Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced. The UK is being provided with additional financial … Continue reading Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

Breaking News – Furlough scheme extended to March 2021

“Following the PM’s announcement on further restrictions across the country we have decided to extended the furlough scheme for a further month covering 80% of employees’ wages”. Opinion Here we go again. Just as furlough was ending and JSS introduced, it’s all change. Prepare for everything to be reviewed once again and payroll professionals have … Continue reading Breaking News – Furlough scheme extended to March 2021

ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employers must get written agreement from their employees or workers to temporarily change their working arrangements (or reach written collective agreement with a trade union) before claiming from the … Continue reading ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

Employment Related Securities and COVID-19 Job Support Scheme

Although the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is ending on 31 October 2020, it is being replaced with the Job Support Scheme. HMRC confirm that employees working less than their usual hours and eligible for the scheme will be treated as being part furloughed for the purpose of SAYE. The extended payment holiday continues to apply … Continue reading Employment Related Securities and COVID-19 Job Support Scheme

Millions of jobs continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme (JSS) launches – now delayed due to extension of CJRS

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Millions of jobs continue to be supported over the winter with the government’s JSS from Sunday, 1 November. combined with the Job Retention Bonus (JRB), the Job Support Scheme … Continue reading Millions of jobs continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme (JSS) launches – now delayed due to extension of CJRS

Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. HMRC have published more details and guidance to assist employers in operating and claiming support through the new Job Support Scheme which commences from Sunday 1st November 2020. Check … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

Self Employment Income Support Grant – claim from 14th December 2020

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides support in the form of two grants, each for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021. The Government will provide a taxable grant covering 40% of average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ … Continue reading Self Employment Income Support Grant – claim from 14th December 2020

Tax credit claimants working reduced hours

HMRC have confirmed that ‘Tax credits claimants who are temporarily working fewer hours due to COVID-19 will continue to be treated as working their normal hours until the Job Support Scheme closes, even if they're not using the Scheme’. The Job Support Scheme policy paper states: Working Tax Credits Employees whose hours reduce due to … Continue reading Tax credit claimants working reduced hours

Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2020 the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. There are different calculations for working out ‘usual hours’: Fixed hours For those whose pay does not vary usual hours are calculated based upon the greater of: hours contracted … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Under JSS Open, employers can claim up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month. Further guidance will set out how to work out reference salary for JSS Closed. Employers … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?

Nudge to knowledge: Government to boost pensions guidance take-up

Saver protections will be bolstered by government plans revealed today to “nudge” people towards taking pensions guidance. The proposals follow successful trials, and will require occupational pension schemes to steer members towards taking Pension Wise guidance when they seek to access their pension. The Pension Wise service provides free, impartial guidance to help over 50s … Continue reading Nudge to knowledge: Government to boost pensions guidance take-up

ACAS provide a Job Support Scheme timetable

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. As Furlough draws to a close and the introduction of the Job Support Scheme begins on the 1st November, The ACAS timetable illustrates what employers need to be aware … Continue reading ACAS provide a Job Support Scheme timetable

Hire ex-military talent – The career transition partnership

Defence minister Johnny Mercer: “Every year, 14,000 people leave the military - people with incredible skills that can enhance your workplace.” He is encouraging employers to sign up to the Career Transition Partnership to access ex-Armed Forces talent. Career Transition Partnership Opinion The government are encouraging employers to look seriously at the pool of talent … Continue reading Hire ex-military talent – The career transition partnership

Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. To be eligible for the grant employers must have written agreements with their employee (or written collective agreement with a trade union) that they have offered a temporary working … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

Admin fees removed for COVID disrupted rail travel on Advance tickets

Administration charge fees removed from rail Advance tickets. rail passengers holding Advance tickets across Great Britain will not lose out as government makes it easier to change travel plansgreater flexibility will ensure passengers are not penalised for adhering to new restrictions, building consumer confidence and encouraging passengers back to the railways when it is safe … Continue reading Admin fees removed for COVID disrupted rail travel on Advance tickets

