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Changes to apprenticeships and the minimum wage

It’s the natural cycle of business to take on a new set of apprentices and hire younger people to fill out the ranks, passing on the tools of the trade to the next generation. But each year the government changes the wages and rights of young people, which will affect the decision on whether to…

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Annual Payroll Reporting and Tasks

Preparing your payroll records is an important element of accounting for any small business and applies even if you only have a single employee. Without accurate payroll calculations and records you can run into difficulties with Government legislation such as that for the minimum wage allowances. Recent “naming and shaming” of businesses often show that…

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Class 2 National Insurance Contributions

Class 2 NICs were due to be abolished in April 2018, however the Government has now delayed this and will instead introduce the NICs Bill will now be introduced in 2018, with the abolition coming into effect in 2019. The delay will reportedly save the government around £200 million. What is the background to this…

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National Minimum Wage

If you are a starting up a new business or an existing one looking to expand you need to be aware of legislation around national minimum rates of pay. Employing people is always complicated and one thing that will lead to immediate problems are errors in pay or breaking minimum pay rates. Local authorities and…

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Flexible Working Hours

As from today (30th June 2014) every employee has the right to ask their employer for flexible working hours. This is an extension of existing rights that were in place for those looking after children and caring for the elderly or others needing help. This does not mean that flexible hours are a right, just…

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