Need to register for self assessment?

HMRC are reminded those who need to undertake self-assessment this time that didn’t need to last time need to register by the 5th October 2021. Register for Self Assessment PAYadvice.UK 21/9/2021

Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Millions are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine from as the government confirms it has accepted the final advice from the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The programme will be rolled out to the same priority groups as previously. This means care home residents, health and social care workers, people aged … Continue reading Millions of the UK’s most vulnerable are to be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Targeted training for staff to teach early language and numeracy skills

Funding for training to help two to four year-olds with language and mathematic skills, as part of early years recovery investment. Thousands of pre-school children will benefit from improved language, numeracy and personal, social and emotional skills, due to a programme of training and professional development support for early years staff. The Early Years Professional … Continue reading Targeted training for staff to teach early language and numeracy skills

Health and Social Care levy rates – National Insurance

From April 2022 the government we will create a new, UK-wide, 1.25 per cent Health and Social Care Levy on earned income, hypothecated in law to health and social care. The new levy will share the cost between individuals and businesses, and everyone is to contribute according to their means, including those above State Pension … Continue reading Health and Social Care levy rates – National Insurance

Action required – upcoming deadline for furloughing employees and the latest on SEISS

Dear Payadvice.UK , I’m writing to you with the latest information about the financial support schemes available to help your clients, as part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. This includes the latest on the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and upcoming changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). To find out what … Continue reading Action required – upcoming deadline for furloughing employees and the latest on SEISS

Job Retention Scheme July update

Submit your CJRS claims for June If you haven’t submitted your June claim, employers must do so by We‌dn‌esd‌ay 14th J‌ul‌y. For June employers can claim 80% of their furloughed employees’ usual wages (based on an historic snapshot point) for the hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. What you or … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme July update

Job Retention Scheme updates 1st July 2021

Only one update to the guidance this past week - employees will be able to view the claims made by their employer for the claim periods from Dec 2020 to Apr 2021 on 29th July 2021 Page titleChangesCheck if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Employee Page)To include: Claim periods from December … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme updates 1st July 2021

Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 3rd June 2021

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has had further updates applied on Thursday 3rd June 2021. Although there are a number of updates, in the main these are to; publish the employer claims for periods from December 2020 to March 2021  remove deadlines prior to 1st May (e.g. periods from 1st November to 30th April, etc.)organise … Continue reading Job Retention Scheme guidance updates 3rd June 2021

Extended opening hours to continue when non-essential retail returns

Longer opening hours in England will help people return to the high streets safely when non-essential shops re-open from 12th April 2021. Temporary measures to make socially distanced shopping easier to continueLonger opening hours for retail to give shoppers more flexibility and ease transport pressuresFlexible working hours for construction also to continue, helping industry continue … Continue reading Extended opening hours to continue when non-essential retail returns

IR35/Off-Payroll Working – Umbrellas and Agencies

This article is based on HMRC information ESM2390. What is an ‘umbrella company‘? There is no statutory definition of an ‘umbrella company’. It is generally accepted that an umbrella company is a company that employs temporary workers who work for different end clients’. Typically they enter into a contract with a recruitment agency who will … Continue reading IR35/Off-Payroll Working – Umbrellas and Agencies

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage – pay reference periods commencing Thursday 1st April 2021

The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage uplift for 2021/2022 applies for pay periods starting 1st April 2021. Along with the increase to minimum pay rates there are two significant additional changes: The dropping of the National Living Wage qualifying age from 25 to 23 yearsThe extension of record keeping from 3 years to … Continue reading National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage – pay reference periods commencing Thursday 1st April 2021

COVID-19 support – latest information

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to you with the latest information about the financial support schemes available to help your clients. This includes updates on the VAT deferral new payment scheme, the latest on the Self- Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). VAT deferral – apply now to spread your … Continue reading COVID-19 support – latest information

48,000 businesses already registered to offer workplace testing

Workplace testing programme ramps up as 48,000 businesses register for free, regular and rapid tests for their employees. Regular, rapid testing will be a crucial tool to prevent outbreaks in the workplace as we cautiously ease restrictions, keeping employees safe and businesses openA major expansion of the free programme now means all businesses can access … Continue reading 48,000 businesses already registered to offer workplace testing

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

HMRC – a word about scams

306,000 reports of phone scams HMRC indicate that they have received more than 306,000 reports about phone scams in the last year, up 47%. The department responded to over 846,000 public referrals of suspicious HMRC contact in total. Nearly 496,000 of these offered bogus tax rebates, as a way of stealing personal data. 496,000 reported … Continue reading HMRC – a word about scams

Right to work checks for EEA and Swiss nationals during the EU- Exit grace period (1 January – 30 June 2021)

The following is based on the revised Appendix B guidance issued by the UK Home Office. Free movement ended on 1st January 2021. This means EEA and Swiss nationals (and their families) will need to qualify for status under either the new points-based Immigration system or the EU Settlement Scheme. The Citizen’s Rights (Application Deadline … Continue reading Right to work checks for EEA and Swiss nationals during the EU- Exit grace period (1 January – 30 June 2021)

Revised New Starter Checklist for April 2021 proposed – Student and Postgraduate Loan questions simplified

April 2021 sees the introduction of the Scottish Student Loan deduction with the new Student Loan Plan 4. As a result the New Starter Checklist (historically known as form P46) is being revised with easier and more straightforward and combined Student Loan and Postgraduate Loan questions referenced as Question 9 and 10. The New Starter … Continue reading Revised New Starter Checklist for April 2021 proposed – Student and Postgraduate Loan questions simplified

