Business Matters

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    Good things come in large packages?


    Individuals and organisations alike have sought urgent help as the economy has been battered by the effects of COVID and attempts to curtail Russia’s Ukrainian ambitions, writes Adam Bernstein.

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    Use stay interviews to understand employees


    There’s a shortage of labour across many business sectors. Partly due to changing demographics and the changing nature of many industries, it’s also a function of what has been termed ‘the big quit’ where following Covid many re-evaluated their lives and decided, where they could, to enjoy what time they ...

  • Lucy Gordon - July 2021

    The indelicate matter of pay


    Employers and employees are under the cosh from rising costs. And given the inflationary pressures all are experiencing, pay is a subject that isn’t going away any time soon, writes Lucy Gordon.

  • Adam Bernstein

    Service means business


    Picture this. You’re a small chandler that’s run quite happily for years. But there’s a new operation in town. How can you compete against the newcomer – and the web?

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    BNPL – An acronym for success?


    Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash In a time of rising cost individuals are especially keen to make purchases as affordable as possible, writes Adam Bernstein. Cheques are history and cash is declining leaving debit and credit cards to take up the slack. The problem is ...

  • Charlotte Morris, senior solicitor, ESP Law

    The Practicalities of Employing and Dismissing Apprentices


    Firms employ apprentices for any number of reasons, chief of which are the cost savings available given that a lower minimum wage applies specifically for apprentices aged under 19, or aged 19 and over who are in the first year of their apprenticeship, writes Charlotte Morris.

  • Mark Stevens, Senior Associate at VWV LLP

    Bullying at work


    Workplace bulling is a serious issue and allegations of bullying can have consequences for employers and employees alike, writes Mark Stevens.

  • Suzanne Wrench, senior associate advisor, esphr

    Going back in time for holiday


    Over the last few years, the landscape regarding workers’ annual leave has been in a state of constant flux, writes Suzanne Wrench.

  • Nathan_Talbott, Wright Hassall

    A guide to mistaken payments


    It’s so easy to make payments. We can use contactless, PayPal, Apple Pay, BACS, CHAPs and others. But there is always a nagging concern – what if I make a mistake? Will I recover my money, writes Nathan Talbott.

  • Adam Bernstein

    It pays to be flexible


    Flexible working is in vogue. While it’s not a new concept, the pandemic brought it into the foreground. Late summer (2021) a private member’s bill was put forward by Tulip Siddiq MP. Unlikely to gain traction, the government has since published a consultation paper seeking views on same subject from ...

  • Adam Bernstein

    Broken reputations


    Trust and reputation are everything and employers are entitled to protect their organisation. But the question needs to be asked, where do employees stand in the debate? What is expected of them and how should they act both in an out of work?

  • Kirsty Swinburn

    Tax change on the way


    Earlier in 2021, the government announced a consultation on proposals which would see a significant change to the way that sole traders and partnerships are taxed, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    The long march of COVID


    There just seems to be no escape from COVID, writes Adam Bernstein. For some, there was furlough, job loss, business turndown or failure. For others, hospitalisation, and death. But what about those left with Long-COVID?

  • Chloe Themistocleous is a senior associate at Eversheds Sutherland

    Debunking employment law myths – part two


    Assumptions can be very dangerous. While there’s a chance that a decision made on a hunch might be correct, there’s also the risk that it’ll be found wanting and employees are often advised to pursue claims to protect their rights, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • Lucy Gordon, director, Walker Morris LLP

    Debunking employment law myths - part one


    It’s not unusual to find employers making decisions based on an understanding of the law centred on a series of urban myths. And this can lead to costly and long-running litigation, loss of management time and bad publicity.

  • David Manda is a director in the real estate litigation team at law firm Walker Morris.

    Lease breaks - top tips and traps


    In times of economic uncertainty, many businesses look to rid themselves of surplus property to reduce rental liabilities. The pandemic, and the consequential surge in home - and flexible - working, has also demonstrated that many businesses can operate effectively with much less rented commercial space.

  • Adam Bernstein is freelance financial journalist

    More frequent tax payments?


    A new HMRC consultation, ‘Call for evidence: timely payment’, is exploring whether income tax self-assessment and corporation tax payments could be made closer to real time, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    New VAT rules from July 2021


    E-commerce is on the rise and the pandemic has moved it on somewhat. But with this increased interest comes the need to understand new VAT rules that come into force on 1 July 2021, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • Will Silsby is a technical officer with the Association of Taxation Technicians

    Super Deduction – a financial marvel?


    The Chancellor’s Budget Day announcement of a new style of capital allowance which will allow companies to reduce their taxable profits by 130% of the cost of new equipment has attracted a lot of interest, writes Will Silsby.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    ‘No jab, no job’ - the legal implications for employers


    Millions in the UK have reportedly received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. However, vaccination also raises a number of legal issues, chief of which are the potential legal implications of employers making vaccinations a requirement of employment, writes Adam Bernstein.