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Hethertons Services for Businesses - February 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hethertons Solicitors newswire for Businesses, which is designed to keep you up to date with what is happening within our firm and abreast of the latest changes in industry.

Hethertons Solicitors has been providing advice to businesses in and around York and North Yorkshire for more than 70 years. Despite our long and illustrious history, we are a forward-thinking firm with our finger on the pulse of the modern world of business.

We hope you enjoy reading our latest newswire and find it informative.

Free review of your employment contracts

Hethertons Solicitors to host free seminar to help York’s businesses get up to date with latest rule changes


Hethertons Solicitors is to extend a helping hand to local businesses as they prepare for major changes to employment law from April this year.

Presented by Hethertons Solicitors’ experienced employment law team, the talk will cover the new rights for workers and employees under the Government’s Good Work Plan, the introduction of Parental Bereavement Leave, rules surrounding employment post-Brexit and other proposed changes in the year ahead.

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Government launches new Business Support hub


The Government has launched a new nationwide business campaign designed to support enterprise owners through the Brexit transitional phase and beyond.

As part of the campaign, a new Business Support site has been launched to “make it easier for businesses in England to find out about the full range of support available to them”.

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Are SMEs growth aspirations to increase commercial property sales?


The growth ambitions of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) throughout the U.K. are left vulnerable, due to their worries surrounding the shortage of ‘suitable’ property.

In addition to the cost and process of moving...

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Pay rules for annual leave set to change


The way employers calculate holiday pay for some workers is due to change this April with the introduction of a series of new regulations.

Working out holiday pay for employees that have fixed-hours is straightforward – if they are paid £500 for one week’s work, then they should be paid £500 per week when they’re on holiday.

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A quarter of employees question how their firm handles bullying and harassment


According to the latest research, a quarter of employees believe that their company doesn’t deal with bullying and harassment in an appropriate manner.

The report published by the CIPD found that 15 per cent of workers have experienced bullying in the last three years, yet more than half of those people did not formally report it.

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Latest case highlights the dangers of not meeting workplace pension requirements


A recruitment business has been ordered to pay £10,890 after avoiding their automatic enrolment duties and misleading the Pensions Regulator (TPR).

Hertfordshire-based SKL Professional Recruitment Agency Ltd’s managing director Linus (known as Lee) Kadzere has been sentenced at Brighton Magistrates’ Court for wilfully failing to comply with the workplace pension rules and misleading TPR.

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Bereaved parents will be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave from April


The Government has announced that from April 2020, parents who suffer the loss of a child under the age of 18, or a stillbirth, will be entitled to two weeks’ paid leave at the rate of statutory bereavement pay.

The change is expected to help around 10,000 families a year and, according to ministers, will be the most generous parental bereavement pay in the world.

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