Tax avoidance promoter fined £1 million

A tax avoidance scheme promoter has been hit with a £1 million fine after a legal challenge by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Hyrax Resourcing Ltd was handed the almost-maximum allowed fine by the First Tier Tribunal for failing to disclose an avoidance scheme to HMRC as legally required. Hyrax promoted a disguised remuneration scheme … Continue reading Tax avoidance promoter fined £1 million

£400 energy bills discount this winter

The UK government sets out further details of the Energy Bills Support Scheme. Households to start receiving £400 off their energy bills from October 2022, with the discount made in 6 instalments to help families throughout the winter periodgovernment confirms important details of the Energy Bills Support Scheme, which will provide energy bill discounts to … Continue reading £400 energy bills discount this winter

Military families to benefit from £3,000 of childcare support

Service families with children aged 4 to 11 years to benefit from wraparound childcareMore than 20,000 service children will be eligible for 20 hours free childcare per weekDefence Secretary outlines further family support for UK Armed Forces personnel The Wraparound Childcare (WAC) scheme will provide up to 20 hours per week of free childcare before … Continue reading Military families to benefit from £3,000 of childcare support

Protecting the health & safety of pregnant workers

The TUC has issued a new toolkit designed to help union reps ensure that the health and safety of members who are pregnant is protected from the moment the rep becomes aware that a member is pregnant, to their return to work and beyond. It is mainly targeted at health and safety reps but will … Continue reading Protecting the health & safety of pregnant workers

Fear and insecurity mean workers do not report underpayment

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published a report on non-compliance and enforcement of the minimum wage in Leicester’s textiles manufacturers. Since 2020, multiple agencies have carried out large-scale joint enforcement operations in Leicester, partly in response to persistent reports of exploitation and underpayment. Low Pay Commissioners heard evidence on the forces driving non-compliance and … Continue reading Fear and insecurity mean workers do not report underpayment

PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSA) — new PSA1

HMRC have completed a review of feedback from employers who use PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSAs). Acting on that feedback HMRC have redesigned the PSA1 form and introduced a digital submission route. The new form is available at: PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA1) HMRC is encouraging all employers to take up the new reporting method as the … Continue reading PAYE Settlement Agreements (PSA) — new PSA1

Improving the data HMRC collects – consultation

The government have launched a consultation to improve data in relation to employment and self employment. The consultation Proposes a number of options for improving the range of data HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) collects, uses and responsibly and safely shares across government. They want to ensure that the data held gives an accurate and … Continue reading Improving the data HMRC collects – consultation

Rises to teachers’ salaries

Teachers are to benefit from pay increases of between 5% and 8.9% from September 2022, as the government has accepted pay recommendations from the independent School Teachers’ Review Body for the next academic year. The starting salary for teachers outside London will rise by 8.9%, with salaries reaching £28,000 in the 2022/23 academic year. This … Continue reading Rises to teachers’ salaries

£4.5 billion Recovery Loan Scheme extended

Scheme supporting access to finance for small businesses extended for two yearsNearly 19,000 businesses supported since the scheme launched in April 2021 A vital support scheme offering Government-backed loans to small businesses will be extended for a further two years, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced Wednesday 20th July 2022. The Recovery Loan Scheme, originally … Continue reading £4.5 billion Recovery Loan Scheme extended

1.2 million low earners to see boost in take-home pay

Low earners who save through a Net Pay Arrangement (NPA) pension will get the same level of government top-up as those who use Relief at Source schemes Around 1.2 million low earners will receive top-ups to their take-home pay from 2025 which could be worth hundreds of pounds a year. For NPAs, pension contributions are … Continue reading 1.2 million low earners to see boost in take-home pay

Get kids active over the summer holidays

Disney-inspired campaign relaunches to help kids get one hour of physical activity every day over the summer holidays. Only 45% of children are meeting the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines of one hour of physical activity a dayThe campaign seeks to inspire kids to get active by using some of their favourite stories and characters from … Continue reading Get kids active over the summer holidays

New law allow businesses to hire agency workers to plug gaps caused by strike action

Law changed to allow businesses impacted by industrial action to fill vital roles with temporary, skilled workersReforms to help ensure crucial public services and people’s daily lives remain uninterrupted by staff strikesBusiness Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng: “In light of militant trade union action threatening to bring vital public services to a standstill, we have moved at … Continue reading New law allow businesses to hire agency workers to plug gaps caused by strike action

ROYAL DOCKS SEEKS TO EXCEL AS A LIVING WAGE PLACE

ExCeL London becomes Accredited Living Wage Employer The Royal Docks receives formal recognition from the Living Wage Foundation for Making a Living Wage Place Key step in Mayor Khan’s plan to Make London a Living Wage CityAim of increasing the number of Royal Docks accredited Living Wage Employers by 50% by 2025 Community-led Royal Docks Living Wage Action … Continue reading ROYAL DOCKS SEEKS TO EXCEL AS A LIVING WAGE PLACE