Job Support Scheme and National Minimum Wage

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2020, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employees are entitled to the National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage or Apprentices Minimum Wage for the hours they are working or treated as working (such as training undertaken … Continue reading Job Support Scheme and National Minimum Wage

Job Support Scheme Open – financial impact test

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employers facing decreased demand who can claim JSS Open Employers are eligible to claim the JSS Open if: an employer with 250 or more employees on 23 September 2020 … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – financial impact test

Job Support Scheme – which employees?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employees who can be claimed for (JSS Open and JSS Closed) Eligible employers will be able to claim the Job Support Scheme grant for employees who were on their … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – which employees?

Protections for working parents eligible for childcare support

Working parents who are on the Government’s coronavirus support schemes will still be eligible for childcare support even if their income falls below the minimum threshold requirement. The Government has confirmed that from Sunday 1 November, eligible working parents who receive support through the Government’s new Job Support Scheme (JSS) and extended Self-Employed Income Support … Continue reading Protections for working parents eligible for childcare support

Ready, steady, 100 days till the Self Assessment deadline

HMRC have issued a reminder to those who are required to submit a self assessment tax return. Dear @PAYadvice, There are just 100 days left to complete your tax return ahead of the 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021 deadline. We know that this is a difficult time for everyone, but HMRC are here to help and support … Continue reading Ready, steady, 100 days till the Self Assessment deadline

Further information available on the Job Support Scheme

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to let you know that we have published further information on the Job Support Scheme – including how you can check if you or your clients are … Continue reading Further information available on the Job Support Scheme

Chancellor increases financial support for the self-employed

Grants for the self-employed doubled to 40% of previous earnings Self-employed grant The Thursday 22nd October 2020 announcement increases the amount of profits covered by the two forthcoming self-employed grants from 20 per cent to 40 per cent, meaning the maximum grant will increase from £1,875 to £3,750. This is a potential further £3.1 billion … Continue reading Chancellor increases financial support for the self-employed

Job Support Scheme changes 22nd October 2020

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Plan for Jobs: Chancellor increases financial support for businesses and workers The government today announced it will significantly increase the generosity and reach of its winter support schemes to … Continue reading Job Support Scheme changes 22nd October 2020

Prove your right to work in the UK

You do not need a National Insurance number to work in the United Kingdom. The government provide an online service which verifies and confirms details of: the types of job you’re allowed to dohow long you can work in the UK for You’ll need one of the following: your biometric residence permit numberyour biometric residence … Continue reading Prove your right to work in the UK

Employee coming to work from abroad – agreement to operate PAYE on earning for UK work – Section 690

In light of #COVID19, HMRC has updated guidance on the operation of Section 690 agreements. Information about operating PAYE on an employee’s earnings for work they do in the UK, and how to amend an agreement already in place due to coronavirus (COVID-19) added. Agreement to operate PAYE on an employee’s earnings for UK work … Continue reading Employee coming to work from abroad – agreement to operate PAYE on earning for UK work – Section 690

Holiday – what is my entitlement?

In the United Kingdom there are legal minimum entitlements to paid holiday. They are enshrined into UK law under the European Working Time Directive and additional UK entitlements. In addition there may be additional contractual entitlements. Workers and employees are entitled to an annual minimum of 5.6 paid weeks UK Employment or worker contracts that … Continue reading Holiday – what is my entitlement?

Simple Pension Statements

Convoluted pension statements are set to be a thing of the past as the Pensions Minister today unveils innovative plans for simple, annual pension statements The move will build on the enormous success of Automatic Enrolment by improving millions of savers’ understanding of their pensions. Boiling it down to the basics, these two-page statements will … Continue reading Simple Pension Statements

BREXIT – time is running out to prepare

The government urges business leaders to step up preparations for Australia-style arrangements from 1 January and launches 'time is running out' campaign. Business leaders are urged not to get caught out by new rules at the end of the transition period by the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (CDL) Michael Gove … Continue reading BREXIT – time is running out to prepare

Off-payroll workers – have you prepared?

