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.
UK senior partner Phil Verity has been elected for a second term at Mazars
Tallat Mahmood appointed to corporate finance team of Top 20 firm
Top 25 firm HW Fisher & Co has acquired London firm Rhodes & Rhodes
Top Ten firm RSM has appointed Nick Blundell as its head of corporate tax in Birmingham