UK Budget 2021: A summary of key announcements Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced his Spring 2021 Budget promising further support for Covid-hit businesses and workers. As well as supporting and boosting industries ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, the announcement also looked ahead to the difficult process of repairing the public finances. At a Glance
Disrupting a disruptor: The implications of the Supreme Court’s Uber ruling The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Uber must classify its drivers as workers rather than self-employed contractors. The decision could threaten the position of an already unprofitable company and will have far-reaching HR and tax consequences for the wider ‘gig economy’. Uber drivers
California’s Proposition 22: It Passed, Now What? Paul Mello and William D. Taylor* California, for better or worse, has long been on the leading edge of labor and employment law developments that have broadly impacted business in general and the transportation industry in particular. Often California’s courts are quick to issue challenging decisions impacting the
Corporate Compliance, Best Practice and Company Secretaries The role and duties of the UK Company Secretary are often overlooked by a board of directors focussed on managing an SME, especially in the current climate. This is heightened by the fact that said SMEs are not required to appoint a company secretary, potentially increasing the risks
Corporate Criminal Offence investigations continue despite pandemic HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has 10 live corporate criminal offence (CCO) investigations according to new statistics. The UK government department also has a further 22 live opportunities currently under review. It has opened one new investigation since December 2019. Wide ranging investigations The investigations span 10 different
Changes to regulations mean that workers will now be able to carry over untaken annual leave into the next two leave years. This applies where they have been unable to take leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this article Andrew Brierley, Briars Group Chairman, takes a look at the regulations, their practical application, and what
Company directors, along with everyone else, are living in a new world. The global response to the coronavirus outbreak has reshaped the business landscape. Even once the immediate Covid-19 crisis has passed, no-one can be certain what the new-normal will be. However, despite the instability, we are all still required to abide by the law.
What has changed? From 6 April 2020, the requirement to provide a written statement of terms and conditions extends to workers, not just employees. This now includes casual and zero hours workers. Employers must provide their workers and employees with their written statement on or before their first day of employment, no matter how long they're employed
Changes to government’s Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme expected to have an immediate impact.
The UK government’s loan scheme to assist businesses hit by the coronavirus outbreak has been overhauled. Initial measures, including government guaranteed loans amounting to £330 bn were announced in response to the disruption caused by COVID-19. However, several problems with the scheme have since been identified and changes have been made. The changes are focused
The Government have issued a range of measures to assist businesses in the UK following the coronavirus outbreak here. We have produced an initial report and a more detailed look at CBILS, but what follows is a brief summary of the measures being offered: Job Retention Scheme to reduce the number of employees being “let-go”