Harpur Trust (Appellant) v Brazel (Respondent) [2022]UKSC 21 On appeal from: [2019] EWCA Civ 1402

Justices Lord Hodge, Lord Briggs, Lady Arden, Lord Burrows, Lady Rose. Background to the Appeal This appeal concerns the calculation of annual leave and holiday pay entitlements for workers who work for varying hours during only certain weeks of the year but have a contract throughout that year (“part–year workers”). The Respondent, Ms Brazel, is … Continue reading Harpur Trust (Appellant) v Brazel (Respondent) [2022]UKSC 21 On appeal from: [2019] EWCA Civ 1402

Supreme Court Holiday Pay ruling – 12.07% is unlawful

The Supreme Court have dismissed the Harpur Trust appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling on percentage holiday pay scheme being unlawful. The court confirms that the minimum holiday pay due must comply with the Employment Rights Act 1996 (and as amended) under section 224. The case related to a Part Year Worker who until … Continue reading Supreme Court Holiday Pay ruling – 12.07% is unlawful

Jobcentre closures in areas with red severe weather warning

Jobcentres and health assessment offices in areas issued with a red severe weather warning for Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July 2022 will be closed. Benefit payments will be made as normal. They will make every effort to contact everyone who has an appointment on one of those days to have it over the telephone … Continue reading Jobcentre closures in areas with red severe weather warning

Heat-health advice issued

With temperatures rising to forecasted record levels this weekend, UKHSA and the Met Office is reminding people to take precautions to stay safe through the hot weather. The hottest temperatures are expected on Monday and Tuesday (18th/19th July 2022) with highs of 40°C possible. A Level 4 alert has been issued for the first time … Continue reading Heat-health advice issued

New law ensures all staff keep their tips

Government backs new reforms making it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staff. New legislation to make it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staffit means customers will know for certain that all tips will go to hard-working employees, who will take home more moneythe Tipping Bill will benefit more than 2 million … Continue reading New law ensures all staff keep their tips

Parents whose babies require neonatal care to receive paid leave under new law backed by government

Government backs laws providing additional paid leave to parents whose babies require neonatal care after birthreforms will allow parents to spend more time providing crucial care for their baby instead of worrying about returning to work or having to take unpaid leaveBusiness Minister Jane Hunt: “I hope we can take one concern off the minds … Continue reading Parents whose babies require neonatal care to receive paid leave under new law backed by government

More than 33,600 tax credits customers use HMRC app to renew

More than 33,600 have successfully used the HMRC app to renew their tax credits claim so far this year, a 39% increase on last year. Tax credits are there to help working families with targeted financial support, so And it is important that claimants act to renew before the 31st July 2022 deadline to ensure … Continue reading More than 33,600 tax credits customers use HMRC app to renew

New bursaries will support learners in over 100 flexible short courses

Learners who could struggle with study-related costs such as books and childcare fees can now apply for up to £2.5 million worth of targeted bursary funding to help them access new higher education ‘short courses’. As part of the government’s pledge to offer tens of thousands of adults the chance to retrain in later life, … Continue reading New bursaries will support learners in over 100 flexible short courses

Call to check vehicles before travelling as 41,500 breakdowns caused by tyre issues

With daily life returning back to the new normality, more vehicle are back on the road and more journeys are being taken. Most breakdowns could be avoided if drivers had carried out basic vehicle checks before setting off including checking tyres. National Highways, which is responsible for motorways and major A roads across the country, … Continue reading Call to check vehicles before travelling as 41,500 breakdowns caused by tyre issues

Dominic Harris is the preferred candidate for the role of Pensions Ombudsman and Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman

Harris is currently a Partner in the Pensions Team at law firm CMS. He also serves as Chair of the Investment and Defined Contribution Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers. The Pensions Ombudsman Service is an independent organisation set up by law to investigate complaints about pension administration. It is a Tribunal non-departmental public … Continue reading Dominic Harris is the preferred candidate for the role of Pensions Ombudsman and Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman

7 in 10 adults want social media firms to do more to tackle harmful content

Ipsos study finds over 4 in 5 adults are concerned about harmful content online. 68 per cent want more action from social media firms on racism, homophobia and misogyny on their platformsComes as the Online Safety Bill moves to Report Stage in the House of Commons A clear majority of the public want social media … Continue reading 7 in 10 adults want social media firms to do more to tackle harmful content

Pension Credit Day of Action saw claims double

Claims for Pension Credit more than doubled during the Department for Work and Pension’s Pension Credit Day of Action. Over 10,000 Pension Credit claims were made during the week of 13 June – an increase of 275% compared to that same week in 2021. The two-step in the right direction was helped by Strictly Come … Continue reading Pension Credit Day of Action saw claims double

