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VAT - MTD

What does a soft landing for MTD digital links mean?

Making tax digital for VAT legislation requires you to have “digital links” between your financial data and the quarterly VAT reports. What changes might you need to make to your record keeping to achieve this?

NOTICE

Must you accept additional notice?

One of your employees has a contractual notice period of one month but they’ve just given you three months’ written notice. Are you obliged to accept the additional two months or can you insist they leave after one month?

SICKNESS ABSENCE

Insist on sickness absence reports by phone

Apparently, 20% of employees don’t understand why they must personally phone their line manager when they are off sick. They think they should be able to send an e-mail or text instead. Why is phone reporting so important?

CRIMINAL RECORDS

Criminal records checks unlawful?

The Supreme Court has decided that the criminal records check system is incompatible with human rights laws, namely the right to privacy. Does this mean you can’t carry out these checks any more?

FLEXIBLE WORKING

Let’s ban working from home!

In March 2019 it was reported that one employer had banned all of its employees from working at home, even if they had pre-agreed arrangements. Can you do this too?

Job duties

Employee refuses new job tasks

You’ve recently asked one of your employees to carry out some new tasks as part of their job role, but they are refusing to do them. What’s the legal position here and how should you handle their refusal?

DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

Disciplinary matters when the police are involved

An employee is subject to disciplinary proceedings. Due to the nature of the allegation, the police have been notified and are investigating the matter. Must you delay your proceedings until the police investigation is concluded?

DISCRIMINATION

Could an employee on HRT qualify as disabled?

An employee who is going through the menopause has been put onto hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by her GP. As a result she claims she has a disability and is protected from discrimination. Is this correct?

PENSIONS

Opting out of pensions auto-enrolment

You are required to automatically enrol eligible employees into a workplace pension scheme. But what’s the position if one of your employees wants to opt out of auto-enrolment?