How to calculate employee holiday entitlement

How to calculate employee holiday entitlement

All employees are entitled to a statutory minimum annual leave. This may seem quite straightforward, but due to repeated changes to legislation and differing circumstances, calculating statutory annual leave entitlements has become an increasingly confusing process for business owners. From 1 April 2009, the statutory holiday entitlement increased – and was capped at – 5.6 […]

Equality Act for Employers

Equality Act for Employers

The Equality Act, which will come into force in October 2010, aims to harmonise and clarify existing equality legislation in the UK. The Equality Act 2010 was introduced in October 2010, bringing together pre-existing legislation on discrimination and equality and introducing some new provisions to address outstanding discrimination issues and promote equality. The Act repealed […]

The Equality Act 2010: protected characteristics and types of discrimination

The Equality Act 2010: protected characteristics and types of discrimination

The Equality Act, which came into force on 1 October 2010, replaced previous anti-discrimination legislation such as the Race Relations Act of 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995. Although your responsibilities under the Act are largely the same as they always have been, there are some changes that will affect businesses, including the introduction of […]

Is your business ready for the legislative changes due 1st April?

Is your business ready for the legislative changes due 1st April?

This springtime brings significant legislative changes that are due to take effect on 1st April. What will this mean to small businesses? Is your business ready? Spring is a busy time for employers as there are changes to employment law that need to be implemented. When these changes come in to force on 1st April we ask the important question – […]

Automatic enrolment and what you need to know about completing your Declaration of Compliance

Automatic enrolment and what you need to know about completing your Declaration of Compliance

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is tasked with ensuring employers comply with their duties.  You must complete a Declaration of Compliance and submit it to TPR.  Completing the declaration shows TPR what you have done to meet your duties. As an employer you have workplace pensions duties which mean you will need to automatically enrol certain […]

Budget Results 2016

Budget Results 2016

The Budget and the Business Tax Roadmap offered a unique opportunity for the Chancellor to reform the tax system, making tax less taxing for small businesses. Ian Cass, CEO of the Forum of Private Business said, “the disproportionate burden of tax and regulatory adherence for small businesses is a limiting factor on their growth, and […]

Solving Disputes Online: New Platform for Consumers & Traders

Solving Disputes Online: New Platform for Consumers & Traders

The Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform offers a single point of entry that allows EU consumers and traders to settle their disputesfor both domestic and cross-border online purchases. This is done by channeling the disputes to national Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) bodies that are connected to the platform and have been selected by the Member States […]

Small businesses should be at heart of government’s agenda, says Forum

Small businesses should be at heart of government’s agenda, says Forum

The Forum of Private Business is calling on a future government to protect the interests of small businesses regardless of the result.   Launching its own Manifesto for Small Business, the Forum has highlighted the importance of establish a regulator and code of conduct to oversee the relationship between suppliers and retailers, a freeze on […]

Small business Budget wishlist 2015

Small business Budget wishlist 2015

In just over a fortnight all eyes will be on the Chancellor, George Osborne, as he makes his way to the dispatch box to deliver his final Budget of this Parliament. Here at the Forum, we recently submitted a list of asks to the Treasury based on what you, our small business members, told us […]

Legal Expenses Insurance

Legal Expenses Insurance

From the 1st January 2015, as a member of the Forum, you’re covered by a leading insurance policy which has been negotiated to provide your business with comprehensive protection against the most common legal pitfalls experienced by small businesses. It is supported by a helpline backed by one of the UK’s leading law firms. The […]