Directors’ Responsibilities

The position of director brings both rewards and responsibilities upon an individual.

Whether you are appointed to the Board of the company you work for or you are involved in establishing a new business and take on the role of director you will feel a sense of achievement.

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Data Security – General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the existing Data Protection Act and will apply from 25 May 2018.

Whilst there are similarities between the Data Protection Act and the GDPR, there are some new elements and significant enhancements.

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Data Security – Data Protection Act

Many businesses are totally reliant on the data stored on their PCs, laptops, networks, mobile devices and in the cloud. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information.

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Data Security – Data Loss Risk Reduction

Many companies are now completely reliant on the data stored on their network servers, PCs, laptops, mobile devices or in the cloud. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information.

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Data Security – Cloud and Outsourcing

Many companies are now completely reliant on the data stored on their network servers, PCs, laptops, mobile devices or in the cloud. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information.

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Data Security – Backup

Many companies are now completely reliant on the data stored on their network servers, PCs, laptops, mobile devices and in the cloud. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information.

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Data Security – Access

Many businesses are now completely reliant on the data stored on their Network Servers, PCs, laptops, mobile devices and cloud service providers or internet service providers. Some of this data is likely to contain either personal information and/or confidential company information.

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Pensions – Tax Treatment on Death

Alongside the changes from April 2015 to the access of pension funds, significant changes were made to the tax treatment of pension funds on death. This factsheet summarises the rules which may allow a pension fund to pass free of all taxes on the estate of the deceased and free of all taxes on the beneficiaries of the pension fund.

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Pensions – Tax Reliefs

Types of pension schemes

There are two broad types of pension schemes from which an individual may eventually be in receipt of a pension:

  • Workplace pension schemes
  • Personal Pension schemes.

A Workplace pension scheme may either be a defined benefit scheme or a money purchase scheme.

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Pensions – Automatic Enrolment

What is automatic enrolment?

Automatic enrolment places duties on employers to automatically enrol ‘workers’ into a work based pension scheme. The main duties are:

  • assessing the types of workers in the business
  • providing a qualifying automatic enrolment pension scheme for the relevant workers
  • writing to most of their workers explaining what automatic enrolment into a workplace pension means for them
  • automatically enrolling all ‘eligible jobholders’ into the scheme and paying employer contributions
  • completing the declaration of compliance and keeping records.
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