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Coronavirus, sick pay and self-isolation

Following the coronavirus outbreak, the government is introducing emergency legislation to make statutory sick pay (SSP) payable from the first day of absence. What do you need to know, and are those who self-isolate entitled to SSP?


Can I have three months off work please?

An employee has asked if they can take three months’ leave so that they can visit family and friends abroad. If you agree to their request, would you be obliged to keep their job open until they return?


Dealing with Covid-19 at work

A global emergency has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) over the coronavirus outbreak. Should you be taking emergency action too?


Major changes to written statements

On 6 April 2020 important changes will be made to the right to receive a written statement of employment particulars. What’s new?


Coronavirus and homeworking

Many employees are asking to work from home to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus. What options are available to you here?


Parental bereavement leave and pay

From 6 April 2020 employees who lose a child or suffer a stillbirth at 24 or more weeks will have the right to two weeks’ statutory parental bereavement leave (SPBL). Is this paid time off?


Poor performance: must you consider an alternative role?

You have an underperforming employee who you really want to dismiss. However, a manager says that before you can do this you must consider whether you have a suitable alternative role for them. Is this true?


How do you deal with VAT on gifts to customers?

Your business has enjoyed a successful trading year and you have decided to reward loyal customers and a local charity with a special gift. Can you claim input tax on the purchase of these goods or is the situation more complicated?


Services purchased from abroad: registration needed?

One of our subscribers owns a side company that is not VAT registered because it only makes exempt sales. But is there a hidden VAT trap because it uses the services of an Indian-based business to deal with its in-house computer issues?