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

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

Volunteer fuel and mileage costs #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

Over 69,000 Bounce Back Loans approved on first day #COVID19 #coronavirus

More than 69,000 Bounce Back Loans worth over £2 billion have been approved during the first 24 hours of the scheme, the Chancellor has announced. The seven largest lenders (Barclays, Danske, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, Santander and Virgin Money) received more than 130,000 Bounce Back Loan Scheme applications on the first day of the scheme (4 … Continue reading Over 69,000 Bounce Back Loans approved on first day #COVID19 #coronavirus

DWP jobcentreplus website to guide jobseekers #COVID19 #coronavirus

Help keep Britain running Despite the disruption caused by the #coronavirus outbreak, there are thousands of critical jobs out there. A new DWP jobcentreplus website helps with information on what types of roles are good to apply for right now. Find hints and tips on applying for jobs if you haven’t done it for a … Continue reading DWP jobcentreplus website to guide jobseekers #COVID19 #coronavirus

Bounce Back Loans #COVID19 #coronavirus

New bounce back loans launched 4th May 2020 Britain’s small businesses will be able to apply for quick and easy-to access loans of up to £50,000 from today – with the cash expected to land within days. Thousands of small firms and sole traders [are] eligible for 100% government-backed Bounce Back Loans to help them … Continue reading Bounce Back Loans #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

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

Number of furloughed jobs passes 6 million – COVID19 #coronavirus

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

Online tool – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC are starting to contact the self-employed who are likely to be eligible for SEISS. The contact is via a combination of emails, SMS texts and letters, to tell you what to do to get ready to claim. Applications are opening in tranches based on you unique taxpayer number (UTR) which is given to all … Continue reading Online tool – Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) #COVID19 #coronavirus

Self-Employment Income Support Scheme updates 1st & 4th May 2020 – #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme#claim The Chancellor has made a Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/882593/SEISS_Direction_Final_-_SIGNED.pdf HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, as in the Schedule to the Direction. The Direction sets the legal framework. This week HMRC will … Continue reading Self-Employment Income Support Scheme updates 1st & 4th May 2020 – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Lifetime ISA rules changed #COVID19 #coronavirus

HM Treasury People whose income has been affected by Coronavirus and who want to access their Lifetime ISA funds early will no longer face an additional withdrawal charge. To help people who need to access to their money earlier as a result of the COVID19 outbreak, the charge on unauthorised withdrawals will be temporarily reduced. … Continue reading Lifetime ISA rules changed #COVID19 #coronavirus

Incorrect refusal of CJRS applications

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

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

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

CJRS grant payments are now being paid

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

Reporting payments under RTI for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reporting-payments-in-paye-real-time-information-from-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme The government have issued further guidance on how and when to report RTI payments under CJRS. Follow the links for the full text. In summary: If you’re using the grant to pay wages You should pay employees on their contractual payment date so that employees receiving Universal Credit are not affected. Any grant paid … Continue reading Reporting payments under RTI for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updated 23/4/2020 – Fixed term contract

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme Guidance has been updated 23 April 2020 New information has been added on collective agreement reached with a trade union. Clarified eligibility criteria, including for employees on fixed-term contracts. If your employee is on a fixed term contract An employee on a fixed term contract can be re-employed, furloughed and claimed for if either: … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – guidance updated 23/4/2020 – Fixed term contract

CJRS Furlough – Employees you can claim for #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme [Employers] can claim for employees on any type of employment contract, including: full-timepart-timeagencyflexible or zero-hour contractsForeign nationals are eligible to be furloughed. Grants under the scheme are not counted as ‘access to public funds’, and you can furlough employees on all categories of visa. To be eligible for the grant, when on furlough, an … Continue reading CJRS Furlough – Employees you can claim for #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC clarify National Insurance Number requirement for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Grant Claim

HMRC have issued the following with regards to Furlough employees where the employer has not been provided with a NINO. We understand that there have been some questions regarding National Insurance numbers and the Job Retention Scheme and therefore hope the below is a helpful update. When making a claim to the Job Retention Scheme, … Continue reading HMRC clarify National Insurance Number requirement for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Grant Claim

