Legislation update 2023 for payroll

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Following the successful Legislation update for 2021 and then 2022 for payroll by PAYadvice.UK with 20 thousand hits and downloads since its launch at the beginning of 2021 - PAYadvice.UK are constructing its PAYadvice Series Legislation Update 2023 for payroll. We believe that PAYadvice was the first organisation in the UK to bring together the … Continue reading Legislation update 2023 for payroll

Using the correct employee addresses — new starters

As part of the August 2022 employer bulletin, HMRC have emphasised the need for employers to notify the correct employee address on the first Full Payment Submission (FPS). Failure may result in an individual not being correctly identified, duplication, application by HMRC of a Temporary Reference Number (TRN) and the individuals record being placed into … Continue reading Using the correct employee addresses — new starters

PAYE new variable payment plan

From 19th September 2022, in response to feedback, employers’ with PAYE will be able to setup and take advantage of a new variable Direct Debit payment plan being introduced by HMRC. The service can be accessed through Pay employers’ PAYE or directly through the business tax account and the employers PAYE service. There will be … Continue reading PAYE new variable payment plan

August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC have published their August 2022 edition of the employers bulletin. It covers a multitude of topics: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements — introducing new digital version of the PSA1 Form Payment deadline and calculation reminder Employers PAYE — introduction of variable payment plan First Full Payment Submission for new starters: the importance of using the … Continue reading August 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top apprenticeship employers for 2022

The country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers for 2022 have been recognised for their vital work boosting career opportunities for more people. The public sector secured the prestigious top slots on the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2022 list, with the Army first, the Royal Navy second and Royal Airforce in fourth place, closely followed by the Department of … Continue reading Top apprenticeship employers for 2022

Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months

Over 500,000 jobseekers have been supported to find work through their jobcentreBenefit claimants moved into work at a record rate in April 2022 as part of the “Way to Work” driveHundreds of employers across the UK saving money on recruitment costs and filling vacancies fast Launched in January 2022, government ministers set the target of … Continue reading Half a million benefit claimants get jobs in under 6 months

NI change 6th July 2022 – are you ready?

Increase in National Insurance thresholds On 23rd March 2022 in the Spring Statement 2022, the UK government announced an increase in National Insurance primary thresholds affecting the 2022 to 2023 tax year. HMRC are reminding employers that the primary threshold changes take effect from 6th July 2022, resulting in employees paying National Insurance contributions on … Continue reading NI change 6th July 2022 – are you ready?

June 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC have published their June 2022 edition of the employers bulletin. It covers a multitude of topics. A primary focus is on the National Insurance changes which come into force from 6th July 2022. Topics covered include: PAYE Changes to our webchat service Increase in National Insurance thresholds Basic PAYE Tools — additional in-year release … Continue reading June 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Making the apprenticeship system simpler

Over the past 5 years it is claimed that apprenticeships have been transformed into a high-quality skills programme for learners and employers. Employers have created over 640 standards to meet their business skills needs with training delivered by registered providers, which are regularly inspected, and apprentices complete rigorous end-point assessment, so employers know that they … Continue reading Making the apprenticeship system simpler

Prime Minister rallies employers to help get 500,000 into work

Over 347,000 unemployed people on benefits have found work in just four months through the Way to Work campaign – a national push to get half a million more people into jobs by the end of June 2022. figures show 347,000 people have moved into work since January 2022 due to a drive to fill … Continue reading Prime Minister rallies employers to help get 500,000 into work

HMRC instructs agents they can stop using late P45’s

In the HMRC agent update 96 published 19th May 2022, revised guidance has been issued in relation to the late receipt of P45s from employees that are too late to be applied to the first payment. Often employees mislay or employers have not yet issued the P45 to their leaving employee. Equally employees may not … Continue reading HMRC instructs agents they can stop using late P45’s

