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California’s Proposition 22

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

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UK Company Secretaries

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

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Corporate Criminal Offence investigations in 2020

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

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Working Time (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (Regulations)

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

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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

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Summary of government support available for businesses

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”

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Business Support during the COVID-19 disruption

The UK Government has set out a package of temporary interventions to support people and businesses during the period of disruption caused by COVID-19. This package, which has been published in full on the gov.uk website, includes: a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme deferring VAT and Income Tax payments a Statutory Sick Pay relief package for

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Making Tax Digital for VAT

MTD has landed We first examined Making Tax Digital (MTD), and the arguments surrounding it, back in 2017.  Now that the dust has settled and MTD has come into force, it seems a good time for another look.   From VAT periods commencing 1st April, MTD now applies for most companies that have taxable turnover above

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