Cleaners targeted to check their wages

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are targeting contact with those employed in the cleaning sector making them aware of their employers National Minimum Wage obligations. ‘Are you, or someone you know, working in the cleaning sector on the National Minimum Wage?’ The HMRC are highlighting that ‘Unpaid working hours and workers having to pay for … Continue reading Cleaners targeted to check their wages

Summer job? Check: your hourly rate, any deductions or unpaid time.

Last year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) helped more than 150,000 workers who were paid under the minimum wage and is reminding seasonal summer staff to check their pay. HMRC are reminding Students and seasonal staff to check that they are being paid at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW). All workers are legally entitled … Continue reading Summer job? Check: your hourly rate, any deductions or unpaid time.

Government to protect workers’ rights and clamp down on workplace abuse with powerful new body

New workers’ watchdog to take over responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing minimum wage, and moreone-stop shop will improve enforcement and ensure employees and businesses know where to go for help on workers’ rightsBusiness Minister Paul Scully: We will take action against big brands that turn a blind eye to abuses A powerful new workers’ … Continue reading Government to protect workers’ rights and clamp down on workplace abuse with powerful new body

Low Pay and ethnicity – LPC call for evidence

The LPC is seeking evidence on the experiences of low-paid workers from ethnic minority backgrounds. Alongside the usual work of monitoring the minimum wage and recommending next year’s rates, the Government’s 2021 remit letter to the LPC made a new request, not included in recent years. This was to gather evidence specifically on the impacts … Continue reading Low Pay and ethnicity – LPC call for evidence

Non-compliance with basic employment rights in the labour market highlights the need for reform – TUC

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) have published a research paper outlining an action plan to reform labour market enforcement. TUC action plan to reform labour market enforcement They claim that ‘significant reforms are needed to make sure that all workers (and especially low paid, insecure workers) have a viable route to enforce their basic workplace … Continue reading Non-compliance with basic employment rights in the labour market highlights the need for reform – TUC

Low Pay Commission publish their report on National Minimum Wage enforcement

The Covid-19 pandemic has left low-paid workers more vulnerable and businesses under greater pressure than ever before. This increases the risk of minimum wage underpayment and demands a proactive and strategic response from the Government. These are the conclusions of a report into compliance and enforcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW), published 11th May … Continue reading Low Pay Commission publish their report on National Minimum Wage enforcement

BEIS-HMRC Joint National Minimum Wage Stakeholder Forum

BEIS and HMRC held a Joint National Minimum Wage (NMW) virtual Stakeholder Forum on 29th April 2021 with employer and Minimum pay industry experts. They have kindly shared the presentation slides from the day. The government department responsible for employment law including National Minimum Wage is the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). … Continue reading BEIS-HMRC Joint National Minimum Wage Stakeholder Forum

HMRC April 2021 Employer Bulletin

HMRC have issued the April 2021 Employer Bulletin, again, packed full with information. In this month’s edition of the Employer Bulletin there are updates and information on COVID-19 updates and information:Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT deferral new payment schemeNew one-off payment of £500 to support working households receiving tax creditsExtension of filing dates for internationally mobile … Continue reading HMRC April 2021 Employer Bulletin

1 in 3 key workers paid under £10 per hour

Around one in three key (33%) workers earn less than £10 an hour according to analysis by the TUC. Analysis published alongside the new minimum and living wage rates Union body calls on ministers to raise minimum wage to £10 an hour The analysis reveals that around 3.2 million key workers are paid less than … Continue reading 1 in 3 key workers paid under £10 per hour

Low Pay Commission – Consultation on April 2022 National Minimum Wage rates

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) is the independent body which advises Government on the levels of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW). To help shape the recommendations they will make this autumn on the 2022 minimum wage rates, they are seeking evidence on the impact of the NLW and NMW. All … Continue reading Low Pay Commission – Consultation on April 2022 National Minimum Wage rates

Millions get pay rise as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

Around 2 million of the UK’s lowest-paid workers will benefit from an increase in National Living Wage and National Minimum WageNational Living Wage will rise 2.2% to £8.91, and be given to 23 and 24-year-olds for the first timeBusiness Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng urges workers to check their pay packet to ensure they get what they … Continue reading Millions get pay rise as National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage increase comes into effect

1st April – National Living Wage extended to younger workers

The age threshold for the National Living Wage changes from 25 to 23 as the rate increases on 1st April. The National Living Wage (NLW) will increase on Thursday 1st April 2021 to £8.91, giving a real-terms pay rise to millions of workers. At the same time, the age threshold for the rate will move … Continue reading 1st April – National Living Wage extended to younger workers

