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  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    Relationships in the workplace

    With many people working long hours, it is no surprise that a number of relationships start in the workplace. How you deal with this as an employer should therefore be given some consideration and policies reviewed and updated if necessary. In November it was well publicised that the chief ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    Fertility treatment and sick pay

    The latest figures published by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority show there were 54,000 patients receiving fertility treatment in the UK. There has also been a growth in the numbers of single women and same sex couples who are also receiving it. A question which often ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    Fast track disciplinary and performance policies

    Some organisations are building in a fast-track option into their disciplinary and performance policies to expedite matters and avoid all the formalities. This is typically being used in cases of more minor misconduct and where the employee fully admits fault, accepts the outcome, and is ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    News in brief

    IR35 Businesses are being urged to continue preparations for the 2020 roll out of changes to IR35 despite the fact that it may be delayed due to the election and Brexit issues. All three main parties pledged that this was very much on their radar. IR35 for those not involved is ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    Corporate governance reporting requirements one year on

    The new corporate governance reporting requirements imposed by the Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 came into force on 1 January 2019. However, with the cycle of financial reporting, many businesses are now having to deal with these additional requirements for the first time, or ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    Employment quick reference section

    Statutory minimum notice periods: An employer must give at least: One week’s notice to an employee who has been employed for one month or more, but less than two years. One week’s notice for each complete year of service for those employed for more than two ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    Contractor protection against employer insolvency

    It is essential for contractors to learn from the lessons such as the Carillion collapse and review their existing business model, to protect against employer insolvency. There are three stages to consider, firstly when negotiating a building contract, secondly during a project and finally when ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    The HSE’s Sector Plan for Construction Health and Safety – 2 years on

    This article looks at the Health & Safety Executive’s enforcement priorities and the statistics behind them. We illustrate these with recent sentencing examples - and initiatives which respond to HSE concerns. The priorities and the statistics behind them In 2018-19 construction ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    Construction contracts ruling

    A ruling by The High Court in Rabilizirov v A2 Dominion London Ltd 2019 has upheld an earlier County Court ruling and should serve as a warning to sub-contractors and their potential liability to others, including liability for loss of rental income caused by defects in the work they carry ...

  • Thursday 16th January 2020

    VAT Domestic Reverse Charge on Construction Services

    What is happening and when? The new VAT “domestic reverse charge” (DRC) was meant to go live on 1st October 2019. However it was delayed by HMRC who said that most businesses were not prepared for the changes. The new implementation date is 1st October 2020. The DRC will be ...

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