Do you own of run a company and are you worried that you’re not up to date with all the legal red tape? If you haven’t had a business legal MOT for a while or you’re worried about gaps in your company’s legal cover, then our specialist business solicitor and Partner, Martin Reynolds, may be…

Employee Absences – Barrett and Co Solicitors in Reading can help you manage them. Does your company have systems in place to measure absenteeism and analyse its cost so you can identify problem areas? Report: more than one-third of sick notes are from people feigning illness Family-friendly employment policies keep absenteeism to a minimum Reasonable precautions when…

Whilst we can only speculate regarding the overall effect the UK potentially leaving the European Union (a Brexit) would have on individuals and the UK as a whole, in this article I want to consider what might happen to small and medium sized businesses should we vote to leave. Two areas which can be discussed…

Does your company have a register of people with “significant control”? From 30 June 2016, companies will have to deliver information to the Companies House PSC Register annually. New register of people with “significant influence or control” Failure to maintain a register is a criminal offence PSC Register data must be submitted to Companies House…

Only in the rarefied air of Westminster would the idea of introducing a 275 page Bill to “open up new opportunities for small business” produce anything other than surprise (and frustration). New regulations from April 2016 More to follow in June …nonetheless, this is what happened with the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015…

How are the number of hours worked by ‘on call’ employees to be calculated in the context of the National Minimum Wage? A tribunal tackled that thorny issue in the case of a school security guard who was required to live on the premises and to respond to alarm calls day and night. Tribunal told…

Employers are reminded that the following changes to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates came into effect on 1 October 2015:  The adult NMW rate increased from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour; The NMW rate for workers aged 18 to 20 increased from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour; The NMW rate for 16- and 17-year-olds…

For unincorporated businesses, one of the more important elements of the Chancellor’s statement of 3 December 2014 was the decision to abolish, with immediate effect, entrepreneur’s relief for transfers of goodwill to companies owned by the transferor. Previously, such a transfer was treated as a disposal of a capital asset (goodwill) which qualified for entrepreneur’s relief.  In practice, this meant…

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