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Viewpoints on the news during May 2020

Opinions and news analysis, covering the worlds of business and accountancy.

COVID-19 and micro-entity accounts

1 June 2020: ICAEW’s Financial Reporting Faculty has produced a checklist to help you determine how the spread of COVID-19 might affect financial statements prepared in accordance with FRS 105.

Does equal pay equate to equal opportunity?

29 May 2020: Some 50 years after the Equal Pay Act, there is still a pay gap in every sector of the economy. But does the shift in working patterns driven by coronavirus offer an opportunity to level the playing field?

PMJ: how the crisis made us more productive

29 May 2020: for one practice in Essex, adapting to lockdown has taught them to be more productive than ever – so much so, employees are doing a four-day week for the same salary.

Lockdown case studies: PKF Francis Clark

29 May 2020: COVID-19 will accelerate the changes to how we all work, and the doomsayers may have overplayed their hand, says PKF Francis Clark tax chief John Endacott.

Business spotlight: Brompton Bikes powers ahead

29 May 2020: From bikes for the NHS to finance function digitisation, Brompton Bikes has continued to push forward despite the many challenges of coronavirus. George Hawkes-Dawson, the company’s head of finance, tells ICAEW Insights how.

Caution shadows Italian coronavirus business recovery

28 June 2020: as the Italian economy emerges gradually from lockdown businesses are left counting the cost of the coronavirus crisis, with some sectors fearing they might never recover to pre-COVID levels. Mark Taylor reports.

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