One in four families get first government Cost of Living Payment

Almost one in four families across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will get £326 sent directly to them, with the second instalment of £324 sent later this year as part of a £37 billion support package. £326 – the first of two cost of living payments – will automatically hit seven million bank accounts … Continue reading One in four families get first government Cost of Living Payment

Minister calls on pension schemes to get “data ready” for dashboards

Minister for Pensions Guy Opperman has called on pension schemes of all types and sizes to make sure their data is ready for pensions dashboards. The calls come as the government publishes its response to a consultation which gathered feedback from industry, potential providers, consumer groups and future users on what data should be included … Continue reading Minister calls on pension schemes to get “data ready” for dashboards

7 in 10 young people in work 4 months after leaving government’s Kickstart Scheme

Tuesday 12th July 2022, senior Cabinet Ministers awarded young people and employers for their contribution to tackling high youth unemployment through the Kickstart Scheme, as the country recovered from the pandemic. Launched in September 2020, the scheme secured 163,000 plus jobs for young people nationwide as part of the government’s drive to help those aged … Continue reading 7 in 10 young people in work 4 months after leaving government’s Kickstart Scheme

Tens of thousands will be helped to take stock of their work, wellbeing and finances through the DWP’s “Mid-life MOT” initiative.

The Mid-life MOT is a review for workers in their 40s and 50s that helps them take stock of their finances, skills and health, and enables them to better prepare for their retirement and build financial resilience. As part of the expansion, Mid-life MOTs will be delivered online, in the private sector and through the … Continue reading Tens of thousands will be helped to take stock of their work, wellbeing and finances through the DWP’s “Mid-life MOT” initiative.

New DBS check eligibility guidance for the charity sector and overseas aid organisations

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has issued new guidance around eligibility for DBS checks, for people in the charity sector and overseas aid organisations. There is separate guidance for those who work with children, and those who work with adults. DBS guidance leaflets The guidance covers England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle … Continue reading New DBS check eligibility guidance for the charity sector and overseas aid organisations

New guidance ensures all forms of domestic abuse recognised

New Domestic Abuse statutory guidance sets out that domestic abuse can take many forms, not just physical violence, and can include economic abuse and controlling or coercive behaviourWill provide victims with easier access to support that meets their needs and circumstances New statutory guidance on identifying and responding to domestic abuse and its impact on … Continue reading New guidance ensures all forms of domestic abuse recognised

Curfews for parents who fail to pay child maintenance

The change is being considered as part of proposals that will get more of the money that is owed to the children of separated parents. The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) were involved in £1 billion of child maintenance payments during 2021, operating as a crucial weapon in the battle against child poverty. Child support payments … Continue reading Curfews for parents who fail to pay child maintenance

Bill ensures thousands of seafarers receive fair pay

new pay protection laws on minimum wage for thousands of seafarers regularly entering UK waterslaws will prevent firms undercutting fair pay for seafarers by using legal loopholes to pay low wagesgovernment publishes response to the consultation on Seafarers’ Wages Bill The UK government introduced new legislation on 6th July 2022 to make sure seafarers get … Continue reading Bill ensures thousands of seafarers receive fair pay

Resignations and appointments

Nadhim Zahawi appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer The Queen has approve the appointments of the Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP to be Chancellor of the Exchequer. Resignation of Rishi Sunak The appointment follows the resignation of the former Chancellor Rishi Sunak. His letter to the Prime Minister follows: And the Prime Minister's response: PAYadvice.UK 5/7/2022

New support to help over 50s back into work

The government announces millions of pounds of new measures to tackle unemployment amongst the over 50s on benefits. New measures set to help quarter of all jobseekers get back into workMulti-million package will increase jobcentre support for over 50s including those thinking about retirementLong term unemployed will be referred to the multi-billion-pound Restart Scheme which … Continue reading New support to help over 50s back into work

Public buildings to have separate male and female toilets

All new public buildings should have separate male and female toilets, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced on 4th July 2022. The approach will mean women, who may need to use facilities more often for example because of pregnancy and sanitary needs, have appropriate facilities. The move follows a call for evidence which gathered … Continue reading Public buildings to have separate male and female toilets

Nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can now certify and issue fit notes

The change is set to support patients getting advice and fit notes from their healthcare professional - without having to separately see a doctorThe reform follows fit notes going fully digital as they no longer need to be signed in ink. From Friday 1st July 2022: nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can all legally … Continue reading Nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists can now certify and issue fit notes

Families can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs this summer.

With school summer holidays less than a month away, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are reminding families of financial support that can help pay for childcare. Through Tax-Free Childcare, families can receive up to £2,000 a year per child – or £4,000 if their child is disabled – to put towards the cost of childcare. … Continue reading Families can use Tax-Free Childcare to help pay for childcare costs this summer.