Important information about the Job Retention Bonus

Dear PAYadvice.UK We’re writing to let you know that we have published additional information on the Job Retention Bonus, including details on how to check if you’re eligible and what you need to do now to get ready to claim. You can find this by going to GOV‌.UK and searching ‘Job Retention Bonus – Policy … Continue reading Important information about the Job Retention Bonus

HMRC texting Tax Credit claimants about National Minimum Wage

Working Tax Credit recipients are known to be twice as likely to be underpaid the National Minimum Wage. Failure by employers to “uprate” workers following a key birthday is a common cause of non-compliance. HMRC are reminding recipients of Working Tax Credits who recently turned 18, 21 or 25, that they are eligible to a … Continue reading HMRC texting Tax Credit claimants about National Minimum Wage

#COVID-19 shielding ends

With the gradual lifting of restrictions, changes introduced on Saturday 1st August 2020 see the official end to shielding requirements. What has changed The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. This means: you do not need to follow previous shielding adviceyou can go to work as long as the … Continue reading #COVID-19 shielding ends

The future of work can be flexible

There has been a steep rise in the number of employees working flexibly during lockdown, alongside this there has also been a decline in stigma around flexible working during this period. A survey by the University of Kent and Birmingham University asked over 1,000 employed and self-employed workers about working from home during the pandemic … Continue reading The future of work can be flexible

Apprentices get job boost

A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1st August 2020). A new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will ensure they have access to local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health … Continue reading Apprentices get job boost

Job Retention Bonus

The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021. Employees must have earned at least £520 a month on average between the 1 November 2020 and 31 January … Continue reading Job Retention Bonus

Informing and consulting employees

All employers must inform and consult their employees on: selling the business or buying a new onemaking 20 or more redundancies in a 90 day periodhealth and safety issues Get legal advice if you’re unsure whether you need to tell your employees about something. If you have more than 50 employees you may also have … Continue reading Informing and consulting employees

How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Dear PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 31 J‌ul‌y and what to do if you have claimed too much. What you need to do before 31 J‌ul‌y Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30 June 2020 by 31 J‌ul‌y 2020. This … Continue reading How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 31 July impact you

Furlough grant – claimed too much or not enough

Announced on 20th March 2020, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has helped save over 9.5 million UK jobs and aided keeping Britain paid. Employers could claim 80% of reference pay plus the employer aspects of National Insurance and the employer minimum banded Pension Contributions. The guidance has evolved and developed with many revisions. Employers anxious … Continue reading Furlough grant – claimed too much or not enough

Furloughed staff – not made a claim yet – Time is running out

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes for part 1 claims at midnight 31st July 2020. If you have an outstanding claim, then DO IT NOW. The CJRS Scheme was announced on Friday 20th March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the government supporting businesses to keep their workforce employed and paid. For … Continue reading Furloughed staff – not made a claim yet – Time is running out

Kickstart registrations for interested employers to be opened in August 2020

Over 700,000 people are leaving education this year. Many more are starting out in their careers. Under 25s are two and a half times as likely to work in a sector that has been closed by COVID. The Chancellor (Rishi Sunak) or has stated that ‘We cannot lose this generation and that's why we've launched … Continue reading Kickstart registrations for interested employers to be opened in August 2020

Consultation launched: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces

The government is seeking views from employers of veterans, software providers and accountants about a National Insurance Contributions (NICs) holiday for employers who hire former members of the UK regular armed forces. The measure, announced at Budget 2020 in March, will exempt employers for any NICs liability on veteran’s salary up to the Upper Secondary … Continue reading Consultation launched: National Insurance Contributions holiday for employers that hire former members of the armed forces

Are you ready for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

Dear @PAYadvice, Do you want to find out more about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how flexible furloughing can support your business? Join our live webinar, Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and flexible furloughing, for the latest information, including: an overview of changes to the scheme, including how you can now bring … Continue reading Are you ready for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme?