Future of work review to be lead by Matt Warman

The Prime Minister has asked Matt Warman MP to lead a review into how the government can best support a thriving future UK labour market. Creating a highly-skilled workforce in the UK will power the mission to grow a high-productivity, high-wage economy that builds the foundation for prosperity across the whole country and for a … Continue reading Future of work review to be lead by Matt Warman

Number of ex-offenders in work picks up speed

The number of ex-prisoners in work has increased dramatically following a drive to make our streets safer, cut crime and protect the public by getting offenders skilled up while behind bars. Over the last year, the proportion of ex-offenders in work 6 weeks after release increased by more than half – with tough new targets … Continue reading Number of ex-offenders in work picks up speed

Financial help to work for those with disability and health challenges

Those with a disability or a physical or mental health condition, may need extra help to start a new job, or to stay in work. Employers have a legal responsibility to support those in work, by considering reasonable adjustments to the job, the recruitment process or by providing extra equipment. If an individual needs extra … Continue reading Financial help to work for those with disability and health challenges

Multiplying maths skills for adults

£270 million investment in adult numeracy in England to help people progress and secure great jobs Adults looking to improve their numeracy skills are set to benefit from a £270 million investment in new courses, helping to level up opportunities for more people to progress and get good, well-paid jobs. Around 17 million adults in … Continue reading Multiplying maths skills for adults

COVID-19 Easements end

As part of the April 2022 Employer Bulletin, HMRC have confirmed detail around the ending of certain ‘easements’ related to special measures during COVID-19. Easement ends for employee home-office expenses Existing rules prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic provided Income Tax and National Insurance contributions exemptions, where employers provide employees with equipment to allow them … Continue reading COVID-19 Easements end

Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

Working from home: claiming tax relief from April 2022 As part of emergency COVID-19 restrictions, Government instructions to work from home where possible, including the legal requirement to self-isolate if you or a close contact tested positive for coronavirus, meant that in tax years 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 millions of people across … Continue reading Home and Hybrid working – a taxing situation

April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC publishes the Employer Bulletin 6 times a year, giving employers and agents the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. In April 2032edition of the Employer Bulletin there are important updates and information on: PAYE PAYE Settlement Agreements deadline Electronic payment deadline falls on a weekend Classification of company cars or … Continue reading April 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

April 2022, HMRC are publishing an update to the E24 guidance on tips, gratuities, service charges and troncs – in addition to the updated Tips at work guidance published in November 2021. The updated guidance will reflect a shift towards customers paying tips electronically, such as through digital applications designed for this service. E24: tips, … Continue reading Updated guidance on how tips, gratuities and service charges are taxed

Digital ‘fit note’ launched

Doctors issue fit notes to people to provide evidence of the advice they have given about their fitness for work. They record details of the functional effects of their patient’s condition so the patient and their employer can consider ways to help them return to work. From April 2022 you may notice changes to the … Continue reading Digital ‘fit note’ launched

Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for half a million small businesses starts

Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for eligible businesses announced by the Chancellor at the Spring Statement takes effect 6th April 2022.Increase in Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000 benefits around 495,000 businesses - 30% of all UK firms.Takes the total number of firms not paying the Health and Social Care Levy to 670,000. Nearly … Continue reading Tax cut worth up to £1,000 for half a million small businesses starts

Happy New (Tax) Year – 6th April 2022

Why does the UK tax year start on 6th April each year? Well, it used to be New Year’s Day! In 1752 the British calendar aligned with the rest of Europe (moving from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar) and moved New Year’s Day to 1st January. Until then New Year’s Day was 25th … Continue reading Happy New (Tax) Year – 6th April 2022

Check your Auto Enrolment Pension scheme

Do you operate a banded pension scheme using qualifying earning? Have you checked that the start and end points meet the requirements in operation for pay reference periods commencing 6th April 2022. Since the introduction of pension AE the qualifying earnings Lower Threshold has matched the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit (LEL). Often pension schemes would … Continue reading Check your Auto Enrolment Pension scheme

