Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

New agreement ensures the rights of UK residents to access emergency and medically necessary care when travelling in the EU will continue. UK’s new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched as part of UK / EU dealGlobal Health Insurance Card (GHIC) will gradually replace existing European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) UK residents will now be … Continue reading Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) launched

Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

A number of areas will move into higher tiers from 00:01 on Saturday 26th December. The government has decided to act ahead of the formal review point, to contain the spread of the new strain of #COVID19. It is thought that an additional 50,000 business will be required to close until further tier reviews allow … Continue reading Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

Christmas holiday, Christmas bonus and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

As part of his update from Thursday 17th December 2020, Jim Harra of HMRC has provided the following clarifications. Can I use CJRS to pay for holiday leave? If employers have furloughed employees because of the effect of coronavirus on their business, they can claim under the CJRS for periods of paid leave they take … Continue reading Christmas holiday, Christmas bonus and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

ACAS – ‘If you’re one of the elves working over Christmas, what are your rights?’

ACAS have guidance on employment rights for those working during the Christmas season. If you have to work over the Christmas period, what are your rights? Some of the key considerations ACAS raise include: your employer must pay you at least the minimum wage, though this depends on how old you arethere is no entitlement … Continue reading ACAS – ‘If you’re one of the elves working over Christmas, what are your rights?’

Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 1st December 2020

HMRC has applied further updates to the guidance for the extended CJRS on Tuesday 1st December 2020: Call out box of key messages at top of all pages changed to say: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31st March 2021. Claims for furlough days in November 2020 must be submitted by 14th … Continue reading Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updates 1st December 2020

Christmas, holidays and furlough!

So what should happen for furloughed workers, especially as many would not normally be working across Christmas and New Year? Can they be furloughed during those periods? Must employers top-up to 100% holiday pay? Furloughed workers Where a bank holiday (such as Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year) falls inside a worker’s period of furlough … Continue reading Christmas, holidays and furlough!

Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

Culture Secretary announces plans to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June 2022. Nation will come together over a four-day Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate The Queen’s 70 year reignExtensive programme of public events will mix traditional pageantry with cutting edge technological displays Jubilee medal will be created and awarded to public services workers … Continue reading Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

Dear @PAYadvice, We know that some employers pay their employees earlier than usual over the Christmas period, for example the business may close for Christmas and New Year. If you do pay early, please report your normal payment date on your Full Payment Submission (FPS). For example: if you pay on 18‌‌‌ ‌De‌ce‌mb‌er 2020 but … Continue reading RTI reporting obligations for payments made early at Christmas

New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

The Prime Minister has announced tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday. New national restrictions from 5 November With the NHS weeks from being overwhelmed, and a higher death toll than the first wave predicted without new restrictions, the Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Advisor, and Cabinet agreed there was no alternative to … Continue reading New national restrictions start 5th November 2020

Holiday – what is my entitlement?

In the United Kingdom there are legal minimum entitlements to paid holiday. They are enshrined into UK law under the European Working Time Directive and additional UK entitlements. In addition there may be additional contractual entitlements. Workers and employees are entitled to an annual minimum of 5.6 paid weeks UK Employment or worker contracts that … Continue reading Holiday – what is my entitlement?

Employer duties for those instructed to self-isolate #coronavirus #COVID19

The government have put in place measures for employer requirements to support those who have been instructed to self-isolate. Breaches can be punishable by fines and penalties: Make sure your workers self-isolate You should help your employees self-isolate if they: have coronavirus symptoms and are waiting for a test resulthave tested positive for coronavirusare a … Continue reading Employer duties for those instructed to self-isolate #coronavirus #COVID19

Prepare for new year changes to European travel #BREXIT

rules around passports, access to healthcare, driving, pet travel and mobile phone roaming in EU and EFTA countries are changing from 1st January 2021travellers are urged to visit the governments transition page to check the specific actions they may need to takethe safety and wellbeing of British travellers remains the Government’s priority, and anyone planning … Continue reading Prepare for new year changes to European travel #BREXIT