Key dates update – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about key dates for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and actions you might need to take. Key dates  Submit your CJRS claim for periods ending on or before 30‌‌‌ ‌June 2020 by 31‌‌‌ ‌July 2020. This is the last date you can make those claims. You need to … Continue reading Key dates update – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employees encouraged to report furlough cheats

The government states ‘The Job Retention Scheme was put in place to save jobs’. HM Revenue and Customs are asking employees to help protect the scheme and U.K. taxpayers who fund it by reporting cheats. If employees are concerned that their employer is or has abused the scheme, to report their employer to HMRC. Over … Continue reading Employees encouraged to report furlough cheats

PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Boris Johnson, PM Friday 17th July 2020, the British Primeminister sets out further measures in the process of lifting restrictions. PM statement on Coronavirus The highlights Today we are publishing our framework for containing and controlling future outbreaks in England, which will enable national and local government to work closely together. ...local authorities will have … Continue reading PM statement on coronavirus: 17th July 2020

Employment in the UK

The Office for National Statistics have released their latest labour market report. While some have lost their jobs, the biggest response of employers remains cutting hours rather than employment. Lower hours includes putting people onto furlough - though there is some evidence of some people returning to work. Furloughed workers are often on partial pay, … Continue reading Employment in the UK

Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

The UK government have confirmed the statistics up to midnight 12 July 2020. £31.7bn for small business through Bounce Back loans, with around 55k interruption loan approvals The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has closed to new entrants as it is now phasing through flexible furlough. 9.4 million jobs had been furloughed with government grants of … Continue reading Latest on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and the Self Employment Income Scheme

ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

ACAS interactive process map with hyperlinks The process map is designed for employers who are preparing for a return to the workplace. It is an interactive resource which signposts some recommended actions and further guidance available. ACAS also provide more guidance on the steps recommended for enabling a return to the workplace. Returning to the … Continue reading ACAS provide a Returning to the workplace process map

Online calculator updated in preparation for August 2020 furlough claims

The revised Covid 19 Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was launched successfully on the 1st July. One of the main features of the new scheme is that the rules will change each calendar month. In order to help employers plan ahead, HMRC are updating the online calculator and associated guidance as early as possible. For those … Continue reading Online calculator updated in preparation for August 2020 furlough claims

Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – tax and NI free

Following some criticism of the original HMRC confirming a tax and Class 1A liability, the government are making a legal change. HMRC have confirmed the following on Thursday 9th July 2020. Coronavirus tests provided by the government, as part of its national testing scheme, are not treated as a benefit in kind for tax purposes. … Continue reading Update – Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests – tax and NI free

A Plan For Jobs

The Chancellor of the Exchequer set out a Plan for Jobs to Parliament on 8 July 2020. This is the Plan for Jobs and supporting documents. A Plan For Jobs The government state this will support the UK’s economic recovery while continuing to prioritise people’s health by: introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to encourage … Continue reading A Plan For Jobs

Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

8th July 2020 Dear @PAYadvice, Today the Chancellor announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees. … Continue reading Find out more about the Job Retention Bonus Scheme

#PlanForJobs

The U.K. governments #PlanForJobs is aimed at getting Britain working towards economic recovery as we overcome the effects of the #coronavirus pandemic. Will U.K. business invest as partners in expanding employment, increase training, providing apprenticeships. The proposals are to give business the confidence to retain jobs, hire additional new employees, provide training opportunities, and help … Continue reading #PlanForJobs

Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to support jobs in every part of the country, give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, and provide people with the tools they need to get better jobs. The plan for jobs is the second part of a three-phase plan … Continue reading Rishi’s Plan for Jobs will help Britain bounce back

Employment and skills convention – 9th July #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic has triggered an unprecedented economic crisis. Despite the government’s measures to protect businesses and jobs, we have seen a dramatic spike in unemployment. While the economy is gradually unlocking, it is increasingly clear that the legacy of the crisis will be with us for years to come.   The Employment and Skills Convention … Continue reading Employment and skills convention – 9th July #COVID19 #coronavirus

