Changes to fuel advisory rates

HMRC has changed the fuel advisory rates for the third time this tax year. The new rates apply to all journeys on or after 1 December 2011 until further notice. For one month after the date of change, employers may choose to use either the previous or new current rates. The latest change is to[…]

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The Bribery Act Case Study

The bribery act is just over a year old, but legal history was recently made when a London court clerk became the first person convicted and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment under the Bribery Act 2010 for a £500 bribe. Mr Munir Patel was sentenced to three years for bribery and six years for misconduct in[…]

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HR Legal Update

In November Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced proposals for sweeping changes to employment law. These proposals, which will be subject to public consultation, include: Introduction of “protected conversations”, i.e. a method by which an employer can have an off-the-record discussion with an employee, although it is not proposed that this will extend to discriminatory acts[…]

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Managing Staff Through Tough Times

It’s been a tough few years for most businesses and it seems that 2012 will see even greater challenges if economic forecasts are to be believed. The natural instinct is to drive the business onward and upward – expecting those that work for us to do the same. The tendency is to put plans and[…]

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The 2012 Finance Bill Draft Clauses

As promised, the Government has published the draft clauses if t5he Finance Bill 2012 three months prior to the Budget on 21 March 2012. The clauses are intended for consultation until 10 February 2012. Many of these provisions had been pre-announced in the 2011 Budget, but there were still a few surprises. Seed investment A[…]