Self-isolating after returning to the UK: employment rights

Employers who dismiss an employee because they have had to self-isolate following travel abroad may be liable for unfair dismissal HM Government have issued guidance for employees and employers in relation to the impact of quarantine when returning from holidays or other overseas travel when quarantine has been imposed. They advise the following: Working from … Continue reading Self-isolating after returning to the UK: employment rights

5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Today the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a VAT reduction from 20% to 5% on the following business activities: any eat-in or hot takeaway food and drinks from restaurants, cafes and pubs, excluding alcohol; all holiday accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, campsites and caravan sites and attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos. The reduction is valid … Continue reading 5% VAT on tourism and hospitality from 15th July 2020

Quarantine: Entering the UK – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and entering or returning to the UK Changes apply from 8th June 2020. Those arriving must provide their journey and contact details and self-isolate for 14 days. The new rules do not apply to arrivals from Irelandthe Channel Islandsthe Isle of Man Entering the UK Provide your journey and contact details How to … Continue reading Quarantine: Entering the UK – #COVID19 #coronavirus

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)

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

Rules on carrying over annual leave relaxed #COVID19 #coronavirus

Workers who have not taken all of their statutory annual leave entitlement due to COVID-19 will now be able to carry it over into the next 2 leave years. Government to amend regulations to allow annual leave to be carried over into the next 2 yearsmeasures will ensure workers won’t lose their leave entitlementsmove gives … Continue reading Rules on carrying over annual leave relaxed #COVID19 #coronavirus

#COVID19 – advice for employers and employees – #coronavirus

Keep up to date on the developing policy, legislation and advice. Primary resources for employers and employees are available from ACAS who are reviewing their advice daily. “We're monitoring government updates and when legal changes happen, we will update” the ACAS webpage. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of: new continuous cough … Continue reading #COVID19 – advice for employers and employees – #coronavirus

Do you know your holiday pay rights?

Holiday pay rights - It comes with the job According to research by Unpaid Britain, workers are missing out on £1.8 billion a year in unpaid holiday leave. That’s 1.8 million employees are being denied their employment rights to holiday pay. Monday 2nd March 2020 saw the launch of a new government campaign to remind … Continue reading Do you know your holiday pay rights?

Casual workers and holiday accrual

As part of the holiday pay changes coming into force from 6th April 2020 with the expansion of the statutory holiday pay reference period extending from the current 12 week average to the new 52 paid weeks average, researching the different types of holiday calculations. Also reviewed a number of casual contracts in relation to … Continue reading Casual workers and holiday accrual

Employment rights – single enforcement body proposed

National Minimum Wage, Holiday Pay rights, Sick Pay rights - consultation on new enforcement body to support workers. Following the Matthew Taylor review proposals, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation the 'Good Work Plan: establishing a new Single Enforcement Body for employment rights' The UK been leading the way … Continue reading Employment rights – single enforcement body proposed

Are you receiving the holiday pay you are entitled too? Some workers are being denied their legal rights to holiday pay!

Government research has found that around 1.8 million individuals who are legally entitled to paid holiday are being denied their rights to the tune of £1.8 billion per annum. Check your entitlements and ensure you are receiving the holiday pay your employer is obliged to pay. Over half of those surveyed for the government investigation … Continue reading Are you receiving the holiday pay you are entitled too? Some workers are being denied their legal rights to holiday pay!

Holiday Pay changes – April 2020″

In February 2019, the department for Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy issued guidance for employer on the calculation requirements for holiday for employees without fixed hours or pay. Found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/calculating-holiday-pay-for-workers-without-fixed-hours-or-pay/calculating-holiday-pay-for-workers-without-fixed-hours-or-pay--2 Following on from recent rulings in relation to overtime and commission, the guidance aims to clarify the current 12 weeks average pay entitlement. Most … Continue reading Holiday Pay changes – April 2020″