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update 22/4/2020

Dear PAYadvice.UK More than 285,000 businesses have already applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme since it went live on Monday 20 April. To be sure payment comes through to employers before the end of the month, applications need to be made today (Wednesday 22‌‌ April). Accessing the system We have noticed that some employers … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update 22/4/2020

Business support – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support Coronavirus business support What you can do now Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for Find out how to claim foryour employee’ wages through theCoronavirus Job Retention Scheme Find out how to apply for a grant if you’re self-employed PAYadvice.UK 21/4/2020

‘Report fraud’ – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/customs-excise-and-vat-fraud-reporting? HM Revenue and Customs are encouraging abuse of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on their ‘Report fraud’ weblink. They state that ‘If you are concerned that your employer is abusing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme you should report them’. So what types of abuse is this referring. They state that ‘This could include your … Continue reading ‘Report fraud’ – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Progress Update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Update to midnight 23rd April 2020 ➡️77,000 added claims were submitted through the scheme making 512,000 ➡️That’s a further 600,000 employees making a total of 3,800,000 employees reported as furloughed ➡️At a added value of £750,000,000 making a total of £4,500,000,000 Update to midnight 22nd April 2020 ➡️126,000 added claims were submitted through the scheme … Continue reading Progress Update – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

What furloughed workers need to know

Jim Harra, HMRC Jim Harra, First Permanent Secretary and CEO at HMRC explains what you need to know about getting government support... In recent weeks, the government has announced an unprecedented set of measures to help support citizens and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Measures that HMRC is responsible for have included deferral of VAT and Self-Assessment payments, the … Continue reading What furloughed workers need to know

HMRC communication – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will go live from 8am on Monday 20 April. We want to make sure employers are ready to make a claim, and we would be very grateful if you could share the following information with your colleagues, members, and clients. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)Reporting CJRS FraudScams Update Coronavirus Job … Continue reading HMRC communication – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Calculator

https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/job-retention-scheme-calculator/ Use the calculator to work out the figures you’ll need when you complete an online claim through the scheme. It’s aimed at organisations with a small number of employees. It won’t work for employees who: receive any top-up pay in the claim periodreturned from statutory leave such as maternity leave in the last three … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Calculator

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19). You’ll need the Government Gateway user ID and password you got when you registered for PAYE online. https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/gg/sign-in?continue=/home/services/enroll/&origin=PAYE-frontend What you need To make a claim, you need: to be … Continue reading Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/879484/200414_CJRS_DIRECTION_-_33_FINAL_Signed.pdf The Chancellor has made a Treasury Direction under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020. Rishi Sunak - Chancellor of the Exchequer It sets out that HMRC are responsible for the payment and management of amounts to be paid under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, as set out in the Schedule to … Continue reading Treasury Direction made under Sections 71 and 76 of the Coronavirus Act 2020

Pension contributions and Salary Sacrifice – #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Pension Regulator TPR have issued both added and new guidance for employers on pension obligation and salary sacrifice implications for employees who have been furloughed. Automatic Enrolment and DC Pensions - COVID19 guidance for employers Salary sacrifice pension and furlough The TPR explain the implications of salary sacrifice pension arrangements for employees and their … Continue reading Pension contributions and Salary Sacrifice – #COVID19 #coronavirus

Get ready for you CJRS grant claim #COVID19 #coronavirus

The online grant application opens on Monday 20th April. Employers who have furloughed and making the CJRS grant application need to: Ensure that you have registered for employer PAYE online. Your e-file payroll processors may not be allowed accessPrepare your data for the claim Before you claim Work out how much you can claim. To … Continue reading Get ready for you CJRS grant claim #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – further updates 17th April 2020 – #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme The government have added further guidance and information in preparation for the CJRS grant application opening on Monday 20th April 2020. The additional clarification and changes relate to: scheme extensionfraudclaims for employees made redundant or who stopped workingfixed term contractsagency workers And retaining records. New guidance has been published with information on holiday payemployees … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – further updates 17th April 2020 – #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

