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

#COVID-19 shielding ends

With the gradual lifting of restrictions, changes introduced on Saturday 1st August 2020 see the official end to shielding requirements. What has changed The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. This means: you do not need to follow previous shielding adviceyou can go to work as long as the … Continue reading #COVID-19 shielding ends

Apprentices get job boost

A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1st August 2020). A new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will ensure they have access to local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health … Continue reading Apprentices get job boost

Job Retention Bonus

The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed for under the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme, and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021. Employees must have earned at least £520 a month on average between the 1 November 2020 and 31 January … Continue reading Job Retention Bonus

Pregnant and being made redundant! #COVID19 #coronavirus

E by ZJ (c)2019 Question We have an employee who is being made redundant, her qualifying week falls before her end date of employment. ·       Do I issue P45 before we process SMP? ·       If she is on payroll is she entitled to employment rights does this affect her continuous employment? · Or do we process SMP … Continue reading Pregnant and being made redundant! #COVID19 #coronavirus

New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

Government brings in law to ensure furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wages, rather than a reduced furlough rate. New law will ensure that furloughed employees receive statutory redundancy pay based on their normal wageschanges will mean those furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are not short-changedchanges will apply to … Continue reading New law to ensure furloughed employees receive full redundancy payments

Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Over 32,000 restaurants have registered for Eat Out to Help Out. Registration closes end of August. You can register if your establishment: sells food for immediate consumption on the premisesprovides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in mealswas registered as a food business with the relevant local authority … Continue reading Over 32,000 registered restaurants for Eat Out to Help Out

Scottish Student Loans 2021 – type Plan 4

6th April 2021 sees the commencement of Student Loan deductions type Plan 4. On 9th June 2018 Scotland’s First Minister announced that Scotland will raise their student loan earnings threshold to £25,000 from April 2021. This will be for new and existing borrowers and the repayment period reduced to 30 years from 35 (in line … Continue reading Scottish Student Loans 2021 – type Plan 4

Self-Employed – have you claimed SEISS #coronavirus #COVID19

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme opened on 13 May and provides assistance to the qualifying self-employed. By midnight on 7 June the government have confirmed: ➡️ 2.6m claims ➡️ £7.5bn claimed Have you claimed? Do you qualify? Your tax agent / accountant cannot apply for this grant on your behalf! Claim a grant through the … Continue reading Self-Employed – have you claimed SEISS #coronavirus #COVID19

Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) and #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Senior Accounting Officer The Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) regime was introduced by the UK Government in 2009, to ensure that large companies (broadly, those with a relevant balance sheet total exceeding £2bn and/or a turnover exceeding £200M) take reasonable steps to ensure that “appropriate tax accounting arrangements” are in place. A Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) … Continue reading Senior Accounting Officer (SAO) and #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Small business – bounce back loans #COVID19 #coronavirus

HM Treasury - by PSP New 100% government backed small business loan scheme borrow between £2,000 and £50,000 and access the cash within daysinterest free for the first 12 months - online short simple form Small businesses will benefit from a new fast-track finance scheme providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders, the … Continue reading Small business – bounce back loans #COVID19 #coronavirus

Personal Tax Account

https://www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account Use your personal tax account to check your records and manage your details with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). You can use your personal tax account to: find your National Insurance numbercheck your Income Tax estimate and tax codeclaim a tax refund check or update your Marriage Allowancetell HMRC about a change of addressfill … Continue reading Personal Tax Account

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

CJRS Claim – Step by step guide published

The CJRS online grant application process opens on Monday 20th April 2020. Grant Payments are anticipated to be paid within 6 days.of the application. This step by step guide explains the information that employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). It also describes the processes … Continue reading CJRS Claim – Step by step guide published

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

PAYE online for employers

Does your organisation intend on making an application under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Do you have a PAYE online for employers login? If not get yours now. https://www.gov.uk/paye-online Your payroll service provider may already obtain from HMRC certain information such as tax code changes as a e-filing agent, however, they will not see or … Continue reading PAYE online for employers

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

Zero hours and irregular workers entitlements to holiday pay

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/calculating-holiday-pay-for-workers-without-fixed-hours-or-pay The department for Business Enterprise and Industrial Strategy have updated their guidance on holiday pay right extending the prior 12 paid week average requirement to a new 52 paid weeks average for any individual whose pay may vary. All workers are entitled to 5.6 paid holiday weeks in a full year. Generally that equates … Continue reading Zero hours and irregular workers entitlements to holiday pay