New National Minimum Wage rates commence

For pay periods commencing from the 1st April 2022, the new National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates come into force. Employers who fail to ensure that their staff are paid at least minimum wage for all work-time will be in breach of National Minimum Wage law and are committing criminal activity. those found … Continue reading New National Minimum Wage rates commence

Movement to Work CEO Summit

Monday 28th March 2022, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey delivered a speech at the Movement to Work CEO Summit. By thinking hard and digging deep in the roundtables you’re about have, how to turn ideas into action at this Summit, you could also be back next year to celebrate the great achievements that come … Continue reading Movement to Work CEO Summit

New statutory code to prevent unscrupulous employers using fire and rehire tactics

A statutory code on the practice of ‘fire and rehire’ will clamp down on controversial tactics used by employers who fail to engage in meaningful consultations with employees. Tuesday 29 March 2022, Labour Markets minister Paul Scully announced a new statutory code on the practice of ‘fire and rehire’. The code will also clamp down … Continue reading New statutory code to prevent unscrupulous employers using fire and rehire tactics

Next steps for living with COVID

New guidance, from the Department of Health and Social Care, outlines free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups once free testing for the general public ends on 1st April 2022 Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to specific groups including eligible patients and NHS and care staff … Continue reading Next steps for living with COVID

SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79

Nick Day is joined on The Payroll Podcast by Simon Parsons M.Sc FCIPPdip MBCS, Director UK Compliance Strategies at SD Worx, Simon is a Specialist in UK tax and Social Insurance legislation and all things payroll software development, and also a fellow panellist on Payroll Question Time. SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79 … Continue reading SPRING BUDGET SPECIAL 2022-23 WITH SIMON PARSONS #79

Northern Ireland retain day 1 SSP for COVID

Northern Ireland retain COVID SSP day one Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is a transferred matter in Northern Ireland and they have decided to retain the power in the Act which enabled SSP to be paid from day one of a COVID-related absence. Northern Ireland will also be retaining the broader SSP regulations which extended eligibility … Continue reading Northern Ireland retain day 1 SSP for COVID

Employment allowance increased to £5,000

As part of the spring statement initiatives, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced an increase to the Employment Allowance from £4,000 to £5,000 Employment Allowance is a relief which allows eligible businesses to reduce their employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) bills each year Around 495,000 businesses (30% of all businesses) benefit from the increase, including … Continue reading Employment allowance increased to £5,000

Payroll surprise in spring statement

As part of the Spring Statement 2022 given on Wednesday 23rd March 2022, the government announced a change to National Insurance calculations which are to be applicable from Monday 6th July 2022. Increase is Primary Threshold The chancellor has announced an increase in the Class 1 National Insurance Primary Threshold from £9,880 to £12,570, the … Continue reading Payroll surprise in spring statement

April 2022 – New Tax Year resources

PAYadvice endeavours to keep you as up to date as possible with the latest and developing changes impacting payroll and HR. The latest version 22.9 includes the announcements made at the spring statement 2022 which took place on 23rd March 2022.: The increase to primary threshold from 6th July 2022The increase to the Employment Allowance … Continue reading April 2022 – New Tax Year resources

Updates to Employer Right To Work guidance for April 2022

The Home Office have issued an updated draft version of Employer's Guide to Right to Work Checks' to reflect changes in legislation coming into force on 6th April 2022. Employers Guide to Right to Work Checks What Right to Work checking changes? The updated guidance includes: changes in the way Biometric Residence Card Biometric Residence … Continue reading Updates to Employer Right To Work guidance for April 2022

Violence and harassment at work treaty

Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey deposits treaty tackling workplace violence, completing the ratification process for the UK. The UK government has strengthened its efforts to end violence and harassment in the workplace, becoming the 11th country to ratify the International Labour Organization’s Violence and Harassment Convention. This is the first international treaty to recognise … Continue reading Violence and harassment at work treaty

