Member Since: 23rd Aug 2000
11th Aug 2020
The fact that many elsewhere are on furlough is completely irrelevant. You need to establish what the going rate is for the job that the employee is doing. As you admit you rely on them, they must be doing a good job.
I disagree with others who say the employee is complaining, it rather appears that is you doing the complaining. The employee is just asking you for a raise, and you seem unwilling to explain to them why they can't have it, or even prepared to enter into a discussion about it.
Pay the going rate and stop being a tightwad!
7th Aug 2020
If there is a demonstrable need for the faster, more secure broadband, I would have no issue with the employer paying for the install and ongoing costs while WFH continues. There is no marginal cost incurred in the private use, and I doubt HMRC would take on the large number of cases that will be out there for what would be a miniscule tax gain.
I would probably not pay the £6 per week on top though.
23rd Jul 2020
The Employment Allowance isn't a money payment though, is it? It is a reduction in the amount due to be paid.
14th Jul 2020
One plus for self-employment would be the £1k trading expense allowance. Probably doesn't make up for the ML regulation fees or PII costs though. Trading via a company means you lose out on the £1k expense, but makes PII less of an issue - at least the cost of it.
If he is happy to employ you, go that route without a doubt, then all of the risk is with him.
7th Jul 2020
My practice (est. 1947) has the same trading name as a practice in York (est. 1990). I only found this out when I went for the company name (in 2003) and they had already taken it, so I chose another name and trade as the old practice name. Neither firm would have known about the other until 2003, and would have been trading for several years by then.
The only issue that I have is that I sometimes get their intended emails as their domain is practicenameltd.co.uk, whereas mine does not have the ltd. I pass the emails on if I receive them.
In recent years, with clients not always being so local, this could have become an issue but, not being a d1ck, I wouldn't dream of taking action against the other accountant.
26th Jun 2020
In normal times, would/could the employee have been given a desk-bound role in this situation?
5th Jun 2020
Just because you personally are not offended, doesn't mean what is being said is not offensive.
29th May 2020
Frankly, any client that only pays 80% of an employees wages (and that being reimbursed by HMRC/us), and not 100%, and tries to stop that employee working elsewhere temporarily, will immediately become an ex-client.
21st Apr 2020
Most worryingly, it appears that you do not trust your staff to work properly without you watching over them. In that case, I would suggest the problem is not them but you, and your training of them.
My staff have been brilliant and have adapted to homeworking pretty quickly, although we all have had to accept that some things will be done more slowly than if in the office (as now working from laptops, but have two screens in the office).
30th Mar 2020
Just like last year when they forgot to request some POAs...