Employers who breach serious health and safety laws are risking tougher penalties, including prison sentences, according to a new report. The report, published on 16 January, looked at the impact of the first five years of the Health and Safety Offences Act, which was passed in 2008 and took effect on January 16 2009.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued updated guidance for employers on the Real Time Information (RTI) reporting of PAYE information. HMRC said on 16 January that the updates were designed to help employers prepare for changes they would see on payroll submissions from April 2014 and new entries they would need to make on … Continue reading
Workplace specialists Acas has published new guidance to help employers prepare for a change in the law on flexible working. From April 2014, all employees who have worked for their employer for 26 weeks or more will have the right to ask if they can work flexibly.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has announced changes to the way that new and existing employee share schemes and arrangements are administered. HMRC said on 21 January that the changes would affect:
Every mid-sized business in the country is to be offered tailored trade advice and an intensive support programme to help them start exporting or break into new markets. Trade Minister Lord Livingston announced on 22 January that he would personally write to all theUK’s 8,900 mid-sized businesses by this summer to ask them if they … Continue reading
Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the UK’s 4.9 million small businesses to take advantage of measures that could save them up to £10,000 each a year. Speaking at a Federation of Small Businesses event on 27 January, Mr Cameron highlighted government support including: