Key employment law changes 2021

The emphasis for many employers at the moment is understandably on managing the huge impact of COVID-19 and responding to the measures the government has brought in to support employers. Mercifully the employment law agenda for the year ahead is brief, but there are a few changes that businesses will need to be aware of that are due to take effect in 2021. An introduction to the key employment law … Continue reading

HR data security principles; how to include them in ‘business as usual’

HR data security, the need to protect personal data, impacts many HR activities daily, from recruitment, performance management, health and reward to the need to know an employee’s next of kin. While it’s important that employers have a good grasp of data protection principles, the real challenge for HR departments will be in making sure that acting on those principles is ‘business as usual’. Employers should have the following in … Continue reading

Employing staff in the UK? A guide for overseas companies

(Updated 9 July 2020) If you’re an overseas business looking to build a presence in the UK, or a start-up about to hire your first employee, it’s worth taking a bit of time now to understand the legal framework that will apply when employing staff in the UK. While we can’t detail all employment law in one article, we can give you an overview of key areas. First of all, the … Continue reading

Are you ready for new immigration rules from 1 January 2021?

New immigration rules come into force on 1 January 2021 and everyone (excluding Irish citizens) who comes to the UK to live, work or study after 31 December 2020 will fall within the same point-based immigration rules. Automatic freedom of movement for European nationals will end. However, EEA, EU and Swiss nationals living in the UK before 31 December 2020 can apply for settled or pre-settled status under the EU … Continue reading

How to benefit from an EMI share scheme

In our latest blog, we explore EMI share schemes and explain how early-stage and growing businesses can benefit from this type of tax-advantaged employee share scheme. Estimated reading time 2:30 minutes Attracting, recruiting, motivating, and retaining employees through an EMI share scheme An EMI share scheme is the most tax-efficient and flexible HMRC-approved share option scheme. It allows companies to grant options to selected employees to buy shares at a … Continue reading

Coronavirus Job Retention scheme extended until 30 April 2021

Coronavirus Job Retention scheme extended until the end of 30 April 2021 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended: In a statement to the House of Commons on 5 November, UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed that he will extend the furlough scheme until the end of March 2021.  The Chancellor went further yesterday (17 December), and confirmed he would extend the furlough scheme for an additional month as part of the government’s plan … Continue reading

Succession planning: what is next for your business?

Succession planning is an important step to take to ensure the leadership continuity of a business. A time will come when a founder of a privately-owned company reaches a crossroads in their career and faces several difficult decisions about their future. Whether a founder continues to lead the business, sells the business, or retires, appoints a management team, and retains a chairperson position on the board, depends on their aims … Continue reading

Practical ways to support employees through COVID-19

Some practical ideas on how businesses can support employees through COVID-19 from both a mental health and a financial perspective. Estimated reading time: 6.5 minutes There is no doubt that Coronavirus has fundamentally altered how people work. Many employers have swiftly embraced a wholesale transition from office to home-based working to protect and support employees and their families, while those who cannot work from home now face strict and unprecedented … Continue reading

The advantages of apprenticeships; grow your own talent

The biggest challenge facing scaling businesses is often not motivating and retaining staff; it’s finding great talent in the first place. Recruiting graduates is an established route to sourcing motivated, competent and affordable talent, but employers shouldn’t ignore the potential of apprentices. For employers who have to pay the Apprenticeship Levy (those with a wage bill of £3m or more), employing apprentices could help them offset the cost of the … Continue reading

Employee disputes don’t just happen to big companies

You might think that employee relations issues are the preserve of the big companies, but they are just as likely to affect startups and emerging companies too. One of the biggest dangers is ignoring an employee relations dispute and hoping it will go away.  It rarely does. Around 1.2 million people contacted ACAS last year alone whilst claims rose by 29% from 1,700 to 2,200 per week. Compensation awards are … Continue reading