Direct Earnings Suspension (DEA) Continues

Changes to DEA deductions because of coronavirus (COVID-19) The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed (7th July 2020) that benefit debt repayments continue to be temporarily stopped because of #coronavirus. Employers should continue to not make any DEA deductions from employees’ pay. The DWP indicate that they will write to the employer with … Continue reading Direct Earnings Suspension (DEA) Continues

Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

HM Revenue and Customs have updated guidance (6th July 2020) in relation to 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests' and 'Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)'. Then a further update was applied on 8th July removing the section on ‘Coronavirus (COVID19) tests. Expenses and Benefits during COVID-19 The following was removed on Wednesday 8th July 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests Coronavirus … Continue reading Update to Expenses and Benefits during #COVID19 #coronavirus (updated 8th July 2020)

Flexible furlough agreements – put it in writing

ACAS provide comprehensive guidance to employers on the requirements for furlough. Flexible furlough agreements - in writing From 1 July 2020, a perviously furloughed employee can agree with their employer to be put on 'flexible furlough'. They can work some of their usual hours and be put on furlough for the hours not worked. Any … Continue reading Flexible furlough agreements – put it in writing

Claiming grant for furlough – made a mistake – new delete capability added

Employers - if you make an error when claiming! HMRC have added functionality and updated guidance (3rd July 2020) to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to allow grant claimant who realise they have made an error to delete the claim within 72 hours. If an employer has inadvertently over-claimed, the amount must be paid back … Continue reading Claiming grant for furlough – made a mistake – new delete capability added

Flexi-Furlough is OPEN and claims can commence #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 1 is now concluded. Any grant claim applications must be made at the latest 31st July 2020 else it will be too late. So Flexible Furlough starts today. For employees who have completed their continuous 21 day furlough under part 1 can now be Flexi-Furloughed working as little … Continue reading Flexi-Furlough is OPEN and claims can commence #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Direction notice issued 26th June 2020 – flexible furlough

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak The publication of a further Treasury direction on the CJRS is now live. This direction reflects the extension of the Scheme to 31st October 2020, and the changes to the terms of the scheme from 1st July 2020 onwards, announced by the Chancellor on 12th May 2020. This direction does not contain … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Direction notice issued 26th June 2020 – flexible furlough

Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

Dear @PAYadvice, HM Treasury letter box by PSP(c)2020 We wrote to you recently to help you prepare for changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This is a reminder that you can start to flexibly furlough eligible employees from 1‌‌‌ ‌July onwards. From 1‌‌‌ ‌July, you can claim a more flexible grant for any employee you have previously … Continue reading Flexible furlough starts from 1st July 2020 #coronavirus #COVID19

Apprenticeships and social mobility

New Report finds that the apprenticeship system is failing people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Workers from disadvantaged backgrounds are being left behind by the apprenticeship system, with numbers slumping by more than a third since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, says the Social Mobility Commission in its report ‘Apprenticeships and social mobility: Fulfilling potential’ published … Continue reading Apprenticeships and social mobility

Happy Brexit vote anniversary – Preparing for the EU settlement Scheme

4 years ago on 23rd June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Changes in employment rights start to apply from 1st January 2021 with changes applicable from 1 July 2020 in relation to right to work checks for EU citizens. There will be no change to right to work checks until … Continue reading Happy Brexit vote anniversary – Preparing for the EU settlement Scheme

‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

The U.K. prime minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen if they are #COVID19 secure from 4th July 2020 in England. Boris Johnson The Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted that “I can’t wait to get back to the pub.... and I don’t even drink... Good news for Business.. and glad we’ll have a … Continue reading ‘Independence Day’ for more businesses and venues – 4th July 2020

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Part 1 is soon coming to an end on 30th June 2020. Announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on Friday 20th March 2020, the Scheme covered from 1st March through 30th June for those who were furloughed for a minimum period of 21 consecutive days. The last new furlough … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self Employed Income Support Scheme update – 21st June 2020

#COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

The UK Government has developed an online tool to help businesses in England to reopen safely during coronavirus. It encourages carrying out a risk assessment and helps identify workplace adjustments. Employers have the legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on site, such as customers and visitors. This tool will help businesses to … Continue reading #COVID19: Can you open for business safely? New government online tool available

Furlough: Maternity and other parental pay: changes to calculation of Average Weekly Earning (AWE)

H & DD by PSP (c)2016 As a result of the #COVID19 #coronavirus pandemic with millions of employees being placed on furlough, new rules are introduced to protect those who are going on parental leave and receiving statutory payments for maternity, adoption, paternity, bereavement and shared parental responsibilities. HMRC now advise: If your employee was … Continue reading Furlough: Maternity and other parental pay: changes to calculation of Average Weekly Earning (AWE)

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more updates released 19th June 2020

HMRC have updated coronavirus guidance to reflect recent announcements. The following has been added: Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme If your employee is a military reservist returning to work after 10 June You can … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – more updates released 19th June 2020

Flexible furlough webinars – sign up now #COVID19 #coronavirus

From ‘flexible furlough’ to working out the amount you can claim – there have been key changes to the Job Retention Scheme. Significant changes apply from 1st July 2020: Plan itAgree itCalculate itPay itClaim itRecord it Sign up now Register your place on the HMRC webinar:Extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Schemeand flexible furloughing PAYadvice.UK … Continue reading Flexible furlough webinars – sign up now #COVID19 #coronavirus

Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

The ‘employer help’ website from Jobcentre Plus offers a range of advice to help business overcome the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether needing to expand rapidly, or worried about redundancies, you can find advice on next steps and the best ways to support your staff. The types of resources and services available include: … Continue reading Employer help – #coronavirus Support for Business

#BREXIT – The UKs new immigration system – January 2021 changes

With the end of the EU transition period, the free movement within the U.K. ends with the introduction of a new points based system which will treat EU and non-EU citizens equally. This means changes for businesses and the government have issued a guide for employers: The UK’s points-based immigration system:An introduction for employers From … Continue reading #BREXIT – The UKs new immigration system – January 2021 changes

P45 & P60 stationery being withdrawn

HMRC are to withdraw the facility for employers to order blank P45s and P60s from 1st August 2020. The HMRC forms were provided free of charge. Only 3% of employers ordered HMRC provided stationery in 2019. Most employers either print their own P45s using A4 plain paper black and white images, or use approved P60 … Continue reading P45 & P60 stationery being withdrawn

Flexible furlough – the Pension Regulator updates to guidance

The Pension Regulator (TPR) has updated its COVID-19 guidance as a result of flexible furlough commencing from 1st July 2020. This new guidance recognises that: from 1st July 2020, staff on furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may work part of the time for their employerfor claims starting on or after 1st August 2020, … Continue reading Flexible furlough – the Pension Regulator updates to guidance

Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

With the start of flexible furlough from 1st July 2020, employers will be planning ways of bringing their workforce back into the workplace. Although home working may become a partial norm, business premises will start to open and commence an establishment of a new working norm! ACAS publish guidance for employers on steps and suggested … Continue reading Returning to the workplace – ACAS #coronavirus #COVID19

Penalties and appeals #HMRC #coronavirus #COVID19

Support available during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Late filing and payment penalties HMRC is supporting taxpayers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic... [Taxpayers] should continue to pay and file on time... However, HMRC understands that some... will find it difficult to meet deadlines. For example, they may not have access to their business premises or be … Continue reading Penalties and appeals #HMRC #coronavirus #COVID19

Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Military reservists able to access the self employment scheme and those returning to work the Coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) Rishi Sunak said serviceman and servicewomen who come back to their day job after completing a period of active duty will be able to be furloughed by their employer under the recently extended Coronavirus Job … Continue reading Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for #coronavirus #COVID19 government support schemes

Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

From 1st July employees can return to work part-time and be furloughed for the remaining usual work time not worked. Employers claiming for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ‘part 2’ must calculate the employees ‘usual’ and ‘furloughed’ hours to calculate their claim. From 1st July, employers will: only be able to claim for employees … Continue reading Usual Hours! – new Flexible Furlough calculation and claim requirements #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have updated guidance in readiness for the commencement of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Part 2. CJRS Part 1, covered furloughed periods for employees from 1st March 2020 through 30th June 2020 and is coming to an end, with employers who are wanting to receive a grant required to … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme changes for 1st July 2020 and onwards #COVID19

UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

new figures highlight Government support in protecting jobs and helping individuals across all four nationsstatistics for Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme show uptake of schemesnew figures also reveal size and sector of businesses furloughing staff Under the CJRS, up until the 31 May more than 6.4 million jobs were furloughed in … Continue reading UK Government figures confirm support for incomes across all nations during #coronavirus #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is now closed to most new furlough cases. Only those returning from extended leave from 10th June to 30th October 2020 due to maternity, adoption and shared parental leave can be added to a pre-existing employer scheme. Ordinarily, 10th June 2020 was the last start point for a minimum … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – NOW CLOSED to new added furlough cases #COVID19

“Employers are breaking the law and forcing pregnant women out of work during the pandemic”, warns TUC

E by ZJ (c)2019 A new survey by the TUC (published 10th June 2020) indicates that A quarter of pregnant women have faced discrimination at work during the coronavirus outbreak: 1 in 4 pregnant women have been treated unfairlyLow-paid pregnant women are most likely to have lost pay or workHealth of pregnant women at risk … Continue reading “Employers are breaking the law and forcing pregnant women out of work during the pandemic”, warns TUC

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing: From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Key Dates #COVID19

Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

E&R by PSP (c)2020 People on maternity, adoption and shared parental leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the government’s furlough scheme HM Treasury announced 9th June 2020. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until October, with new flexibilities introduced from 1st July 2020 to support … Continue reading Parents returning to work after extended leave eligible for furlough #COVID19 #coronavirus

Withdrawn job offer #COVID19 #coronavirus

In light of #COVID19 #coronavirus, can an employer withdraw a job offer? ACAS indicate that an employer can withdraw a offer of a job. However, if the offer had been accepted, then there may be a potential breach of contract. So there some question over whether the offer was conditional or unconditional. More information can … Continue reading Withdrawn job offer #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates #COVID19

Jim Harra of the HMRC has provided the following communication: Dear employer, As part of changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), I’ve outlined below important dates that may impact you in the coming weeks. Important dates – what you need to know now The scheme will close to anyone who hasn’t been furloughed … Continue reading HMRC update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Important Dates #COVID19

Returning to work – Cycle to work boost #COVID19 #coronavirus

“One form of transport which has seen a significant increase is cycling – it is great to see people switching to a clean, green mode of transport with significant public health benefits” - Grant Shapps (4th June 2020) Grant Shapps Back on 9th May the government launched its campaign for a new era of walking … Continue reading Returning to work – Cycle to work boost #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Urgent need to view business continuity during #COVID19 return to work activity Have you reviewed your business strategy towards reopening and getting your workforce back into work. For employers wanting to take advantage of the new Flexible Furlough options which come into force from 1st July 2020 allowing full flexibility of part time v furlough … Continue reading Furlough deadline less than 1 week away – #COVID19 #coronavirus – ACT NOW – keep Britain paid

Need help with you furlough grant claim? #COVID19 #coronavirus

UK employers have until 10th June 2020 to furlough employees to take part in the UK Job Retention Scheme. You cannot add additional employees to the Scheme later. For employers who have furloughed employees between 1st March and 30th June for a continuous period of at least 21 consecutive calendar days, you can claim a … Continue reading Need help with you furlough grant claim? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Flexible Furlough – be prepared for the change – usual hours and worked hours

More detail on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) are due 12th June 2020 along with new calculator and guidance applicable for the introduction of flexible furlough. The current CJRS phase 1 ends at the end of June 2020 with employers set a claim deadline of 31st July 2020. Employers will need to ensure that … Continue reading Flexible Furlough – be prepared for the change – usual hours and worked hours

Furlough option closing to new cases #COVID19 #coronavirus

As part of the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which sees the government paying 80% of furloughed workers regular wages where they agree to not work for 21 days, it is important to note that the scheme will close to new entrants from 30‌‌th June. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough … Continue reading Furlough option closing to new cases #COVID19 #coronavirus

Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

From 1‌‌ July 2020, employers will have the flexibility to bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time – the government will continue to pay 80% of wages for any of their normal hours they do not work up until the end of August. This added flexibility comes a month earlier than previously announced to … Continue reading Flexible furlough from 1st July 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

So far, the CJRS has helped 1 million employers across the UK furlough 8.4 million jobs. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced changes to the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Flexible furloughing is starting one month early and employers will only be asked to start contributing to furloughed salaries from September 2020. Rishi Sunak Over … Continue reading Furlough scheme changes announced 29th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for ‘NHS Test & Trace’ instructions to self isolate – #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. Additional Regulations (no. 4) come into force from Thursday 28th May 2020 and onwards to provide that a person who is contacted as a result of the new NHS … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for ‘NHS Test & Trace’ instructions to self isolate – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

Updated 25th May 2020 to reflect industry feedback and to expand coverage of non essential retail categories ahead of planned opening. After consulting businesses, unions and safety experts, the department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have updated the COVID-19 secure guidance to help certain shops across England reopen safely from June. This advice is … Continue reading Working safely in Shops and Branches #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is open

Today, 26th May 2020, the UK government’s Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Claim Back Scheme has launched online. If you’re a business with fewer than 250 employees who has paid SSP due to coronavirus related incapacity to work, you can now start to make you claim. For those who have had employees absent due to #COVID19 … Continue reading #coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is open

Latest direction on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme #COVID19 20th May 2020

The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has issued a new direction to HMRC in the operation of the coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Rishi Sunak The guidance under ‘Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ has had further updates. Added new detail to reflect the new direction on what duties … Continue reading Latest direction on the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme #COVID19 20th May 2020

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

The HMRC has confirmed that the guidance for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated with some further clarifications and adjustments as follows: The updated resources are available on the following buttons: Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Check if you can claim for your employee's wages through the … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates 21st May 2020 #COVID19

#COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

Jim Harra, of the HMRC has shared the following: The government is committed to doing whatever it takes to support businesses and individuals through the coronavirus pandemic and the following webinars have the information, guidance and tips to help you to support your clients. There are a limited number of spaces, so save your place now. … Continue reading #COVID19 government help webinars #coronavirus

#Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to open 26th May 2020 #COVID19

This scheme will allow small and medium-sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related SSP. Employers will be able to make their claims through a new online service from 26 May. This means they will receive repayments at the relevant rate of SSP that they have paid to … Continue reading #Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to open 26th May 2020 #COVID19

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – need funds for end of May? #COVID19

HMRC are reminding employers that are dependent on receiving grant money to enable payments of for the end of May 2020. If you need the government funds for to pay Furlough wages, then apply by midnight of 20th May 2020 to receive payment by 31st May 2020. Claim for theCoronavirusJob Retention Scheme PAYadvice.UK 18/5/2020

Further guidance added for the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

On 12 May, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the CJRS scheme will be extended until the end of October. The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July. From 1‌‌ August to the end of October, they will introduce more flexibility so employers will be able to bring furloughed employees … Continue reading Further guidance added for the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Employers, directors and employees may want to waive their rights to salaries and bonuses during the Covid-19 pandemic to support their own business or donate to good causes related to Covid-19. Where directors give up part of their salary or bonus to a third party or direct that the money be used in a particular … Continue reading Waiving Income or Salary as a result of #COVID19

Get ready for #coronavirus SSP reclaim #COVID19

HM Government have added details on getting ready to reclaim #coronavirus related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for employer groups with under 250 employees. Those employers qualifying can claim for periods of sickness starting on or after where SSP was paid: 13 March 2020 - if your employee had coronavirus or the symptoms or is self-isolating … Continue reading Get ready for #coronavirus SSP reclaim #COVID19

Holidays & COVID19 #coronavirus

The Department for Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (13th May 2020) have confirmed holiday pay law application during the #coronavirus pandemic. This is a reaffirmation of existing law. It is designed to help employers understand their legal obligations, in terms of workers who: continue to workhave been placed on furlough Holiday entitlement Almost all … Continue reading Holidays & COVID19 #coronavirus

Filing deadlines (P11D, PSA etc) and #COVID19 #coronavirus

P11D deadlines are looming As a result of #coronavirus lockdown and increased home-working arrangements, many payroll and reward professionals are concerned with some of the rapidly arriving submission and distribution deadlines and whether they can be met. Access to documentation, records, and interaction with benefit providers may be difficult! Ability to print forms and distribute … Continue reading Filing deadlines (P11D, PSA etc) and #COVID19 #coronavirus

Exemption for #coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses #COVID19

The UK government have announced in the House of Parliament and the House of Lords tax concession for employers reimbursing employee purchased equipment for home working backdated to 19th March 2020. Exemption for coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses:Written statement - HCWS237 Jesse Norman (The Financial Secretary to the Treasury) To support employees who are … Continue reading Exemption for #coronavirus related reimbursed home office expenses #COVID19

Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

The UK government have issued safer travel guidance. With the encouragement of employer to make workplaces safe and for employees who cannot work from home to return to work where possible, employees and individuals need to be careful when travelling, especially on public transport. Grant Shapps, In a statement to the House of Parliament, Grant … Continue reading Safer travel guidance – #COVID19 #coronaviris

#coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced that thr Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is being extended a further 4 months to October 2020. Rishi Sunak, Chancellor ‘By that point, we will have provided eight months of support to British people and businesses. Until the end of July, there will be no changes to the scheme … Continue reading #coronaviris Job Retention Scheme extended #COVID19

Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Is your employer instructing you to return to your normal workplace? Can you undertake work from home? The government are asking employers to put in place additional measures and comply with the governments requirements on managing the risks of #COVID19. Where employers have complied, they have been asked to display the poster illustrated above to … Continue reading Going back to the workplace – is your employer prepared? #COVID19 #coronavirus

New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government have issued new ‘COVID-19 secure’ guidelines for UK employers to help them get their businesses back up and running with workplaces operating as safely as possible. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has set out steps to beat the virus and restart the economy, ‘so we can protect jobs, restore people’s livelihoods and fund … Continue reading New guidance launched to help get Brits safely back to work #COVID19 #coronavirus

Step by step guide version 4 update 11th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/884287/Coronavirus_Job_Retention_Scheme_step_by_step_guide_for_employers.pdf HMRC have issued an updated step by step guide for employers for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The revised version 4 is claimed to be clearer and includes recent additions to the process. Save and return ...’You can save and return at any point during your claim, so if you don’t have all the … Continue reading Step by step guide version 4 update 11th May 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

#Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update for employers and agents #COVID19

Jim Harra of HMRC has shared updates (11th May 2020) in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Save and return option now added The CJRS grant claim process has added a 'save and return' option. This means that you can return to a partially completed claim, and no longer having to do it all … Continue reading #Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update for employers and agents #COVID19

P11D 6 July 2020 deadline to still apply! #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874060/P11D_expenses_benefits_2020.pdf PAYadvice has made representations to HMRC on the various deadlines and any planned extensions. Employers find themselves in positions of having limited access to expenses and benefit records in the lead up to the P11D reporting season. Can payroll and benefit administrators have everything ready for the 2020 deadlines? HMRC indicate on information published … Continue reading P11D 6 July 2020 deadline to still apply! #COVID19 #coronavirus

