Low Pay and ethnicity – LPC call for evidence

The LPC is seeking evidence on the experiences of low-paid workers from ethnic minority backgrounds. Alongside the usual work of monitoring the minimum wage and recommending next year’s rates, the Government’s 2021 remit letter to the LPC made a new request, not included in recent years. This was to gather evidence specifically on the impacts … Continue reading Low Pay and ethnicity – LPC call for evidence

Let’s get back to business

Dear PAYadvice Are you re-opening your business, or planning to do so shortly? If you're bringing back your employees part time, you can claim furlough flexibly for them under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. Claims for periods in April are now closed, but if you need … Continue reading Let’s get back to business

CJRS guidance updates 27th May 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance has been updated Thursday 27th May 2021 to include: The introduction of a new template, enabling employers to upload information in for 16 to 99 employees in a claim.  The change was not as simple as amending the existing template for 100 or more employees - the existing process … Continue reading CJRS guidance updates 27th May 2021

TUC – Uber recognition agreement is “just the start”

Commenting on Wednesday 26th May 2021 “landmark” trade union recognition agreement between Uber and the GMB, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: “Gig economy workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. This landmark agreement is a huge breakthrough and will give Uber drivers a real voice at work. “The GMB deserve massive credit … Continue reading TUC – Uber recognition agreement is “just the start”

RTI data and Tax avoidance

Question To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HMRC uses real time information to close down tax avoidance schemes. Answer Answered on 27 May 2021 HMRC identify new avoidance schemes and the promoters behind those schemes using a range of data and intelligence, including real time information from PAYE systems. HMRC actively monitor the … Continue reading RTI data and Tax avoidance

New template if claiming for 16 to 99 employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC have added 27th May 2021 a new section to guidance called 'If you're putting lots of employees on furlough'. A new link has been added for a download of a template for claiming for 16 to 99 employees. If you’re claiming CJRS for 16 to 99 employees on or after 27th May 2021, employers … Continue reading New template if claiming for 16 to 99 employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employers eligible for £1000 cash boost for every T Level student placement

Employers will be able to claim a £1,000 cash boost for every T Level student they host on a high-quality industry placement, as part of a new incentive scheme launched 27th May 2021. The new technical qualifications - co-created with over 250 employers including Fujitsu and Amazon – are equivalent to three A Levels and … Continue reading Employers eligible for £1000 cash boost for every T Level student placement

New figures reveal victims lost over £63m to investment fraud scams on social media

Figures released by the City of London Police show criminals continue to use popular social media apps to advertise investment scams and contact potential victims. Over £63m was lost nationally by victims of investment fraud who referred to a social media platform in their report to Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime. … Continue reading New figures reveal victims lost over £63m to investment fraud scams on social media

Consultation launched to waive visa fees for non-UK military personnel

Service personnel from non-UK nations could be offered indefinite leave to remain in the UK for free under a new public consultation launched today by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel. Service personnel from non-UK nations who have served in the British Armed Forces could be offered indefinite leave to remain in … Continue reading Consultation launched to waive visa fees for non-UK military personnel

DWP and Google join forces to grow jobseekers’ digital skills

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has partnered with Google to provide 9,000 jobseekers across the UK with scholarships to gain a Google Career Certificate. The scholarship will let jobseekers access courses to grow the necessary skills for a career in technology and IT, with Universal Credit claimants being referred to the scholarships by … Continue reading DWP and Google join forces to grow jobseekers’ digital skills

JETS job scheme relaunching 100,000 careers

Around 100,000 people who lost jobs in the pandemic are on the road back to work due to a government programme providing targeted support to relaunch their careers. On average, nearly 500 jobseekers have started on the £238 million JETS – Job Entry Targeted Support – scheme over the last seven months. And just under … Continue reading JETS job scheme relaunching 100,000 careers

Government secures refund rights for McAfee customers

Following CMA action, McAfee, a leading supplier of anti-virus software, has extended its refund rights for all customers whose contracts have auto-renewed. The changes secured by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as part of its investigation into the anti-virus software sector include: McAfee ensuring that customers whose contract auto-renews for another year will be able to … Continue reading Government secures refund rights for McAfee customers

TUC – employers “massively under-reporting” Covid work-related deaths

The number of people who have died from exposure to Covid at work is being “massively under-reported” by employers, according to a TUC report published today Sunday 23rd May 2021. Employers claim just 2.5% of working-age Covid deaths are from exposure to Coronavirus at work System for reporting workplace deaths and infections is “letting bad bosses off … Continue reading TUC – employers “massively under-reporting” Covid work-related deaths

CJRS guidance updates 20th May 2021, and changes for July, August and September 2021.

