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Real Living Wage Increase Brought Forward

Real Living Wage Increase Brought Forward

The Living Wage Foundation has announced the next increase in the real Living Wage will be brought forward to September 2022 in a response to the cost-of-living crisis. But how will this affect you? What is the real Living Wage? The real Living Wage (RLW) was set up...

Can Workers Refuse to Return to the Office?

Can Workers Refuse to Return to the Office?

Do you have a legal right to demand your people return to the office? And even if the answer is ‘yes’, should you exercise that right? In April, when Conservative minister Jacob Rees-Mogg launched his one-man offensive to get civil servants back to the office, he left...

HMRC Announces New Fraud Squad

HMRC Announces New Fraud Squad

In late April, the Chancellor announced a new “elite fraud squad” to “crack down on criminal gangs who rip off the taxpayer.” Members of the existing fraud squad who, in late 2021 were lauded for taking back £1 billion from the proceeds of crime might reasonably feel...

Will The Cost-of-Living Crisis End ‘The Great Resignation’?

Will The Cost-of-Living Crisis End ‘The Great Resignation’?

“The rising cost of living is likely to put more people off changing jobs this year, leading to slower wage growth.” That was the view of Gabriella Dickens at Pantheon Macroeconomics at the start of this year, back when cost-of-living concerns had yet to explode into...

Should Remote Workers Be Paid Less?

Should Remote Workers Be Paid Less?

In May, law firm Stephenson Harwood set the cat amongst the pigeons by announcing its staff could work from home permanently, but only if they accepted a 20% pay cut. Staff could, however, retain their full salaries working remotely for up to two days a week. The...

Why Are D&I Initiatives Not Working?

Why Are D&I Initiatives Not Working?

UK businesses spend more than £6 billion on diversity and inclusion initiatives each year. In the wake of #MeToo, George Floyd and BLM, you might imagine there’d be something to show for them. Yet according to research carried out by data company Dynata, they’re not...

What’s included in your outsourced payroll service?

What’s included in your outsourced payroll service?

When you outsource your payroll, what exactly do you outsource? If you’ve landed on these pages in the past, you’ll no doubt have read why outsourcing your payroll is a good idea. We’ve spoken (rather a lot) about how outsourcing reduces the risk of error, how it...

An IR35 update

An IR35 update

HMRC has won two IR35 appeals based on mutuality of consent issues. But if the courts “do not feel confident enough about the correct conclusion” to make a final decision on an individual’s IR35 status, what chance do the rest of us have following the CEST tool? By a...

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