… Read more »

Six new recruits for Primas Law’s real estate team

11th December 2017

Primas Law has strengthened its Manchester-based real estate team with a flurry of new appointments. Property lawyers Nataliya Healey, Awais Alam and Tim Dillon have all joined the firm. Lauren Steel and Sarah Fielding have been recruited as trainee solicitors, while Victoria Shaw has joined the executive support team. Simon Baxter, head of real estate… Read more »

ICAEW SHARES TIPS FOR ARRANGING A TAX-EFFICIENT SEASONAL PARTY

11th December 2017

An end of year party can often prove to be an enjoyable way to celebrate the festive period with work colleagues. With this in mind, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has advised businesses to ensure that their party is as tax-efficient as possible. An annual staff party could qualify as… Read more »

CHANCELLOR ANNOUNCES SPRING STATEMENT DATE

7th December 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that his first Spring Statement will be delivered on Tuesday 13 March 2018. In the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced a major shake-up of the government’s fiscal timetable. This saw the abolition of the Autumn Statement, in favour of an Autumn Budget and a Spring Statement. Commenting on the… Read more »

AUTUMN BUDGET STAMP DUTY CHANGES WILL HAVE ‘MODEST IMPACT’, SAYS LENDER

4th December 2017

In a new report, building society Nationwide has stated that the Autumn Budget changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for first-time homebuyers will have only a ‘modest impact’ on housing demand. Chancellor Philip Hammond abolished SDLT for first-time homebuyers in England, Northern Ireland and, temporarily, for those in Wales, from 22 November. The abolition… Read more »

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Parental bereavement leave is a good start but employers need to do more

31st October 2017

New laws that give employees the right to two weeks’ paid leave if they suffer the loss of a child would be a significant step forward in supporting grieving parents in the short term. However employers also need to consider how to support grieving parents well beyond this fortnight and should also consider the impact… Read more »

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Rates of female suicide in the UK are at their highest in a decade

31st October 2017

Rates of female suicide in the UK are at their highest in a decade, up 3.8%* on last year, nonetheless, men are three times more likely to commit suicide. GRiD is urging employers to ensure they communicate the mental wellbeing support available via group risk products to all employees. In addition, the organisation suggests that… Read more »