Holiday accrual, how does it work?

Holiday entitlements and pay are some of the most misunderstood and abused employment rights law in the UK. Statistics show that 1.8 million workers and employees are denied their holiday pay rights amounting to underpayments of £1.8 billion. A number of myths abound in UK employment practice, especially around the concept of Holiday Accrual, Holiday … Continue reading Holiday accrual, how does it work?

Short university courses to provide flexible training

Learners will be able to upskill or retrain at a pace that fits their lives through short university and college courses supported by bespoke loans People looking to study or train throughout their lives will have access to short university or college courses, in a major shake-up of traditional higher education. Universities and further education … Continue reading Short university courses to provide flexible training

Home Working impact on older workers

The Office for National Statistics report shows that the shift towards working from home seen during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have helped enable older workers to remain in the labour market for longer. The report shows: Early exit of older workers from the UK labour market, between the age of 50 years and prior … Continue reading Home Working impact on older workers

Off-payroll (IR35) contracted out services

Off-payroll working rules (commonly known as IR35) changed on 6th April 2021. In efforts to overcome IR35 responsibilities some arrangements are being promoted that indicate some client organisations would no longer be responsible for considering the off payroll working rules. These may be labelled as ‘contracted out services’ or ‘statement of works’. It is important to fully consider any arrangements in response to changes to … Continue reading Off-payroll (IR35) contracted out services

Using unfunded pension arrangements

In the agent update 87, the HMRC remind agents about an arrangement where a company creates an unfunded pension obligation to pay a director of the company a pension. The company may then transfer their obligation to pay the director a pension to a relative or another individual closely associated with the director. The arrangements … Continue reading Using unfunded pension arrangements

HMRC Agent Update 87 published (August 2021)

Dear PAYadvice.UK, Agent Update: issue 87 is now available and contains the latest guidance and information for tax agents and advisers. This edition of Agent Update includes: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme VAT reverse chargeMaking Tax Digitalbasis period reform consultationEU settlement scheme. Just a reminder that Agent Update is now produced monthly, and your next issue is … Continue reading HMRC Agent Update 87 published (August 2021)

Actions for you and your clients – preparing for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

Dear PAYadvice.UK I’m writing to you with the latest information about the support schemes available to help your clients, as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and a reminder of the ‌14th September 2021 deadline for submitting your clients’ August Coronavirus Job Retention … Continue reading Actions for you and your clients – preparing for closure of the Job Retention Scheme and the latest on SEISS

31st August Deadline for parents to update Child Benefit for 16 year olds

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding parents and carers they have until 31st August 2021 to confirm whether their teenagers are staying in full-time education or training beyond 16. Last week, teenagers across the UK received their GSCE or Scottish National Certificate results and many are now considering their future. If they decide to … Continue reading 31st August Deadline for parents to update Child Benefit for 16 year olds

Absurd excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage published

By law, workers must be paid at least the minimum wage for their age - the following are 10 outrageous excuses employers have used to try and flout the rules. While the majority of employers pay their employees at least the National Minimum Wage, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has released some of the absurd … Continue reading Absurd excuses for not paying National Minimum Wage published

Act quickly to get your tax credits reinstated

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is urging people who missed the 31 July tax credits renewals deadline to contact HMRC urgently to restart their tax credit payments. Meeting the 31 July deadline was crucial for those who were told to contact HMRC to renew their tax credits. HMRC stop tax credit payments to … Continue reading Act quickly to get your tax credits reinstated

New HMRC Director General announced for Customer Strategy and Tax Design

HM Revenue and Customs Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary Jim Harra announces that Jonathan Athow has been appointed as the new Director General for the Customer Strategy and Tax Design Group. This follows the departure of Ruth Stanier from the role as she undertakes a 12-month career break. Jonathan is currently Deputy National Statistician and … Continue reading New HMRC Director General announced for Customer Strategy and Tax Design

Business growth scheme open to next group of space entrepreneurs

A pioneering programme to help firms find their place in space has given a total of 31 businesses a £900,000 boost and created new jobs - and the search is now on to find the next group of entrepreneurs. Twenty businesses will be supported on the next phase of the Leo Programme, a free six-month … Continue reading Business growth scheme open to next group of space entrepreneurs

Student Loan plan 1 Threshold uplift for April 2022 confirmed

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed the annual updates to the Thresholds of Income Contingent Student Loans and Mortgage Style Student Loans. Income Contingent Student Loans for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans From 6 April 2022, the repayment threshold for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans will rise to £20,195. PSP 2021(c) Income Contingent Student Loans for post-2012 … Continue reading Student Loan plan 1 Threshold uplift for April 2022 confirmed

HMRC August 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the August 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are updates and information on the following: UK Transition Travellers carrying cash Changes to right to work checks from 1 July 2021EU Settlement Scheme: late applications Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and information Coronavirus Job Retention … Continue reading HMRC August 2021 Employer Bulletin

Events industry boost with Government-backed insurance scheme

As the economy reopens with the lifting of Covid restrictions, getting the right kind of insurance is acting as a barrier for some events organisers impacting jobs. So the government has partnered with Lloyd’s to deliver the Live Events Reinsurance Scheme as part of the Plan for Jobs. The scheme will see the government act … Continue reading Events industry boost with Government-backed insurance scheme

Temporary protection for more applicants to the Settlement Scheme

EEA citizens and their family members who apply late to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) will have their rights protected as the Home Office continues to support those wanting to stay in the UK. More than 6 million applications were made to EUSS before the 30th June 2021 deadline for those resident in the UK … Continue reading Temporary protection for more applicants to the Settlement Scheme

New flexible approach to apprenticeships

Sectors including the creative, agriculture and construction industries can now bid for a share of a £7 million fund to support the creation of new flexible apprenticeships, unlocking more opportunities for people to develop the skills they need to get good jobs. Apprenticeships are at least 12 months long, so some sectors with flexible employment … Continue reading New flexible approach to apprenticeships

Minimum wage law breaker Employers ‘named and shamed’

Government names and shames 191 employers who have underpaid workers, including major household namesnamed firms have been fined for owing £2.1 million to over 34,000 workersBusiness Minister Paul Scully: “Employers that short-change workers won’t get off lightly” Thursday 5th August 2021 - 191 businesses are being named for breaking national minimum wage law. Following investigations … Continue reading Minimum wage law breaker Employers ‘named and shamed’

Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR)

HM Revenue & Customs Software Developers Support Team (SDST) has issued briefing notes for developers in relation to changes for the April 2022 introduction of Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR). The relief applies from April 2021, however HMRC were unable to ready their systems in time for real time operations and employers will be expected … Continue reading Freeports Employer NICs Relief (FENR)

NICs Holiday for Employers of Veterans (NHEV)

HM Revenue & Customs Software Developers Support Team (SDST) has issued briefing notes for developers in relation to changes for National Insurance Contributions Holiday for Employers of Veterans abbreviated as NHEV. The relief applies from April 2021, however HMRC were unable to ready their systems in time for real time operations and employers will be … Continue reading NICs Holiday for Employers of Veterans (NHEV)

TUC urges ban on umbrella companies – end exploitation of workers amid scandalous workplace practices which have “no place in modern Britain”

Union body warns use of umbrella companies could spiral post-pandemic New TUC research estimates that half of agency workers work for umbrella companies The TUC has called for umbrella companies to be banned. The union body says the scandalous workplace practices associated with umbrella companies have “no place in modern Britain”. An umbrella company is … Continue reading TUC urges ban on umbrella companies – end exploitation of workers amid scandalous workplace practices which have “no place in modern Britain”