Business Matters – Page 2

  • 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.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Stress at work


    Stress is a fact of modern life. None of us are exempt and most learn how to cope with it. But stress is not the same for everyone; we have varying threshold levels and different strategies to deal with it, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Green is the money


    While some decry the concept of climate change, the reality – no matter what is happening – is that there is but one Earth and we have a duty to protect it as best as we can, writes Adam Bernstein. There is, very simply, no Plan B.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    New alien trade regime


    With the end of the European single market, a new and somewhat alien trade regime is now in place with the potential to damage all who come across it, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • Francesca Poole

    Brexit marks the spot - a lesson in UKCA and CE marking?


    New product marking rules are about to change the landscape for those in the supply chain from manufacturer to retailer. While there are some similarities between old and new, there are many differences and product-related businesses would do well to understand the changes, writes Claire Burrows and Francesca Poole.

  • Helen Thornley is a technical officer at the ATT

    Crew-cab vans – a nasty judgment for all


    Some firms use a crew-cab van to help them provide a dual-purpose vehicle that operates as a van by day and a car out of hours. However, a recent tax ruling has effectively nixed this as an idea and will have repercussions for those that have used this form of ...

  • Paul Taylor is a partner at Fox Williams LLP.

    Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020


    As widely reported, the government proposed new insolvency measures in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill which went through an accelerated parliamentary process, largely driven by the government’s desire to seek to minimise the economic fallout post COVID-19, writes Paul Taylor.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Bouncing back to happiness


    Just as the government has been handing out money to businesses under threat as a result of coronavirus, so it has a number of loan-based programmes to keep struggling firms afloat, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • The new code of practice applies to all businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic

    Stopping business evictions – again


    When the coronavirus pandemic forced the government to take action back in March, one of the regulatory changes put in place was a ban on landlords seeking evictions of non-paying commercial tenants, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Low Pay Commission extends deadline


    The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has amended its consultation on seeking evidence to inform its recommendations for the 2021 national minimum wage rates to ‘make clear the LPC would continue to accept written evidence beyond the deadline’ of Thursday 4 June 2020, writes Adam Bernstein

  • Adam Bernstein is a freelance financial journalist

    Government help extended


    No government wants to be in a situation where it’s facing economic collapse as a result of a supervening event. But that’s what Boris Johnson’s government found when coronavirus took on mankind in March.

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    Acas guidance - Covid-19


    Acas, the government’s employment conciliation service, has revised its guidance on vulnerable people in the document Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for employers and employees, writes Adam Bernstein.

  • It's easy to panic in times of crisis says Adam Bernstein

    Coronavirus – key information for employers


    It’s remarkable to think that something as small as a virus has stopped the global economy in its tracks. There are countless issues for businesses, but one that is vexing employers is what to do with staff?