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Nia Godsmark specialises in commercial and company law, dealing with all aspects of non-contentious commercial and employment law. Nia joined the firm in 2014 and is based at the SA1 office.

Mar 1 2018

Dealing with Snow Day Chaos – An Employer’s Perspective

With the recent concerns over snow day chaos and the impending poor weather conditions, employers are rightly questioning how they should, legally, be dealing with employee difficulties. The guidance below is offered on some of the most common issues arising:

Transportation Issues

Where staff are unable to access transportation to work, the employer is not necessarily obliged to deal with this issue. Employers are under no obligation to offer time off paid or otherwise where staff are unable to get to work, in most circumstances. The exception to this is where the transport is provided by the employer, for example on a bus that is not operating. That said, where there are concerns for safety, employers are encouraged to look towards alternative solutions, as discussed below.

Schools Closing

Employees are entitled to emergency time off unpaid to look after dependants. A nursery or school closing in these circumstances will be considered an…

Jan 4 2018

Five Key New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business

While we are all busy making personal New Year’s Resolutions, our businesses are often neglected, or at least overlooked. The Christmas break, however, provides the ideal opportunity to take stock and consider the perfect business New Year’s resolutions to take forward into 2018.

  1. Consider your Business Structure

As businesses grow, so their complexities evolve along with the specific needs of the enterprise. What was once an entirely appropriate business set-up may no longer provide the ideal commercial structure, for the future. Have you had new business opportunities? New starters? New financial drivers? Now is the time to review the…

Sep 1 2017

Flexible Working When The Children Return To School.

With the school year back up and running, there are many parents who are looking to return to the workplace on a flexible basis and to work around school hours.

Whilst many businesses may be unable to accommodate this type of working, more and more companies are seeing the benefit of providing flexible working arrangements to tap in to the pool of skilled and experienced parents looking to return to the workplace.

Existing staff can benefit too and whilst there is no mandatory requirement to grant flexible working, parents of children aged 16 and under (disabled children under 18) and carers…

Mar 5 2017

Management Buy Outs

Management Buy Outs (MBOs) are frequently in the news and often linked to large businesses however MBOs are not just for large, multi-million pound companies.

MBOs are a great way for businesses of all sizes to plan for succession in particular those businesses that are family run or have a very small team of Directors.

A well structured MBO can make it possible for business owners to have peace of mind that what they have built will continue to progress when they retire and for those Managers and Directors, knowledge that their hard work and dedication will be rewarded with shares…

Feb 16 2017

Employees Vs. Self Employed Contractors

A question we are frequently asked is “Is it better to hire staff as employees or as self-employed contractors?”

The answer depends entirely on you individual business need and each option has its own merits.

Employees provide much greater certainty in knowing what resources are available, when and with what skill-set.This not only enables you to plan ahead more accurately but it gives you greater control over what tasks are carried out, by whom and how much it will cost.

As an employer it is worth noting you will have a number of statutory obligations to uphold such as holiday entitlement, termination…

Feb 1 2017

A New Government Act Could Make A Huge Difference To Small Businesses.

If you run a small business and have “big-businesses” as your customer base, you know only too well the stress caused by late payments of invoices.

Many small businesses worry that if they cause a fuss, they may jeopardise a potentially lucrative contract however when invoices are unpaid for 60 days, 90 days and sometimes longer, it can have a detrimental impact.

Fortunately, a new Government Act is on the horizon that could help the situation.

Payment Practices of Large Companies Tackled by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

One of the key provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment…