The government report seeing ‘some recent misreporting we wish to clear up. You can take on other employment while on furlough, provided your existing employment contract permits it’ Some contracts may contain exclusivity clauses, however, if present they need to be reasonable. Any exclusivity clause In a zero hours contract are not valid since being … Continue reading Been furloughed by your employer – you can potentially take up an alternate job #COVID19 #coronavirus
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department for Work and Pensions has temporarily paused the recovery of benefit overpayments, for three months. Many claimants will see an increase in the amount of money they receive in benefits. Deductions for the recovery of Universal Credit and legacy benefit overpayments, Social Fund loans and Tax Credit … Continue reading Benefit Debt collection suspended #coronavirus #COVID19
What is shielding? Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. They should not leave their homes, and minimise all non-essential contact with other members of their household. This is to protect those who are at very high risk of severe illness from … Continue reading Shielding and work #COVID19 #coronavirus
HMRC have announced (7th April 2020) that parents of new-borns are able to claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Although the General Register Offices remain closed, parents can claim Child Benefit without having to first register their child’s birth. First time parents can complete Child Benefit Claim form CH2 and send to … Continue reading Have a newborn? Don’t miss out, claim Child Benefit by phone or post #COVID19 #coronavirus
https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot As part of the governments emergency measure: Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to MOTs There are some changes to MOT tests because of coronavirus (COVID-19).... From 30 March Any expiring ‘MOT will be automatically extended for 6 months because of coronavirus’. For example if your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 8 April 2020. This … Continue reading Changes to MOT expiry #COVID19 #coronavirus
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/direct-earnings-attachments-an-employers-guide 4th April 2020 the DWP published changes to DEA deduction due to coronavirus. Rumours were circulating that as a result of #COVID19 that court orders, attachment of earnings orders (AEOs) and Scottish Earnings Arrestments had been suspended - not true. Employers ‘may be asked to deduct money an employee owes the Department for Work … Continue reading Temporary changes to DWP issued DEA deductions #COVID19 #coronavirus
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ Have you found yourself furloughed or even unfortunately laid off or made redundant and now have time on your hands at home? Has your self employment work dried up? Don’t let #COVID19 #coronavirus defeat you. Why not keep your knowledge and skill growing. Whether for future work or personal growth, there are free resources … Continue reading At home with time on your hands as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus – Free courses with the Open University OpenLearn
From 1 April 2020, consumers will begin to see an increasing number of retailers accepting contactless card payments up to the new £45 limit. Given the pace at which this change is being rolled out, the new limits will take some time to be introduced across all retailers, including some of those facing additional pressure … Continue reading Contactless limit increased to £45 #COVID19 #coronavirus
The government have provided further details on the #COVID19 SSP. The requirement for a 4 day period of incapacity for Work (PIW) remains as required, however, no waiting days are to be used. This is effective from Friday 13th March 2020 and currently indicated to remain in place (subject to change) until 12th November 2020. … Continue reading Some more #COVID19 Statutory Sick Pay guidance #coronavirus
It’s National Minimum Wage (#NMW) and National Living Wage rise day. For pay period which commence from 1st April 2020, the new rates apply for relevant worked hours. Employers need to consider their compliance approach especially for lower paid workers who are part of salary sacrifice schemes. With the 6.2% rise, many people in work … Continue reading National MinimumWage rise day arrives (1st April 2020)
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tax-avoidance-promoters-targeting-returning-nhs-workers-spotlight-54 ..’unscrupulous promoters of tax avoidance schemes are targeting workers returning to the National Health Service (NHS) to help respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ ....All of these schemes have one thing in common and that is to attempt to disguise the true level of your earnings, which would ordinarily be subject to Income Tax … Continue reading NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus
The Trades Union Congress have provided resource confirming the rights for employees and workers who have been furloughed. https://www.tuc.org.uk/what-are-rules-if-youre-temporarily-laid-off The TUC confirms that ‘Bosses must follow the rule’..... ‘...Employers must use a fair process for selecting employees for furlough and be very clear about why they are making certain decisions. They must be careful not … Continue reading TUC sets out furloughed employee rights #COVID19 #coronavirus
Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years. Government to amend regulations to allow annual leave to be carried over into the next 2 yearsmeasures will ensure workers won’t lose their leave entitlementsmove gives … Continue reading Rules on carrying over annual leave relaxed #COVID19 #coronavirus
Are you at risk of loosing your job or income as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus? Speak with your employer to see if they would agree to use the governments Job Protection Scheme? https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable … Continue reading HELP for employees and workers – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – does my employer have to lay me off / make me redundant because of #COVID19
What is the tax position? HMRC have issued further clarification on which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to #coronavirus #COVID19 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-expenses-are-taxable-if-your-employee-works-from-home-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 For example - Those working from home are entitled to the reliefs relating to home-working allowance of £4 per week (£18 per month) rising to £6 per week (£26 … Continue reading HMRC issue guidance on expenses and benefits related to #Homeworkers #COVID19 #coronavirus
Scammers are attempting to capture your personal detail to commit fraudulent activity. HMRC are warning about text messages that look similar to the stay at home message from GOV.UK that falsely indicate a tax refund. Helping protect your members from scams The Pension Regulator (TPR) are concerned that during this difficult period, many may be … Continue reading Avoid the SCAMS #COVID19 #coronavirus
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have confirmed that the ‘Government in clear that employers must continue to pay at least National Minimum Wage to workers’. HMRC, who act as enforcers of NMW law, will continue to respond to worker complaints and protect workers rights. How to complain about minimum pay breach In … Continue reading #COVID19 and National Minimum/Living Wage #coronavirus
Middlesborough FC Middlesborough FC ran a payroll deduction scheme allowing employees to buy season tickets has lost an appeal and must make up the short fall in wages due under National Minimum Wage law. The scheme allowed employees to agree to buy football season tickets by instalments from their pay. HMRC issued enforcement notices against … Continue reading Middlesborough FC loose National Minimum Wage Appeal case #NMW
Prime minister Boris Johnsonhttps://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020 The prime minister Boris Johnson has announced further measures to combat coronavirus: - people will be allowed to leave home for ‘very limited purposes’: basic shopping necessities, once a day exercise, medical need, and absolutely necessary to work travel - do not meet friends or family who you do not live … Continue reading ‘You must stay at home’ #COVID19 #coronavirus
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People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service. Department of Health and Social Care Isolation notes will provide employees with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or … Continue reading #COVID19 #coronavirus – Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work
Help for employees https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees Sick pay You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. If you are staying at home because of COVID-19 you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people in the same household … Continue reading #COVID19 #coronavirus – Guidance for employees
The government have announced further temporary measures to help keep Britain paid. ‘STAY AT HOME’ - ‘PROTECT THE NHS’ - ‘SAVE LIVES’ Boris Johnson - Prime minister Prime minister Johnson - Cafes, clubs, theatres and leisure centres are to close. Stay at home. Together we will beat this virus. Rishi Sunak - Chancellor of the … Continue reading KEEP BRITAIN PAID – Government to meet 80% of earnings of retained workers #COVID19 #coronavirus
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-set-out-to-support-pupils-eligible-for-free-school-meals Children eligible for free school meals will be offered meals or vouchers as an alternative if they can no longer attend school due to coronavirus measures Low-income families whose children are eligible for free school meals will be offered vouchers, food or meals to make sure they continue receiving this support, even if they … Continue reading Receive free school meals? What happens with the school closures?
