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Archive - 2013

HMRC to clampdown on National Minimum Wage Underpayment

February 2014

Employers who fail to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage now risk being fined up to £20,000 as part of a Government clampdown. Previously, employers found breaking the law were forced to pay the wages shortfall along with a penalty amounting to up to
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Businesses must prepare for workplace pension auto-enrolment scheme

December 2013

Employers with less than 50 members of staff will have to implement the new auto-enrolment workplace pension scheme between June 2015 and April 2017. However, firms should begin preparations as soon as possible if they want to reduce the costs of the new scheme, warns
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Guide to taking over an existing lease

December 2013

For many businesses, finding a suitable commercial property in the right location can be difficult and one option is to take on the existing lease of a former tenant. There are a number of issues associated with this however so be aware, as it may
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Don’t let Big Brother take over your business

September 2013

In August this year, a new Code of Practice, issued under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, came into force regarding the use of CCTV surveillance cameras by bodies such as local authorities and the police. Whilst this new Code doesn’t yet apply to the
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Guide to taking-on zero hour contract workers

August 2013

In recent years we have seen a significant rise in ‘zero-hour’ contracts – an effective tool for employers seeking flexibility in their workforce and to cut workplace costs. Under a ‘zero-hour’ contract, an employer effectively has a pool of people who are ‘on-call’ as and
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