Furlough scheme extended to end of June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended one month to reflect continuing social distancing measures. The: move will allow firms from across UK to continue to protect millions of jobsscheme will continue to be monitored to ensure people and businesses can get back to work as soon as it’s safe to do so to drive UK economic … Continue reading Furlough scheme extended to end of June #COVID19 #coronavirus

Shielding now classified as sickness #COVID19 #coronavirus

New law has been introduced 16th April 2020 to classify those advised to shield are considered unfit for work and entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/427/pdfs/uksi_20200427_en.pdf This new regulation amends the Schedule to the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 which sets out categories of persons who are deemed to be incapable of work by … Continue reading Shielding now classified as sickness #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough Scheme cut-off date extended to 19th March 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme The government have updated the guidance on Wednesday 15th April 2020 in relation to which employees and RTI data requirements. Employees you can claim for You can only claim for furloughed employees that were on your PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020 and which were notified to HMRC on an RTI submission … Continue reading Furlough Scheme cut-off date extended to 19th March 2020 #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Letter box, HM Treasury, by P Simon Parsons With employees being placed into furlough, there is much confusion and misunderstanding in relation to salary sacrifice arrangements. Benefits in kind The provision of benefits provided by employers have different tax and National Insurance implications than an employee receiving cash remuneration. For example: Child care vouchers given … Continue reading Furlough : benefits and salary sacrifice #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough and employees transferring #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government have confirmed that furlough and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can be applied under a number of transfer situation. April is a popular time for the transfer of employees either within pre-existing business splits or under new ownership arrangements. The government confirm that:- Employee transfers under TUPE and on a change in ownership … Continue reading Furlough and employees transferring #COVID19 #coronavirus

Furlough and Pension contribution obligations #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Pension Regulator (TPR) have updated and added to their #COVID19 information and provided further clarity in relation to employers who have furloughed staff. The TPR state that they ‘will take a proportionate and risk-based approach towards enforcement decisions, in light of these challenging times, with the aim of supporting both employers and savers’. So … Continue reading Furlough and Pension contribution obligations #COVID19 #coronavirus

Returning from statutory leave – Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Sickness, Bereavement and being Furloughed? #COVID19 #coronavirus

What basis of earnings should be used for someone returning from parental or sick leave for furlough? HM Government provide the following in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Returning from statutory leave Statutory leave includes maternity leave, paternity leave, shared parental leave, adoption leave, sick leave and parental bereavement leave. In line with … Continue reading Returning from statutory leave – Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Sickness, Bereavement and being Furloughed? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Been furloughed by your employer – you can potentially take up an alternate job #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government report seeing ‘some recent misreporting we wish to clear up. You can take on other employment while on furlough, provided your existing employment contract permits it’ Some contracts may contain exclusivity clauses, however, if present they need to be reasonable. Any exclusivity clause In a zero hours contract are not valid since being … Continue reading Been furloughed by your employer – you can potentially take up an alternate job #COVID19 #coronavirus

#COVID19 Have apprentices and want to understand the impact? #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response The government have issued guidance for employers in relationship to apprenticeships affected by COVID19-19. Guidance is available for changes in apprenticeship learning arrangements because of COVID-19. Can an Aaprentice be furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme? Apprentices and Furlough Apprentices can be furloughed in the same way as other employees and they can … Continue reading #COVID19 Have apprentices and want to understand the impact? #coronavirus

Employers! Furloughed? Are you preparing for the grant claim? You need an online HMRC account to claim? Apply now! #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Have you furloughed some staff and anticipate applying for the CJRS grant? You need to ensure that you have online access for your PAYE scheme, or utilise your authorised tax filing agent (referred to as a 64-8 authorised agent who will also be regulated for Anti-Money Laundering). Setup of … Continue reading Employers! Furloughed? Are you preparing for the grant claim? You need an online HMRC account to claim? Apply now! #COVID19 #coronavirus