Only minor changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) guidance on 22nd May 2021. Page titleChangeAll Pages with a callout boxClaims for furlough days in May 2021 must be made by 14th June 2021.  Submit your CJRS claims for May CJRS claims for periods in May can be submitted now, and ‌‌must be made … Continue reading CJRS guidance updates 20th May 2021, and changes for July, August and September 2021.

Statutory Payments from the deemed employees intermediaries

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published new guidance on Monday 24th May 2021 which explains how intermediaries can calculate statutory payments for their workers where the off-payroll working rules (IR35) apply. Some payroll software and service solutions may have incorporated automated calculations to facilitate automated statutory payment calculations whereas others may require manual adjustments. … Continue reading Statutory Payments from the deemed employees intermediaries

New format NINOs? No they’re Temporary Reference Numbers (TRNs) – do not use!

There have been a number of questions circulating about new format National Insurance Numbers identified as such on letters to individuals from HM Revenue and Customs and also on P2 tax code notifications to individuals. These ‘new numbers’ are in a different format to the traditional NINO. Have NINOs changed? Should employers use these new … Continue reading New format NINOs? No they’re Temporary Reference Numbers (TRNs) – do not use!

Employers: Your business might have changed, but your workplace pension duties haven’t.

The Pensions Regulator is reminding employers that while the workplace has changed due to the pandemic, their workplace pensions duties have not. All employers have a legal duty to automatically enrol eligible staff into a workplace pension and pay in the correct contributions for them. While these are uncertain times for all employers, they must … Continue reading Employers: Your business might have changed, but your workplace pension duties haven’t.

BME unemployment is rising

The unemployment rate for Black and minority ethnic (BME) workers has risen at three times the speed of the unemployment rate for white workers, according to TUC analysis of new ONS employment figures published Tuesday 18th May 2021. TUC analysis of the ONS figures show BME unemployment rate has increased by 41% to 8.9% over … Continue reading BME unemployment is rising

Supply chain due diligence to assure labour supply chains

HMRC have issued guidance (13th May 2021) to both and help warn business to be aware of risks within Labour supply chains. Why assure the labour supply chain Failing to take reasonable action to make sure that the supply of labour is legitimate can lead to significant legal, financial and reputational risks, liability for unpaid … Continue reading Supply chain due diligence to assure labour supply chains

Simpler information to transform pension understanding for savers

Savers will have a much clearer picture of their pension pots from next year, thanks to government plans to introduce simpler annual statements. Under new regulations to be outlined this week, the government will require pension schemes to issue their members two-page documents highlighting in simple terms key information including the size of the saver’s … Continue reading Simpler information to transform pension understanding for savers

COVID-19 Charter for holidaymakers launched

Charter provides clear information for passengers outlining their rights and responsibilities when travelling this summer. Passenger COVID-19 Charter published as people allowed to begin travelling again internationally for leisurecharter details how holidaymakers can travel safely, including information on passenger rights and responsibilities, what to do if things go wrong and how to stay safe abroadAviation … Continue reading COVID-19 Charter for holidaymakers launched

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens, and family members resident in the UK by 31st December 2020, now have less than 50 days to apply to the EU #SettlementScheme to continue to reside, work, and access benefits in the UK after 30th June 2021. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. … Continue reading Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme

Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic – TUC

Prime minister signals that the work from home order will be lifted on 21 JuneRise of homeworking for office workers must not lead to “new inequalities”, warns TUCLack of employment bill in Queen’s Speech a ‘colossal failure’ to address changed expectations of flexibility at work following the pandemic Friday 14th May 2021 is the 16th … Continue reading Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic – TUC

