Employment News

Managing the Gig Economy

The so-called “gig economy” is starting to change the way we think about our workforce. As the world of work becomes more flexible, an increasing number of professionals are opting to become independent contractors who market their skills to businesses, for as long as they are required.

Changes to National Minimum Wage (NMW) April 2018

On 1 April 2018 National Minimum Wage increase for all 5 rates will take effect.

Are You Sure You or Your Workers Are Self-Employed?

Last year we reported that the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published a report calling on the Government to close the loopholes that allow “bogus” self-employment practices, which burden the welfare state but reduce the tax contributions needed to sustain it.

Managing Office Politics

Office politics are a fact of life. People are complex and work relationships are often complicated to navigate. So, what should you do when office politics become problematic?

Managing High-Performance Teams

Steve Jobs was quoted as saying “It doesn't make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” Once you have hired a bunch of really smart people, you need to manage them effectively.

IR35 "Off-Payroll" Rules may be Extended to Private Sector

Although not mentioned in the Budget speech the other documents released on Budget day mention the possible extension of the rules for personal service companies in the public sector to workers in the private sector.

The Importance of Boardroom Diversity

A more diverse team is of great benefit to any business. People with different backgrounds, values, skills and personalities working together as a team can help a business to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.

6 Tips For Being a Better Manager

Not all managers are created equal. There are plenty of good managers and then there are great managers. Here are some key points on how to be a better manager:

HMRC Tackles Employers Who Used EBTs Schemes

With tax planning schemes as with many things in life, what looks too good to be true generally turns out to be so. This seems to be true for tax avoidance schemes using Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) as during the summer HMRC won a landmark case at the Supreme Court against Glasgow Rangers Football Club concerning the payment of players and other employees via EBTs.

HMRC have Updated their Guidance on Salary Sacrifice Schemes

The rules for salary sacrifice arrangements changed with effect from 6 April 2017 and HMRC have updated their guidance for employers. Apart from 5 exceptions, the amount assessed as employment income for new salary sacrifice arrangements is now the greater of the salary foregone and the taxable benefit as set out in the tax legislation.