The EOC sees accountants as ‘key’ to raising awareness of the legislation to SMEs. Its recent survey showed small businesses are unsure about employment legislation and regard accountants as their most important source of advice and information.
But firms may face a challenge to implement the rules themselves.
Patricia Hewitt recently condemned the accountancy industry for its ‘culture of presenteeism’, which she argued feeds the myth that ‘working long hours is essential to career progression’.
Mid-tier firm Baker Tilly has run flexible work pilots in Guilford and Manchester, allowing employees to shift forward or backwards their 8-hour working days. Deborah Rennie, human resource director at Baker Tilly, said the scheme had been ‘well received’ by its staff.
Mark McMullen joins the private client services team from Smith & Williamson
Merger between Clear & Lane Chartered Accountants and Magma Chartered Accountants was finalised on 3 February
BDO has taken its new partner intake to 23 during the first half of its financial year, including the appointment of five partners in five weeks
The firm reports 7.6% global fee income growth for the year ending 31 December 2016