With less than 6 months until new law comes into effect, has your business put in place plans to implement changes to the process of: Engagement of contractorsStatus classificationNotification of status to contractors and their intermediariesDispute processsRecord keepingPayroll and finance readinessOrganising appropriate PAYE schemeIdentifying amounts subject to tax and National InsuranceBudgeting for the employers National … Continue reading Off-payroll workers – have you prepared?

Payroll Question Time? – 6th November 2020

SD Worx are hosting its next edition of payroll question time on Friday 6th November 2020 at 2pm with its expert panel of Payroll and Employment law specialists. Have question and want to know more. Don’t know where to turn and are seeking guidance: Job Support SchemeJob Retention BonusCOVID-19 support measuresEmployment law latestLooking to the … Continue reading Payroll Question Time? – 6th November 2020

A million pensioners to benefit from £140 winter fuel bill discount

Around a million pensioners across the UK will receive £140 off their fuel bills, thanks to government efforts working with energy firms to cut their costs. Eligible Pension Credit customers who qualify for the discount were identified after the Department for Work and Pensions cross-checked its records with energy suppliers. Customer data was matched with … Continue reading A million pensioners to benefit from £140 winter fuel bill discount

Protecting the future of cash

Brits will be able to get cashback from shops without needing to buy anything under new proposals to protect the UK’s cash system announced 15th October 2020. government sets out plans to protect the UK’s future cash system and ensure people have easy access to cashproposals would see cashback offered at shops without consumers having … Continue reading Protecting the future of cash

Rishi Sunak explains ‘the Job Support Scheme‘

I wanted to take a moment to explain how the Job Support Scheme compares to other countries and how it interacts with Universal Credit. JSS not only supports people by paying 2/3rds of their salary but for many the remaining drop in earnings will be covered by the welfare system - up to 90%. Our … Continue reading Rishi Sunak explains ‘the Job Support Scheme‘

No National Insurance number? So what!

National Insurance Number delays The October 2020 HMRC bulletin provides additional guidance on National Insurance requirements.Due to COVID-19, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is only able to offer a National Insurance Number (NINO) service to a limited number of applicants. In order to allocate a NINO for employment purposes DWP has a legal … Continue reading No National Insurance number? So what!

October 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Dear @PAYadvice, [The] Employer Bulletin (October 2020, Issue 86) includes all of the latest COVID-19 updates to help [employers] continue to meet [their] payroll obligations to HMRC, including recent government announcements of additional support for businesses and employees. We’ve included the latest update on both the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Job Retention Bonus, … Continue reading October 2020 HMRC Employer Bulletin

54,800 customers claim tax relief for working from home

Since 6th April 2020, employers have been able to pay employees up to £6 a week or £26 a month tax-free to cover additional costs if they have had to work from home. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has received more than 54,800 claims using a new online portal which allows workers to claim tax … Continue reading 54,800 customers claim tax relief for working from home

Further guidance on business support schemes, including recent government announcements

Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to provide you with further information on the support schemes available to help you and your clients through the COVID-19 pandemic: Job Support SchemeExpansion of Job Support SchemeJob Retention BonusCoronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT Deferral New Payment Scheme. Job Support Scheme The government recently announced the Job Support Scheme (JSS) to protect … Continue reading Further guidance on business support schemes, including recent government announcements

Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) is expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictionsgovernment will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect … Continue reading Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

Small business guide to Cyber Security

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) re-launched Small Business Guide sets out five key areas for businesses to help improve their cyber security. “By acting on the guide’s five key recommendations, small businesses can significantly reduce their chances of falling victim to a cyber attack and help to keep their day-to-day operations running smoothly.” The … Continue reading Small business guide to Cyber Security

