Employment Law Articles

Employees on full-time and part-time contracts

When a new employee is added to the payroll it is the employer's responsibility to ensure they meet the employee's rights and deduct the correct amount of tax from their salary. HMRC’s guidance lists the following requirements that an employer must meet for employees on full-time and part-time contracts: a written statement of employment or contract; the statutory minimum level of paid holiday;...

New employment rights for parents and carers

Three new pieces of legislation that received cross party support were granted Royal Assent on 24 May 2023. The Neonatal Care (Leave and Pay) Act 2023: This new Act will allow for up to 12 weeks of paid neonatal care leave. This will be made available to employed parents if their new-born is admitted to neonatal care so they can spend more time with their child. These parents will continue to be...

NMW non-compliance penalties

Employers must ensure they are paying staff at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or National Living Wage (NLW). The NMW and the NLW are the minimum legal amounts that employers must pay their workers. The new NMW and NLW rates came into effect on 1 April 2023. The hourly rate for the NMW (for 21-22-year-olds) is £10.18 and for the NLW is £10.42. The NLW is the minimum hourly rate that must...

Connected persons for tax purposes

The definition of a connected person for tax purposes varies. A statutory definition of “connected persons” for Capital Gains Tax...

Tax and employee share schemes

There are a number of government approved share schemes which offer various incentives to employees. The rules of the schemes...

Tax relief for training costs

If you are self-employed it is important to know if an expense is tax allowable. Any allowable costs can be...

Post cessation transactions

Tax relief may be available for post-cessation expenses of a trade. To be an allowable post-cessation expense the trade must...

Reclaiming pre-trading VAT

There are special rules that determine the recoverability of VAT incurred before a business registered for VAT. This type of...

Are we unpaid tax collectors?

Business owners often refer to VAT as if it were a cost to their business regardless of their VAT position;...

Child Benefit for 16 – 19 year olds

More than a million parents will receive reminders to extend Child Benefit for their teenagers if they are continuing their...

by Andrew Stanton

Mitigating Labour VAT on private school fees

Explore the potential Labour VAT threat on private school fees and prepayment strategy to swerve the VAT risk.

Multiple Dwellings Relief for SDLT

It was announced as part of the Spring Budget 2023 that Multiple Dwellings Relief (MDR) was being abolished. This change...
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