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Deliveroo claims victory in self-employment case

Deliveroo riders have been ruled self-employed by labour law body the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). The test case was brought against the delivery company by the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) . The IWGB said the ruling showed a majority of Deliveroo riders wanted workers’ rights and union recognition. But the CAC found
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Recovering debts set to get tougher under new rules

New rules set to be introduced next month that are designed to speed-up the resolution of financial disputes and debt recovery, could result in claims in fact taking even longer, says a commercial dispute resolution legal specialist. The new Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims goes live on the 1st October 2017, and is the latest
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Large organisations placing IT security demands on SME suppliers

CybSafe, the behavioural science based cyber security e-learning platform, today reveals that enterprise level organisations are increasingly assessing protection during supplier contract negotiations. The GCHQ-accredited software platform, based in renowned Canary Wharf connected community Level39, conducted a survey of SME decision-makers to assess how their enterprise customers approach cyber security during the tender and RFP process.
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GDPR could cripple business, say UK firms

A global study from Veritas Technologies reveals 86 per cent of organisations worldwide are concerned that a failure to adhere to the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could have a major negative impact on their business –including nearly 20 per cent — or one in five polled — who fear that non-compliance could put them out
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Running a small food business: Essential health and safety information

When you’re running a small food business for the first time, whether it’s a kiosk, a café or a restaurant, you’re going to need to know how to handle, store and serve the food that you sell. In conjunction with EU law, it’s important that you understand and know the 14 allergens list so you
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UK SMEs hit with big fines for unlicensed software damages

Unlicensed software use cost UK small-to-medium sized businesses over £900,000 in legalisation costs and damages for copyright infringement in 2016, according to new figures from BSA | The Software Alliance. The figure includes settlements and the cost of acquiring new software to become compliant. The total cost to SMEs has risen from £770,192 in 2015,
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HMRC applies to shut down more businesses as it pursues unpaid tax

HMRC applications to wind up businesses in order to recover unpaid tax rose 12 per cent last year, up to 3,906 in 2016 from 3,485 in 2015, says Funding Options, the online business finance supermarket. Funding Options says that if HMRC is successful in obtaining a winding up order from a court, the business concerned will
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Budget 2017: NI increase for self-employed scrapped by government

Plans to increase National Insurance levels for self-employed people – announced in the Budget last week – have been dropped. Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the government will not proceed with the increases which were criticised for breaking a 2015 manifesto pledge. The plans set out in the Spring Budget were to lower national insurance contributions
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Europe’s top court legalises workplace headscarf ban

The European Court of Justice has ruled that employers are entitled to ban workers from wearing headscarves to work. The court ruled that any ban on the ‘visible wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign’ must be based on internal company rules requiring all employees to ‘dress neutrally’. It cannot be based on the
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Government must be cautious when considering self-employed tax changes

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the self employed, responds to the government’s proposed consultation into the tax system for the self-employed workforce. It has been reported that chancellor Phillip Hammond is likely to consult on changes to self-employed taxation system in next week’s Spring Budget. The Treasury believes there is a need to
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