Employment Law

Avoid Getting into HR Hot Water This Party Season

November 3rd 2017

The DSC team love an excuse to socialise so with the festive season approaching, it seemed appropriate to offer some practical tips for businesses on smooth planning of the annual office Christmas party. 

A reminder about National Living Wage increases

April 7th 2017

The Government´s National Living Wage was introduced on 1 April 2016 for all working people aged 25 and over. On the 1st April 2017 it increased to £7.50. The current National Minimum Wage for those under the age of 25 still applies and the rates from April this year are as follows:

Director disqualified for seven years

February 3rd 2017

Directors have a responsibility to maintain, preserve and deliver records that are adequate to explain the financial position of their company. If they fail to do so, they run the risk of being disqualified from acting as a director.

Car fuel advisory rates from 1 December 2016

January 13th 2017

From 1 December 2016, the advisory fuel rates have changed to:

Changes to NLW and NMW from April 2017

December 9th 2016

From April 2017, the National Living Wage (NLW) for the over 25s is being increased to £7.50 per hour. This is an increase from the current NLW rate set in October 2016 of £7.20 an hour. For the over 25s, this will represent a wage increase of just over 4%.

NIC Employment Allowance - National Insurance

August 9th 2016

For 2016-17, the Employment Allowance (EA) is set at £3,000. This means that if you are eligible, you will not have to pay employers’ Class 1 contributions up to this amount. The following set out some of the less well known facts about this allowance:

National Living Wage (NLW)

February 5th 2016

From April 2016, all workers aged 25 or over must be paid the new NLW of £7.20 per hour.

Have you been turned into an intermediary?

April 15th 2015

How many UK businesses would think they were affected by new rules for ‘offshore employment intermediaries’? Or, for that matter, ‘onshore’ employment intermediaries? After the dust has settled on the Government consultation, new rules are here for ‘employment intermediaries’, and you may unwittingly, be one.

Domestic employment arrangements

March 6th 2015

Did you know that if you take on domestic help you may be considered an employer? Anyone who works in a private home is treated as an employee if they only work for one family, except for au pairs. This includes nannies, housekeepers, gardeners and anyone else working for one family. You’re their employer if you hire them. 

Overtime and holiday pay

December 9th 2014

In the past companies have tended to base holiday pay payments on a worker’s basic pay, excluding overtime. In a recent landmark case an Employment Tribunal has ruled that past, non-guaranteed overtime should be included in the calculation of holiday pay.