Statement: Tax exemptions: Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests and easement for employer-provided cycles exemption

Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests: Exemption from Income Tax and National Insurance contributions On 9 July 2020, the Government agreed to introduce an income tax exemption and National Insurance contributions (NICs) disregard to ensure that Coronavirus antigen testing provided to employees outside the Government’s national testing scheme will not attract tax and NICs liabilities. The Government … Continue reading Statement: Tax exemptions: Employer-reimbursed coronavirus antigen tests and easement for employer-provided cycles exemption

PAYadvice.UK reaches 500 posts with over 400 followers

WordPress has congratulated PAYadvice.UK on reaching 500 posts since the first post on 19th April 2019. In 2020 there have so far been over 40,000 clicks for information by 22,000 plus visitors. There are now over 400 followers. Articles are shared on LinkedIn (there is a PAYadvice group) and on Facebook and Twitter. PAYadvice.UK provides … Continue reading PAYadvice.UK reaches 500 posts with over 400 followers

Furlough grant to support job retention not job losses from 1st December 2020

The HMRC guidance - Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated on Friday 13th November 2020. For claim periods starting on or after 1st December 2020, employers cannot claim CJRS grant from the government to cover 80% of furlough reference pay salary for any … Continue reading Furlough grant to support job retention not job losses from 1st December 2020

REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.50 IN UK AND £10.85 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES

Living Wage Week, from 9-15 November 2020, is a UK-wide celebration of the almost 7,000 employers that have voluntarily committed to ensure employees and sub-contracted staff earn a real Living Wage. This includes more than two-fifths of the FTSE 100 and major household names such as Brewdog, Everton FC, Aviva, Burberry, and Nationwide. The real … Continue reading REAL LIVING WAGE INCREASES TO £9.50 IN UK AND £10.85 IN LONDON AS COST OF LIVING RISES

No National Insurance number? So what!

National Insurance Number delays The October 2020 HMRC bulletin provides additional guidance on National Insurance requirements.Due to COVID-19, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) is only able to offer a National Insurance Number (NINO) service to a limited number of applicants. In order to allocate a NINO for employment purposes DWP has a legal … Continue reading No National Insurance number? So what!

Make sure your business is COVID-19 secure

The government have simplified their #WorkingSafely guidance to highlight the priority steps businesses should take to protect their staff and customers during coronavirus. Check the steps and read the full guidance to make sure your business is COVID-19 secure: Working safely during COVID-19 PAYadvice.UK 13/9/2020

Corporate Criminal Offences – more than just a legislative tool, and why you should care

HMT by PSP (c)2019 Customer Stakeholder Engagement Team| HM Revenue & Customs have provided the following: Back in September 2017, legislation was introduced which can hold a corporate liable if it fails to prevent any associated person from facilitating tax fraud. This is known as the Corporate Criminal Offences (CCO). It is easy to see … Continue reading Corporate Criminal Offences – more than just a legislative tool, and why you should care

Payrolling – tax employees’ benefits through your payroll

Dear @PAYadvice, We’re continuing to help employers, businesses and individuals with online support during this difficult period. Almost all benefits in kind can now be payrolled to save you time – which means no more forms P11D. Find out more in the following live webinar – during which you can ask questions using the on-screen … Continue reading Payrolling – tax employees’ benefits through your payroll

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?

Employers with furlough discrepancies being contacted by HMRC

The Job Retention Scheme has assisted 9.6 million jobs with over 1.2 million employers have made furlough grant claims. Whilst on furlough, employees are not permitted to work, originally for a period of 21 days, whilst receiving furlough pay. Tax payers, is the government grants, funded 80% of earnings plus employers NIC and a base … Continue reading Employers with furlough discrepancies being contacted by HMRC

How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 1‌‌ September impact you

Dear PAYadvice, We’re writing to remind you about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) from 1‌‌ September and what this means for you.   What you need to do from 1‌‌ September From 1‌‌ September CJRS will pay 70% of usual wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 per month for the hours furloughed employees do not work.You will still need … Continue reading How changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on 1‌‌ September impact you

Employer Salary Advance Schemes – FCA view

The Financial Conduct Authority has made a statement ‘the risks and benefits of Employer Salary Advance Schemes (ESAS) and what employers and employees should consider when using them’. Promoted as an alternative to high cost credit they have broadly similar economic effect. Most schemes do not fall under the FCA regulation, as they do not … Continue reading Employer Salary Advance Schemes – FCA view

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

UK PM Downing Street briefing – putting on the breaks

At the prime ministers Downing Street briefing Friday 31st July, relaxation of rules that were proposed to be implemented from 1st August 2020 in England have been delayed by 14 days. Employees should continue to go back to workplaces. Most of the measures that were due to be relaxed on Saturday 1st August have been … Continue reading UK PM Downing Street briefing – putting on the breaks

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

Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020. Matt Hancock ...In recent weeks, we have reopened retail and footfall is rising. We want to give people more confidence to shop safely, and enhance protections for those who work in shops. … Continue reading Face coverings to be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July

Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation

“There are lots of complex things playing out during the pandemic and the risk of death involving COVID-19 is influenced by a range of factors including the job someone does, but also age, ethnicity and underlying health conditions. We also know that people living in the most deprived local areas, and those living in urban … Continue reading Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation

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