Pay transparency pilot to break down barriers for women

Minister for Women, Baroness Stedman-Scott, launches initiatives to level up employment opportunities for womenParticipating employers will run pilots aimed at closing salary gaps by publishing salaries on all job advertsNew ‘returners’ programme to support women into STEM roles after taking time out to care for loved ones Minister for Women, Baroness Stedman-Scott, has launched two … Continue reading Pay transparency pilot to break down barriers for women

Intrusive worker surveillance “spiralling out of control”

Latest TUC polling by Britain Thinks reveals majority of workers say they have experienced surveillance in the past year Overwhelming support for stronger regulation to protect workers from punitive use of AI and surveillance tech Post Office scandal must be a turning point on uncritical use of worker monitoring tech. Intrusive worker surveillance tech and … Continue reading Intrusive worker surveillance “spiralling out of control”

Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution uplift

HMRC have issued the following communication to UK employers to assist informing employees of the reason for the increase in National Insurance contributions that apply from 6th April 2022. Dear PAYadvice, We would appreciate your assistance to help… employees understand that the increased National Insurance contribution of 1.25 percentage points from 6‌‌‌ ‌‌April 2022 is … Continue reading Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution uplift

Right to Work Scheme COVID-19 Adjusted Checks Update

The adjustments to right to work checks, which were made due to COVID-19, will now continue until 30th September 2022. This follows the government's announcement enabling employers to use Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) to carry out digital checks on behalf of British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport (or Irish passport card) … Continue reading Right to Work Scheme COVID-19 Adjusted Checks Update

Don’t forget to declare coronavirus support payments on Company Tax Returns

Dear PAYadvice.UK, We want to make sure you have the latest information to help your clients to complete their Company Tax Return (CT600) accurately. How to include coronavirus support payments in your accounts and company tax return  Coronavirus grants and payments issued by HMRC to support businesses and self-employed individuals during the pandemic are taxable.  … Continue reading Don’t forget to declare coronavirus support payments on Company Tax Returns

Closure of COVID Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

COVID related sick leave HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have confirmed that the special arrangements for COVID related absence ends at midnight on 24th March 2022. Under the emergency COVID measures, employees who had a Period of Incapacity for Work (PIW) of 4 or more calendar days whose average weekly earnings were £120 or more … Continue reading Closure of COVID Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Plan for living with COVID

Prime Minister confirms next steps for living with Covid-19Vaccines will remain first line of defence against the virus with further boosters this spring for the most vulnerableAll remaining domestic covid regulations restricting public freedoms to end this week as part of the Living with Covid Plan Vaccines will remain the first line of defence against … Continue reading Plan for living with COVID

National Minimum Wage increase impact on Historic Statutory Maternity Pay

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increase for pay periods commencing 1st April 2022. HMRC, as part of the February 2022 Employer Bulletin are reminding employers of the obligations for any pay rise that falls into the maternity leave period (from the start of the earnings averaging period and through to the … Continue reading National Minimum Wage increase impact on Historic Statutory Maternity Pay

February 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

HMRC publishes their Employer Bulletin online 6 times a year, providing employers and agents with the latest information on topics and issues that may affect them. In the February 2022 edition there are important updates and information on: PAYE Basic PAYE Tools ― new release Changes to our Employer Helpline processes Health and Social Care … Continue reading February 2022 HMRC Employer Bulletin

Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave in Northern Ireland

Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay in Northern Ireland ― new employment right coming into force ― 6th April 2022 Who will be entitled? Employed parents who lose a child under the age of 18 (or those who suffer stillbirth from 24 weeks) will be entitled to 2 weeks of Parental Bereavement Leave as a “day … Continue reading Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave in Northern Ireland