Employee payment records required to be retained for Six Years for National Minimum Wage purposes

Employers are to be required to keep records relevant to National Minimum Wage for 6 years as part of the The National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2021. Regulation 2(5) extends the period for which an employer must keep records sufficient to establish that the employer is remunerating the worker at a rate at least equal … Continue reading Employee payment records required to be retained for Six Years for National Minimum Wage purposes

Sleep in shifts not subject to National Minimum Wage

The Supreme Court judgement has ruled that sleep in shifts are not subject the payment of National Minimum Wage. The issue under judgement Whether home workers who are required to remain at home in their shift and/or residential care workers who ‘sleep in’ are entitled to the national minimum wage for time that is not … Continue reading Sleep in shifts not subject to National Minimum Wage

Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Join the Payroll and HR community at the SD Worx monthly, online interactive discussion. With one of the most eagerly anticipated Budgets set to be published on 3rd March 2021, our regular expert panel will be discussing the choices and changes set out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. We’ll be interpreting how they impact businesses in … Continue reading Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

February 2021 Employer Bulletin published

HMRC have published their new format web delivered Employer Bulletin. It’s absolutely packed with important information which will aid payroll professionals in obtaining vital information and guidance. There are a plethora of important topics: Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeVAT deferral new payment scheme – opt-in from the end of February 2021VAT reverse charge for construction and … Continue reading February 2021 Employer Bulletin published

23 and 24 year olds have minimum pay bonus!

Changes to the National Living Wage rate and age for pay periods commencing from 1st April 2021, see a significant rise for some 23 and 24 year old employees. For pay periods before the change, the National Living Wage (NLW) applied to those aged 25 and over. Some employers would have been paying NLW rates … Continue reading 23 and 24 year olds have minimum pay bonus!

Low paid more likely to be impacted by pandemic claims TUC

New polling, published Monday 1st February by the TUC, finds that low earners are more likely than middle and higher earners to have been forced to cut spending and take on debt during the pandemic. The poll findings (conducted by BritainThinks) come as the TUC calls on the Chancellor to improve pandemic support for low- … Continue reading Low paid more likely to be impacted by pandemic claims TUC

6th April 2021 tax changes confirmed

Following the Scottish budget, the HMRC have confirmed the tax allowances, rates and thresholds for 2021/2022 across the UK, these are effective from 6th April 2021. The tables below provide both the current and the new tax year values. Personal Allowance England and Northern Ireland Tax calculations for 6th April include changes announced by the … Continue reading 6th April 2021 tax changes confirmed

Legislation Update 2021 for payroll

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PAYadvice.UK have issued its 21.4 version of the PAYadvice Series Legislation Update 2021. This is a compilation of the confirmed changes due for 2021 for the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The original version was made available on 7th January 2021. We believe that PAYadvice was the first organisation in the UK … Continue reading Legislation Update 2021 for payroll

Rogue employers named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage

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 – ‘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?’

Minimum pay changes confirmed for April 2021

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 Living Wage week is coming – new rates to be announced Monday 9th November 2020

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

Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

*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

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. 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)

Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2020 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’?

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. 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’?

Job Support Scheme and National Minimum Wage

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2020, 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

Seafarers to receive fair pay as UK changes law on 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

Minimum wage set for smallest rise in a decade

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

Why don’t workers report NMW underpayments?

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?

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

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

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 grant claim calculation published #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Pay rises and National Minimum Wage implications #COVID19

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

Claim It – how much? – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

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

Who can be covered by the #coronavirus Job Retension Scheme #COVID19

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

National MinimumWage rise day arrives (1st April 2020)

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)

NHS returners being targeted by unscrupulous tax avoidance schemes #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

#COVID19 and National Minimum/Living Wage #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 loose National Minimum Wage Appeal case #NMW

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

Budget 2020 – the payroll highlights!

‘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!

Government Budget set for 11th March 2020

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

National Living Wage to hit 60 per cent target in April 2020 – GOV.UK

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

December 2019 Queens Speech – reaffirms NIC and NLW proposals

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

Living Wage and London Living Wage increases announced

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

Real pay cut for millions of lower and middle-income earners says TUC

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

Zero hours contract but required to be available? Scheduled work cancelled? Sent home early? One-sided working flexibility to be challenged

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

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 being paid below National Minimum Wage or aged 25 and above and being paid under the National Living Wage?

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?

National Minimum Wage record keeping obligation transfers under TUPE

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

National Minimum Wage enforcement / suspension of naming and shaming!

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!