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  • Preparing for the SMCR: Timeline and checklist

    Date:
    1 October 2019

    The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) will apply to all Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) solo-regulated firms from 9 December 2019. In the second of her series of four articles, Sarah Leslie provides a checklist of the key steps that firms must take to prepare for its arrival, and the timeline.

  • Senior Managers and Certification Regime: The basics

    Date:
    1 October 2019

    The Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) will apply to all Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) solo-regulated firms from 9 December 2019. In the first in a series of four articles, Sarah Leslie sets out the key elements of the new regime, and looks at the new directory.

  • SMCR practical steps: Conduct rules, employment contracts, policies

    Date:
    1 October 2019

    In the last in her series of four articles on the extension of the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR) to all Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) solo-regulated firms, Sarah Leslie looks at what steps firms need to take in relation to the new conduct rules, employment contracts, and policies.

  • SMCR practical steps: Statements of responsibilities, fitness and propriety, regulatory references

    Date:
    1 October 2019

    In the third in her series of four articles on the extension of the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR) to all Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) solo-regulated firms, Sarah Leslie looks at what steps firms need to take in relation to statements of responsibilities, assessing fitness and propriety, and regulatory references.

  • Modern slavery statements consultation: How will employers' duties change?

    Date:
    9 August 2019

    The Government is consulting on proposed changes to the duty to publish a modern slavery and human trafficking statement. The proposals aim to improve the quality of reporting under the transparency in supply chains legislation, make it easier for people to compare organisations' reports and increase compliance with the duty.

  • Holiday pay calculation and back payments

    Date:
    8 August 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman looks at the latest rulings in a long line of holiday pay cases, including one with significant back-pay implications for Northern Ireland employers. He also explains why the issue of lengthy back-pay periods may not yet be completely resolved for employers in the rest of the UK.

  • No requirement to match enhanced maternity pay with enhanced shared parental leave pay

    Date:
    25 June 2019

    Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the recent Court of Appeal decision that puts paid - for now at least - to the argument that employers that offer enhanced maternity pay must offer the equivalent for employees on shared parental leave.

  • How to navigate managers regime, GDPR and criminal records checks

    Date:
    10 May 2019

    There are major data privacy implications of criminal records checks made necessary by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, an issue that will affect about 50,000 firms in the financial services sector from 9 December 2019 onwards. Solicitors David Palmer and David Lorimer examine how compliance and HR teams can help meet businesses' obligations under both the GDPR and SMCR.

  • Calculating holiday entitlement for term-time workers: is there a simple answer?

    Date:
    26 April 2019

    In light of new guidance for local government employers on term-time workers, consultant editor Darren Newman looks for a simple way to calculate the holiday entitlement of employees who work only during school terms.

  • How does the Government plan to cap public-sector exit payments?

    Date:
    15 April 2019

    The Government is consulting on capping public-sector exit payments at £95,000. We look at the detail of the proposals and how they could affect redundancies and reorganisations in the public sector.

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