Insight / Pros and cons of home working

With Belfast coming out top in a survey of the best places to work from home, Matthew Scott sets out the best ways to make the most of the new normal, whether it is in the kitchen or sitting room, London or Manchester

Insight / People in the news: Jersey Finance, KPMG, Shard Capital

In this week’s accountancy career moves, executive board announcements at KPMG, chair named at Jersey Finance and Chartered Institute of Credit Management, and chief operating officer appointed at Shard Capital

Insight / FTSE 350 meets 33% female target

Across the FTSE 350 as a whole, women now make up more than a third of all board members for the first time, but individual companies are still missing the 33% target, government data shows

Insight / Covid-19: Sunak announces new job support scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a new job support scheme, starting on 1 November and lasting six months, with the aim of protecting viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19

Tax / Coronavirus: essential updates for accountants, tax advisers and auditors - Part 2

To assist accountants, tax advisers and auditors in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, all our related covid-19 coverage will be available here as soon as new announcements are made, plus expert analysis

Insight / Gig workers face disguised lay-off threat

As furlough schemes end, employers could be tempted to move ahead of the Uber ruling on worker status to avoid a large redundancy bill, but RSM’s Carolyn Brown warns employers need to keep on top of latest developments

Insight / PM: six new Covid restrictions for the next six months

UK has reached a ‘perilous turning point’, said Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as he tightens up Covid restrictions for England for up to six months after his top scientific advisers warn urgent action was needed to combat the spike in infections

Insight / Covid-19: U-turn on return to work plans

Companies are to be told to put plans for staff to return to work in offices on hold, as the government introduces stricter controls on social and work activity in a bid to contain any escalation in outbreaks of coronavirus

Insight / Business and public sector mandated to report on modern slavery actions

Large businesses and public bodies will be mandated to report regularly on the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains, as the government moves to tighten up legislation in this area

Insight / Government urged to extend furlough support

With six weeks to go until the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) finishes, while HMRC figures show a steady decline in the number of workers on furlough, pressure is growing for the government to extend the support beyond the end of October

Insight / £500 self isolation payments for lower income employees

The government has announced a legal requirement on people to self-isolate when instructed by NHS Test and Trace, with fines for those who fail to do so and for any businesses which threaten self-isolating staff with redundancy

Insight / People in the news: RSM, Personal Finance Society, Government

In this week’s accountancy career moves, partners appointed at RSM and McGuireWoods, president named at the Personal Finance Society, and CFO appointments at Paysafe Group, Energy Assets Group

Insight / Changing face of office life

During the pandemic, firms were forced to work remotely, but how do you run a people business without human contact? Smith & Williamson’s Giles Murphy predicts the death of the office could be exaggerated

Insight / UK Accounting Standards Endorsement Body names chair

Ex-PwC partner Pauline Wallace has been named as the first chair of the new UK Accounting Standards Endorsement Board (UKEB), the body tasked with endorsing and adopting international accounting standards once the UK leaves the EU

Insight / Furlough numbers fall, unemployment rises

More than half of those furloughed since May returned to work by mid-August according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), but unemployment levels are increasing