Pension AE threshold for 2022/2023 frozen

The government have confirmed that the Pension Auto Enrolment thresholds have all been frozen at the April 2021 levels. For the first time the Lower Earnings Threshold (LET) separates from the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) which rises from 6th April 2022. Automatic enrolment: review of the earnings trigger and qualifying earnings band for … Continue reading Pension AE threshold for 2022/2023 frozen

HMRC late payment interest rates to be revised

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted on 2nd February 2022 to increase the Bank of England base rate to 0.50% from 0.25%. The HMRC interest rates are linked to the Bank of England base rate. As a consequence the HMRC interest rates for the late payment will increase. The change comes into effect … Continue reading HMRC late payment interest rates to be revised

National Apprenticeship Week 2022: Building the future with apprenticeships

The ‘Build the Future’ theme returns for its second year, with over 1,200 events taking place across England to showcase the benefits of apprenticeships. The week aims to celebrate and promote the fantastic benefits which apprenticeships offer both learners and employers, spotlighting businesses who are investing in this life-changing education route. Secretary of State for Education, … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2022: Building the future with apprenticeships

HMRC issue new guidance to operate from 6th April 2022

By PSP (c)2019 HM Revenue and Customs has updated guidance and instructions in preparation to be operated from 6th April 2022. P9X Tax codes to use from 6 April 2022 Use P9X to find out which PAYE tax codes to change, how to change them and which codes to carry forward ready for the new … Continue reading HMRC issue new guidance to operate from 6th April 2022

Removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Vaccination as a condition of deployment revisited as Omicron replaces Delta as dominant variantLegal requirement for health and social care staff to be double jabbed to be removed, subject to consultation and Parliamentary approvalVast majority of health and care workers vaccinated but remainder are urged to Get Boosted Now as a professional responsibility Regulations making … Continue reading Removing vaccination as a condition of deployment for health and social care staff

Sick pay self-certification returns to 7 days coverage

End to temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence In December 2021, the government made regulations to extend the self-certification period for sickness absences from 7 days to 28 days. This was a strictly time-limited change to support the government priority to increase GP capacity immediately and enable GPs to focus on the … Continue reading Sick pay self-certification returns to 7 days coverage

COVID-19: England returns to plan A

All measures under Plan B have been lifted meaning face coverings are no longer mandatory in indoor venuesCOVID Passes are now voluntary for large events and nightclubs and people are no longer being advised to work from homeIt comes as hospital admissions stabilise, Omicron infections decline and the number of people in intensive care with … Continue reading COVID-19: England returns to plan A

Scottish changes to working from home

Hybrid working to resume in Scotland from 31st January 2022. The Scottish government has confirmed that businesses can prepare to resume hybrid working from Monday 31st January 2022, enabling more people to have a flexible return to working between home and the office. Due to the continued decline in Covid case rates and the progressing … Continue reading Scottish changes to working from home

Returning to offices

Cabinet Office Minister calls for Government departments to accelerate the return to office based working to boost staff collaboration and help support local businesses The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Steve Barclay, has tasked departments across government with ensuring their offices can return quickly to full occupancy following the lifting of work from home … Continue reading Returning to offices

England to return to Plan A

People will no longer be advised to work from home, face coverings will no longer be mandatory in indoor venues, and organisations will be able to choose whether to require NHS Covid PassesVaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19 and people are urged to Get Boosted Now The government announced Wednesday 19th January 2022 that … Continue reading England to return to Plan A

New digital identity checking for employers to tackle immigration abuse

Employers, Landlords and letting agents will be able to use certified new technology to digitally carry out vital right to work and right to rent checks aimed to crack down on abuse of the immigration system. The government has announced that, from 6th April 2022, certified identity service providers (IDSPs) will be able to use … Continue reading New digital identity checking for employers to tackle immigration abuse

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service opens

HM Revenue and Customs have written to employers and agents to let them know that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service is now open from Wednesday 19th January 2022. Employers could be eligible for support if they employed fewer than 250 employees on 30th November 2021, and they’ve paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay Rebate (SSPR) service opens

