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GDPR – What protection can insurance policies provide to businesses?

On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the UK Data Protection Act 1998. The new directive will bring enhanced levels of accountability and enforcement around the handling of personal data. The ‘headline’ item among the changes to be brought in will be the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) power to fine… Read More

Employment Tribunal Fee Refunds

Since tribunal fees were abolished in July, there has been a sharp increase in the number of claims.  In addition, claimants who did not bring a potential claim at the time, because of the requirement to pay fees, may now be able to resurrect a claim.  It’s a worrying time for employers. There have been… Read More

Dafferns connect at AGN IFRS seminar

Members of Dafferns corporate reporting team (Andy Bewick, Lucy Hatton, Paige Howitt and Jack Wright) visited the AGN IFRS Seminar in Lisbon, Portugal on 29 September 2017. A record number of 83 delegates from 13 countries all over Europe, USA and even Guatemala, were in attendance. The event started on the evening before, where all… Read More

The Apprentice

Earlier this year I spent time looking into the new UK Apprentice Levy scheme, there is plenty of information out there on whether you need to pay the levy and how this will be collected, along with how to register to access funding. Like many small businesses (those with payroll bills of <£3m), across the… Read More

Find your Elephant Powder

Dave Coplin, the Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft was the keynote speaker at the Mindshop UK Conference in London in June 2017. His elephant powder story really struck a chord with me and my colleagues. So often in business we get into the habit of doing things the same way we have always done them… Dave… Read More

Employment tribunal claims to soar

In July the Supreme Court abolished employment tribunal fees and ruled that the Government had acted unlawfully when fees were introduced back in 2013. What does this mean for business owners? The ruling means that employers could now be open to more claims, potentially costing thousands of pounds in legal costs, so it is important… Read More

Do you need to disclose money or other assets abroad?

Following the changes brought in by International Tax Compliance Regulation 2015 on 30 September 2016, with effect from September 2017 HMRC will be sharing financial data with tax authorities around the world under the common reporting standard (CRS) creating an obligation on us as accountants to tell you that: HMRC will soon be getting data… Read More

Excellence Students provide Business Insights

Last month saw Dafferns LLP’s 3rd Excellence week. Those who follow us on social media would have seen the posts, for those who haven’t: the Dafferns Mindshop Excellence week is our “alternative” work experience programme, during which we take a group of 17 year old students and across a working week spend day 1 teaching and… Read More

HMRC change of policy for R & D tax relief – Reimbursed expenses

HMRC recently revised its guidance on staff costs qualifying for Research and Development (R & D) tax relief relating to reimbursed expenses.  Qualifying staff costs for R & D claims have always included employee salaries, employer pension contribution and employer NICs in respect of personnel undertaking R & D project work. The inclusion of travel… Read More

HR News: Working overtime will build up holiday pay

The latest in a series of rulings has now been announced. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that voluntary overtime is the same as other paid overtime and must be taken into account for holiday pay. The case was brought against Dudley Council by a group of employees responsible for the repair and maintenance… Read More

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