Month: November 2016

Are You Ready For Making Tax Digital? We Are!

November 21, 2016 @ 5:09 pm by Dena Salthouse

By Neil Ormesher

In 2015, HMRC announced plans to transform the tax system to bring this up to date with the current digital age which will spell the end of the annual tax return.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) will be phased in from 2016 and is set to end in 2020. Initially, from 2018, unincorporated businesses and landlords will be required to keep track of their tax affairs digitally and report this to HMRC at least every quarter, with the option of submitting more frequently. Limited Companies are expected to come into …Read More

New Chancellor Must Recognise Power of Temporary Workforce in Autumn Statement

November 16, 2016 @ 4:32 pm by Damian Broughton MBE

As our new Chancellor Phillip Hammond prepares to deliver his first Autumn Statement, he must be mindful of recent events and the importance of the UK’s temporary workforce as a catalyst for economic growth.

UK PLC has been under an immense amount of pressure in recent years and that looks set to continue in light of events ranging from the Brexit vote to Donald Trump being elected as the 45th President of the United States.

Despite these global pressures, the UK has proved to be resilient and we consistently recover from dips …Read More

Gig and Umbrella

November 12, 2016 @ 4:30 pm by Damian Broughton MBE

Over recent months much has been written about the ‘gig’ economy, describing its rise, its popularity for both workers and consumers, and discussing how ‘workers’ in the gig economy should operate.

Should the worker be classed as an employee or be ‘self-employed’. A direct challenge to Uber by 2 workers (out of 40,000 in the UK), culminating in the decision handed down by a tribunal which described the Uber drivers as ‘workers’. Many will be thinking that we are all workers, so what is the difference. Well, in UK law there …Read More

Fingers Crossed for the 23rd – Autumn Statement

November 11, 2016 @ 9:35 am by Dena Salthouse

Autumn Statement hopes and wishes- by John Thorburn

There has been much written already on the proposed reform of the intermediaries legislation (“IR35”) for those off payroll workers in the public sector, unsurprisingly most of which is not in favour, focussing on the impractical nature of the proposal and the inevitable fall out; skill shortages, contract rate uncertainty, lack of employment rights and potential false employment.

Whilst the tide of opinion from professional bodies, agencies, freelancers and government advisors (The Office of Tax Simplification) swells for the abandonment, or at least postponement, …Read More

Uber Ruling and the Gig Economy

November 8, 2016 @ 4:31 pm by Sarah Templeton

In my last article I discussed the meteoric rise of the gig economy, with Uber being one of its major players. But does last month’s ruling on the ride-hailing platform threaten to bring it all crashing down?

A tribunal concluded that two Uber drivers (who were representing a larger group of nineteen), rather than being self-employed, were in fact to be classed as ‘workers’, and were therefore entitled to the National Minimum Wage, rest breaks, and other protections.

It was concluded that, “it is not real to regard Uber as working ‘for’ …Read More

Gunpowder, Theresa and Plot- IR35 and Employment Legislation Changes Today

November 3, 2016 @ 4:09 pm by Dena Salthouse

The parallels between Guy Fawkes’ times and employment legislation changes today.

By Andy Charles

In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament, one of whom was Guy Fawkes, one of Britain’s most notorious traitors.

This was in response to the suffering which Catholics endured under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I – the hope being that things would improve as James I took to the throne, as he himself had a Catholic Mother. Their hopes were short lived.

The plan was to ultimately kill the King and Members of …Read More

Abolishing Poverty in Employment and the Living Wage

November 2, 2016 @ 4:29 pm by Helen Broughton MBE

A wage you can live on; surely that is not too much to expect in return for full time work?

Studies have shown that once someone earns enough to pay their bills and pay for a few small pleasures their happiness peaks.  In other words happiness does not directly correlate to the size of their wage packet once that wage goes above an amount they can comfortably live off.

As an employer we made a commitment to pay the Living Wage three years ago and have witnessed first-hand the benefits.

First let me …Read More