Benefit Debt collection suspended #coronavirus #COVID19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department for Work and Pensions has temporarily paused the recovery of benefit overpayments, for three months. Many claimants will see an increase in the amount of money they receive in benefits. Deductions for the recovery of Universal Credit and legacy benefit overpayments, Social Fund loans and Tax Credit … Continue reading Benefit Debt collection suspended #coronavirus #COVID19

Shielding and work #COVID19 #coronavirus

What is shielding? Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. They should not leave their homes, and minimise all non-essential contact with other members of their household. This is to protect those who are at very high risk of severe illness from … Continue reading Shielding and work #COVID19 #coronavirus

Have a newborn? Don’t miss out, claim Child Benefit by phone or post #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC have announced (7th April 2020) that parents of new-borns are able to claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). Although the General Register Offices remain closed, parents can claim Child Benefit without having to first register their child’s birth. First time parents can complete Child Benefit Claim form CH2 and send to … Continue reading Have a newborn? Don’t miss out, claim Child Benefit by phone or post #COVID19 #coronavirus

Contingent workers in the public sector #coronavirus #COVID19

The Cabinet Office have issued guidance on how payments to suppliers of contingent workers impacted by COVID-19 should be dealt with where the party receiving the contingent worker’s services is a Central Government Department, an Executive Agency of a Central Government Department or a Non-Departmental Public Body. The guidance operates similar to the Coronavirus Job … Continue reading Contingent workers in the public sector #coronavirus #COVID19

#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

Changes to MOT expiry #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot As part of the governments emergency measure: Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to MOTs There are some changes to MOT tests because of coronavirus (COVID-19).... From 30 March Any expiring ‘MOT will be automatically extended for 6 months because of coronavirus’. For example if your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 8 April 2020. This … Continue reading Changes to MOT expiry #COVID19 #coronavirus

#coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme #COVID19

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 Which employers qualify Those whose combined employee count is under 250 employees across their business or charity on 28th February 2020. It’s not about a single PAYE scheme, but the count across the business group. Have you paid SSP to employees as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus since Friday 13th March 2020? What can … Continue reading #coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme #COVID19

Temporary changes to DWP issued DEA deductions #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/direct-earnings-attachments-an-employers-guide 4th April 2020 the DWP published changes to DEA deduction due to coronavirus. Rumours were circulating that as a result of #COVID19 that court orders, attachment of earnings orders (AEOs) and Scottish Earnings Arrestments had been suspended - not true. Employers ‘may be asked to deduct money an employee owes the Department for Work … Continue reading Temporary changes to DWP issued DEA deductions #COVID19 #coronavirus

At home with time on your hands as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus – Free courses with the Open University OpenLearn

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ Have you found yourself furloughed or even unfortunately laid off or made redundant and now have time on your hands at home? Has your self employment work dried up? Don’t let #COVID19 #coronavirus defeat you. Why not keep your knowledge and skill growing. Whether for future work or personal growth, there are free resources … Continue reading At home with time on your hands as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus – Free courses with the Open University OpenLearn

Some more #COVID19 Statutory Sick Pay guidance #coronavirus

The government have provided further details on the #COVID19 SSP. The requirement for a 4 day period of incapacity for Work (PIW) remains as required, however, no waiting days are to be used. This is effective from Friday 13th March 2020 and currently indicated to remain in place (subject to change) until 12th November 2020. … Continue reading Some more #COVID19 Statutory Sick Pay guidance #coronavirus

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)

Right to work checks adjusted #COVID19 #coronavirus

Right to work checks have been temporarily adjusted due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This is to make it easier for employers... These changes apply from 30th March 2029 and will end when the crisis is over. Normally employers would need to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-right-to-work-checks Conducting a right to work check during the temporary COVID-19 measures Ask the worker … Continue reading Right to work checks adjusted #COVID19 #coronavirus

