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Auto-Enrolment: What Employers Need to Know

KP TableAuto-enrolment is automatic for members of staff, however, it is not automatic for employers who need to takes steps to set-up a pension scheme and enrol their workers onto one. Most workers in the UK must now be auto-enrolled into their employer’s pension scheme. The Government has phased in the obligation for employers to auto-enrol staff since October 2012, with the majority of employers (even those with just one employee) now having reached their staging date.  Here are some frequently asked questions that employers ask us about auto-enrolment at MBM Commercial: Who needs to be enrolled? If you have reached your...
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Doing Business in the U.S. – Forming a U.S. Entity

This post describes practical steps and issues to consider when setting up a U.S. entity to conduct your business’ U.S. operations. Doing business in the U.S. can be a complex and daunting process. MBM Commercial offers sophisticated U.S. law capability to help when expanding into U.S. markets or transacting with U.S. businesses. We work locally to support clients globally in corporate and commercial transactions. Once you have decided that a U.S. entity is appropriate for your business (see “Doing Business in the U.S.” (https://mbmcommercial.co.uk/us-transactions.html), the principal steps involved in establishing a new U.S. entity are as follows: Initial determinations: Determine the appropriate form of U.S. entity, which...
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Luckey breach of NDA not so lucky for Facebook

No doubt you will have seen the headlines flooding social media sites in recent weeks to report that Facebook has been ordered to pay damages totalling $500 million to ZeniMax for various IP related infringements. A pretty hefty figure and a sum of money you might think you would never have to pay up. However, the scenario that tripped Facebook up is probably one that it would be dangerously easy to find yourself in, whatever side of the transaction spectrum you are on – and whether you are an investor or an entrepreneur looking to secure funding, there are lessons to...
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Disabilities and the UK’s Ageing Population – The Case for In-Work Support

Today’s guest blog is has been provided by IntoWork; a Supported Employment charity based in Edinburgh with over 20 years’ experience helping disabled people to access and retain fair employment. IntoWork have an excellent track-record providing tailored advice to employers on disability related issues such as reasonable adjustments to help them maintain diverse workforces, and recruit from a pool of untapped talent that they may not have previously considered.  We hope you enjoy this blog, and please feel free to contact IntoWork at enquiries@intowork.org.uk if you have any questions. The nature of the UK’s ageing population has been well-publicised. In 2007,...
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Health and Safety: Update on the Penalties for Non-Compliance

ALSAT  On the 2nd of March, we were lucky enough to have Alan Laing speak at our highly attended breakfast seminar entitled ‘All you need to know about health and safety in less than an hour’. Alan is a consultant with 25 years of experience in the Health and Safety field.  He loves the profession and is committed to providing expert advice and training to companies in any sector to help them improve standards.  After 6 years with the Health and Safety Executive, working in a wide range of areas - from heavy Engineering to Food, Construction to Care Homes, he...
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