Employee Parental leave rights

What do you do when you need time to support children. Could you loose your job or be passed over for promotion. Laws are in place to protect qualifying employees when they need to take care of parental responsibilities. Eligible employees can take unpaid parental leave to look after their child’s welfare. Find out if … Continue reading Employee Parental leave rights

Grandparent, or other family member, who care for a child under 12? Specified adult childcare NI credits

MM&R by PSP(c)2020 You may be entitled to receive NI credits if you are a grandparent, or other family member, who cares for a child under 12, usually whilst their parent (or main carer) is working. These credits have been available since April 2011. If you qualify you must make an application to receive the … Continue reading Grandparent, or other family member, who care for a child under 12? Specified adult childcare NI credits

UPDATE – PAYE special arrangement for short term business visitors (STBV) appendix 8

The HMRC Internal PAYE manual has been updated 6th October 2020. In Budget 2018, the Chancellor announced that the Government was minded to widen eligibility for the STBV Pay As You Earn (PAYE) special arrangement, and extend its deadlines for reporting and paying tax with effect from 6 April 2020. This new arrangement, known as … Continue reading UPDATE – PAYE special arrangement for short term business visitors (STBV) appendix 8

#COVID19: Employer support – live webinars

Dear @PAYadvice, Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from 1‌‌ October mean that employers will need to fund 20% of furloughed employees’ usual wages for the hours they do not work and continue to pay their National Insurance and pension contributions. The scheme closes on 31‌‌ October and you will need to make any final claims … Continue reading #COVID19: Employer support – live webinars

Students warned of tax scam dangers

HMRC has written to universities, through Universities UK, asking them to help ensure their students know how to spot a scam. Students are being warned by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that they could be targeted by a wave of tax scams. As new students start the academic year, they can be particularly vulnerable to … Continue reading Students warned of tax scam dangers

Redundancy – ACAS research

Acas has found that over a third of employers (37%) are likely to make staff redundancies in the next 3 months. YouGov were commissioned to ask British businesses about their redundancy plans and knowledge of the law in this area. The poll found that: 6 out of 10 large businesses said they were likely to … Continue reading Redundancy – ACAS research

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims final deadline set as 30th November 2020

The government have confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes on 31st October 2020 and want to make sure employers are aware that they then must make any final claims on or before 30th November 2020. Employers will not be able to submit or add to any claims after this date – more … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme claims final deadline set as 30th November 2020

Job Retention Bonus

Further information has been published on how businesses can claim the government’s Job Retention Bonus, with millions set to benefit from the £9 billion package. the Job Retention Bonus, worth up to £9 billion is set to support millions of employers who have kept on furloughed workersthe bonus will work alongside the newly announced Job … Continue reading Job Retention Bonus

Seafarers to receive fair pay as UK changes law on national minimum wage

government extends protection to guarantee National Minimum Wage for maritime workersnew wage law to ensure fair pay for over 10,000 maritime workers across the countrylatest move in government’s long-standing work to support seafarers, ensuring UK leads the way with highest standards on pay From Thursday 1st October 2020 a change to the law will mean … Continue reading Seafarers to receive fair pay as UK changes law on national minimum wage

Pension boost protected by new bill

Work and Pensions Secretary, Thérèse Coffey, has introduced a technical Bill in the House of Commons that will give the Government the ability to increase the State Pension next year. Under current legislation, the State Pension can only be increased if there has been a rise in average earnings in the relevant period of the … Continue reading Pension boost protected by new bill

Self Assessment – enhanced payment plan changes

Self Assessment taxpayers can apply online for additional support to help spread the cost of their tax bill into monthly payments from 1st October 2020 without the need to call HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The online payment plan service can already be used to set up instalment arrangements for paying tax liabilities up to … Continue reading Self Assessment – enhanced payment plan changes