Volunteer fuel and mileage costs #COVID19 #coronavirus

Some employers are supporting furloughed employees who volunteer for charities and to support organisations such as the NHS etc. HMRC have clarified the tax position of reimbursements by the employer for fuel and mileage costs associated with volunteering. HMRC confirm 6th May 2020 the following: To support volunteer work by your employees, you may agree … Continue reading Volunteer fuel and mileage costs #COVID19 #coronavirus

Company car during #COVID19 #coronavirus lockdown – HMRC clarification

HMRC has issued clarification (6/5/2020) on the treatment of company cars for those home-working or furloughed where the vehicle is not actively being used. Company car ‘availability’ Your employee may have been furloughed or is working from home, because of coronavirus, and provided with a company car which they still have. You should treat the … Continue reading Company car during #COVID19 #coronavirus lockdown – HMRC clarification

‘New Starter Justice’ – left out of furlough #COVID19 #Coronavirus

The governments Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced on 20th March 2020 (with backdated options to 1st March 2020) originally indicated that employment had to commence up to 28th February 2020, excluding any new employment starters from the scheme. In an attempt to prevent (or so claimed) fraud, an extra condition of having to have been … Continue reading ‘New Starter Justice’ – left out of furlough #COVID19 #Coronavirus

Number of furloughed jobs passes 6 million – COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme launched on 20th March 2020 has resulted in 6.3 million furloughed job by midnight 3rd May 2020. Around 50% of UK employers have implemented furlough with their employees. Grant payments of £8 billion pounds. Claim Coronavirus Job Retention Schememore information PAYadvice.UK 4/5/2020

How popular is Homeworking?

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/technologyintensityandhomeworkingintheuk/2020-05-01 UK business has had to rapidly adapt to meet crisis conditions under the Coronavirus pandemic. Working life may now change forever! Return to work plans are now considering more long range inclusion of home-working with some planning on regular 2 days working from home policies as a rule of thumb. Former fears of productivity … Continue reading How popular is Homeworking?

Incorrect refusal of CJRS applications

Some employers applying for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have experienced their grant application being denied due to arrears of tax liabilities. HMRC have confirmed that the refusal is not correct and should not have happened. HMRC officers have received updated guidance and advice to ensure the error is not repeated. HMRC ask employers who … Continue reading Incorrect refusal of CJRS applications

Version 7, 8 and 9 of ‘Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme HM Government have added further clarifications 30th April and two on 1st May. New information has been added 30/4/2030 Union and non-union representativesCompany directors with annual pay periodsEmployees who start family related statutory pay on or after 25th April 2020Clarification on what is included as wages And 2 updates on 1/5/2020 A link to … Continue reading Version 7, 8 and 9 of ‘Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

New P46(Car) form released

HMRC have released (28th April 2020) the updated P46(Car) for use from 6th April 2020 for those employers reporting company car benefit on form P11D. For those who formally payroll benefits in kind including company cars, do not use this form but report car details on the Real Time Information, Full Payment Submission. Using the … Continue reading New P46(Car) form released

Employment Allowance – business sector choice errors

For 2020-2021 tax years onwards, you can only claim EA if your total (secondary) Class 1 National Insurance contributions (NICs) liability is below £100,000 in the tax year before the year of claim Business Sector choice errors HM Revenue and Customs checks suggest that a number of employers (or their agents/payroll administrators), may be incorrectly … Continue reading Employment Allowance – business sector choice errors

Statutory Payment for furloughed employees – Revised guidance published #COVID19 #coronavirus

Z&R by PSP 2020 HMRC have updated statutory payment average earnings calculation ‘The Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020’ amend the Statutory Maternity Pay (General) Regulations 1986 (S.I. 1986/1960),the Social Security (Maternity Allowance) … Continue reading Statutory Payment for furloughed employees – Revised guidance published #COVID19 #coronavirus

CJRS grant payments are now being paid

Employers who have applied to the Job Retention Scheme: wages for furloughed employees are now being paid, just one week after application. Claims made on 20 April should all arrive in bank accounts by 28 April 2020. But some businesses may have receive payments already. HMRC indicate yo not worry if your business hasn’t received … Continue reading CJRS grant payments are now being paid