From Monday 17th January, self-isolation ends after 5 full days

People self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative on both day 5 and day 6 and do not have a temperature, from Monday, 17 JanuaryIndividuals who are still positive on their rapid lateral flow tests must stay in isolation until they have … Continue reading From Monday 17th January, self-isolation ends after 5 full days

HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is waiving late filing and late payment penalties for Self Assessment taxpayers for one month – giving them extra time, if they need it, to complete their 2020 to 2021 tax return and pay any tax due. HMRC is encouraging taxpayers to file and pay on time if they can, … Continue reading HMRC gives Self Assessment taxpayers more time to ease COVID-19 pressures

Blooms – How an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK

The following case study is issued by UK Visas and Immigration as example of how an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK and the steps they will take to apply for a sponsor licence. Blooms florists Employing someone with settled status Sole proprietor florist with a small high street shop, trading as … Continue reading Blooms – How an employer can employ someone from outside of the UK

New critical workforce testing measures

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has acknowledged the disruption to the workforce caused by the spread of Omicron and set out further measures the government is taking to address this. He announced the Government will provide 100,000 critical workers in England with free lateral flow tests to help keep essential services and supply chains running. … Continue reading New critical workforce testing measures

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – saving UK employment

Source: HMRC, Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics The House of Commons library has published the statistical report for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, referred to as ‘Furlough’. The Scheme applied from 1st March 2020, to prevent mass redundancies due to the COVID-19 pandemics impact on the U.K. economy and specifically employment. The scheme ended on … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – saving UK employment

Support to help more disabled people into work

New package of support to help thousands of disabled people into work as Government builds back fairer.15 Jobcentre Plus sites to trial framework to become more autism-friendly.26,000 work coaches are undergoing accessibility training to improve jobcentre services for disabled people. Thousands more disabled people are set to benefit from a new package of support designed … Continue reading Support to help more disabled people into work

Industry given certainty around seasonal workers but told to focus on domestic workforce

Seasonal Worker visa route extended until end of 2024, to allow foreign workers to come to the UK for up to six months to pick both edible and ornamental crops. The visa scheme which allows seasonal workers to come to the UK will continue, but the government has demanded a plan from the sector to … Continue reading Industry given certainty around seasonal workers but told to focus on domestic workforce

Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

Care workers, care assistants and home care workers to become eligible for Health and Care Visa for 12 month period Care staff to be added to the Shortage Occupation List in response to pandemic pressuresVisa Boost complements £462.5m investment in Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund Thousands of additional care workers can be recruited to boost … Continue reading Health and Care Visa scheme expanded

£1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000 per premises, plus more than £100 million discretionary funding will be made available for local authorities to support other businessesGovernment will also cover the cost of Statutory Sick Pay for Covid-related absences for small and medium-sized … Continue reading £1 billion support for businesses impacted by Omicron

Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced support for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant with the reopening of the SSP rebate scheme (SSPRS). It is a temporary scheme to support employers facing heightened levels of sickness absence due to COVID-19. The SSPRS will refund small and medium-sized employers’ COVID-related SSP costs for up … Continue reading Statutory Sick Pay rebate scheme (SSPRS) reopens

Temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence

HMRC have issued the following and asked that we share: On 12th December, the Prime Minister launched the Omicron Emergency Boost, with the NHS expected to offer every eligible adult over the age of 18 a booster vaccination by 31st December. Developing this accelerated booster programme presents a huge challenge for the NHS and it … Continue reading Temporary changes to the self-certification period for sickness absence

Employee Sickness self-certification extended to 28 days

The DWP and HMRC have applied a statutory instrument which comes into force on Friday 17th December 2021 which extends employee sickness self-certification until 26th January 2022. …. …. This modifies the Statutory Sick Pay (Medical Evidence) Regulations 1985 to provide that an employee shall not be required to provide medical information for the first … Continue reading Employee Sickness self-certification extended to 28 days