Non-compliance with basic employment rights in the labour market highlights the need for reform – TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) have published a research paper outlining an action plan to reform labour market enforcement. TUC action plan to reform labour market enforcement They claim that ‘significant reforms are needed to make sure that all workers (and especially low paid, insecure workers) have a viable route to enforce their basic workplace … Continue reading Non-compliance with basic employment rights in the labour market highlights the need for reform – TUC

Working from home? Claim tax relief for 2021 to 2022 tax year

More than half a million people have claimed the working from home tax relief this tax year and are already benefitting. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is accepting tax relief claims for working from home due to coronavirus during 2021 to 2022. More than 550,000 employed workers have already claimed and are benefitting from the … Continue reading Working from home? Claim tax relief for 2021 to 2022 tax year

John Glen addresses Which? Cash Summit

The Economic Secretary to the Treasury spoke about the Government’s commitment to protect access to cash and announced a consultation on legislative proposals will be launched in Summer 2021. Opening remarks by John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Which? Consumer Group Cash Summit, 13th May 2021 Delivered on: 13th May 2021 (Transcript of … Continue reading John Glen addresses Which? Cash Summit

Traffic light system: safe return to international travel

From 17th May 2021, the ‘Stay in the UK’ regulation will cease and international travel will be allowed to restart, governed by a new traffic light system. Written statement to Parliament - Rt Hon Grant Schapps MP We have made enormous progress this year in tackling the pandemic across Britain. That progress has been hard … Continue reading Traffic light system: safe return to international travel

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is open for claims. If you think you might be eligible, check if you can make a claim. Those who qualify must make their claim for the fourth grant on or before 1 June 2021. Remember - agents can’t apply for their self-employed clients. So make the claim yourself to … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)

New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

New sticker scheme launched allowing UK businesses to display their offer of free testing for staff alongside materials promoting use of the NHS COVID-19 app to check in customers and visitorsAlongside the vaccine rollout and checking in with the NHS COVID-19 app, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the … Continue reading New ‘We Offer Testing to our Staff’ scheme launched

Low Pay Commission publish their report on National Minimum Wage enforcement

The Covid-19 pandemic has left low-paid workers more vulnerable and businesses under greater pressure than ever before. This increases the risk of minimum wage underpayment and demands a proactive and strategic response from the Government. These are the conclusions of a report into compliance and enforcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW), published 11th May … Continue reading Low Pay Commission publish their report on National Minimum Wage enforcement

Nearly 8 out of 10 UK employees (78%) had a workplace pension in April 2020.

Pension Automatic Enrolment (AE) was introduced in October 2012 to require employers to provide and contribute to workplace pensions for eligible employees. Employees are eligible if they earn more than £10,000 a year, are aged between 22 years and State Pension age (SPa) and are not already enrolled in a qualifying workplace pension. The proportion … Continue reading Nearly 8 out of 10 UK employees (78%) had a workplace pension in April 2020.

Mini Umbrella Company (MUC) fraud

HMRC have issued information on fraud being committed by a number of Mini Umbrella Companies. HMRC claim that every business which either places or uses temporary labour should be aware of the potential dangers posed to by mini umbrella company fraud. Not only can a fraudulent supply chain lead to reputational and financial damage to … Continue reading Mini Umbrella Company (MUC) fraud

Raising awareness of job scams

Our aim is to raise awareness of scams and employment fraud among job seekers. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is running a campaign to raise awareness of job scams and employment fraud among job seekers. DBS is working alongside JobsAware, Disclosure Scotland and AccessNI. JobsAware is a non-profit organisation, with cross-government support, that informs people … Continue reading Raising awareness of job scams

HMRC publish guidance for those employed by umbrellas

HMRC have published further guidance (29th April 2021) to clarify the position on agency and contractors who are employees of umbrella organisations. Working through an umbrella company Those employed by umbrellas can find out about how and what they will be paid if they are an agency worker or contractor and work through an umbrella … Continue reading HMRC publish guidance for those employed by umbrellas