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

TUC sets out furloughed employee rights #COVID19 #coronavirus

The Trades Union Congress have provided resource confirming the rights for employees and workers who have been furloughed. https://www.tuc.org.uk/what-are-rules-if-youre-temporarily-laid-off The TUC confirms that ‘Bosses must follow the rule’..... ‘...Employers must use a fair process for selecting employees for furlough and be very clear about why they are making certain decisions. They must be careful not … Continue reading TUC sets out furloughed employee rights #COVID19 #coronavirus

GPA – uniting payroll #COVID19 #coronavirus #Budget2020

https://globalpayrollassociation.com/products/uniting-payroll Friday 27th March saw the ‘three payroll musketeers’ unite payroll with a free virtual symposia UK update. Simon Parsons joined Kate Upcraft and Ian Holloway to discuss government change in relation to the new tax year and emergency measures dealing with #COVID19 #coronavirus. The host was the Melanie Pizzey of GPA. All four are … Continue reading GPA – uniting payroll #COVID19 #coronavirus #Budget2020

VAT deferral #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 If you’re a UK VAT registered business and have a VAT payment due between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, you have the option to: defer the payment until a later datepay the VAT due as normal HMRC will not charge interest or penalties on any amount deferred as a result of the … Continue reading VAT deferral #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

HELP for employees and workers – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – does my employer have to lay me off / make me redundant because of #COVID19

Are you at risk of loosing your job or income as a result of #COVID19 #coronavirus? Speak with your employer to see if they would agree to use the governments Job Protection Scheme? https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable … Continue reading HELP for employees and workers – #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – does my employer have to lay me off / make me redundant because of #COVID19

Employers can claim for furloughed employees through the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme #COVID19

HMRC have released (26th March 2020) further information on the operation of the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employers who furlough some employees for a minimum 3 weeks. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme It highlights the condition to qualify, how the furlough earnings are calculated and based and other questions and situations. This is part of the governments indicative … Continue reading Employers can claim for furloughed employees through the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme #COVID19

New Income Support Scheme for Self-employed #COVID19 #coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme The scheme allows the self employed to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. Who can apply Self-employed individual or a member of a partnership and: submitted Self Assessment tax return for 2018-19traded 2019-20are trading when you apply, or … Continue reading New Income Support Scheme for Self-employed #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC issue guidance on expenses and benefits related to #Homeworkers #COVID19 #coronavirus

What is the tax position? HMRC have issued further clarification on which expenses are taxable if your employee works from home due to #coronavirus #COVID19 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-which-expenses-are-taxable-if-your-employee-works-from-home-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19 For example - Those working from home are entitled to the reliefs relating to home-working allowance of £4 per week (£18 per month) rising to £6 per week (£26 … Continue reading HMRC issue guidance on expenses and benefits related to #Homeworkers #COVID19 #coronavirus

Avoid the SCAMS #COVID19 #coronavirus

Scammers are attempting to capture your personal detail to commit fraudulent activity. HMRC are warning about text messages that look similar to the stay at home message from GOV.UK that falsely indicate a tax refund. Helping protect your members from scams The Pension Regulator (TPR) are concerned that during this difficult period, many may be … Continue reading Avoid the SCAMS #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

Enforcement of a Gender Pay Gap suspended #COVID19 #coronavirus

Due to Coronavirus ‘the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have today... taken the decision to suspend enforcement of the gender pay gap deadlines... for this.. year’. There will be no expectation on employers to report their data. In a joint statement, Minister for Women & Equalities, Liz Truss, … Continue reading Enforcement of a Gender Pay Gap suspended #COVID19 #coronavirus

‘You must stay at home’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

Prime minister Boris Johnsonhttps://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-address-to-the-nation-on-coronavirus-23-march-2020 The prime minister Boris Johnson has announced further measures to combat coronavirus: - people will be allowed to leave home for ‘very limited purposes’: basic shopping necessities, once a day exercise, medical need, and absolutely necessary to work travel - do not meet friends or family who you do not live … Continue reading ‘You must stay at home’ #COVID19 #coronavirus

#COVID19 #coronavirus – Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work

People unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus (COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service. Department of Health and Social Care Isolation notes will provide employees with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or … Continue reading #COVID19 #coronavirus – Online isolation notes launched – providing proof of coronavirus absence from work

