PAYadvice.UK have issued its first version of the PAYadvice Series Legislation Update 2021. This is a compilation of the changes due for 2021 for the UK and Channel Islands. Some values are predictive and not yet finalised, subject to further confirmation and change. When further information is confirmed, further editions / versions will be made … Continue reading Legislation Update 2021 for payroll – first predictive version released
The 139 named companies failed to pay £6.7 million to over 95,000 workers. 139 companies, including major household names, have short-changed their employees and have been finedoffending firms failed to pay £6.7 million to their workers, in a completely unacceptable breach of employment lawBusiness Minister Paul Scully says the list should be a ‘wake-up call’ … Continue reading Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage
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?’
The Government has announced the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates which will come into force from April 2021. It has accepted in full recommendations made by the Low Pay Commission at the end of October. The National Living Wage will increase by 2.2 per cent from £8.72 to £8.91, and … Continue reading Minimum pay changes confirmed for April 2021
THE ONLY UK RATE BASED ON LIVING COSTS The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by over 6,500 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs; the weekly shop, or a suprise trip to the dentist. Living Wage accredited employers voluntarily pay the … Continue reading The Living Wage week is coming – new rates to be announced Monday 9th November 2020
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced. The UK is being provided with additional financial … Continue reading Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. HMRC have published more details and guidance to assist employers in operating and claiming support through the new Job Support Scheme which commences from Sunday 1st November 2020. Check … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. There are different calculations for working out ‘usual hours’: Fixed hours For those whose pay does not vary usual hours are calculated based upon the greater of: hours contracted … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Under JSS Open, employers can claim up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month. Further guidance will set out how to work out reference salary for JSS Closed. Employers … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?
*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employees are entitled to the National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage or Apprentices Minimum Wage for the hours they are working or treated as working (such as training undertaken … Continue reading Job Support Scheme and National Minimum Wage
government extends protection to guarantee National Minimum Wage for maritime workersnew wage law to ensure fair pay for over 10,000 maritime workers across the countrylatest move in government’s long-standing work to support seafarers, ensuring UK leads the way with highest standards on pay From Thursday 1st October 2020 a change to the law will mean … Continue reading Seafarers to receive fair pay as UK changes law on national minimum wage
The UK’s two million minimum wage workers are set to receive the smallest pay increase since 2010 – of around 15p – next April. The COVID-19 economic shock does not mean the Government should abandon its pledge to abolish low pay according to the Resolution Foundation’s annual Low Pay Britain report. Low Pay Britain 2020 … Continue reading Minimum wage set for smallest rise in a decade
The Low Pay Commission (LPC) have repeatedly stressed the importance of Government action to encourage workers to make complaints about employers who underpay. Many groups indicate a reluctance of exploited workers to bring complaints. The numbers of complaints about underpayment look minuscule compared to the LPC statistical estimates. It is considered that the problem is … Continue reading Why don’t workers report NMW underpayments?
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
“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
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
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme The government have published (late Friday 17th April 2020) guidance on grant application calculations for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Find out how to calculate 80% of your employee’s wages, National Insurance Contributions and pension contributions if you've furloughed staff due to coronavirus (COVID-19). You can claim for 80% of your employee’s wages (even … Continue reading Furlough grant claim calculation published #COVID19 #coronavirus
The coronavirus job retention scheme allows employers to reclaim on a basis of earnings from February 2020 ( for salaried with regular pay) or for those on variable pay based on the same month last year or an average over the past 12 months (whichever is higher). Some employers may have been due to add … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Pay rises and National Minimum Wage implications #COVID19
How much CJRS grant can an employer claim? Employers can claim: 80% of your employees’ wages (even for employee’s on National Minimum Wage) - up to a maximum of £2,500. Do not claim for the worker’s previous salary.minimum automatic enrolment employer pension contributions on the subsidised wage Employers can ‘top up ...salary, but... do not … Continue reading Claim It – how much? – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
GOV.UK has provided further guidance on Saturday 4th April on the basis of the amount of claim an employer can make under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The scheme falls into three main steps when implementing a furlough arrangement: AGREE IT - furlough can not be imposed on employees, it is a variation of … Continue reading Who can be covered by the #coronavirus Job Retension Scheme #COVID19
It’s National Minimum Wage (#NMW) and National Living Wage rise day. For pay period which commence from 1st April 2020, the new rates apply for relevant worked hours. Employers need to consider their compliance approach especially for lower paid workers who are part of salary sacrifice schemes. With the 6.2% rise, many people in work … Continue reading National MinimumWage rise day arrives (1st April 2020)
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tax-avoidance-promoters-targeting-returning-nhs-workers-spotlight-54 ..’unscrupulous promoters of tax avoidance schemes are targeting workers returning to the National Health Service (NHS) to help respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ ....All of these schemes have one thing in common and that is to attempt to disguise the true level of your earnings, which would ordinarily be subject to Income Tax … Continue reading NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have confirmed that the ‘Government in clear that employers must continue to pay at least National Minimum Wage to workers’. HMRC, who act as enforcers of NMW law, will continue to respond to worker complaints and protect workers rights. How to complain about minimum pay breach In … Continue reading #COVID19 and National Minimum/Living Wage #coronavirus
Middlesborough FC Middlesborough FC ran a payroll deduction scheme allowing employees to buy season tickets has lost an appeal and must make up the short fall in wages due under National Minimum Wage law. The scheme allowed employees to agree to buy football season tickets by instalments from their pay. HMRC issued enforcement notices against … Continue reading Middlesborough FC loose National Minimum Wage Appeal case #NMW
‘This budget gets it done’ Base rate cut Bank of England cuts base rate to 0.25% #coronavirus #COVID19 SSP measures For Coronavirus, day 1 right to SSP. For employers with under 250 employees the amount is fully recoverable for up to 14 days leave per employe. Employers to be offered time to pay in relation … Continue reading Budget 2020 – the payroll highlights!