Furlough mistakes! 10,000 employers to receive letters

The HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce, was set up to ensure that furlough money has been claimed correctly. The Taskforce is now writing to 10,000 more employers who they think may have made a mistakes with furlough claims. The letter will to ask the employer to check their claims. For support and guidance correcting claims see: … Continue reading Furlough mistakes! 10,000 employers to receive letters

Queen’s Speech to build back better from the pandemic

New laws to ensure the UK builds back better and stronger from the pandemic will be unveiled in next week’s Queen’s Speech. Following the global impact of coronavirus the Government’s clams its new legislative programme will be focussed on ‘supporting the nation’s recovery, backing the NHS, levelling up and spreading opportunity’. It is to support … Continue reading Queen’s Speech to build back better from the pandemic

BEIS-HMRC Joint National Minimum Wage Stakeholder Forum

BEIS and HMRC held a Joint National Minimum Wage (NMW) virtual Stakeholder Forum on 29th April 2021 with employer and Minimum pay industry experts. They have kindly shared the presentation slides from the day. The government department responsible for employment law including National Minimum Wage is the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). … Continue reading BEIS-HMRC Joint National Minimum Wage Stakeholder Forum

Latest Furlough statistics

Latest statistics from HMRC show furlough continuing to fall as UK PLC returns to work: provisional figures show there has been a decrease in levels of furlough between February and March 2021 with 4.2 million employments on furlough at 31st March 2021since the start of the scheme a cumulative total of 11.5 million jobs have … Continue reading Latest Furlough statistics

West Yorkshire pair arrested on suspicion of £3.4 million furlough fraud

A man and a woman from West Yorkshire have been arrested as part of an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation into a suspected £3.4 million Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fraud. HMRC’s Taxpayer Protection Taskforce officers executed a search warrant on 28th April 2021 in the Bradford area and arrested a 35-year-old man and … Continue reading West Yorkshire pair arrested on suspicion of £3.4 million furlough fraud

Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 6th May 2021

Did you pay furlough during April 2021 and need to make a grant claim. You have until 14th May 2021. Thursday 6th May and the next round of guidance updates. The main update is the publication of the claims information for periods from December 2020 to February 2021. Page titleChangesCoronavirus Job Retention Scheme collection All … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updated 6th May 2021

COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you or your clients may need to take

Dear Payadvice Ltd, I’m writing to you with the latest information about financial support schemes available to help your clients during the pandemic. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the VAT deferral new payment scheme. Thank you for providing invaluable support to your clients … Continue reading COVID-19 support – what’s available and actions you or your clients may need to take

Improvements introduced to marriage registration system

Major changes to the way marriages in England and Wales are registered are being introduced to help modernise the system. From 4th May 2021, a single electronic marriage register will be created to make the system simpler and more efficient. It will also correct a historic anomaly to allow for the names of both parents … Continue reading Improvements introduced to marriage registration system

Problem debt breathing space launched

Hundreds of thousands of people struggling with debt problems will be supported through a new debt respite scheme that launched today 4th May 2021. around 700,000 people struggling with problem debt to benefit from Breathing Space this yearscheme will give those facing financial difficulties 60 days to get finances back on track – without debts … Continue reading Problem debt breathing space launched

Gender Recognition Certificate fee reduced

The Government has reduced the Gender Recognition Certificate fee to £5. The Government has delivered on its pledge to reduce the fee of applying for a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC). In response to the consultation on the Gender Recognition Act, Minister for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss, committed to modernising the process of applying for … Continue reading Gender Recognition Certificate fee reduced

Limit on funeral mourners to be removed

Families and friends will shortly be able to pay their respects to loved ones in greater numbers, with numerical limits on funerals to be removed. Legal limit on numbers of mourners at funerals to be removed in England at Step 3 of the roadmapVenues such as places of worship to set limits based on individual … Continue reading Limit on funeral mourners to be removed

The key steps Government has taken to support workers

The UK has one of the best workers’ rights records in the world. Following the 1st May International Workers’ Day 2021, the UK reflects on some of the key steps the Government has taken to support workers since last year. Looking to the future, the government is bringing forward plans to crack down on workplace … Continue reading The key steps Government has taken to support workers