Enhanced workers rights apply from 6th April 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-minimum-and-living-wage-increases-come-into-effect#workers-rights ...labour market reforms are... coming into place on 6 April [2020] enhancing workers’ rights... These include: Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay, ... a statutory right to a minimum of 2 weeks’ leave for all employed parents if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of … Continue reading Enhanced workers rights apply from 6th April 2020

Company directors and the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme #COVID19

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#employees-you-can-claim-for The government have reconfirmed that directors can be furloughed There have been claims that the government have forgotten a group of self employed workers, those that act as contractors and operate Personal Service Companies. Some are treated as deemed employees within the public sector. So let’s clarify a few points: - Are contractors Self … Continue reading Company directors and the #coronavirus Job Retention Scheme #COVID19

#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

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

I’ve been Furloughed – What should my pay be? #COVID19 #coronavirus

If you have been offered furlough and agreed to it, the following is the basis of payments you should receive. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme?&utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=covid19#how-much-youll-get Have you been ‘furloughed’ by your employer? Do you know how much you will receive? The following outlines the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme basis your employer should be using. How much you’ll get Your … Continue reading I’ve been Furloughed – What should my pay be? #COVID19 #coronavirus

Home working – Broadband limits removed #COVID19 #coronavirus

Government agrees measures with telecoms companies to support vulnerable consumers through COVID-19 The UK’s major internet service and mobile providers, namely BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM have all agreed the following commitments, effective immediately: All providers have committed to working with customers who find it difficult to … Continue reading Home working – Broadband limits removed #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

Will we see Statutory Self Employment Pay? #COVID19 #coronavirus

The House of Commons Public Bill committee have proposed an amendment to the emergency Coronavirus Bill. If passed then we may see the introduction of ‘Statutory Self Employment Pay’. This would potentially provide payments of 80% of average monthly net earnings subject to a £2,917 £2,500 ceiling (amended to match employment). The potential beneficiaries being … Continue reading Will we see Statutory Self Employment Pay? #COVID19 #coronavirus

#COVID19 #coronavirus – The Pension Regulator update for employers

The Pension Regulator have issued guidance for employers The pension regulator (TPR) recognises that ‘These are unprecedented, challenging and uncertain times for trustees, employers, administrators and, crucially, savers’. TPR are providing a update page for employers and other pension professionals. https://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/en/covid-19-an-update-for-trustees-employers-and-administrators The TPR provide the following information for employers:- Trustees of both defined benefit (DB) … Continue reading #COVID19 #coronavirus – The Pension Regulator update for employers

#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

School closures – KEEP BRITAIN PAID – Payroll professionals are key workers #COVID19 #coronavirus

Payroll = Key worker The Department for Education has confirmed that payroll professionals are classified as key workers within financial services The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that … Continue reading School closures – KEEP BRITAIN PAID – Payroll professionals are key workers #COVID19 #coronavirus

HMRC issue 79 Employer Bulletin for August 2019

HM Revenue and Customs have published the August 2019 issue 79 Employer Bulletin. Scott Milne the editor says that the aim of the bulletin "is to be able to deliver clear, consistent and timely information which is appropriate to employers and helps .. payroll obligations" This edition covers subjects from the risk based approach to … Continue reading HMRC issue 79 Employer Bulletin for August 2019

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

Parental leave for fathers to be promoted, and new Neonatal rights to be introduced

UK government are launching a consultation to 'challenge the assumption entrenched in our parental leave entitlements that the mother must be the primary career in the early stages of a child's life' Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Women & Equalities, "Shared parental leave is hugely advantageous for men and women and forms a key part of … Continue reading Parental leave for fathers to be promoted, and new Neonatal rights to be introduced

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?

United Kingdom reaches record employment levels

HM Treasury (HMT) have confirmed that the Office of National Statistics (ONS) data collection information has confirmed that employment in the United Kingdom (UK) has reached its highest levels ever. There are 3.7million more people in work than in 2010. Why 2010, that is when the last labour government ended! Female unemployment has fallen to … Continue reading United Kingdom reaches record employment levels