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High earners tax explained

With the new 50 percent additional rate of UK income tax, Sykes Anderson present options for high earners after 2009 Budget. A summary of the income tax changes by David Anderson solicitor and chartered tax adviser and Graeme Perry, trainee solicitor at Sykes Anderson LLP Solicitors and Chartered Tax Advisers.

Article by: | Published: 5 June 2009

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Default retirement at 65 – is it legal?

Unfortunately we will have to wait just a bit longer to find out. In October 2006, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 (known as the Age Regulations) came into force, introducing a standard default retirement age of 65. The Heyday Group (part of Age Concern) challenged the Age Regulations in the High Court in what has become known as the ‘Heyday Challenge', seeking to make it unlawful in the UK to force employees to retire at any age.

Article by: | Published: 19 May 2009

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Succession Planning

Challenging economic conditions bring into sharp focus the need for organisations across all sectors to adopt strategies that help drive and improve their operational effectiveness and efficiency. Managing for today is important, managing for tomorrow is even more critical. It is time to take a long hard look at how prepared your organisation is to meet this challenge.

Article by: | Published: 18 May 2009

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Dispute Resolution

April saw the much maligned statutory dispute resolution procedures make way for a new regime. Martin Warren, head of employment law at Eversheds LLP, considers what this will mean for HR practitioners.

Article by: | Published: 7 May 2009

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You can ignore e-learning…

Although there is little disagreement about the value of developing tomorrow’s business leaders, questions continue to be asked about the most effective method. Surprisingly, the debate still revolves around how best to use technology rather than accepting it as a tool, and focusing on the creation of relevant content.

Article by: | Published: 5 May 2009

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Common sense v political correctness: the legal perspective

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears recently warned against what she described as 'creeping oversensitivity'. She wants to encourage 'debate about religion in contemporary life'. Audrey Williams of Eversheds gives her legal angle on the subject.

Article by: | Published: 8 April 2009

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Pensions outlook bleak

State Pensions look fine on the surface. In April the basic state pension rises from £90.70 a week to £95.25, a five percent increase. The minimum annual increase is 2.5 percent. However pensioner inflation runs much higher than average inflation; while the January RPI figure was almost zero, estimates put pensioner inflation in the same month at above five percent.

Article by: | Published: 25 March 2009

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Recession is only temporary…honest

Many line managers and HR professionals feel stressed, anxious and fearful during the current recession. This can stem from the external climate of anxiety as much as specific operational realities. Stress shows itself in a number of ways, including long hours, self protection and withdrawal.

Article by: | Published: 12 March 2009

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Diversity – understanding the individual

Common misinterpretations include assuming that people know and understand what is meant by the terms equality, diversity and inclusion, which are often used very differently by organisations. In addition, many organisations still see diversity as either a fearful legal entity that must be complied with, or simply as a 'nice thing to do'. Few seem to have really grasped the wide range of business benefits of embedding a culture of diversity and inclusion. Not establishing a clear business case is a key factor in organisational diversity strategies failing in the early stages.

Article by: | Published: 10 February 2009