Young workers

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With the school summer holidays approaching, many businesses will look to employ young workers to help meet seasonal demands and to provide valuable work experience. Young workers have additional rights which must be followed strictly: Children below age 13 cannot work.  Children aged 13 to 15 can only work part time.  Children aged 16 or […]

Working during hot weather

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With summer approaching, it is important to consider the affect of hot weather on the working conditions of your employees. Whilst there is no legal upper limit to temperature in the workplace, it must remain ‘reasonable’. What is considered reasonable must be judged against your particular work environment. The risks of high temperature must be […]

Changes to termination payments

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The tax treatment of termination payments changed from 6 April 2018 and further changes will come into effect in 2019. Pay In Lieu of Notice Employers now need to pay Income Tax and Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on an element of all termination payments from 6 April 2018, whether or not they are […]

How your maternity pay is calculated

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If you are planning to go on maternity leave from your employment, it is important to be aware of the dates which affect how much statutory maternity pay you will receive. The basic rules of pay are 90% of you average weekly earnings for the first 6 weeks and then the statutory figure of £145.18 […]

Worker status

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Employment law has developed to acknowledge that some individuals are not self-employed or employed, but are “workers” with some limited employment rights.  In tax law there are still only two statuses: employed or self-employed.  If an individual is a worker for employment law they are likely, but not necessarily, they will be self-employed for tax […]

Value your people

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Making sure your people feel valued is vitally important. People who feel valued tend to be more committed to their employers and also tend to go the extra mile, when necessary. One of the most important duties of any manager is to ensure that their team members feel that their work is appreciated. To ensure […]

Increase your Pension Savings on or before 5 April 2018 to reduce payments on account

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Investing more in your pension on or before 5 April 2018 that payment can be taken into consideration in computing your 2017/18 liability and hence you might be able to claim to reduce your payments on account, if you make them.  The maximum pension contribution is generally £40,000 each tax year, although this depends on […]

Pension Planning

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For most taxpayers the maximum pension contribution is £40,000 each tax year, although this depends on their earnings. This limit covers both contributions by the individual and their employer. Note that the unused allowance for a particular tax year may be carried forward for three years and can be added to the relief for the […]

Training Costs

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It is long established that training costs learning new skills is not tax deductible for self-employed.  This is because costs of learning new skills is deemed by HMRC to be capital not revenue expense. The government are now consulting on extending the scope of tax relief currently available for work-related training costs. As with all […]

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