Working from home? Where an employer chooses to pay an allowance for their workers who are working at home under a home working arrangement, the allowable amount which is tax and NI free (with no requirement for expense recording) is being raised from the current flat rate £4 per week (£18 per month) to a … Continue reading Homeworkers tax and NI free allowance increase from 6th April 2020
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The Scottish government have confirmed that the ‘management of the income tax.. for Scotland ... is the responsibility of HMRC. Due to the timing of the Scottish, Welsh and Westminster Budgets...an update will be issued and an agreed date .. provided as soon as possible in 2020/21’. Scottish Parliament HMRC have today confirmed that the … Continue reading Scottish tax changes applicable from Monday 11th May 2020
In summary: -those advised to self isolate or suffering from Coronavirus are considered unfit for work (ie Sick) effective 13 March 2020 -Coronavirus related absence is to qualify for SSP from day 1 (no 4 day PIW or 3 waiting days) effective 13 March 2020 -Employers with under 250 employees on 28 February 2020 can … Continue reading DWP confirm further measures for #COVID19 #coronavirus
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/287/pdfs/uksi_20200287_en.pdf The government have passed emergency legislation via a statutory instrument to amend the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 (“the 1982 Regulations”). Regulation 2(1) provides categories of people to be treated as incapable of work for the purposes of claiming statutory sick pay. These Regulations provide that a person who is isolating from others … Continue reading #COVID19 – #coronavirus advised self-isolation now officially sickness – Friday 13th March 2020
So the Westminster budget has happened and the personal allowance for the UK left at £12,500. So no change for England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The Scottish Parliament have approved changes to Scottish taxation, yet the GOV and HMRC have issued last years values and not the Scottish Parliament set bands and thresholds! What is … Continue reading When will Scottish tax changes go ahead?
Keep up to date on the developing policy, legislation and advice. Primary resources for employers and employees are available from ACAS who are reviewing their advice daily. “We're monitoring government updates and when legal changes happen, we will update” the ACAS webpage. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of: new continuous cough … Continue reading #COVID19 – advice for employers and employees – #coronavirus
‘This budget gets it done’ Base rate cut Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.25% #coronavirus #COVID19 SSP measures For Coronavirus, day 1 right to SSP. For employers with under 250 employees the amount is fully recoverable for up to 14 days leave per employe. Employers to be offered time to pay in relation … Continue reading Budget 2020 – the payroll highlights!
Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced emergency measures to help deal with Coronavirus. NOW - Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) By law, employers must pay Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to employees who meet the SSP eligibility conditions on GOV.UK. These conditions include: the employee is off sick for at least 4 days in a row (including non-working days)the … Continue reading Emergency Sick Pay measures introduced for those affected by #coronavirus #COVID19
Holiday pay rights - It comes with the job According to research by Unpaid Britain, workers are missing out on £1.8 billion a year in unpaid holiday leave. That’s 1.8 million employees are being denied their employment rights to holiday pay. Monday 2nd March 2020 saw the launch of a new government campaign to remind … Continue reading Do you know your holiday pay rights?
The Scotland Act 2016 conferred on the Scottish Parliament the power to set all income tax rates and bands for the non‐savings non‐dividend (NSND) income of Scottish taxpayers. The responsibility for defining the income tax base, which includes the setting or changing of income tax reliefs and exemptions, including the Personal Allowance, remains with the … Continue reading Scotland the brave – Scottish Income tax changes proposed for 2020
Parents who suffer the devastating loss of a child entitled to 2 weeks statutory leave. Working parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will get 2 weeks’ statutory leave the new legal right to 2 weeks’ paid bereavement leave, to be called ‘Jack’s Law’, is a world first parental bereavement leave is … Continue reading New Legal right to paid parental bereavement pay ‘Jack’s Law’ to go ahead.
The Scottish Government’s budget will be published on 6 February 2020, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has announced. It comes after the UK Government confirmed their budget would be delayed until 11 March 2020. Mr Mackay said: “The UK Government’s approach to the Scottish Budget has been completely unacceptable and has shown a disregard for devolution … Continue reading Scottish budget set for Thursday 6th February 2020
The proposed daily equivalent rates for SSP have been made available. These are proposed to be effective from Monday 6th April 2020.
