Engagement letters for tax practitioners, issued in April 2018, provides guidance to tax practitioners about engagement letters for tax work. This has been supplemented by a schedule of services: Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV).
Save the date - Collaborative economy and new business models' challenges: from promoting innovation and sustainable entrepreneurship to protecting consumers and workers
ACCA and UEAPME are delighted to invite you to a lively panel discussions to discuss the main features of these new business models, the opportunities but also their limits, and how policymakers can support innovation while also protecting consumers, workers and communities.
The Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS) is the largest regular economic survey of accountants in the world. There was a slight fall in confidence in Q2, but it still remains high from its Q1 peak. However, the dip reflects mounting fears of a trade war between the US and China, which has weighed heavily on sentiment recently.
Market demand for professional business and advisory services - Singapore, ASEAN region and China
A key driver of regional growth will come from the rise of e-commerce and the digital economy. Businesses that want to seize the opportunities can move faster and more securely by using not only internal know-how, but independent specialist business and advisory services from consultants and experts outside their organisations.
Determining a person’s employment status has been a contentious legal issue since the middle of the 20th century. Although current cases have tended to focus on employment rights, there is a large body of case law around tax, and the principles applied are not always entirely consistent, which adds to the difficulty.
Technical factsheet: Disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures
It is very important for employers to ensure that they follow a good procedure in disciplining and dismissing employees. If a fair procedure is not followed, a dismissal is likely to be unfair, no matter how good the employer’s reason for terminating the employment.
Staff sickness may be a considerable burden on a business, leading to additional staffing costs and increasing the workload for other workers. While all employers would want to support members of staff who are unwell, sickness absence must be managed otherwise it can cause problems in the workplace.
Every relationship between an employer and an employee is governed by a contract of employment, which is an agreement setting out their mutual obligations. The contract starts as soon as the employee starts work, and if there are no written terms, the parties’ obligations are implied by looking at how the parties conduct their relationship on a day-to-day basis.
The law in relation to age discrimination is covered by the Equality Act 2010. All employees and workers are covered, as well as those accessing vocational training, including job applicants and people who have left their job (and, for example, have not received a reference).
The Working Time Regulations were introduced in 1998 to give effect to the European Working Time Directive. They are a health and safety measure, primarily intended to ensure that working hours are limited, proper breaks are taken and that workers receive paid holidays. We do not know what impact Brexit will have on these regulations as the government will be free to repeal them if it chooses to do so. It is thought to be unlikely that there will be a wholesale repeal, but there may be some elements that are less popular with government and employers, and which may be subject to change.
The law recognises the right of an individual worker to be treated equally with others regardless of personal characteristics that should be irrelevant in decision-making, such as sex or race. These are known as ‘protected characteristics’. This area of law is about trying to prevent employers making choices that are detrimental to someone at work for reasons that are unlawful.
The settlement offer was introduced by s111A of the Employment Rights Act 1996 to provide a new tool to assist employers to resolve issues at work. The offer and the subsequent discussions between the employer and the employee can result in them concluding a settlement agreement by which the employment is terminated in a mutually acceptable way.
Redundancy is a separate and specific reason for an employer to fairly terminate a contract of employment. It is a form of dismissal but the conduct or competence of the employee is irrelevant; the reason for the dismissal is economic and/or organisational reasons which have led to a reduction in the workforce. It is governed by the Employment Rights Act 1996.
A well-managed workforce is generally a happier and more productive one. Managing performance is about recognising good performers and motivating them to stay and grow the business. It is also about addressing poor performance and helping people to improve.
A number of important rights have been introduced in an effort to address the work/life balance problems faced in modern working families. These rights are only accorded to employees. Most of them depend upon serving a particular period of continuous employment. Employers are free to provide enhancement to these rights if they wish but the outline below is the basic statutory entitlement.
Consumer credit – how it affects ACCA practitioners
On 1 April 2014 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) took responsibility for regulating consumer credit activities. Prior to that, ACCA had a Consumer Credit Group Licence in place for its members in practice but at this date all group licences were withdrawn by the regulator.
Our joint global survey with IMA shows that economic confidence is at its highest since 2015, driven mainly by the US where investors are hopeful that a combination of fiscal reform and deregulation will provide a boost to economic growth.
Business models of the future: emerging value creation
This report examines six business models assessing their characteristics and the world in which they operate using the 'Full Stack' framework. The report also examines the role professional accountants play in start-ups and larger organisations seeking to learn from new business models.
This replaces factsheet 186 of the same name, which was updated in 2014. Over the past few years, some traditional forms of finance have become harder for companies, particularly SMEs, to access. This factsheet will consider the most prominent sources of alternative finance, their main features and the amounts that can be obtained.
This global report by KPMG UK and ACCA evaluates how the enterprise performance management capability within finance functions is providing the business with insightful profitability and cost analysis through appropriate people, processes and technology
The new report launches ACCA’s global campaign examining talent management practices in today’s finance function. ‘Talent Equation: First Insights’ reveals the current state of play of finance talent globally.