Providers need to be alive to the risk of contractors becoming insolvent and how to limit the resulting inevitable disruption.
Prior to the summer of 2016, we have been involved in a number of inspections where HMRC had concluded that it was only the time spent awake and working during a sleep-in shift that would count for National Minimum Wage (NMW) purposes. In two recent matters they have taken the view that every hour of the sleep-in counts where: (i) there was a requirement for the workers to be present during the night, and (ii) those workers were not allowed to leave the service during the hours they are required to sleep-in.
As a result, on 15 November 2016 we made a Freedom of Information Act request, asking various questions to understand more about HMRC’s change of approach and their current approach to alternative pay arrangements for sleep-ins, such as top-up payments and the use of daily average agreements. We will provide a further update once we have the outcome of our request.
Many providers have already been reviewing their strategy for NMW compliance in recent months, and these developments further highlight the need to review how you manage your risks relating to NMW compliance.
Housing associations must continue to deliver core functions effectively and compliantly notwithstanding the uncertainty over the standards to which you will be held in the future.
Over the last few years the meaning of “asset management” has changed from being all about repairs to understanding that assets might not stay in an organisation forever.
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has understandably prompted a fundamental reconsideration of how building safety is approached for High-Rise Residential Buildings.
Results from the latest three-yearly valuation of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) are starting to trickle through.
The potential for Brexit with or without a deal causes uncertainty, and credit rating agencies do not like uncertainty.
Let’s face it, Wills are underappreciated and often overlooked. In fact, around 54% of the British public do not have one!
A recent case throws light on the scope of the exemption for “land transactions” from the need for an OJEU tender process.
A leaked report into maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust revealed by The Independent has been described as the “largest maternity scandal in NHS history”.
The Pensions Regulator is showing its determination to improve the prudent management of Local Government Pension funds by digging deep into the internal workings of these funds.
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