The proposed statutory payments rates for employees with earnings at or above a proposed weekly Lower Earnings Limit / Lower Threshold of £120 from April 2020 are: Statutory Sick Pay (SSP): £95.85 per week from Monday 6th April 2020 The following parental pay changes relate to weeks commencing from Sunday 5th April 2020. Statutory Maternity … Continue reading Proposed Statutory Payment Rates for April 2020
April 2020 sees the third consecutive annual increase in the repayment threshold to £26,575 (for plan type 2 loans). The older Plan type 1 threshold rises to £19,390.Under the student loan s plan, borrowers contribute an amount based on their income once they reach the relevant salary threshold. A new online repayment service will go … Continue reading Student Loan system overhaul to benefit millions of graduates
The Living Wage Foundation have announced their increases to the voluntary real Living Wage and London Living Wage hourly rates. A record 1,500 more employers have accredited with the Living Wage Foundation this year, with major new names including FTSE 100 company Hiscox, Crystal Palace Football Club, Welsh Water, Leeds Building Society, London City Airport and Newcastle University. These organisations join a network … Continue reading Living Wage and London Living Wage increases announced
Monday 14th October, the queen announces government proposals under 'The Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill' to ensure that tips are paid in full or distributed fairly 'to those who work hard to earn them' this will cover England, Wales and Scotland. It is estimated that around a million pub, restaurant and hotel workers will benefit. … Continue reading Queen’s speech announces new laws to enforce handover of staff tips
Guy Opperman, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion said: “Pensions are one of the largest and most important investments we’ll ever make, and robbing someone of their retirement is nothing short of despicable.” “We know we can beat these callous crooks, because getting the message out there does work. Last year’s pension scams awareness campaign … Continue reading Avoid the Pension Scammers – don’t be fooled
TUC analysis, based on the Office of National Statistics ASHE data, at how occupational hourly pay has changed, shows that the lowest paid have benefited from minimum wage rises yet millions of lower-paid and middle-income jobs have had real pay reductions. 7.1 million jobs account for the Lowest earners Real pay for workers in jobs … Continue reading Real pay cut for millions of lower and middle-income earners says TUC
The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed the annual updates to the Thresholds of Income Contingent Student Loans. From 6 April 2020, the repayment threshold for pre-2012 (Plan 1) loans will rise to £19,390. The repayment threshold for post-2012 (plan 2) loans will rise to £26,575 from 6 April 2020 to 5 April 2021. The … Continue reading Student And Postgraduate Loan Thresholds Confirmed for April 2020
As part of the holiday pay changes coming into force from 6th April 2020 with the expansion of the statutory holiday pay reference period extending from the current 12 week average to the new 52 paid weeks average, researching the different types of holiday calculations. Also reviewed a number of casual contracts in relation to … Continue reading Casual workers and holiday accrual
An open consultation has been launched by UK government in relation to proposals by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to tackle one sided flexible working practices and provide additional worker protections. This forms part of the Good Work Plan. One of the issues raised through the governments review by Matthew Taylor was that a minority … Continue reading Zero hours contract but required to be available? Scheduled work cancelled? Sent home early? One-sided working flexibility to be challenged
UK government are launching a consultation to 'challenge the assumption entrenched in our parental leave entitlements that the mother must be the primary career in the early stages of a child's life' Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Women & Equalities, "Shared parental leave is hugely advantageous for men and women and forms a key part of … Continue reading Parental leave for fathers to be promoted, and new Neonatal rights to be introduced
National Minimum Wage, Holiday Pay rights, Sick Pay rights - consultation on new enforcement body to support workers. Following the Matthew Taylor review proposals, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation the 'Good Work Plan: establishing a new Single Enforcement Body for employment rights' The UK been leading the way … Continue reading Employment rights – single enforcement body proposed
Are you being paid for all of your work time? Does your employer expect you to do free additional work outside of paid time? Do you have to buy clothing to work or equipment to work for your employer? Are you expected to turn up earlier and stay later than your paid time? If you … Continue reading Are you being paid below National Minimum Wage or aged 25 and above and being paid under the National Living Wage?
