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For those of you who like to know such things, these are the new rates for the main statutory payments and for the new capped amounts for compensation from 6th April 2015 onwards. The exception - one wonders why, but let's thank the Government anyway for this extra layer of complexity - is that the SMP, SAP and ShPP rates apply from 5th April 2015 (i.e. one day earlier). SMP/SAP/ShPP: up to £139.58 (from £138.18) per week. MA: up to £139.58 (from £138.18) per...

Have you ever wished that you could require an employee to pay back a cash bonus or give back an award of shares or some other form of variable remuneration (let's call all of these a "bonus award" for the purposes of this blog) when things haven't worked out as well as your organisation had hoped, or if turnover or profits are down, or if staff have misbehaved or underperformed? Alternatively, have you ever breathed a sigh of relief when you...

On 30th June 2014, more employees will have the right to request flexible working.  Currently, an employee needs 26 weeks’ continuous employment, and the request must be to care for a child 17 years or younger (18 years if they are disabled) or for an adult.  As from the end of this month, the only requirement is to have 26 continuous weeks’ employment, and the request can be to do anything from caring for a child to improving a golf handicap.  How...

When will employers who want to make redundancies have to consult on a collective basis? We don't know. But the European Court of Justice has been asked to consider the Woolworths case. So we still won't know for some time. The Court of Appeal has referred the case of USDAW v Ethel Austin Ltd  to the European Court of Justice. The case is more commonly known as "the Woolworths Case" and is potentially of great significance to any employer who may want to make...

Anyone who read my last blog on zero hours contracts may have been surprised to hear recently that a bill aimed at banning the use of such contracts will shortly have its second reading before parliament. Don't worry. The Zero Hours Contracts Bill is a private members bill and so is unlikely to become law. The Government is still seeking views on the use of such contracts until 13 March and has already indicated that it is not minded to ban...

We are delighted that Cummings Law has contributed to our Briefing Notes this month.  Cummings is a boutique law firm specialising in funds and fund management, offering a dedicated, bespoke legal service. The firm also provides legal advice on financings, both secured and unsecured and offers specialised legal advice for start-ups, existing funds and fund managers. Cummings’ have prepared a briefing note on taxation of Partnerships and LLPs - Guest Briefing from Cummings Law on HMRC taxation of Partnerships and LLPs. ...

Could employers save some money, and could employees save income tax, if the recommendations of the Office of Tax Simplification (“OTS”) about the taxation of termination payments are followed?  "Don't Hold Your Breath" is the current answer. The OTS is a little-known Government-sponsored department.  It was set up in 2010.  Its purpose is clear from its name.  The fact that it exists is regarded by many people as a Good Thing.  It comprises a small group of experts, with its core...

 The latest increase in the National Minimum Wage took effect from 1 October 2012.  These changes tend to made annually, following recommendations from the Low Pay Commission.  There are four types of minimum wage.  These (and their hourly rates) are as follows: (1) the standard adult rate (workers aged 21 or over) increases from £6.08 to £6.19; (2) the development rate (workers aged between 18 and 20 inclusive) stays the same, at £4.98; (3) the young workers rate (workers aged under 18 but...