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Hethertons Services for Businesses - May 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 happens if… I am unsure of my health and safety obligations


 

This month has seen the UK focus on employee safety, starting with Construction Health and Safety Week which took place between 6 – 10 May, but despite various campaigns in recent years, many business owners remain unaware of their responsibilities.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers have a duty to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees is protected.

 
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Government set to reform Companies House


 

The government is set to change the way Companies House works, with the largest reform of the company registration system in more than 100 years.

The reform was outlined in an 80-page consultation report and is intended to improve the exchange of intelligence between UK law enforcement, HMRC and Companies House.

 
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Report highlights record number of workers still paid below minimum wage


 

According to a report conducted by the Low Pay Commission (LPC), a record number of UK workers are still being paid below the minimum wage.

The report has revealed that around 440,000 people were illegally paid under the hourly minimum wage in April last year, with 369,000 of those supposed to receive the national living wage (NLW) because they are aged 25 or over.

 
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Tenant Fees Act – How it affects landlords


 

On 1 June 2019 the Tenant Fees Act comes into effect in England. It’s important that Landlords know how the new rules will affect them.

The new act means that the number of chargeable items, for which letting agents can charge tenants is significantly restricted.

 
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Government announces new retail landlord register


 

The Government has announced a new register for retail landlords in the UK.

The introduction of the register aims to support the high street retail sector, with the scheme being piloted in local authorities.

 
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Cost and frequency of cyber-attacks reach new levels, say experts


 

Cyber-attacks cost the average business some £283,000 each year, a new study has revealed.

The figures, published by business insurance firm Hiscox, represent a stark increase compared to those reported in 2018.

 
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