Consultation: disability workforce reporting

The Minister for Disabled People launches a consultation on disability workforce reporting as part of the National Disability Strategy Consultation one of 100 immediate commitments in the National Disability StrategyEmployers, staff networks, disabled people and their organisations, encouraged to have their saySurvey will run until close 25th March 2022. Views on voluntary and mandatory reporting … Continue reading Consultation: disability workforce reporting

HMRC December 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the December 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are important updates and information on the following: PAYE Health and Social Care – National Insurance contribution increaseNational Insurance holiday for employers of veteransReporting benefits and expenses in real-timeEmployers using Category M National … Continue reading HMRC December 2021 Employer Bulletin

Why are employers breaking minimum wage law? ‘don’t be a Scrooge – pay your staff properly’

Government has named and shamed another 208 businesses which failed to pay the minimum wage to 12,000 of the lowest paid workers. What are employers doing wrong? The employers named underpaid workers in the following ways: Deduction and Dress codes 37% - deductions that reduce minimum wage pay, for example workers out of pocket to … Continue reading Why are employers breaking minimum wage law? ‘don’t be a Scrooge – pay your staff properly’

More help to train and test new HGV drivers

First intensive short courses in HGV driving under way to help tackle skills shortages and support 11,000 people launching new careers in the logistics sector. Free courses to train as HGV drivers are under way as part of a package of measures to ease driver shortages and support supply chains for Christmas and beyond. Skills … Continue reading More help to train and test new HGV drivers

‘Passport’ to help disabled graduates get in to employment

Hundreds of disabled university students are set to benefit from a new ‘passport’ scheme that will support them as they move into work. The Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Access to Work Adjustment Passport is to help ease the transition from university into employment by reducing the need for repeated health assessments. A pilot … Continue reading ‘Passport’ to help disabled graduates get in to employment

Call for Evidence: umbrella company market

The government has published a call for evidence on the umbrella company market. Umbrellas - what are they? Umbrella companies play a role in the labour market by facilitating the engagement of temporary workers. Umbrella companies employ individuals on behalf of clients and employment businesses. They do not source work for the employee, which is … Continue reading Call for Evidence: umbrella company market

April 2022 Statutory payments changes confirmed

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Software Developers Support Team (SDST) have issued the confirmed statutory payment rates applicable from April 2022. PAYadvice.UK Legislation Update 2022 v22.4 and subsequent version contain with the confirmed rates. For statutory parental payments for weeks starting from 3rd April 2022: Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)Statutory Adopt Pay (SAP)Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)Shared … Continue reading April 2022 Statutory payments changes confirmed

Check on illegal working practices in the security industry

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) and HMRC have carried out joint operations in London, Bradford and Glasgow last week to ensure that security staff were employed legitimately and treated fairly. Teams attended a number of venues and spoke to security operatives to check the correct taxes were being paid and to ensure they were not … Continue reading Check on illegal working practices in the security industry

Employers urged to help un-pause the careers of women in menopause

Menopausal women are the fastest growing demographic in the workforce, and this Older Workers Week (22nd – 28th November), Minister for Employment Mims Davies is calling on employers to strengthen their support to keep millions in work. With almost one in four women cutting their careers short because of the menopause, the Minister has called … Continue reading Employers urged to help un-pause the careers of women in menopause

National Apprenticeship Week theme ‘Build the Future’ announced for 2022

The theme of “Build the Future” continues for its second National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), which will take place between 7th and 13th February 2022. The 15th annual week-long celebration will take place across England, encouraging individuals of any age to reach their career goals by building their skills and knowledge through an apprenticeship. Peter Mucklow, … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week theme ‘Build the Future’ announced for 2022

