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Hethertons Services for Businesses - January 2019

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.

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 What if…… I need to prepare my business for changes in employment law in 2019?


During the next 12 months there are a number of significant changes taking place in the UK of which all employers should be aware.

These changes to employment law and related matters should not be taken lightly and it is important that businesses take steps now to ensure they are ready.

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New service has helped 200,000 start-up businesses


Since the Streamlined Company Registration Service was launched last year, more than 200,000 start-ups have used the service.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and Companies House collaborated and set up the Government led service to allow start-ups to jointly register their company and also register their tax at the same time.

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Businesses to be named under proposed new late payment system


A newly proposed traffic light system could be used to put a spotlight on businesses with track records of late payments.

Paul Uppal, the Small Business Commissioner, has suggested the system be put in place in order to protect smaller suppliers from businesses who consistently make late payments.

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New RICS statements to protect commercial property tenants from unfair costs


A new professional statement comes into effect on 1 April that will prevent commercial property landlords from issuing unfair or unclear service charges to businesses.

Superseding the three most recent Service Charge Codes, the ‘Service charges in commercial property’ statement has been released by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Government set to introduce biggest workplace reform in 20 years


The Government is set to introduce workplace reforms that are likely to offer more protection to all employees, and especially to those on zero hour contracts, agency workers or gig economy workers.

Under the new legislation, staff will now have to be told details of their rights from the first day in a job, including details of paid and sick leave (including maternity and paternity leave).

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Government urged to force firms to report ethnicity pay gap


According to the findings of a recent study black, Asian and ethnic minority employees (BAME) are losing out on £3.2 billion pounds a year in wages compared to white colleagues doing the same work.

The research by the Resolution Foundation has put pressure on the Government, with Ministers urged to press ahead with planned proposals to force large firms to report their ethnicity pay gap.

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