Sajid Javid confirms next Budget will be held on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, has today launched the beginning of the Budget process and announced that it will take place on Wednesday 11 March 2020. During a visit to the new £350 million Trafford Park tram line project in … Continue reading Government Budget set for 11th March 2020
Announced Tuesday 31st December 2019 and applicable for pay periods commencing on or after 1st April 2020:- Nearly 3 million workers are set to benefit from the increases to the NLW and minimum wage rates for younger workers, according to estimates from the independent Low Pay Commission. The rise means Government is on track to … Continue reading National Living Wage to hit 60 per cent target in April 2020 – GOV.UK
The Queens gracious speech on 19th December 2019 set out the new government proposals. Some are relevant to payroll and employment. Exiting the European Union 'My Government’s priority is to deliver the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union on 31 January. My Ministers will bring forward legislation to ensure the United Kingdom’s exit on … Continue reading December 2019 Queens Speech – reaffirms NIC and NLW proposals
The Living Wage Foundation have announced their increases to the voluntary real Living Wage and London Living Wage hourly rates. A record 1,500 more employers have accredited with the Living Wage Foundation this year, with major new names including FTSE 100 company Hiscox, Crystal Palace Football Club, Welsh Water, Leeds Building Society, London City Airport and Newcastle University. These organisations join a network … Continue reading Living Wage and London Living Wage increases announced
TUC analysis, based on the Office of National Statistics ASHE data, at how occupational hourly pay has changed, shows that the lowest paid have benefited from minimum wage rises yet millions of lower-paid and middle-income jobs have had real pay reductions. 7.1 million jobs account for the Lowest earners Real pay for workers in jobs … Continue reading Real pay cut for millions of lower and middle-income earners says TUC
An open consultation has been launched by UK government in relation to proposals by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to tackle one sided flexible working practices and provide additional worker protections. This forms part of the Good Work Plan. One of the issues raised through the governments review by Matthew Taylor was that a minority … Continue reading Zero hours contract but required to be available? Scheduled work cancelled? Sent home early? One-sided working flexibility to be challenged
National Minimum Wage, Holiday Pay rights, Sick Pay rights - consultation on new enforcement body to support workers. Following the Matthew Taylor review proposals, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has launched a consultation the 'Good Work Plan: establishing a new Single Enforcement Body for employment rights' The UK been leading the way … Continue reading Employment rights – single enforcement body proposed
Are you being paid for all of your work time? Does your employer expect you to do free additional work outside of paid time? Do you have to buy clothing to work or equipment to work for your employer? Are you expected to turn up earlier and stay later than your paid time? If you … Continue reading Are you being paid below National Minimum Wage or aged 25 and above and being paid under the National Living Wage?
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that the National Minimum Wage record keeping obligations transfer under TUPE under their judgement of 2nd May 2019. TRANSFER OF UNDERTAKINGS – Transfer This issue in the appeal was whether, following a relevant transfer within the meaning of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 ("TUPE"), the transferor continues … Continue reading National Minimum Wage record keeping obligation transfers under TUPE
In the House of Lords on Wednesday 5th June 2019, Lord Henley confirmed that in 2018, the HM Revenue and Customs National MinimumWage audit and enforcement team 'completed some 3,000 investigations and issued £17 million in financial penalties to more than 1,000 non-compliant employers'. On the recommendations of Sir David Metcalf whilst some elements of … Continue reading National Minimum Wage enforcement / suspension of naming and shaming!