Margaret Beels appointed as Director of Labour Market Enforcement

“The new appointment will bolster government’s continued efforts to protect and enhance workers’ rights while stamping out workplace exploitation” Margaret Beels appointed as new Director of Labour Market EnforcementBeels will set strategic direction for labour market enforcement bodies and will oversee an annual assessment of the scale and nature of workplace non-compliance Margaret Beels OBE … Continue reading Margaret Beels appointed as Director of Labour Market Enforcement

Child Care Vouchers – 2022/2023 Basic Earnings Assessment Calculator

Employer who provide childcare vouchers to employees are required to undertake an annual Basic Earnings Assessment (BEA) prior to the start of the tax year to define the tax and NIC free amount of ChildCare Vouchers (CCV). The rates and limits available are set by the Westminster parliament and apply across the United Kingdom. There … Continue reading Child Care Vouchers – 2022/2023 Basic Earnings Assessment Calculator

Health and Social Care payslip message issued

On 7th September 2021, the government announced a new 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy to fund investment in the NHS and social care. The Levy will be effectively introduced from April 2022 when National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for working age employees, self-employed people and employers will increase by 1.25% and be added to the … Continue reading Health and Social Care payslip message issued

Over 100,000 young careers boosted by Kickstart

Launched as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, Kickstart has helped young people in all corners of the country to develop new skills, build confidence, and get a crucial first foot on the career ladder, with jobs at a huge range of UK employers including Yorkshire Water, Pinewood Studios, JD Sports, EFL football clubs, … Continue reading Over 100,000 young careers boosted by Kickstart

Millions paid below the real Living Wage

4.8 MILLION JOBS IN THE UK PAY BELOW THE REAL LIVING WAGE 1 in 6 (17.1%) of UK jobs pay below the real Living Wage, a significant decrease from last year’s figure of 5.4 million (1 in 5 or 20.2 per cent) Women (20.4 percent) are more likely to earn below the real Living Wage than men (13.9%) Part-time workers (33.2%) are … Continue reading Millions paid below the real Living Wage

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.90 IN UK AND £11.05 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES.

Over 300,000 Living Wage workers are set for a pay boost More than £1.6 billion in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of the Living Wage movement 20 years ago £613 million in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers since the start of lockdown, with a record number of employers … Continue reading REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.90 IN UK AND £11.05 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES.

Employers – are you Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring in the workplace. Over 20,000 organisations have already signed up. Disability Confident employers play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities, and reaping the … Continue reading Employers – are you Disability Confident

Legislation update 2022 for payroll

Following the successful Legislation update 2021 for payroll by PAYadvice.UK with 19,500 hits and downloads since its launch at the beginning of 2021, following the UK budget on 27th October trigger and confirming a number of payroll changes for April 2022, along with announcement by States of Guernsey and States of Jersey - PAYadvice.UK have … Continue reading Legislation update 2022 for payroll

Furlough numbers for September at record low

The number of people on furlough fell to a record low during its September 2021 last month of operation. Figures show 210,000 employees came off the scheme in September – and around half of the 1.1 million people supported were on flexible furlough working some of their usual hours. Insolvency Service data also showed redundancy … Continue reading Furlough numbers for September at record low

Welsh Government Attachment of Earnings Orders consultation

The Welsh Government is seeking views on the proposal to amend earnings thresholds for Attachment of Earnings Orders (AEO) issued by Welsh local authorities. They are proposing to uprate the AEO thresholds so that the level of earnings taken into account for council tax purposes reflects ‘real terms change’. Increasing the earnings limits will protect … Continue reading Welsh Government Attachment of Earnings Orders consultation

Scottish Earnings Arrestment changes April 2022

Proposed changes to Scottish Earnings Arrestment tables for April 2022 have been published. Accountant in Bankruptcy (Scotland’s Insolvency Service) is expected to lay regulations in the Scottish Parliament in November which will uprate the current Diligence against Earnings tables. These tables are used to determine the amount deducted from a person’s wages if they are … Continue reading Scottish Earnings Arrestment changes April 2022