HM Treasury (HMT) have confirmed that the Office of National Statistics (ONS) data collection information has confirmed that employment in the United Kingdom (UK) has reached its highest levels ever. There are 3.7million more people in work than in 2010. Why 2010, that is when the last labour government ended! Female unemployment has fallen to … Continue reading United Kingdom reaches record employment levels
The Department for Work and Pensions along with the Department of Health and Social Care have launched a consultation under the banner: Health is everyone's business: proposals to reduce ill-health related job loss. #workandhealth These proposals aim to support early action by employers for their employees with long term health conditions and improve access to … Continue reading Changes proposed to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
Thursday 11th July 2019 and HM Revenue and Customs have published the governments response to the consultation along with draft regulations and TIIN etc. At the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) meeting in London, HMRC representatives outlined some of the principles of this new obligation on engagers and the potential implications on payroll operation … Continue reading Off-Payroll Working (IR35) government response published, changes going ahead for April 2020
The application of the General Data Protection Regulations implies a number of rights that are placed in relation to the use of personal data. It also offers a right in some circumstance to be forgotten. Payroll and employments also have legal obligations in relation to employment law, right to work legislation, health and safety, use … Continue reading Does Payroll and HR need consent before sending data to HM Revenue and Customs or other government agencies?l”
In the House of Lords on Wednesday 5th June 2019, Lord Henley confirmed that in 2018, the HM Revenue and Customs National MinimumWage audit and enforcement team 'completed some 3,000 investigations and issued £17 million in financial penalties to more than 1,000 non-compliant employers'. On the recommendations of Sir David Metcalf whilst some elements of … Continue reading National Minimum Wage enforcement / suspension of naming and shaming!
Tax code 0T is likely to be wrong in many cases The HMRC data quality team have been investigating what they consider to be employer error on Real Time Information (RTI) Full Payment Submission (FPS). One of those so called errors are the over 1/2 million new starters that have their first FPS starter record … Continue reading New starter declaration C tax code 0T/1 – is it OK?
Government research has found that around 1.8 million individuals who are legally entitled to paid holiday are being denied their rights to the tune of £1.8 billion per annum. Check your entitlements and ensure you are receiving the holiday pay your employer is obliged to pay. Over half of those surveyed for the government investigation … Continue reading Are you receiving the holiday pay you are entitled too? Some workers are being denied their legal rights to holiday pay!
Do UK employers adequately monitor and record employee working? Is there a culture of additional free to the employer and from the employees own free time working in the UK that needs addressing? Or is this judgement another EU nanny state interference in work related matters which should be left to each individual nation. Under … Continue reading Worked hours recording – court ruling for EU member states may impact UK domestic law
A query investigated this week from a Scottish employers auditor was why a Scottish resident tax payer had not been calculated at the Scottish starter tax rate of 19% when in the first month of their employment. The reality is that you cannot be a Scottish tax payer until HMRC say so! Equally the auditor … Continue reading You’re not a Scottish Tax payer
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/801966/Jim_Harra_letter_to_Welsh_Finance_Committee.pdf HMRC are indicating that some employers have not applied the issued C prefix to their payroll application. RTI data is indicating that: - either the C prefix is missing - the Welsh and rest of the UK tax rates (excepting Scotland) are the same this tax year - S prefix is being reported instead … Continue reading Welsh Tax code prefix C
In February 2019, the department for Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy issued guidance for employer on the calculation requirements for holiday for employees without fixed hours or pay. Found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/calculating-holiday-pay-for-workers-without-fixed-hours-or-pay/calculating-holiday-pay-for-workers-without-fixed-hours-or-pay--2 Following on from recent rulings in relation to overtime and commission, the guidance aims to clarify the current 12 weeks average pay entitlement. Most … Continue reading Holiday Pay changes – April 2020″