KEEP BRITAIN PAID #COVID19 #coronavirus – Guidance for employers – Sick Pay

Guidance for employers https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19#certifying-absence-from-workhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses The government have issued guidance for employers and business. This guidance will assist employers, businesses and their staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19). Sick pay Those who follow advice to stay at home and who cannot work as a result will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they are … Continue reading KEEP BRITAIN PAID #COVID19 #coronavirus – Guidance for employers – Sick Pay

#coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – KEEP BRITAIN PAID

Rishi Sunak - Chancellor of the Exchequer https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. Eligibility All … Continue reading #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – KEEP BRITAIN PAID

#COVID19 #coronavirus Guidance for the Self-employed

Guidance for self-employed https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees If you’re self-employed or not eligible for SSP If you are not eligible for SSP – for example if you are self-employed or earning below the Lower Earnings Limit of £118 per week – and you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home, you can now more easily make a … Continue reading #COVID19 #coronavirus Guidance for the Self-employed

#COVID19 #coronavirus – Guidance for employees

Help for employees https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees Sick pay You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. If you are staying at home because of COVID-19 you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people in the same household … Continue reading #COVID19 #coronavirus – Guidance for employees

KEEP BRITAIN PAID – Government to meet 80% of earnings of retained workers #COVID19 #coronavirus

The government have announced further temporary measures to help keep Britain paid. ‘STAY AT HOME’ - ‘PROTECT THE NHS’ - ‘SAVE LIVES’ Boris Johnson - Prime minister Prime minister Johnson - Cafes, clubs, theatres and leisure centres are to close. Stay at home. Together we will beat this virus. Rishi Sunak - Chancellor of the … Continue reading KEEP BRITAIN PAID – Government to meet 80% of earnings of retained workers #COVID19 #coronavirus

Receive free school meals? What happens with the school closures?

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/plans-set-out-to-support-pupils-eligible-for-free-school-meals Children eligible for free school meals will be offered meals or vouchers as an alternative if they can no longer attend school due to coronavirus measures Low-income families whose children are eligible for free school meals will be offered vouchers, food or meals to make sure they continue receiving this support, even if they … Continue reading Receive free school meals? What happens with the school closures?

Homeworkers tax and NI free allowance increase from 6th April 2020

Working from home? Where an employer chooses to pay an allowance for their workers who are working at home under a home working arrangement, the allowable amount which is tax and NI free (with no requirement for expense recording) is being raised from the current flat rate £4 per week (£18 per month) to a … Continue reading Homeworkers tax and NI free allowance increase from 6th April 2020

#COVID19 SSP (sick pay) reclaims to be standalone process

Absence due to #COVID19 related sickness ‘unfit for work’ expected to be treated as a stand-alone process from other Non #coronavirus absence. No changes are planned for employer reporting of Real Time Information (RTI) Full Payment Submission (FPS) or Employer Payment Summary (EPS). New emergency legislation is being introduced retrospectively effective from Friday 13th March … Continue reading #COVID19 SSP (sick pay) reclaims to be standalone process

DWP confirm further measures for #COVID19 #coronavirus

In summary: -those advised to self isolate or suffering from Coronavirus are considered unfit for work (ie Sick) effective 13 March 2020 -Coronavirus related absence is to qualify for SSP from day 1 (no 4 day PIW or 3 waiting days) effective 13 March 2020 -Employers with under 250 employees on 28 February 2020 can … Continue reading DWP confirm further measures for #COVID19 #coronavirus

#COVID19 – #coronavirus advised self-isolation now officially sickness – Friday 13th March 2020

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/287/pdfs/uksi_20200287_en.pdf The government have passed emergency legislation via a statutory instrument to amend the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982 (“the 1982 Regulations”). Regulation 2(1) provides categories of people to be treated as incapable of work for the purposes of claiming statutory sick pay. These Regulations provide that a person who is isolating from others … Continue reading #COVID19 – #coronavirus advised self-isolation now officially sickness – Friday 13th March 2020

#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

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!