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Blog – Eastern European Countries Look to Shed ‘Cheap Labour’ Reputation

A Remarkable Transformation Real minimum wages have increased across Europe this year.  The increases have been highest in the Southern and Eastern European countries where minimum wages are the lowest.  The only exception has been Latvia and perhaps only temporarily, as the three-year agreement between employers, employees and the government signed in 2017 did not

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Blog – The End of Freedom of Movement

A no-deal scenario Freedom of Movement is due to end in the United Kingdom on 31st October 2019.  As with everything Brexit related, this is not certain.  At the time of writing, no Brexit deal has been reached between the UK and the European Union.  The UK’s deadline may be extended again, a deal secured,

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Blog – Ending sexual harassment at work

Shining a spotlight The #MeToo movement has put sexual harassment in the spotlight, initially driven by a surge of allegations against high profile and celebrity figures and the subsequent injunctions that aim to keep allegations out of the public eye.  However, the movement has grown beyond Hollywood, found widespread support and has made an impact

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Blog – Brexit Today – UK open for business

Open All Seasons The sun never stops shining.  Businesses that have expanded to the UK will be familiar with the local unpredictable weather.  They will also understand that, though you can’t always see it, the sun rises every day.  Whether obscured by Atlantic cloud or London fog, the sun still exists – burning just as

Blog – Storing Personal Data Under GDPR

There is now less than a year to go before the UK's Data Protection Act (DPA) is replaced by the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will have huge implications for any business that stores personal data online. The new regulation will take effect on 25 May 2018 and the Government has

Blog – Auto-enrolment and the Workforce

Although the groundwork for auto-enrolment was laid in the 2008 Pensions Act, it wasn't officially launched until October 2012 and not all employers have started the process yet, although more than 7.5 million people have already been enrolled. The government's plan is to turn this figure into 10 million people by 2018 so

Blog – Not Making Tax Digital

Back in January, we urged readers to prepare for the implementation of Making Tax Digital (MTD), the Government's attempt to digitise tax returns for all business owners and the self-employed. This was due to come into effect for large businesses from next April and for small businesses the year after but now the

Blog – Mind the Gender Pay Gap

From April 2017, private and voluntary sector organisations in England, Wales and Scotland with 250 or more employees will have to publish the differences between what they pay men and women in salaries and bonuses. Failure to comply with the new legislation will constitute an "unlawful act", meaning that the Equality and Human